Video: Scarborough explodes when Deutsch makes Benghazi about … Republicans

posted at 8:41 am on May 1, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Joe Scarborough ripped into co-host Donny Deutsch on Morning Joe earlier today after Deutsch attempted to make the issue of the Benghazi cover-up at the White House all about Republicans in 2014. The segment starts off with some fluff, and then turns to Benghazi shortly afterward. The big explosion starts after the six-minute mark, when Deutsch begins to warn the GOP not to bite on this scandal, and then asserts that the media has “covered it” sufficiently. Mika Brzezinski can’t buy that one, either (via Mediaite):

“I want to put up a warning here for the Republicans,” Deutsch replied. “I think this is fool’s gold for 2016.”

“What about the cover-up for the White House?” Scarborough interjected. “I’ve got everybody here apologizing for the White House. What about a cover-up, Donnie?”

“Why are you jumping to political strategy?” he continued. “So, tell me, what’s the politics of the White House lying about something that we all know they’re lying about?”

“You see the White House spokesperson lying on national television. You see an ABC Newsperson shocked that he’s lying and treating the press corps like they’re stupid. He says it’s not about Benghazi. Republicans and conservatives have been called fools for a year now for saying this happened. They don’t release it with the original the documents. They finally, reluctantly are forced to release it. Then you have the White House lying about it, saying it’s not about Benghazi, and you’re only reaction is, ‘Hey, Republicans better not overreact to the cover-up?’”

“We, as voters, understand both Republicans and Democrats are political animals and are going to manage a crisis to their favor,” Deutsch contested before he was interrupted.

“So, when Democrats cover something up, it’s politics,” Scarborough interjected. “When Republicans cover something up, it’s a scandal.” He closed by calling his co-hosts reaction to the White House’s behavior a “disgrace.”

That will make for an uncomfortable set the next time Deutsch returns.

Sam Stein came up next, and half-jokingly said he was “too scared to speak” about the story. However, he jumped in on Scarborough’s side. Stein’s wife worked at the White House on this issue, but he believes that the White House has not been transparent on Benghazi, and that it’s coming back to bite them now. Stein tries to turn the conversation back to the intelligence failure that led to the attack, but Scarborough interrupts Stein to remind him that Ambassador Chris Stevens and the US diplomatic staff in Libya repeatedly warned the State Department about the situation in Benghazi. This was not an intelligence failure, but a leadership failure — brought on by the need to pretend that the Libya intervention was a smashing success instead of an abject and costly failure.


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HonestLib

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Todd never asked Obama a tough question

Jpalm32 on May 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Lanceman.

John the Libertarian on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

When the ObamaDepression hits. When he’s out of office and ObamaCare is out of illegal delays and the economy melts down as a result, the leftist State-Run media are the first ones we need to track down and drag out into the streets.

Because NONE of what Obama and the Dims have done the last 6 years would have been possible without a fawning, complicit, enabling media, covering for them every step of the way.

Meople on May 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

John the Libertarian on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

…(careful…I got a warning doing the same for Bishop and Shad)

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Meh. Boehner can’t multi-task and this administration knows it. Hence, the constant deflecting for the past five years.

Really??? You assign Weepy’s stunning incompetence and intentional interference into the house “investigation” of the biggest presidential scandal of all time, to an inability to “multi-task”? I’m going to go out on a limb and say you believe Obamacare was crafted and passed with the best of intentions. It just needs better management.

How many of you watched the video and hit the “done” button or clicked the video shut as soon as moron Joe said “minimum wage”? I did.

For those who feel hopeless about the future of our country, watching Moron Joe should give you hope. If a collection of derelict drones can lounge around a glass table on national television, belching out a bunch of sentences written by the WH press office the night before, and GET PAID FOR IT, any barely literate dope can.

I think Joe is gonna have to apologize to president jarrett for going off script. I’m sure mica got an email immediately. Did anyone hear her iphone go off?

acetylene420 on May 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Thanks for Scarborough update, as otherwise I would never, ever hear about what he said since neither I nor one single soul I know watches the show

$500 says he’s a Jeb guy when the primaries arrive

Reaganite Republican on May 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

…(careful…

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Got ya. But, well, Lanceman.

John the Libertarian on May 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Please let this latest email string be the crack which blows the dam, 4 dead Americans deserve more than the likes of Deutsch writing it all off as mere bad politics.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM

As for Scab-borough, I won’t ignore his myriad faults but when you’re right, you’re right.

Jaibones on May 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Looks like Joe is preparing for running :)

jimver on May 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Deutsch-bag

earlgrey on May 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Stein’s wife worked at the White House on this? The incest continues.

monalisa on May 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

This was not an intelligence failure, but a leadership failure — brought on by the need to pretend that the Libya intervention was a smashing success instead of an abject and costly failure.

This is the key point. Benghazi is not a blemish on an otherwise perfect operation. The operation was a disaster and this was the cherry on top on the disaster. That’s leadership failure, not just intelligence failure.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

… and Barack Obama continued to peddle the video in the well of the United States, and that is because?

alamb on May 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

The real question, which doesn’t appear to be asked, is “What was the ambassador doing in Benghazi in the first place”? Once the providing arms to our enemies cover up sees the light of day, the administration’s house of cards ^should come down.

IMHO, the deaths of 4 Americans wasn’t a security failure, it was the intentional end result. State Dept denied security and no military response, tells me they were supposed to die…quickly.

