MSNBC’s first morning-after report on Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate came from “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, and was critical to the point of scorching — a moderator, not the candidates.
The MSNBC host concentrated on moderator John Harwood, an anchor at sister network CNBC.
An he did it at least three times during the program.
“The first question was just absolutely embarrassing. It was a Megyn Kelly-style question,” Scarborough said to his panel. “The first, right out of the debate again. I said, here we go again.”
Scarborough brought up Harwood again when interviewing GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Lindsey, it seems like it’s always gotcha questions, and you’re right about the fantasy football,” the MSNBC host said. “The debate started with, you know, John Harwood. A guy that I like — a guy that’s in our family. But my God, it was like he wrote up this question as a gotcha question to make it about him. That’s one thing we said about Anderson Cooper. He didn’t make it about himself. He asked questions. It seems like every other debate everybody’s making it about the moderators.”
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Later, while interviewing former Republican National chairman Michael Steele, he mentioned Harwood again.
“On the Republican side [the debates] are all train wrecks and they all are gotcha questions,” Scarborough said. “And I will just again, call it out again, and I’m sure I’ll get in trouble for saying this, but John Harwood, opening up by making a clown reference to Donald Trump and then saying you have as much chance of flapping your wings and flying away, as the opening question in the debate? It’s just: listen! How much longer are we Republicans going to have to listen to the debate moderators whether they’re on Fox or CNBC, which are supposed to be two conservative outlets?”
Watch the clip, from MSNBC via NewsBusters.
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