By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
NBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski interviewed activist and director Rob Reiner this morning, who blamed them for contributing to the rise of Donald Trump. Reiner, who is the director of a new film “Being Charlie,” wanted to discuss MSNBC’s handling of Trump’s rise.
Reiner referenced an MSNBC episode in which Bob Woodward appeared, saying that the media must hold “these people,” meaning candidates running for office, accountable. “Chris Matthews held Trump accountable on his position on abortion,” he said. “He didn’t let him up. He kept going at it and it’s the most revealing thing that’s happened during this entire campaign season.”
“The words that have been flung out from his mouth are insane. If he was not a celebrity, if Donald Trump was not a celebrity, the words that come out of his mouth, you’d see a guy in a park. A lunatic in a park on a soap box, and you’d walk right by him,” Reiner continued.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 5, 2016
He also called out MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki for saying that the ratings will fall when Trump is the eventual nominee.
Reiner also demanded a “better” debating style which includes moderators, like Matthews, holding the candidates accountable. “What we have to care about is: what does this man say?”
“Which of course we do,” Scarborough tried to explain.
“He’s not pinned down,” continued Reiner. “I want to hear how he’s going to deport twelve million people.”
Scarborough asserted that they had held Trump to a higher standard than any of the other candidates. “I would bet you your proceeds from your next twenty films that I could find you any question that you bring up,” Scarborough said. “About the wall, which Mika tried to nail him down on, the Muslim ban — we gave Bob Woodward twenty minutes!” he continued. Scarborough added that Woodward had grilled Trump on their show when he asked Trump whether he was ready to go to war with Mexico.
“So the questions are asked, and they’re repeated,” Scarborough argued.
Brzezinski also spoke up, defending the show saying, “You act like you’ve got some special sauce!” She continued, “Maybe I should stick my heel down Trump’s throat and tell him he’s not answering my question. Would that make you feel good? What planet am I on?” she added.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) May 5, 2016
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