The *failure* was that they lived long enough to send out an alert, leaving a trail that could be followed.
^caveat.

AppraisHer on May 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

John the Libertarian on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

…(careful…I got a warning doing the same for Bishop and Shad)

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

.
I’m glad I got this “head’s up” before I got in trouble . . . . .

Thanks.

listens2glenn on May 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Chuck Todd is an incredible hack and obfuscator in the tape, and in general.

The WH thinks all Americans are stupid.

Chuck Tood and most all there think so too.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

John the Libertarian on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

…(careful…I got a warning doing the same for Bishop and Shad)

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

.
I’m glad I got this “head’s up” before I got in trouble . . . . .

Thanks.

listens2glenn on May 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

OK, this is over my head. What’s going on here?

avagreen on May 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

IMHO, the deaths of 4 Americans wasn’t a security failure, it was the intentional end result. State Dept denied security and no military response, tells me they were supposed to die…quickly.

This is what I increasingly believe as well. I don’t know if they were supposed to die but something was supposed to happen there that night and it needed zero security to happen and these guys had to die to maintain secrecy.

Remember, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods weren’t even supposed to be there fighting. They were told to stay at the CIA compound. But they ran to the sound of the guns.

Missy on May 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Remember – this Administration fabricated a cover up, and imprisoned a man in order to give their story credence.

This is the sort of bad sh!t you read about in spy novels – but the Obama Administration made it reality. And that, my friends, is very, very troubling.

Hill60 on May 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Some of us happen to think that lying by the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton is a big issue, Donnie. Particularly when it’s done for immediate political advantage. If they can get away with this, what’s next?

oldennis on May 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

This was not an intelligence failure, but a leadership failure — brought on by the need to pretend that the Libya intervention was a smashing success instead of an abject and costly failure.

…And brought on by the need to portray Islamo-fascists as defeated & on the run.
“It was a mob enraged by a YouTube video, not a planned act of Islamist terror.”

itsnotaboutme on May 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM

If they believed it was due to a video, and after Obama repeatedly blamed it on a video, then why was it ok for Obama to tell America to our faces during his Romney debate that he called it a terrorist attack immediately and lets not forget how Candy Crowly (cnn) backed him up, lol… Now Obama and his obamabots can’t have it both ways!!!

soapyjeans on May 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Think for a minute. The issue here is not whether or not the WH and SoS lied, clearly they did from the start.

The *important* issue here…which we’re getting closer to daily…is *why* they lied.

The White House, and SoS Clinton, either deliberately set up those Americans, or through *deliberate* inaction, let them get murdered. American citizens in their employ. Those people were murdered. …why?

The answer is coming soon, I think…and it will end this tyrannical, farcical administration, finally.

a5minmajor on May 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Why hasn’t the media reminded Obama/Carney that Obama publicly said to America during his Romney debate that he said the day following the Benghazi tragedy it was because of a act of terror and not a video. Somebody needs to replay clips of that debate where cnn candy crowly allowed obama to lie to America by agreeing Obama did blame Benghazi on terrorist attack the day after it happened. Considering that, how can Jay Carney now claim their talking points for Rice are a valid excuse, lol…

soapyjeans on May 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

a5minmajor on May 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Hope you are right.

Missy on May 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Nice..Chuck Todd basically comes on and regurgitates Carney’s talking points.

Donny Dip$hit barfs out something so totally inane and stupid (but hey, this is Donny Dumba$$ after all).

Joe goes ballistic..and good for him…and even Mika tells Dummy “Bull$hit”…

Rage!!! It’s what’s for dinner.

BigWyo on May 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

They got caught giving aq in Syria kadaffis weapons thru turkey, wh cover up and tried to stop transfers. Why Stevens was in ben gazi-not tripoli. aq wasn’t happy, offed Stevens and took the stuff overland. He was setup, and another coverup. 6 islamists in the wh and incompetent/sympathetic potus and sec of state.

joe is buffoon entertaining the peons with anger act.

Rea1ityCheck on May 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Chuck Todd is an incredible hack and obfuscator in the tape, and in general.

The WH thinks all Americans are stupid.

Chuck Tood and most all there think so too.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I agree with Chuck Todd. Not all Americans, but yes the majority are stupid and clueless. I’m a pollster.

Redford on May 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Donnie an obvious Hillary supporter shouldn’t worry about Republicans Using the Judicial Watch FOIA request as an excuse this email came out because someone in the White House wanted it to come out. The WH insiders are turning on Hillary to make her unelectable.

oznerola on May 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

At this point what difference does it make?

bluesdoc70 on May 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Donnie Doh!!!che. What a partisan hack.

Conservchik on May 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Now that is one racially diverse crew, is it not?

Whiter than a box of Saltines.

Sherman1864 on May 2, 2014 at 3:02 AM

I thought we were not going to use the term “smoking gun” after what happened in Arizona because that just inspires more violence. But in all seriousness, good ol’ Chuck Todd doing his best to help the President out. I love how this is “old news” but when Romney was in 5th grade and gave a wedgie to some kid, THAT is news…or W’s DUI from ’76 or however far back. So in review, 4 people die and the White House lies not a big deal. Romney putting his dog on his car roof in the early 80′s major news flash.

The Dude on May 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Deutsch’s level of grossly hypocritical lawless, fascist self-deceived delusion is truly incredible (& typical for many if not most of the media), but utterly minuscule compared to that of Dem “leadership,” especially at the Federal level.

russedav on May 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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