Conservative radio host Steve Deace called out MSNBC on Tuesday for allowing morning host Joe Scarborough to turn his show “into a Trump super PAC for six months.”
During a Tuesday discussion about how Republican leaders were fleeing from Donald Trump, Deace couldn’t help but laugh when MSNBC host Tamron Hall noted that Scarborough still believed that the GOP nominee could win.
“Joe Scarborough believes that there is still a chance for Donald Trump to potentially pull this out,” Hall noted, prompting a guffaw from Deace. “You have so many people looking for the next Wikileaks, whether supporters believe that these are doctored emails or not, that this could still hover over Hillary Clinton.”
“I just kind of laughed at the mention of Joe Scarborough,” Deace explained. “He turned his show into a Trump super PAC for six months and is one of the reasons in we’re in this position.”
“No, he doesn’t have a chance,” the radio host added. “What is going on now is he’s had access to the Republican Party voter vault, Tamron, for six months. He’s got every right-of-center consumer in America. He’s got all their information. This is about starting the next alt-right platform in an attempt to essentially disintegrate Fox News now that he’s got Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon on board. That’s what is coming next. This is not a strategy for victory, this is a strategy for marketing.”
Although Morning Joe has been critical of Trump in recent months, Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski faced enormous criticism earlier this year for their cozy relationship with the Republican candidate.
Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik observed in February that Scarborough had turned himself into Trump’s “favorite media poodle.”
“Even somebody like a morning show host plays a role — at least a quasi-journalistic role — plays a role in setting the parameters of the national conversation around these candidates,” Zurawik told CNN. “You shouldn’t be so involved with them that you’re going down and giving them [debate] tips… It shows how unashamed Scarborough is, how proud he is of the fact that he’s in the tank for him.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Oct. 11, 2016.
Olympic athletes in ‘impossible position’ – Canada
Canadian Olympic chiefs said Monday the health and safety of athletes had prompted the country's decision to withdraw its team from the Tokyo Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A day after Canada became the first team to announce its withdrawal from the July 24-August 9 Games, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chief David Shoemaker said athletes had been left in an "impossible position."
With public health authorities urging individuals to stay inside to curb the spread of COVID-19, athletes had been caught between a desire to heed health and safety advice while trying to minimize disruption to training programs.
Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy
"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."