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In an astounding display of obliviousness, panelists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe claimed multiple times on Thursday that the Stormy Daniels story had not been given much media attention.
Co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski stated on separate occasions that the controversy had been spared the spotlight, both on their show and across the news media in general. As Mark Leibovich and Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times were bemoaning the disproportionate attention that such scandals tended to receive, Brzezinski cut in to offer her take. “I’d like to point out, we haven’t really covered the Stormy Daniels story with great fervor,” she insisted. “I mean, this – at this point we kind of have to.”
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To be fair, Brzezinski may have been referring specifically to Morning Joe; but even then, her claim doesn’t pass a sniff test. At the time of her assertion, 61 minutes of coverage had elapsed on the show that morning, 31 of which had centered around Daniels. The previous day, Morning Joe had dedicated three segments to the story, and every installment of the show that week had included at least one such segment.
Scarborough’s characterization of the supposed dearth of headlines was more brazen – and more incorrect. During the show’s third hour, he asserted that this scandal was “obviously a story that we’ve hardly covered and most people have hardly covered.” While this claim falls flat with regard to his own show, how does it apply to the reset of the media?
NewsBusters - Analysis - CNN - Wednesday - News
According to a NewsBusters analysis of CNN’s Wednesday evening news coverage, the Stormy Daniels story...
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