Scarborough Takes on Colin Powell: Him Going on TV to Defend Himself Means Cheney Was Right About Heads Exploding

The liberal media are predictably gushing over Colin Powell's supposed rebuke of Dick Cheney on Sunday's "Face the Nation."

Bucking the trend was Joe Scarborough Monday who on the MSNBC program bearing his name said Powell going on "Face the Nation" to defend himself proved Cheney right about heads exploding over his new book (video follows with transcript and commentary):

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JAMIE GANGEL, NBC: This book is going to make a lot of people angry.

DICK CHENEY: There are going to be heads exploding all over Washington, Jamie.

GANGEL: You know that.

CHENEY: Yes

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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BOB SCHIEFFER, “FACE THE NATION”: In some ways he’s no kinder to your successor Condoleezza Rice than he was to you.

GENERAL COLIN POWELL: Well he's taken the same shots at Condi, with an almost condescending tone. She tearfully did this, or that. And he's taken the same shots at George Tenet. And he has also, in some ways, indicated he didn't always approve of what President Bush was deciding. And there's nothing wrong with saying you disagree. But it's not necessary to take these kind of barbs and then try to pump a book up by saying heads will be exploding…I think, Dick overshot the runway with that kind of comment.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Moments later, Scarborough commented:

JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: You know, Jamie, it’s interesting. Colin Powell said to Bob Schieffer yesterday in a fascinating interview that he thought that Dick Cheney may have overshot the runway by suggesting that heads would explode. The mere fact that Colin Powell, who protects his image I think more, in a more extreme way than anybody else that I’ve known in Washington, D.C., over the past 25 years, would go on a Sunday show to respond to things that Colin Powell [Dick Cheney] wrote about him, I think that would qualify for heads exploding.

I guess Scarborough didn't realize he was committing heresy here.

First, he criticized the sainted Powell for protecting his image "in a more extreme way than anybody else that I’ve known in Washington, D.C., over the past 25 years."

That's not something you normally hear on television, especially MSNBC.

But his real liberal media transgression was defending the totally reviled by the Left Cheney from Powell's attacks.

What must have also shocked viewers was NBC's Gangel agreeing with Scarborough:

GANGEL: Right, that’s, I think that’s correct. And look, Dick Cheney is also very complimentary of Colin Powell and of Condoleezza Rice and of George Tenet in other ways, but he says that these are, he’s giving boths sides of the story.

 


Yes, but liberals hate that. Just ask Paul Krugman.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.