CNBC Wall Street reporter Melissa Francis told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Monday that he was just “making this whole thing a whole lot worse” by downplaying the impact of the Occupy movement.
“When you come in [to the New York Stock Exchange] even at this hour, you can’t ignore Occupy Wall Street,” Francis said at the top of her report. “Even though it’s much quieter at this hour, there’s just a maze of fences all around the outside of the exchange. There’s security everywhere.”
“Are people nervous down there?” Scarborough asked. “When they are holding their martinis — are their top hats and their monocles, does ascot askew? How nervous are they down there?”
“See, it’s sarcasm like this that is fueling this rally right now,” Francis replied. “You are the problem, Joe. You are. It’s comments like that that is making this whole thing a whole lot worse. We have respected it from the beginning, I tell you. The place is in lockdown outside. I don’t know if you’ve been down here, if you deign to come down to our neck of the woods.”
“So what you’re telling me is, I think when they get nervous, you are having burn $100 bills. Is that what you’re telling me?” Scarborough continued.
“I got nothing. I don’t know what to tell you. You’re the one that makes the big bucks,” Francis said.
“That’s a good point. I’m coming down there tomorrow — maybe,” Scarborough declared.
Watch this video from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast Oct. 17, 2011.