Morning Joe Slings Gun-Control Softballs to WH Spox Earnest
Barnicle’s Barf-Inducing Question: How Does Prez Feel ‘As a Father’ About GOP Rejection of New Gun-Control Laws?
Imagine you’re a real reporter—not a thinly-disguised member of the Dem cheerleading squad—and you had the opportunity to question President Obama’s spokesman this morning. Wouldn’t you have wanted to know the degree to which President Obama and his minions were complicit in the fiasco of the redaction of the Omar Mateern tapes, removing most of his proclamations of allegiance to ISIS, Allah, etc?
But when the Morning Joe crew interviewed Josh Earnest, not a word about the Mateen tapes, or anything else that might have jostled Josh’s feathers. To the contrary, the interview was one long set-up, giving Earnest the chance to sanctimonously wring his hands over the rejection by the Republican Senate of various gun control measures. Most bathetic of all was Mike Barnicle. Barnicle prefaced his question by saying “I’m going to ask you to do something that’s probably difficult given your role as White House spokesperson.” For a fleeting second one imagined Barnicle was about to challenge Earnest with an uncomfortable question. Hah! “Give us a feel for the president as a human being, okay? As a father, as a parent, as a citizen because we all know what happened in Orlando.” Hard-hitting stuff, Mike!
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Morning Joe didn’t ask any challenging gun-control questions, along the lines “what good would any of the proposed measures have done given that Omar was not on any terror lists and had passed the background check?”
Earnest repeatedly called Republicans “cowards.” In contrast with brave Josh, who intrepidly faced Morning Joe‘s withering fire of down-filled softballs!
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Americans, according to a poll just out, want increased background checks for terrorists. They want increased background checks for people who are domestic abusers. They want increased background checks for Americans. Only 8% oppose. Preventing convicted felons or people with mental health problems. 87% favor those specific gun measures. And 85%, like you said, want to prevent people who are on the terrorist watch list from owning guns. This is surreal. 85% of Americans agree that people that the FBI suspect are going to commit acts of terrorism against Americans probably shouldn’t be able to walk into a store and get a gun.
JOSH EARNEST: Look, I think it’s common sense. If the government thinks it’s too dangerous for you to board an airplane, why do we think it’s okay for you to walk into a gun store and buy a gun? So it’s very disappointing that we haven’t seen Democrats and Republicans come together in commonsense fashion to support something like this. And the president has been pretty blunt about this. We’re only going to see the change that we need in our gun laws when we actually see the change that we need in congress and the president has made clear he’s going to be a single-issue voter on this and he believes that other people who share his passion for trying to reduce gun violence and passing commonsense gun-safety legislation that would reduce gun violence without undermining the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, they’re going to have to be single-issue voters on this issue too.
MIKE BARNICLE: Hey Josh, I’m going to ask you to do something that’s probably difficult given your role as White House spokesperson. And it is to give us a feel for the president as a human being, okay? As a father, as a parent, as a citizen because we all know what happened in Orlando. And yet before the burials even took place, we were told over the weekend there were going to be four bills presented in the United States Senate, gun measures, and that we were told also that all four were doomed to defeat. What’s his reaction as a human being knowing that this stuff is going to be on the floor of the Senate and knowing ahead of time that it’s all going to go down to defeat?
EARNEST: I think the president is profoundly frustrated. And the reason for that is simple. The president has a responsibility. As a symbol of the country, as a leader of the country to go down to Orlando, just as he did last week and meet in person with the families who have lost loved ones in these terrible incidents. And the president himself said the most common question that those family members who lost loved ones asked him was simple. Why does this keep happening? Why does this keep happening?
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Why are terrorists roaming our streets and streaming over the border on a daily basis? All smoke and mirrors because Obama is failing to do his number one job, keep us safe.
That’s the kind of question an actual journalist would have asked.
Gun control doesn’t help, ask Chicago…
“Imagine you’re a real reporter—not a thinly-disguised member of the Dem cheerleading squad …”
So you want us to imagine being unemployable in the “journalism” industry, and so ashamed of the current state of said industry that the lack of employability is a blessing.
It’s MSNBC. I don’t care what the host declares his affiliation, they’re all lefty tools. The network can try to polish its exterior but the core is still pure turd. Mark Levin puts it best, MSLSD. Zero reality, pure narrative.
Yeah, but I’d guess that all three of their daily viewers agree with them.
Morning Joe has gone to the Dark side of the force.!
Any hint of Ethical journalism is completely gone now.
I have wonder out loud if they have some type of derogatory
information on Scarborough. The tone change on this show is stunning.
No mention of the two democrat filibusters on the two republican proposals
Now you have to ask yourself, Josh…
If you were confronted by Omar Mateen or by a nacro-terrorist or by a Chicago gang member or an illegal immigrant…would a .38 special protect you or would the knowledge that there is a law against protecting yourself with a gun protect you? How do you feel about that?
And why is it OK for Matten, gang members, et al. to profile their victims but the FBI cannot do its due diligence? How do you feel about that?
Oh, yeah, that’s right, Josh. It is so much more magnanimous of you to give people the impression that you truly care on national TV. We know how you Dems feel about that: “I feel your pain.”
Now, who gives a damn about what Obama “feels” about anything?
This is why I only watch the Weather Channel for a few minutes each day. How do you feel about that, Morning Joe?
Barnicle prefaced his question by saying “I’m going to ask you to do something that’s probably difficult given your role as White House spokesperson.”
“Give us a feel for the president as a human being, okay? As a father, as a parent, as a citizen because we all know what happened in Orlando.”
Ummmm … let LukeHandCool put this in common street language:
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“I’m going to ask you to do something that’s probably difficult given your role as White House spokesperson …
… But my three Johns cancelled their appointments this morning, so I’m going to insist you accept a f***ing blow job from me here on live TV.”
This would be the Mike Barnicle who was fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarism and lying about it. Yeah, I care what he thinks.
When are they going to force the White House to admit what Obama’s favorite flavor of ice cream is?
“And the president himself said the most common question that those family members who lost loved ones asked him was simple. Why does this keep happening? Why does this keep happening?”
-Radical Islam demands that infidels be killed.
-A President who pretends that Islam is not as bad as all that.
-An AG who gladly will sacrifice truth for Pretense.
-A Congress with a need to pass something to honor the Pretense.
-And, a media that worships at the altar of Pretense
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All you need to know about obama and his ideas on gun control He voted against armed self defense in your own home.
Hale DeMar, a 52-year-old Wilmette resident, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor violations for shooting, in the shoulder and leg, a burglar who broke into his home not once, but twice. Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against DeMar.
In March 2004,
the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2165, a law introduced in response to DeMar’s case, with provisions designed to assert a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions,
such that self-defense requirements would be viewed to take precedence over local ordinances against handgun possession. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 38-20.
Barack Obama was one of the 20 state senators voting against the measure.
Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill. On Nov. 9, 2004, the Illinois Senate voted 40-18 to override Blagojevich’s veto. Again, Obama acted against the bill.
On Nov. 17, the Illinois House voted overwhelmingly, 85-30, to override the governor’s veto and Senate Bill 2165 became law.