Scarborough: I Don't Need To Apologize For Branding Zimmerman 'Murderer' Because I'm Not A Politician

Talk about a hypocritical, mealy-mouthed non-apology apology . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough condemned Republicans who "support[ed] George Zimmerman before they even knew the facts of the case."  Scarborough then added: "you know, I got out early, said some things about George Zimmerman myself, I shouldn't have said, perhaps. I got overly emotional. But I'm not in office. And if I were in office I would have apologized."

Scarborough didn't reveal to viewers the "some things" he had said about Zimmerman. In fact, early on in the case, long before the facts were on the table, Scarborough branded Zimmerman a "murderer."  But Scarborough doesn't feel the need to apologize because he's not a politician.  Is that Scarborough's standard?  The host of a major national show can go on the air and cavalierly and unjustly accuse someone of murder.  But because he's not in public office, he has no need to apologize?  View the video after the jump.



Consider the depths of Scarborough's hypocrisy for condemning Republicans for suggesting Zimmerman was--rightly as it turns out--not guilty, but refusing to apologize himself for--wrongly--calling Zimmerman a murderer. 

JOE SCARBOROUGH: You take Trayvon Martin, it would have cost Republican leaders absolutely nothing, Ed Rendell, absolutely nothing, to just show a little respect. And show a little bit of sympathy.

ED RENDELL: And they didn't do it.

SCARBOROUGH: And speak out against the most extreme elements. Supporting George Zimmerman before they even knew the facts of the case. Now, again, you know, I got out early, said some things about George Zimmerman myself, I shouldn't have said, perhaps. I got overly emotional. But I'm not in office. And if I were in office I would have apologized.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.