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Morning Joe Guilty of Quasi Spousal Abuse Syndrome



The Morning Joe crew has problems with Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. They alleged today that she lied Saturday on MSNBC to Steve Kornacki  that Christie's lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, and one of Christie's cabinet members tried to pressured her into fast-tracking a proposed redevelopment project in her city in order to receive Sandy aid. To Mika and Joe, timing is everything.

First, here's what Mayor Zimmer said, and how she explains her hesitation to come forward earlier.

Now here's what Joe Scarborough had to say about this according to Talking Points Memo:

"If she's willing to go public and vouch for something that is corrupt, an administration that is corrupt, what does that say about her character?" Scarborough asked, referring to tweets Zimmer sent in praise of Christie. "She can't have it both ways."

How interesting that Joe, who's been accused of some shade during his tenure in the House and who's going through a very messy divorce right now (the details of which he's trying to tamp down and rightfully should) would take this tact. Because this harassed mayor didn't go public or to the Attorney General of New Jersey (whom Christie had appointed and might just be in his pocket) she suddenly doesn't have credibility? Hasn't he ever heard of people fearing coming forward? Hasn't he ever heard of spousal abuse? Women sometimes are beaten within an inch of their lives, but refuse to press charges or admit it. Or if they do come forward, it's long after the attack.

Why? Because of fear. Fear of what? Bullies. Bullies like Joe Scarborough. He, like his hero, Chris Christie, accepta corruption as a way of life. And feel it's okay. Business as usual. Their defense is an offense -- slandering the Hoboken Mayor by accusing her of lying by not coming forward earlier. Does that mean the woman or man who delays accusations of being abused by a spouse is lying? Does that mean the facts don't exist? And think about the military sexual assaults where the victim has to go to their commanding officer who is best friends with the accused. Is that an easy thing to do? Well that's the situation with the New Jersey attorney general -- a Chris Christie appointee.

MSNBC, you should be ashamed of Morning Joe. And Mika, we allow for your limited abilities as you've never been able to stand up to bully pulpit Joe. But Joe, you're the wrong one here. And you should absolutely take back your accusations until the sworn testimony by Mayor Zimmer is presented. Then, if there are inconsistencies or inaccuracies, go ahead and rip her a  new one. But your personal relationship and bromance with the Governor of New Jersey should not be tolerated. Just because you accepted and maybe even participated in corruption when you were a congressman doesn't make it right.

Report news, don't create it to protect a friend. Even Steve Kornacki, who worked for David Wildstein, came out and revealed his personal relationship prior to reporting the news. Maybe you should confess your sins in office and relationship with Christie before you take to defending him -- or worse, "Hey, corruption is business as usual." You should be helping, not contributing to the crimes.


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Chris Hayes: "Who's The Village Idiot Now?"


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Well, Chris Hayes didn't actually inquire this publicly, but he had to be thinking it internally.

During a Veteran's Day visit this week on Morning Joe, Chris Hayes responded satirically or snarkalicously (my own word meaning snarkily delicious) to Joe Scarborough's comments on the Veteran's Day holiday celebrations. Joe's diatribe defending the holiday, not that anyone was challenging him, was (DAILY CURRENT) :

"I mean these people are heroes," he scolded. "These men and women go out there and risk their lives so that you and I can breathe freedom. They go to the ends of the Earth to fight our enemies while you're sleeping comfortably at home.

"The deployments puts strain on their personal lives, on their marriages, on their health ... And they do it all for you. All so you can sleep soundly at night. How can you be against a holiday that honors their sacrifices? I mean really."

Seeing an opening for a little bit of playful fun, Chris didn't lose a beat in "confronting" the host in his playful, boyish indignance, as he's wont to do:

"Joe, soldiers aren't heroes," Hayes retorted. "You want to know who the real heroes are? The real heroes are people like my friend Chaz. Chaz owns a vegan bakery in Williamsburg. Before he opened his small business there were only 11 other vegan bakeries in the area, and only 4 were 100 percent gluten free. But none were non-GMO.

"Chaz's bakery has finally brought non-GMO vegan baked goods to people who need them. He's bringing little morsels of happiness and light into people's lives. What soldier has ever done anything like that? You don't need bullets to make a difference."

Well, this interchange, including laughs by both men after the mini-rant were seemingly not lost, nor found, on Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa). He immediately took the All In With Chris Hayes host to task calling him "America's village idiot" in a Facebook post.

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Finally someone on the congressman's staff explained what sarcasm and snarky responses are, and Tom Latham took the Facebook post down, and issued this:

When satire attacks! My apologies TO @MSNBC host Chris Hayes 1:59 pm 12 Nov 2013

Hey, at least Congressman Latham finally got it. And congrats to Chris on pulling the wool over the eyes of an elected official, not that it's so hard to do these day. But kudos anyway.

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