Lefty Professor Sachs Hates Being Called Out On Adelson-Soros Double Standard

February 22nd, 2012 8:42 AM

Sometimes, an image says it all.  Check out the screengrab after the jump of Jeffrey Sachs.  The lefty professor is unabashedly angry at Joe Scarborough.  

Why? Because the Morning Joe host called him out on his egregious double-standard. Sachs had labeled Republican Super PAC funder Sheldon Adelson "completely unlikable" and said he shouldn't be involved in American politics. But when Scarborough asked whose approach he prefers: Adelson's--who gives openly in his own name--or George Soros's--who funnels his money through myriad corporations to hide his influence--Sachs suddenly claimed he wasn't attacking one side or the other. Righhht.  Video after the jump.

Watch something interesting emerge: real and unvarnished animosity between show host and guest.

Mika Brzezinski kicked things off by reading from a Forbes article about Adelson.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: [Sighs]. Ughh.  This is Sheldon Adelson: "I'm against very very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections . . . but as long as it's doable I'm going to do it.  Because I know that guys like Soros have been doing it for years, if not decades. And they stay below the radar by creating a network of corporations to funnel their money.  I have my own philosophy and I'm not ashamed of it.  I gave the money because there is no other legal way to do it.  I don't want to go through ten different corporations to hide my name.  I'm proud of what I do and I'm not looking to escape recognition."

JOE SCARBOROUGH: What do you think of his --

JEFFREY SACHS: He's a completely--by the way--unlikable guy.  Do we really need major gambling influence and a guy that has played all over the world with governments so that he gets the casino licenses, and charges up and down, as really a core leader of our politics? Come on.  

SCARBOROUGH: Let me ask you again.  And I'm not attacking George Soros, but I don't think you like all the money --

SACHS: It's not about Soros. It's about this wrecked system. So why don't we say it?  Why don't we --

SCARBOROUGH: But if you're going to attack this man for doing this --

SACHS: I'm not attacking this man. I'm saying how pathetic it is --

SCARBOROUGH: -- OK, but get to my point, get to, no --

SACHS: -- as grown-ups, we sit around the table saying this is what democracy is right now.

SCARBOROUGH: Well, we're not grown-ups saying what democracy is. These are the rules of the game, and again --

SACHS: These rules, made by five Supreme Court justices --

SCARBOROUGH: Answer my question [Sachs grimaces angrily as seen in screengrab]: who do you prefer?  Whose approach do you prefer?  George Soros, who's doing things legally and as a citizen of the country he can do it and I have no problem with him doing it, setting up all these organizations to shill this money and to funnel this money so it's harder to trace it back to who he's contributing to, or a guy who writes a check and says this is who I am, this is what I'm doing?  

SACHS: I want the American people, and all of us as grown-ups to say, first of all to say, this is completely rotten, second, this is not --

SCARBOROUGH: If you could answer my question.

SACHS: It has nothing to do with these two. It has to do with the kind of country we have, Joe.  And the fact of the matter is, five Supreme --

SCARBOROUGH: But you attacked one man --

SACHS: Five Supreme Court justices --

SCARBOROUGH: You attacked one man. You said he was a bad person.

BRZEZINSKI: I'll answer that.

SCARBOROUGH: You said he was a bad person, Jeffrey! You said we don't want him corrupting --

SACHS: Listen to me once! Please!

SCARBOROUGH: You're yelling. Don't yell at me. Just answer my question.

SACHS: Because you do this each time.

SCARBOROUGH: No I don't. You only attack one side.

SACHS: I'm not attacking one side. I've been saying from the beginning that the system is rotten.