As some of you might know by now, just after Dr. Tiller's murder by an Christian extremist,/anti-abortion/Domestic terrorist, it came to light that MSNBC's douche bag himself, Joe Scarborough, was all too quiet during the unfolding news story about the terrorist's attack.
It was quickly revealed the reason for his silence was because he was once directly involved in what was the first act of domestic terrorism against a doctor providing women's health care services/legal abortions down in Florida.
He helped that terrorist find legal counsel.
Fast forward to last night when ...
I was shocked to see this story (as Joan Walsh talked about it on twitter). It looks like Newsweek's Jon Meacham did Doucheborough a huge favor by intervening and making sure Newsweek didn't print the part of the interview where Holy Joe was confronted about his silence during the Dr. Tiller attack and his previous involvement in the country's first act of domestic terrorism against a doctor who performed legal abortions.
I thought Jon Meacham was one of the more honorable media people. This really knocked him down several pegs of legitaddiweszdfsamacy as far as I'm concerned.
As Joan Walsh said, "Unfortunately, this Gawker story about Scarborough/Newsweek rings true to me, and Jon Meacham should be ashamed."
Newsweek interviewed MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough last week, and prominently mentioned when Scarborough defended the murderer of an abortion doctor. That didn't go over well in Scarborough country, so Newsweek editor— and frequent Scarborough guest—Jon Meacham changed it.
The Scarborough interview, by Johnnie L. Roberts was a "web exclusive." It was posted to Newsweek's web site on Friday afternoon with Roberts' introduction leading with the newsiest bit of the interview: Scarborough's first comments about serving as the defense attorney for Michael Griffin, the anti-abortion zealot who murdered Dr. David Gunn in 1993, and whether that had affected his coverage of the death of Dr. George Tiller. Here's the original introduction:
In the wake of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the abortion doctor shot dead in front of his church on May 31, a Village Voice writer had set the blogosphere abuzz about Joe Scarborough. Why had Scarborough's morning news show, "Morning Joe," been silent on the sensational murder story? Was it because Scarborough, as a young lawyer in Pensacola, Florida, had helped defend one of the nation's first murderers of an abortion doctor 16 years ago?
"We covered it as a news story, Scarborough told NEWSWEEK during an interview about his new book, "The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise." Scarborough says he condemns the Tiller murder, and has since talked about his involvement in the 1993 Florida case on his show. "I'm an attorney," he says. "I represented clients. I did it as a favor to the family. The goal was to stop this young man from trying to defend himself."