Morning Has Broken

So how long will it be before MSNBC gets rid of Morning Joe?

I can’t say I’m a huge Mediaite fan, but I’m happier than Pharrell Williams whenever I see a post on the website noting the morning show’s mounting woes. Seriously, why would folks who enjoy Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes at night want to wake up the next morning to see a three-hour de facto infomercial for Koch Industries?

Joe Scarborough’s shameless sucking-up to the Kochs has taken an inevitable turn towards climate-change disinformation, as Media Matters notes:

During the February 3 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Scarborough made the point that there is no scientific justification for concern that vaccinations can lead to autism. But he did so in a way that cast doubt on the extent of scientific consensus around man-made climate change [by declaring]: ‘There is not, at least in the science community, a debate about [vaccines causing autism] anymore. This is not even close, this is not even close — there is still a debate on climate change, the effects of climate change, how quickly climate change is coming on us. How much man contributes. There are a thousand different variables in that debate.’

Scarborough returned to the topic later in the program, stressing that he believes ‘man has contributed’ to climate change, but continuing to maintain that there is a ‘scientific debate’ about the degree of human involvement [by asserting]: ‘I’m saying though, there are a billion variables that go in there. We can talk about the middle ages, we’ll probably both agree on climate change, that it’s man — that man has contributed to it, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. There are a lot of different studies out there to talk about the degrees. On vaccines, there is no scientific debate. None.’

If MSNBC finally decides to get rid of Morning Joe, I assume the ex-GOP congressman from Florida’s First District will try to work his way back into electoral politics. Would Koch backing would make Scarborough a formidable candidate in the Sunshine State–or would voters decide to switch channels?

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.