Joe Scarborough, possible 2016 presidential candidate, blames MSM incompetence on Mitt Romney; lashes out at Jonah Goldberg, Mark Steyn, Glenn Reynolds

https://twitter.com/TPNoGa/status/247179107195052032

Why didn’t the mainstream media scrutinize the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Egypt and a U.S. consulate in Libya? According to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, it’s all Mitt Romney’s fault:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Talk about the conservative critique–and I think it’s a fair critique, the conservative critique: that all you guys in the media were talking about Mitt Romney, you should have talked about the warnings with the embassy, etc., etc. And yes perhaps we should have.  But you know who didn’t allow us to do that?

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Mitt Romney.

SCARBOROUGH: Mitt Romney. If Mitt Romney had kept his mouth shut, if he had not acted like a rank amateur, if he had not embarrassed himself–and by the way internally the campaign understands they screwed up, he’s moved on, they know that. So no conservative can say “oh, the mainstream media, blah, blah.” They know how badly they screwed up, and they were having the fight internally before he even went out and did it. But Romney got in the way of the media looking at the president, going, wha-, wha-, what happened here? How did this happen? Now, those questions are going to be asked in the coming weeks. But they weren’t asked in the first 24 hours because Romney was holding this horrific, irresponsible, press conference.      

Last night, after National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg tweeted a rebuke from Mark Steyn, Scarborough doubled down:

The former Republican congressman managed to work in a swipe at blogger Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit:

That’s a reference to this must-read post in which Reynolds expresses outrage at law enforcement authorities’ treatment of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. (Nakoula reportedly may face jail time for making an anti-Muslim movie.)

If this is the start of Scarborough’s 2016 presidential run, he is off to a shaky start:

https://twitter.com/graemehein/status/247240920397926400

https://twitter.com/bayareagirl2002/status/247186353798905857

Glenn Reynolds:

“JOE SCARBOROUGH IS BASHING ME ON TWITTER, but that’s just because he’s afraid I’ll kill his campaign plans. #Reynolds2016″

#Reynolds2016? Now, that’s a presidential campaign we can support!

  • Rob Stevely

    Scarborough is one of those “republicans” who wants to be liked by the left. Note to Joe…they still hate you.

    • Cyborg0012
    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.kortum.1 Mark Kortum

      Note to Joe: Now we all have no respect for you of the left and the right. That leaves the namby pamby, undecided, middle-of-the-road, for you to cater to. Good luck with that.

    • http://rau.3littlefoxes.com/ LindaF

      Waaaah – the media WOULD have done their job, and questioned Obama, but they COULDN’T do it after Romney said just a few words about the subject. That was SO hurtful and “amateurish” – BTW, who was the one that had a whole book written about him – called – let me think – The Amateur (title came from what BILL CLINTON called him).

    • Donimal61

      Joe is a RINO at best… everytime he refers to himself “as a conservative” I nearly gag. His time at MSNBC (More Stupid Nitwits Blaming Conservatives) proves that Liberal Zombie disorder is contageous!

  • Cyborg0012

    The stupid, it burns.

  • James Jones

    Now, if by “here” Joe means MSNBC, I can agree with him to that extent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1480612587 Corrie Seames Caldwell

    So they couldn’t report on the Middle East by speaking to the President about it, because Romney showed up? See, they really are distracted by shiny objects. At least shiny object can maybe fix some of this mess.

  • DaTechGuy on DaRadio

    Even if you subscribe to the “Mitt Romney blew it” theory that Joe & Co does he forgets something.

    In my opinion the image of a filmmaker taken into custody by multiple members of law enforcement puts Mitt Romney’s press conference defending the 1st Amendment, A press conference widely watched because of the crisis,

    True the movie is so bad it would be banned in Japan to prevent film critics from committing ritual suicide but that image is not going away anytime soon.

    I would challenge Joe & Company to invite Glenn Reynolds to come on Morning Joe to defend his statements, I’m sure with the normal 5-1 split it might be a fair fight…almost

  • teapartydoc

    Scarborough is so stupid he doesn’t even realize that he’s been turned into a tool. Didn’t we used to call these useful idiots?

