Sanford Affair: Scarborough Slams 'Unbridled Glee' Of Fellow MSNBC Hosts

Should be interesting next time Joe Scarborough runs into the likes of Ed Schultz . . .

The Morning Joe host today slammed the hypocrisy of cable news hosts, specifically including some at MSNBC, for taking "unbridled glee" in Mark Sanford's disgrace.

Scarborough didn't name names, but he almost surely had Schultz, among others, in mind.  As I reported here, on his show last evening Schultz absolutely revelled in Sanford's distress, boasting "I have no mercy here" and using the most mocking of tones to describe the circumstances.  Was Joe also alluding to Keith Olbermann, who had considerable fun at Sanford's expense last night?

Here was Joe's statement of this morning . . .
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Obviously [Sanford] needs to be judged in the toughest sense politically, but personally, I'll just be blunt, I was embarrassed by certain cable news hosts last night, some on this network, that took, and the only expression you can really use is "unbridled glee" in this man's problem and the pain of his wife, the pain of his children.

During the John Edwards situation and others, I never really understood the kind of glee that people took last night.  It happens on the left, it happens on the right.  And some of these people judging last night, you know, you could call them the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of cable news.  I would not be making judgements were I these people.
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.