MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough fell into some hot water earlier this month when he made a sweeping (and inaccurate) generalization about the NYT‘s election coverage. His assertion, that the NYT had not reported on former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry‘s wealth to the extent that the paper has on current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was backed up by TIME‘s Mark Halperin. Halperin said he didn’t “recall” extensive reporting by the NYT on Kerry’s wealth.
This morning, Scarborough’s co-host Mika Brzezinski read an excerpt from a NYT Sunday editorial specifically criticizing Sheldon Adelson, a multi-billionaire who has said he may donate $100 million to defeat President Barack Obama‘s reelection bid.
“I think it’s unfortunate that you only get one side of the story on the editorial page. Where are all the [liberal billionaire and Democratic donor] George Soros editorials?” Scarborough said indignantly, apparently not having learned anything from the last time he went down this road. But Halperin, unwilling to be a fool for the second time, was more cautious. “There might have been some. I’m sure our friends at the Times will send them to us,” he said.
To be sure, we weren’t able to find any NYT editorials calling out the influence of Soros’ donations in elections. Kudos to Halperin for not blindly backing the host.
Watch the segment here.
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