  • http://www.facebook.com/madelyn.martine Madelyn Martine

    I am sick of these lying liar pundits who spew their false outrage to get attention. If he would defend Romney, as a true conservative repub would on this issue, none of his brain dead liberal buddies would appear on his crap show. He wants to run for pres in 2016? As what, a member of the …I will be whatever you want me to be to get attention….party?

  • Janetoo

    I used to really like Joe and respect him. He has lost me. I used to watch MJ every morning – I can’t anymore –

  • CitizenEgg

    So is Joe claiming Mitt suppressed his 1st amendment rights? He couldn’t talk about Obama’s crappy handling of foreign affairs because of…Mitt Romney? I…see.

  • Green Eyed Lady

    I agree with the General who pointed out the Pottery Barn slogan: if you break it you own it. Clearly Obama owns this mess. And he goes campaigning!

    Why are you allowing Obama to blame anybody else?

    • Michael Rice

      Nah, ti is all Bush’s fault. blah blah blah…

  • Arch

    Didn’t they find some 28 year old woman dead in his office?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    well, he won’t be running in 2016 as a republican, so he’d might as well make it official and put it in (D) and go off the cliff

  • cscape

    Joe’s argument……. The media jumps on the “ROMNEY GAFFE MEME” which they began when the Governor toured Britain, Israel and Poland this summer, and “after all folks… there are only “X” number of reporters covering the Romney campaign who can ask the same questions multiple times in order to further develop the meme”!

    • cscape

      like Lincoln GAFFED at the Gettysburg Address, because his speech only lasted 3 mintues

  • RebeccaH

    Wow. If Mitt Romney has the power to suppress an entire news industry, then he’s a shoe-in for President in November! All right!

    • CptNerd

      Thing is, even Romney isn’t as powerful as George Bush, who is still controlling the US even after 3 1/2 years out of office…

      • $129448

        wow, that is some conspiracy theory. Obama is letting George Bush run the country?

        • http://twitter.com/mandita74 GreenEyedGal

          @bostongirl:disqus that’s no conspiracy theory! We all know it’s all GWB’s fault! After all, Obama and his minions tell us so all the time, and we know they ALWAYS tell the truth. That George Bush is quite the puppet master. 😉

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          • $129448

            I can only hope this is sarcasm

          • http://twitter.com/mandita74 GreenEyedGal

            @bostongirl:disqus What gave me away? Was it the winky-eyed smile or the claim that The One™ always tells the truth? I got a kick out of @CptNerd:disqus’s comment. He really has a point. Think of all the blame laid on GWB since O took office. GWB has disappeared from the public eye and yet, he somehow gets all the blame, even now. If the current WH resident gets reelected in November, I’m sure the rest of his failures will be laid at GWB’s feet as well. To hear O tell it, GWB pulls more strings that George Soros ever did!

            BTW, @IceColdTroll:disqus has a pretty good one too!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FP24DVH3XLYYW3AT2D3MTZPORQ Jim

    Who care what this moron thinks about anything? He is a nothing, on a nothing show, on a nothing network!

  • Notjack

    Romney speaks therefore the MSM is unable to demand accountability from Obama administration.
    Joe Scarborough.

  • grais

    Is he absolutely sure that it’s not Bush’s fault?

  • BeeKaaay

    Now they blame Romney as a replacement for Bush.

  • TocksNedlog

    So, let me see if I’ve got this straight: Joe thinks the administration’s actions should be scrutinized, but he thinks that Romney screwed up when HE said that the administration’s actions should be scrutinized.

  • http://twitter.com/AUBraves AUBraves

    This is serious stupidity.
    Romney got in the way of the press by making a statement?
    Was there a sudden shortage of reporters and you can only cover the statement OR interview Obama and ask the “hard questions”?
    When was the last time that anyone in the MSM asked Obama a “hard question”? And you were going to start asking them coincidentally at the same time Romney gave a statement?
    What’s the excuse for not asking the “hard questions” friday, or Saturday, or right now?

    • http://twitter.com/AUBraves AUBraves

      BTW… we know what would have happened if Romney would have kept quiet… the lead story would be “Romney shows lack of Leadership and Foreign Policy skills…. ignores Middle East crisis…. shows no sympathy for fallen Americans”.

  • scp2

    I want that horse’s behind Scarborough to run a) so that he gets to hear all his buddies at MSNBC trash him; and b) so I can vote against him.

