If you have no idea who Joe Scarborough is, you're not alone. Scarborough, a former congressman from that intellectual hotbed of Florida who rode to Congress spouting Rush Limbaugh's anti-Clinton diatribes in 1994, couldn't cut it in Washington and now hosts a factually challenged conservative lovefest on MSNBC. According to NBC's corporate Web site, MSNBC reaches 78 million households. The Nielsen ratings report from May 11 suggests that somewhere around 336,000 tuned in to watch Scarborough this week. In other words, somewhere around 0.43 percent of the people who can watch Joe Scarborough actually choose to do so. Using the Nielsen's as my guideline, that means there are 42 people watching JAG for every one person watching Scarborough. I don't know anyone who's ever seen an episode of JAG, and it's been on for 10 years.
Anyway, Scarborough is another one of these Bill O'Reilly clones who pretends to be a journalist while spewing false facts and biased partisan opinions as news to the few misguided viewers who watch him. Most of these vermin hosts have never met a fact they knew what to do with, mostly because they wouldn't know the difference between the factual truth and something Sean Hannity coughed up during one of his ignorant rants.
During the false Dan Rather "scandal" that was created and perpetuated by the neo-conservative cult of zealots, Scarborough could hardly contain himself. He'd invite zombie after zombie to come on his show and pile dirt on Rather and his supposed "liberal bias." You could see from the wise-ass smirk on Scarborough's face that these were his salad days, likely reminding him of how fun his stint was in Congress before his young female staffers started turning up dead. More on that later.
I mention all of this today because a couple of weeks ago, Scarborough went bonkers against Ahnuld Schwarzenegger, California's not-so-beloved gropenführer. According to the Washington Post, Scarborough ranted:
You know, this guy has been in so much trouble. He's got sagging poll numbers. He's got political groups criticizing his every move. And now the governator is making all his enemies' job easier. According to the London Evening Standard, Arnold recently went on Howard Stern's radio show and offered his theory on how to end premenstrual syndrome, saying -- quote -- 'If we get rid of the moon, womens, whose menstrual cycles are governed by the moon, will not get PMS. They will stop bitching and whining.'
Hey, Governor, way to make 50 percent of California's voting population turn frigid towards you. I don't know how it works in Austria, but let me tell you something, friend, jokes about such matters -- not laughing subjects to women in America.
Thanks for the tip, friend. But let us all tell you something. That wasn't Schwarzenegger who called Stern's program. It was a Schwarzenegger impostor who appears regularly on that show. Also, you did not read anything like this in the London Evening Standard, you douchebag. It was in the London Daily Mail, whose editors were also fooled. In fairness, they don't publish their newspaper a few blocks from where Stern broadcasts his show, so they at least have an excuse. They don't have regular access to Howard's cavalcade of comedy and lesbians. Joe, on the other hand, couldn't walk down the streets of Manhattan without hearing two New Yorkers discussing what happened on Stern that morning.
To his credit, Mr. Accuracy did apologize -- ten days after he aired his little rant and nine days after Schwarzenegger's office called MSNBC to let Joe know of his mistake. Because nobody (except one or two of Ahnuld's staffers, apparently) watches MSNBC, Revoltin' Joe didn't see any need to retract his imbecilic babbling until the Washington Post (with a circulation of over 5 million and a Web site serving up more than 7 million page views each day) picked up the story. That's when Joe decided he may want to shift into damage-control mode. Integrity only matters to Joe once reports confirming his lack of competence hit the mainstream.
MSNBC management apparently will not discipline Scarborough for using their network to distribute slanderous attacks from his amazingly low mighty high ground. After all, the way they figure it, nobody's really watching anyway. Besides, Joe apparently has plenty of friends in high places. If you don't believe me, you may want to read a little bit about Lori Klausutis and ask yourself why you never heard anything about her but at one time you couldn't go 90 seconds without hearing Chandra Levy's name. Then ask yourself if you really believe Scarborough, beacon of truth that he is, left Congress for the reasons he claims.