MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and talk radio host Hugh Hewitt clash over the media scrutiny given to Ben Carson's autobiography.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: In terms of Ben Carson. These stories do not add up. The conservative media knows they do not add up. How long do we sit back quiety and pretend that they do add up because we don't want to offend our audience?
HUGH HEWITT: I don't think that is what is going on here at all, we do not want to encourage the media to unify against Republicans and protect Democrats. We do not want to engage in the knifing of our candidates, and ignore over here [Hillary Clinton's] NDA that [was recently recovered by the Washington Free Beacon], a whole set of questions that haven't been answered yet, 18 USC1924 which Mrs. Clinton almost certainly violated. We do not want to be part of that gang.
JOE: My god, Hugh, my god. We have sat around this table... every day for six months digging in as deeply as we can into Hillary Clinton... Day in and day out.
MIKA: More than anybody.
HEWITT: Have you covered the Teneo letter?
JOE: No I haven't, that happened last week, I know you have your two little talking points that happened last week. What I'm saying is put it into perspective. If your only argument is that the media is covering Ben Carson for a day and a half but they haven’t covered Hillary Clinton’s problems long enough, that is not a very strong argument.
HEWITT: It is an incredibly strong argument with the Republican base.
MIKA: That doesn't make it correct.
JOE: You're just proving my point. If you are more interested in pleasing the Repubclian base, than winning the presidency, then keep that up.
HEWITT: You're so wrong, the Hindenburg Debate of two weeks ago, was good for the Republican party general by exposing completely to Democrats, Republicans and Independents, that Republicans face a headwind...
And it is very useful for me to come on a show like this and say: "Hey folks, look over here there are two major Hillary stories that no one is covering while we're trying to find Ben Carson's friend from 40 years ago. Eventually it adds up into a narrative...
You folks in the Manhattan-Beltway media, you elite--
JOE: You know better than that Hugh. "You Manhattan people?" I put my neck on the line every single day here. Hugh, please don’t embarrass yourself… you owe me an apology on the air right now because you know better than to say that about me.
"Hugh I'd like you to watch this interview, and watch yourself," chimes in Mika. "You might want to come back."