  • Tanker74

    What a bunch o’ douches. The American press still isn’t showing much curiosity into the the embassy attacks. Most of the reporting is coming out of the UK.

  • DavidW

    You all have it wrong. @joeNBC is a conservative because he says so. Conservative perceptions need not apply. @JoeNBC has spoken.

  • mkreider

    This is one of the weirdest and pathetic streams I have ever read. Joe Scarborough is a twit. Guess what folks? Obama is still a failed president and now his lack of any kind of foreign policy is showing. Obama campaigns rather than at least acting like a president.. Obama is, in the words of Bill Clinton, the amateur. Poor Hilary.

  • Scooby_Doooo

    Scarborough is a joke. I don’t care what Mitt Romney said. At no point did this media do their job. They are too busy trying to re-elect Obama by playing gotcha on Mitt Romney instead of investigating and reporting what was actually going on in the Middle East. They were caught playing gotcha on open mic. So, come on Scarborough, Mitt is not the story here. It is the Left wing liberal media not doing their job which is to present factual unbiased information on the story … the Middle East . Stop making excuses Joe ! Sad thing is , I used to like Joe . He has lost his mind. The liberal disease at BSNBC has rubbed all over him. They refuse to say a single negative thing about this Administration and its handling or …. INVOLVEMENT … in this mess.

  • Wizyrd

    He’s just using the same old “Bush distracted us. THAT’s why we voted for the war” line, but with a different twist.

    So really, Joe Scarborough? He’s insisting Romney screwed up because he commented on this administration’s first response to attacks on our embassies is to sympathize with the attackers! I think Obama screwed up. Or his state department did. But does he take responsibility? We’re talking Obama here… so that would be a resounding “No!” (kind of like their vote on God….)

    And if the media can only handle one story at a time…. like they’d rather throw their full weight on trying to smear Romney, when he was actually right, then THEY”RE DOING IT WRONG. The media should just chalk up their time as an Obama campaign contribution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.abbott.75 Mary Abbott

    Joe Scarborough you sold out didn’t you? I hope you can keep your job at a second-rate news outlet. Don’t ever try to run for ANYTHING again in Pensacola. You have had it just
    like MSNBC. Next you will tell us Chris Matthews is your guru and he makes chills on your leg
    . How much pressure did you get from the heads at MSNBC to begin to trash Romney. So long Joe. I can’t watch your show (or is it Mika’s) any longer. My husband was recalling a speech you gave in front of the courthouse here. He was such an admirer. He too, threw in the towel on you after your stupid remark about Romney. We Pensacola republicans are shaking our heads. Have you heard the line, “You can’t go home again.” Perhaps that applies to you. I suppose there are enough Dems here to speak “intelligently????” to you.

  • http://twitter.com/AUBraves AUBraves

    Joe… take note of what the Prez said… Romney shoots first and aims later. Amazingly good shot when you hit the center of the target without aiming.
    Can we expect the WH to tire of aiming and take a shot anytime soon?
    The point is… we needed someone to take a stance for America. You act as if you were actually going to get a response from Obama and ask the “hard questions” but Romney stopped you. NO!!! You stopped yourself in a delaying tactic designed to give the Prez time to work his way out of this ME crisis.
    He still hasn’t taken a shot so how would he have a response for you? Don’t blame Romney for your failure to do your job and get the answers America was waiting for.

    • Plumber1911

      Reactive shooting is very effective when it is applied to save ones life. I have no problem with what Mr.Romney said… Will November sixth get here please. End this nightmare.

    • Plumber1911

      Reactive shooting is very effective when it is applied to save ones life. I have no problem with what Mr.Romney said… Will November sixth get here please. End this nightmare.

  • Mike Lee

    Blaming ANYONE else for the media’s behavior is a very liberal thing to do, Joe.

  • Cruz2016!!!

    If Romney had to do it all over again, I hope he would do the same thing! Joe is a liberal hack no matter how much he touts about being a Republican. I’ll take Romney’s strong stance on the weak Obama sympathizer then what Joe has to say any day of the week!!

  • $129448

    Scarborough is impossible to listen to in the morning, whah whah whah.

  • LightSabre

    Joe S. is just a wannabe liberal. How could you sit next to Mika Brzezinkski all these years and not be?

