During Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough decided to criticize Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery over his actions that led to his arrest in Ferguson Wednesday evening. Lowery, along with Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly, was arrested while sitting and writing in a McDonald’s in Ferguson. Lowery filmed the encounter with the police officer and posted it when he was released from custody hours later. The actions of the St. Louis County and Ferguson police towards media and protesters on Wednesday night caused Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to relieve local law enforcement and bring in state and federal police and authorities.
. @GovJayNixon just confirmed that the State Police & Federal Authorities are going to relieve St. Louis County PD of their duties here.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 14, 2014
Anyway, Scarborough felt that Lowery brought the arrest on himself. When discussing Lowery’s situation, Scarborough brought his own son into the conversation, condescendingly treating Lowery as if he is a kid and doesn’t know any better.
“I will just say if I saw that video and my son was the one police arrested after that episode, I’d say, ‘Joey, heres a clue. When the cops tell you for the thirtieth time, let’s go, you know what that means, son? It means let’s go. I’m sorry…I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day.”
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:
Ugh. Joe really is an insufferable jerk. Lowery was on CNN’s New Day shortly after Joe made his comments. Host Kate Bolduan brought up what Scarborough had said and asked for a response from Lowery. The WaPo writer’s retort was perfect.
“I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sipping his Starbucks smugly…I have little patience for talking heads. This is too important. This is a community in the United States of America where things are on fire. This community is on edge. There is so much happening here and instead of putting reporters on the ground we have people like Joe Scarborough running their mouth who have no idea what they’re talking about.”
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of CNN:
Lowery completely annihilated Scarborough. I can attest to what Lowery is talking about. Having been on the ground in Ferguson myself, I can speak to the level of anger and frustration that has boiled over in that community. These residents want answers. They want to trust their local police force. They don’t want to be made to feel like second-class citizens with targets on their backs. And the response from local law enforcement has been to quiet them and anyone covering what’s going on down there. It is as if the police have been trying to break apart this community with their actions the last few days.
So I concur with Lowery. Scarborough needs to either make his way to Ferguson or shut up. Joe, nobody needs to listen to your smug opinions on something you know nothing about.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).