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How 'Morning Joe' lets itself look to be in the tank for Donald Trump

How 'Morning Joe' lets itself look to be in the tank for Donald Trump
Taking on Joe Scarborough's relationship with Donald Trump and the way his show, 'Morning Joe,' damages the credibility of MSNBC. (CNN screengrab)

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?"

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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.

In a democracy, that's a big deal, and should be treated with some respect. Scarborough and his bosses at MSNBC show no respect for that at all.

But to flaunt their conflicts and compromised status the way Scarborough does in this video that sets up my conversation with Stelter is unbelievable.

Here's a link to the CNN video of our segment today, please take a look and let me know what you think.

You can read what Raw Story, Media Matters and Mediaite have to say about the segment herehere and here.

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