  • Conservative Warrior

    The man cannot run for President with a dead intern scandal that was never put to rest..NO TRUE Conservative will ever vote for Joe.. The very liberals he licks arse for, laugh behind his back.. Joe is a schmuck with a fat mouth and bad temper..Nothing more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.lyons.16 Robin Lyons

    If Joe (and Mika, too) would take off their Presidential Kneepads, they could possibly see things a little more clearly. A little hard to have clear vision with goo in your eyes. Just sayin’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.lyons.16 Robin Lyons

    If Joe (and Mika, too) would take off their Presidential Kneepads, they could possibly see things a little more clearly. A little hard to have clear vision with goo in your eyes. Just sayin’.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Honestly you just can’t make this sh1t up! They have gone total looney toons!

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Honestly you just can’t make this sh1t up! They have gone total looney toons!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.baranowski1 Thomas Baranowski

    That is one of the lamest excuses I have ever heard for not doing your job Joe!!! Just report it anyway, regardless of if Mitt should or shouldn’t have said anything. I think it is sad that someone like Joe, who knows how it works, can’t see past a mistake and report the fact that the POTUS skipped intel briefs for the week leading into the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 , then turns and blames Romney ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.baranowski1 Thomas Baranowski

    That is one of the lamest excuses I have ever heard for not doing your job Joe!!! Just report it anyway, regardless of if Mitt should or shouldn’t have said anything. I think it is sad that someone like Joe, who knows how it works, can’t see past a mistake and report the fact that the POTUS skipped intel briefs for the week leading into the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 , then turns and blames Romney ….

  • http://youtu.be/SjUPb4J_MGo world’s greatest orator

    Scarborough is, if I have this correct, complaining about how menial it is for him, to HAVE to cluck girlishly over whatever dumbass statement Romney released… This from a professional talking head going all the way back to the Clinton impeachment but his amour propre is only now deeply injured. Act like you’ve been there before, bub

  • Garth Haycock

    So, Scarborough is admitting that the media is nothing but Obamabots who can’t think for themselves and only exist to defend Obama at all cost.

    “We would have talked about Obama, but Romney said something negative about Obama and we had to do something about that.”

  • Michael Rice

    It’s easy, you report Romney’s remarks as a side story, a secondary piece. You do nto ignore the imcimpetency of teh administration in handling this, because someone else said something.
    This is the same type of thinking that says, ignore the murderers because this other guy made the film that made them angry enough to kill.

  • Dencal26

    Sounds like a case of Stockholm Syndrome, Joe has been with his enemy at MSNBC so long he is starting to sympathize with them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnny.banco.7 Johnny Banco

      He sure argues like a Leftist, rhetorically speaking…these idiots, which includes the self-righteous Joe, are ABSOLUTELY incapable of distinguishing between their opinions/feelings/prejudices, and facts.

  • QueenE

    Joe, take off the Harry Potter glasses and maybe you can see the story that’s right in front of your face.. The ambassador, navy seals and the marines who died in the past week deserve better from the media.

  • Timothy Crenshaw

    Joe Scarborough declares his incompetence and his complete surrender to Obama talking points. “But here, stupidity reigns.” Which is to stay that Romney’s ill timed new conference(according to Joe) is even more stupid than the number of persons allocated to defend our embassies in countries where civil unrest and anti-American sentiment are exploding in the streets. Good call Joe! Now please quit so someone with a shred of intelligence and integrity can do your job.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    The Libs are all scared now because Romney’s shown he has better Presidential tendencies than Obumma does. It was a great political move on Romney’s part. I wonder if Obumma would have acknowledged the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consolate attacks at all if Romney had not made a statement?

  • Claudia Smith

    Waa,waa,waa who cares we have a job to do beat obama.

  • Botzilla

    I would vote for Roseanne over Joe Scarborough at least I know what i have with her.

  • Jerilyn Westwall

    The fact that Scarborough uses his show so often to publicly and enthusiastically criticize “MY REPUBLICAN PARTY” (his words), tells me all I need to know about his character. Shabby!

  • Russell Kersey

    Joe was once a a man who was an all around guy.Now he is surrounded by his little clique,who make him feel as if what Joe says is law.Mika rolls her head around and makes eyes,she is either in love with him or he is that dumb.