MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough went on the offensive Tuesday against those in the media he deemed Democrat-allied "so-called journalists" who've issued serious judgments without evidence against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
"We've been harshly critical of Fox News for being in the tank and being state television for Donald Trump," Scarborough told co-host Willie Geist and contributor Mike Barnicle as co-host Mika Brzezinski chimed in that "it's both sides. It's everywhere. It's mainstream, all across the board."
"Let me tell you something," Scarborough continued. "What we've seen the last week has made me want to call networks and put a (D) in front of the name of the so-called journalists that have already decided that Brett Kavanaugh is a rapist or ... serial sexual abuser. Oh, really? You know that? Do you really know that?"
"This has not been the media's finest hour, certainly in the coverage of this," Barnicle soon replied. "But it's also, in terms of the United States senators, if this were a jury — and in a sense it is a jury because they're gonna vote up or down on this candidate — ... at least half the Senate would be recused from jury duty. The prosecution would say, 'No, Lindsey Graham, he can't be on this jury, he can't vote up or down on this guy because he's already already indicated [how he will vote].'"
Scarborough also mentioned Democratic senators who've sided with Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford without evidence, such as Kirsten Gillibrand of New York ("I believe her because she's telling the truth") and Maize Hirono of Hawaii ("Well, I believe [Ford], let’s put it that way").
Brzezinski prefaced Scarborough's declaration by saying the Tuesday program would be a "smear-free zone" and "honestly, if there's smearing of Dr. Ford, or Ms. Ramirez, or Brett Kavanaugh on this show, you will be kicked off this set, 'cause we're not doing that. It's just facts."
Here's the longer clip of the conversation. The relevant portion starts just after the 15-minute mark: