MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Has New Years Run-in With Facts Courtesy of Sopan Deb

Joe Scarborough’s close friendship with Donald Trump while peddling pro-Trump propaganda on his MSNBC created a few problems for him on New Years as CBS’ Sopan Deb tweeted about where Joe was and who he was with New Years Eve based on a story by The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman, who said in a tweet of her own, “Mika and Joe among the Mar-a-Lago revelers last night”:

Scarborough took issue with the idea with Deb’s use of “partied” (who parties on New Years Eve?), prompting this exchange:

Remarkably, a guy who makes his living telling lies for Trump then lectured Sopan Deb on the importance of facts, and Deb was having none of that:

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‘s Taegan Goddard observed that “Very interesting: @JoeNBC is challenging the report from @maggieNYT that he was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago party last night.”

However, Joe Scarborough wasn’t willing to admit even that much. At this point, Scarborough completely lost it and launched into a tirade, an attempt to rationalize his “attendance” at what he refused to admit was a “party.” It is not often you see someone with the ability to so rattle Joe Scarborough and it is much to be savored:

1. I “partied” last night by watching Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters with my kids. Then watched the Mariah Carey dumpster fire.

2. Around 7pm, I had a preset meeting with PEOTUS before his party trying to set up an interview (much like reporters at CBS & NYT do.

3. The event was black tie. Both Mika and I were in casual clothes, did not attend the party, and left before any “partying” began.

4. Nothing that Mika and I did in setting up this meeting was any different than what all good reporters and news hosts try to do daily.

5. Anyone suggesting otherwise is a hypocrite who ignores what great journalists from Ben Bradlee to Tom Brokaw have done for years.

To this last, Sopan Deb tweeted in response,

Joe Scarborough tweeted back angrily,

He added a couple of more numbered points too:

6. I hope we get the interview.

7. Stop lying about us.

What is illuminating about this is less the actual facts of who did what with whom on New Year’s Eve and more about how defensive Scarborough became at the suggestion that he partied with his close friend Donald Trump, or indeed, even attended a party. And this wasn’t his only attempt to explain the night away.

The fact is, Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski attended a New Years party thrown by Donald Trump and when caught out, fell back on trying to argue it away by splitting hairs over definitions, or “getting Talmudic” as Daniel Rubin said, and to which Maggie Haberman answered, “actually no, we are being precise.”

To be precise, though they were at times critical of Trump during the campaign, we know Joe and Mika speak “frequently” to Trump thanks to Reince Priebus and it is no secret at this point that Morning Joe is nothing but a Trump propaganda outlet.

Perhaps Scarborough is especially sensitive to the attention this has drawn. As Haberman concluded, they were there and “Not sure why this is a controversy.”

By this time, the whole brouhaha had dissolved into ridiculousness. Scarborough launched into yet another “five-point” explanation of the events of that night and continued to protest his innocence, leaving but one possible conclusion for us to arrive at:

Hamlet asked his mother, “Madam, how like you this play?” To paraphrase Gertrude’s answer,

“Methinks the gentleman doth protest too much.”