MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski called on Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to publicly apologize to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and former President Barack Obama for his racist remarks.
The “Morning Joe” co-host was disgusted that Meadows brought out a black woman to excuse President Donald Trump’s racism, and then forced an apology from Tlaib after she and other Democratic lawmakers called him out during a House Oversight Committee hearing.
“That apology should never have happened,” Brzezinski said. “I’m personally waiting for the apology by Mark Meadows. I’m waiting for him to say, if I appeared to be racist, I did not mean to be, if I was bone-headed by bringing out a black woman and saying, hey, President Trump is friends with her, I have black friends. If I was bone-headed not knowing that that is the lamest excuse to cover up racism.”
She and host Joe Scarborough said Meadows had never fully accounted for his repeated “birther” claims about Obama, and Brzezinski hoped Tlaib hugging the GOP lawmaker on the House floor did not mean she’d let him off the hook.
“She can hug him put this behind her,” Brzezinski said, “but she can also look at him straight in the eye and say, ‘I’m still waiting for your apology.'”
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They started a “news” network that, instead of providing actual news, gave white, conservative viewers the news they wanted to hear: that they, their families, and their values were under attack by minorities, gays, women, liberals, socialists, Muslims, atheists, the media, etc. — and therefore their biases were justified.
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Last month after Donald Trump watched Fox News lob what he called "softball questions" at a Democratic lawmaker, the US president delivered a crisp smackdown of his favorite network: "Fox sure ain't what it used to be."
After years of often fawning coverage by Fox, particularly from its pro-Trump anchors like Sean Hannity, the commander in chief appears to be tilting his media gaze toward a younger, more right-wing rival, cable outfit One America News Network (OANN).
The small upstart broadcaster was launched only recently, in 2013, by technology millionaire Robert Herring, who sought a more conservative alternative to mainstream media behemoths like CNN.