Morning Joe addressed the ongoing feud between Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Parkland student David Hogg on Friday morning, and pulled no punches.
Host Joe Scarborough opened by noting the broader attacks against the Parkland students, asking “who thinks that attacking children” is “going to help the get ahead politically?”
“Let’s add on, attacking children who are two weeks out from hiding under their desk or watching their friends be shot by an automatic weapon,” Donny Deutsch added, before slamming the Fox News host directly:
“Laura Ingraham told LeBron James to shut up and dribble, and Laura Ingraham needs to shut up and dribble also. She’s a reprehensible human being.”
“And the good news here is,” Deutsch said, referencing the advertiser boycott being led by Hogg against Ingraham’s Fox News show: “you might see Laura Ingraham saying bye-bye.”
Scarborough took to defending Ingraham, arguing that “we all make mistakes,” and that “she apologized, and it wasn’t one of these halfway apologies.”
Deutsch argued that the Ingraham comment — in which she mocked Hogg for getting rejected from certain colleges — was part of a “serial behavior,” and her apology “was only for one reason: because she was losing advertisers.”
“We can all argue about politics, but there’s just human decency,” Deutsch said. “We can’t have animals on the air attacking children!”
Scarborough pointed out that “there’s been a problem at Fox,” referencing the Seth Rich murder conspiracy theories touted by Sean Hannity on the network — “when he knew it was false.”
The Morning Joe host went on to suggest that perhaps President Donald Trump is right when he calls for re-examining libel laws to make it easier to sue media organizations “when people step over the line.” (Reminder: we’re talking about a host taunting a kid for not getting into college here…)
Thankfully, John Heilemann pushed back on Scarborough’s musings, arguing that our libel laws are “good for the country.”
The MSNBC analyst went on to argue that Fox News “used to have a pretty good idea of who their audience was and where the lines were.”
“I can’t help but think that part of the answer for this and part of the explanation for it is Trump,” Heilemann added.
Scarborough concluded by noting the distinction between Fox News’s hard news arm — who “do it straight up” — and its opinion hosts, who sometimes have problems with “stepping over the line.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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