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Greta Van Susteren calls out 'Morning Joe' for criticizing Fox News, tells hosts to 'focus on their own jobs'


Co-host Mike Brzezinski took offense

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Seasoned journalist and former cable news host Greta Van Susteren made MSNBC's "Morning Joe" the subject of a rare rebuke from her on Tuesday, criticizing the show for slamming a rival and advising the hosts to "focus on their own jobs."

What are the details?

Van Susteren — who previously hosted shows on both Fox and MSNBC — posted a Mediaite headline on Twitter, pointing to "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough's criticism of Fox News.

"News orgs and hosts need to stop talking about competitors as each news org has so many skeletons in their closets," Van Susteren tweeted along with a screenshot of the headline. "They should focus on their own jobs and stop watching each other."

Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough's co-host and wife, fired back, "Then please stop watching us. What a disturbing tweet. This is about corruption in the Presidency and the hosts that promulgate the President's lies. A shame not to recognize the importance of this moment."

"You can do better — I know it," Van Susteren replied. "Stop watching your competitors and your competitors need to stop watching you and doing the same back at you. The inter cable fighting is taking eye off ball to scrutinize government/politicians which is critical."

Brzezinski gave a response back, saying, "Actually the truth matters. It may not to you. There are those using their platforms to promulgate the President's lies. You know that. We will recognize it and condemn it when it happens. You may not care about the truth. We do."

Van Susteren then spelled out her view of how the news should be reported, tweeting, "Job of press: aggressively seek facts about those who hold office, whether [Republican] or [Democrat] and then let the American people decide. Press should also encourage a robust debate about those facts but not tell people what they think."

Anything else?

According to the Mediaite report, Scarborough had been criticizing Fox News host Sean Hannity, "without naming him." Last year, The Hill reported that after a decade on air, "Morning Joe" has become a show "where panelists rip into Trump on a daily basis."

Van Susteren is currently host of "Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren" and Voice of America's "Plugged in with Greta Van Susteren."

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