Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Monday finally got to tell a television audience why he had been banned from MSNBC for the past year.
“Well, it seems your old boss had a little problem with me,” Moulitsas told Keith Olbermann on Current’s premiere episode of Countdown. “I was under the impression that you were in charge of your own guests, that you could decide who could speak on your show… Turns out Joe Scarborough has veto power over who can speak on everybody else’s shows.”
“I got in a little Twitter war with him,” he explained. “Apparently I made him cry. He went crying to Phil Griffin, your old boss.”
The “Twitter war” had begun after Scarborough criticized the media for not covering a story about the White House allegedly offering a job to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA).
“Like story of a certain dead intern,” Moulitsas tweeted, referring to the death of Lori Klausutis, a staffer working for Scarborough when he was a congressman in 2001.
“So, I found it kind of bizarre that the lowest rated morning show host in all of cable news at the only show on cable news that could crack Fox News’ stranglehold on the top ten,” Moulitsas told Olbermann Monday. “Yours was the most successful show, not just on MSNBC but one of the most successful shows on cable. Yet, Joe Scarborough, such a loser host, was dictating who you could talk to.”
“Well, that’s kind of sad story you just told us there, Markos,” Olbermann admitted.
Watch this video from Current’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, uploaded June 20, 2011.