MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough doesn’t like to be wrong — so he just pretends he isn’t wrong, even when attempts are made to correct him. Unfortunately for the “Morning Joe” host, sometimes he is so wrong that he is forced to acknowledge it.
On Monday, Scarborough and his co-host Mika Brzezinski duked it out over President Obama’s response to MH17, the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down by a missile fired from a Buk launcher (such a launcher was noted in the area by AP journalists shortly before the crash)–a crime that seems to have been perpetrated by pro-Russian militants, who bragged about shooting down a plane just before reports of the tragedy surfaced and are doing their best to keep international investigators from having full access to the site.
Republicans, as they are wont to do, have been blaming President Obama for the tragedy, and are so desperate to do so that they criticize him for having lunch after addressing the tragedy. Some, however, are more moronic than others–including the new GOP postermoron Holly Hobby Lobby.
It was exactly this claim that became a hot-button issue on Morning Joe. When Brzezinski noted that it took Ronald Reagan four days to address Korean Air Flight 007 when it was shot down by the Soviet Union in 1983, Scarbrough repeated the rewriting of history touted by Holly and other conservative liars.
“[Reagan] immediately canceled his vacation,” Scarborough lied.
“No, he didn’t, actually,” Brzezinski said, challenging Scarborough to check the facts himself–something he presumably had not previously done because Google is too liberal for his taste.
“He immediately canceled it. He immediately went back to the White House. He immediately canceled fundraising events and campaign events,” Scarborough said. “Yes, he did. No, he did. You can go back and look. Ronald Reagan didn’t keep campaigning. He stopped when the Korean airliner went down.”
Eventually, Scarbrough was forced to offer an apology to his co-host on Twitter when the frying pan became too hot.