Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough condemned President Trump and his allies in the media for criticizing the rest of the media's coverage of Robert Mueller‘s investigation.
"I’d pose this question to everyone watching," he said. "What would you have had the media do over the past two years when Donald Trump lied throughout the 2016 campaign about his contacts with Russia? Why would Donald Trump lie about Russia?"
"Maybe they should’ve just ignored the fact that the president called everybody around on Air Force One and concocted a lie," he continued. "I just ask, what was the media supposed to do at that point? Shrug it off? You know the answer, and just because you’re sucking up to Donald Trump and just because power is all that matters to you, and just because you will justify everything that man does and just because you are corrupt, just because you’re not a journalist, just because you have sold your soul to a personality cult, don’t knock reporters at The New York Times or the Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal or the broadcast networks for doing their job right."
"Save your breath, we’re not going to divert our eyes," Scarborough vowed. "This president lies more than any other president in the United States... Damn the torpedos, full steam ahead, follow the story where it leads us."
JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: So, last night I was watching some news.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MSNBC: You shouldn't have done that. You watched the wrong news.
SCARBOROUGH: After watching some of the most ridiculous commentaries, I had enough and I turned over for the first time in two years to American Masters. And I saw the incredible story, I didn't know it, of Sammy Davis Jr. Realize, it was a little late. I was a little worked up, though, because the commentary from people who pushed the Seth Rich conspiracy murder, the commentary from people on journalism who have said some of the most vile things about women, some of the most vile things about immigrants, some of the most vile things in defense of Donald Trump at all costs, unbelievable.
So I just pose this question to you. I pose this question to everyone watching, either now or later on the internet, what would you have had the media do over the past two years when Donald Trump lied throughout the 2016 campaign about his contacts with Russia. Now, why would Donald Trump lie about Russia? Why would the man who was coming in to have the most powerful foreign policy position, the national security advisor, General Flynn, why did he lie to the FBI in December about his contacts with --- Czechoslovakians? Swedes? No. No, no, with Russians...
Why in January would Mike Pence go on a Sunday show and lie and say actually nobody in the Trump campaign ever talked to any Russians during the campaign? Why would he do that? When telling the truth would have been so much easier. Why would the attorney general of the United States before becoming attorney general lie to members of his own senate about having contacts with the Russians?
And let me just stop you right here and ask a question. What should the media have done when everybody, it seems that was close to the president, everybody that I was told were the president's closest advisers in 2016, everybody who I was told flew on the plane with Trump all across America, was the press to report on when all of these lies were tumbling out of the mouths of all of these Trump aides?
Should we have reported on horse farms in Kentucky? Or done investigations into how maybe eating tree bark would lower our cholesterol? What would you have had us do?
I don't just say this to people on the right who have found common cause with conspiracy theorists over Seth Rich or Sandy Hook, I'm saying this to established journalists who are wringing their hands and saying this is worse than WMD. Is it really? Is that why George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI and got sent to jail? Is that why the national security advisor lied?
MIKA: And Paul Manafort.
SCARBOROUGH: His campaign only got caught lying to the FBI, but after he was in talking to the FBI got caught lying again. Donald Trump's second in command behind Paul Manafort got caught lying to the FBI. And then when he was delivering his proffer, he got caught lying to the FBI. The man that Donald Trump knew longer than anybody else in politics, you see him on the lower right-hand corner. Yeah, you know, the guy with the Nixon tattoo on his back got caught lying to the FBI about what? Bowling? Huh? The best places to get sangria in San Diego? No! The Russians. They lied about the Russians nonstop for two years.
Oh, let's see, maybe the press, maybe "The New York Times," maybe "The Washington Post," maybe "The Wall Street Journal," maybe they should have just ignored the fact that Don Junior met with a bunch of Russians who said they were going to give him info, dirt on Hillary, and he said, "I love it." Not no, wait for a second, I better contact the FBI, because that's what everybody else would have done. "I love it." Maybe they should have ignored the fact that the president called everybody around on Air Force One and concocted a lie. Let's say it's about adoptions.
Now, I just ask, what was the media supposed to do at that point? Shrug it off? No. You know the answer. And just because you're sucking up to Donald Trump and just because power is all that matters to you and just because you will justify everything that man does and just because you are corrupt, just because you're not a journalist, just because you have sold your soul to a personality cult, don't knock reporters at "The New York Times" or "The Washington Post" or "The Wall Street Journal" or the broadcast networks for doing their job right.
MIKA: Which they'll continue to do.
SCARBOROUGH: Which they will continue to do. So you can keep lying, you can keep saying your misogynistic statements, you can keep saying that Hispanics are breeders or they bring diseases to America. You can keep whipping up theories like the Seth Rich theory. That really -- that was great for him family, wasn't it? Way to go. You're lecturing -- you're lecturing "The Washington Post" and "The New York Times" on journalism?
And by the way, if you write for these papers, and there's some people I respect that write for these papers that have actually written columns condemning the media's behavior, be ashamed of yourself. Be ashamed of yourself. Were there bad actors? Yeah. And guess what, we know who they are. We won't have them back on our show. But there are bad actors -- guess what, I've got bad news. There are bad actors in your house. And a lot of you that were bitching and moaning last night and being morally self righteous, you are the bad actor. So save your breath. We're not going to divert our eyes. This president lies more than any other president in the United States.
He's lied about universal health care, he promised he'd give it. He didn't give it. He lied about the wall. He said Mexico was going to pay for it. The Mexicans wouldn't pay for it. Hell, the Republicans wouldn't even pay for it when they owned Washington! We're going to keep talking about that. Tax cuts. He said he was going to help the working man, then he went down to Mar-a-Lago that night and said to Robert Kraft, I don't know if Jeffrey Epstein was down there, but whoever the hell was around his table down there, he said I just made you all a lot of mony today! We're not going to divert our eyes. Damn the torpedos, full steam ahead, follow the story where it leads us.