*Paychecks

PAYCHECKS…. We heard plenty of criticisms related to President Obama’s experience before he was elected, but MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough seems to have tweaked the argument a bit.

This morning on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough ranted about President Obama’s economic plans (even though 56 percent of Americans approve). His latest talking point: that Obama “has never received a paycheck” in his entire life:

“Think about this: We have a president who has never received a paycheck. … This guy — think about it — he’s running Detroit, he’s running Wall Street, he’s gonna run other sectors of our economy. Andrew, he’s never received a check from a profit-making business in his entire life. Not one check. … Think about the radicalism of that!”

OK, let’s take Scarborough’s advice and “think about” this. First, the president isn’t “running Detroit.” Second, the president isn’t “running Wall Street.” Third, the president isn’t “gonna run other sectors of our economy” (Scarborough wasn’t specific — he’s a little too superficial for facts).

But more importantly, Scarborough’s repeated claims that Obama has never earned a paycheck from a profit-making business are simply false. Ol’ Joe launched into his little on-air tantrum without taking a minute to Google the president’s professional background. He misled his audience (again), and I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that he won’t issue an on-air correction.

Remember, the right is convinced that MSNBC is in the tank for the White House, and yet it gives three uninterrupted hours to Scarborough every weekday to spread nonsense like this.

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