Stewart: 'Looks like the weather in Scarborough Country is partly bitchy
If the Daily Show's Jon Stewart is to be believed, the hosts of MSNBC have come close to a state of all-out civil war in the course of the Democratic National Convention. "One network is so focused on uncovering the smallest brush fire of discontent amongst Democrats that perhaps [it] hasn't noticed its own house is on fire," Stewart suggested.
Stewart began with a clip of Keith Olbermann making a comment about "us go[ing] off at the mouth on the subject of Senator Clinton's speech tonight," accompanied by a yak-yak gesture with his hand. He was immediately cut off by an annoyed Chris Matthews, who apparently took the remark personally. "I can do the same to you," Matthews snapped. "That's what I thought, alright, and I said it."
"It's Lord of the Flies on the NBC roof!" Stewart exclaimed.
Stewart next played an already-classic clip of Olberman muttering over an open mic, "Jesus, Joe, why don't you get a shovel?" as Joe Scarborough was going on admiringly about the recent effectiveness of the McCain campaign.
"In Keith Olbermann's defense," Stewart noted, "he thought his mic was all the way up."
But the infighting at MSNBC reached an extreme when host Joe Scarborough spat out at correspondent David Shuster, "Why are you so hateful? Why do you want to keep American troops in Iraq even longer?" as co-host Mika Brzezinski buried her face in her hands.
Scarborough continued taunting Shuster with outright insults, saying, "Do you never watch this show? Oh, that's right You usually sleep through this show, because you didn't show up three times in a row."
"Wow," Stewart commented as his audience gasped in disbelief. "Looks like the weather in Scarborough Country is partly bitchy with a chance of mmrrrwww."
According to the Politico, "Shuster left the set, but returned later to hug it out" -- as he did after a similar dustup during last winter's primaries.
The Politico also looked more deeply into the "intense behind-the-scenes turmoil" at MSNBC, quoting one "high-ranking MSNBC journalist" as saying, "The situation at our channel is about to blow up."
However, MSNBC President Phil Griffin insists, "We hire smart people who are passionate about their love of politics and love of news. Do I want them to have squabbles? No. But I understand they’re human."
This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast August 27, 2008.