I had an animated conversation this morning with host Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" about the way MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has been using his show to shill for Donald Trump.
I wrote about it in August under the headline: "Could cable TV hosts kiss up any harder to Trump?" I wrote about it again Saturday under the headline: "Why are moderators, anchors hugging, kissing up to candidates so much?"
As both articles explain, it is not just Scarborough, but he is by the far the worst when it comes to Trump.
CNN had video for our segment today that showed Scarborough boasting of how he advised Trump after the first and second debates. Scarborough is proud of this highly inappropriate and compromising relationship.
Many cable show hosts are not journalists, and, sadly, they have never been socialized to the mores and ethics of the profession. But all of them do serve at least a quasi-journalistic function in setting the parameters and tone of the way candidates are depicted in the national conversation.