This exchange between MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is hilarious:
Thank you to Matt Lewis for bringing this video into our lives.
Also, h/t to Ed Morrissey who adds:
Brooks actually has three degrees: political science, economics, and law. As a lawyer, Brooks would have been experienced enough not to make Brewer’s mistake in a cross-examination, which is to ask a question without first knowing the answer. Not only that, but Brewer was being flat-out rude as well as foolish; MSNBC invited Brooks to appear to get his perspective on the issues. If their hosts respond by belittling them (whether it backfires or not), what does that say about MSNBC, its management, and the kind of invitations they make?
Since Brewer made an issue out of having an economics degree before engaging in economics debates, she must have a doctorate in the subject herself, right? Not exactly. According to her Wikipedia entry, Brewer has a baccalaureate in broadcast journalism (magna cum laude). Apparently they didn’t teach interviewing skills at Syracuse, or logic either, as a requisite for the degree.
Update: Mediaite managed to capture more of the segment, which offers more context to the debate as Brewer’s attempt to discredit the GOP congressman backfires and she struggles to comprehend how someone with a degree in economics could possibly disagree with Democrats: