MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, a longtime fixture within the mainstream media, issued a thoughtful yet stern rebuke to his friends and colleagues in the industry.
"I want you guys to think about this, people at The New York Times, The Washington Post, people I know and love," Scarborough began.
"I want you to think about this, that when anybody even made the suggestion that Donald Trump could be elected president of the United States, it was their journalistic standards that were questioned."
When Mark Halperin suggested that there was a pathway for Donald Trump as president of the United States, I won't name names because so many of them are my friends and there's no need to name names now because the time for recrimination is over. But reporters at some of the best newspapers in the world, anchors at some of the best networks in the world, mocked and ridiculed -- Mark Halperin, I want you to think about this. They mocked and ridiculed him not for saying that Donald Trump is going to be elected president of the United States. They mocked and ridiculed him for saying there was a slight chance that Donald Trump could be elected president of the United States.
Citing Jim Rutenberg, who in August said that "The New York Times’ job and journalists’ job now was to defeat Donald Trump," Scarborough said that members of the media defeated their own purpose (to elect Hillary Clinton) by creating an air of complacency among Democrats. According to the media, Clinton had it in the bag, hence no one needed to turn out the vote.
"The second thing you [media members] did," Scarborough adds, "which I think you’re beginning to understand now from reading Jim Ruttenberg’s really good penetrating article, is you completely ignored the world."
"The elite cluster that you don't know, you had a complete blind spot and you wanted to keep it that way, it was much easier for you to stay in Manhattan and say “they're all voting for Trump because they're racists and bigots."
You still didn't don't understand what Michael Moore understands: America is hurting, economically Middle America is hurting. You don't understand what's on and let’s face it, I don't understand what's going on out there but you know what Mark and I did that you didn't do? You know what Mika did that you didn't do? We actually talked to people in Middle America and they told us they were hurting any they told us why they were voting for Donald Trump.
"If you really do believe that then you believe that over 50 million people are racists and bigots and if you really do believe that then I take pity on you," he added.
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