MSNBC’s Scarborough Touts Rick Wilson Group Attack Ad After Embarrassing CNN Segment

January 30th, 2020 2:20 PM

Forget that embarrassing CNN segment with Don Lemon, “Republican political strategist” Rick Wilson and contributor Wajahat Ali laughing like hyenas over Wilson’s insulting “Boomer Rube” comment against Trump supporters.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough decided it was a good idea to tout an attack ad against Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) made by the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project just days later. The Lincoln Project is a PAC created by anti-Trump Republican George Conway and advised by fellow anti-Trumpers Rick Wilson, John Weaver and Steve Schmidt.

The Lincoln Project’s mission? “Defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.

MSNBC’s The Morning Joe ran a Jan. 29 segment showing the entirety of The Lincoln Project’s hyperbolic attack ad “Martha McSally Is A Trump Hack.” Scarborough used the clip segment as an opportunity to go after McSally for calling out liberal reporters. Scarborough bloviated: “[McSally’s] going to get on another corrupt president’s good side by yelling at reporters who play it down the middle.” [Emphasis added.]

Scarborough appeared to be referencing McSally calling CNN reporter Manu Raju a “liberal hack” Jan. 16, for asking her if “new evidence” would be allowed into the Senate trial of President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

MSNBC tweeted out Scarborough’s segment Jan. 29 touting the ad. The outlet’s tweet stated, “A new ad from the conservative group Lincoln Project criticizes Sen. McSally for supporting President Trump and calling a reporter a ‘liberal hack.’”

Reporters who play it down the middle”? Really, Scarborough? Is he referencing the same liberal Manu Raju who pressed Democrats on CNN’s The Situation Room May 8, asking: “If we are in a constitutional crisis, why not pursue impeachment; why are you resisting?” That was months before the Trump/Ukraine issue broke headlines (the lynchpin of the liberal media’s impeachment crusade).

An August 2019 study found that “CNN and MSNBC host Democratic Representatives and Senators seven times more frequently than their Republican counterparts.” Specifically, across three randomly-selected weeks of coverage, CNN overwhelmingly favored giving interviews to Democratic members of Congress over Republican members by a four to one ratio (136 vs. 29). Talk about playing it “down the middle.”

MSNBC wasn’t the only left-wing outlet who hyped up the never-Trump attack ad against McSally.

Lefty outlet The Daily Kos, whose founder fanatically stated in 2017 that “a Democratic Congress’s first act will be to investigate the fuck out of that Orange Asshole [Trump],” also published a glowing piece Jan. 29 on the Lincoln Project attack ad. Daily Kos Trending News Manager Jen Hayden said about the ad: “The Lincoln Project takes McSally to task for her embrace of Trumpism in what is, by far, the most brutal political ad I’ve ever seen.” [Emphasis added.]