Everyone at Morning Joe considers Pat Buchanan to be a friend and a member of the family. Even though we strongly disagree with the contents of Pat’s latest book, Mika and I believe those differences should have been debated in public.A statement from Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” • Disputing the recent firing of Pat Buchanan by the network in the wake of controversial comments in his most recent book, ”Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” The book, which has drawn the ire of numerous groups, led to a lengthy suspension for the former presidential candidate, who spent a decade at MSNBC. Think the network made the right move? Or should they have let the crew of “Morning Joe” grill him?
» Standards and stuff: It’s probably good to note that this double-standard between MSNBC and Fox remains bizarre. Fox News hosts (most notably Sarah Palin, who regularly endorses candidates and runs her own political action committee) don’t get treated this way. Honestly, we think that MSNBC has to loosen their standards for their political commentators. This is going to eventually come to a head in a more public way than either of these incidents. Know why we know this? Because Joe Scarborough is considering running on a presidential ticket with Michael Bloomberg in 2012. You think this crosses a line? What if that happens, guys?