Scarborough Country

Joe Scarborough on Meet the Press? Do they just want to make all their viewers depressed?

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough will become a permanent fixture on NBC’s Meet the Press as his colleague Chuck Todd takes over as the show’s new moderator, according to the New York Post.

Citing unnamed sources, the Post reports Scarborough “is taking on a larger role within NBC News as a senior political analyst and would be one of the regular Sunday panelists.”

Peter Hart of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting observes:

The New York Post being, well, the New York Post, sees the moves through a left-wing-media-bias prism:

We’re told the move is part of a plan to bring a right-leaning voice to the program to appeal to viewers turned off by the show’s famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory.

No sensible viewer of Meet the Press could ever possibly think the program lacked for right-leaning guests. The Sunday shows have long been dominated by conservative and Republican guests, so Scarborough will be just one more conservative white guy.

A conservative white guy who, as Cenk Ugyur of the Young Turks has noted, has gone out of his way to defend sleazy billionaire climate-change denier David Koch.

I don’t even want to think about how Meet the Press will cover the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21–if the program even covers the March at all.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.