This week’s Liberal Media Scream features MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" show trying to raise South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential announcement with Tiger Woods’ Masters championship, dubbed the biggest comeback in sports history.
The show opened Monday with a montage of Woods talking about his win interspersed with clips of Buttigieg’s announcement. “Wow! Happy Monday,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski.
“America stopped,” her partner Joe Scarborough claimed, “everybody stopped, they were watching Tiger and they watched Mayor Pete. And, I don’t know, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, just may be a day that a lot of people look back on and see history being made.” Brzezinski relayed how “we were shuffling my mom from room to room. ‘Let’s go watch Tiger, okay let’s go back for Mayor Pete.’”
With “Sunday Split Screen: Tiger’s Comeback; Pete’s Kickoff” as the screen heading, regular contributor Mike Barnicle soon added: “In one Sunday spring afternoon in Augusta, Georgia and in South Bend, Indiana, you had two stories that combined to truly represent part of what this country is all about ... It was a remarkable day and two remarkable events.”
From the Monday, April 15 Morning Joe:
Joe Scarborough: “A really special day yesterday, whether you used to root for Tiger or not, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you actually just saw two things happen. America stopped. A lot of Americans stopped based on the phone calls that were coming in from everybody. Our phone was ringing off the hook yesterday like it hasn’t. My gosh, in an era where you have 300 cable channels and a million YouTube channels, for some reason yesterday, Mika, everybody stopped, they were watching Tiger and they watched Mayor Pete. And, I don’t know, ten years from now, 20 years from now, just may be a day that a lot of people look back on and see history being made.”
Mika Brzezinski: “Well, we were shuffling my mom from room to room. ‘Let’s go watch Tiger, okay let’s go back for Mayor Pete.’ My mom loves Mayor Pete and his speech like put her over the edge yesterday. Our phone started ringing off the hook from reporters, to Republicans to Democrats to people who really feel moved by this candidate.”
Mike Barnicle: “Joe, in one Sunday spring afternoon in Augusta, Georgia and in South Bend, Indiana, you had two stories that combined to truly represent part of what this country is all about. In Augusta, Georgia, you had a story of resilience, you had the story of someone who hurt himself, by himself, self-inflicted wounds over nearly a decade, get up up off the floor, back in the batter’s box and become a winner again. And it really was an epic kind of personal story ...
“But then you go to South Bend, Indiana...you get young Mayor Pete Buttigieg and he is standing there and he’s talking to America and he’s calm, and he’s compassionate and he’s intelligent and he’s not speaking down to people, he’s not insulting people. He’s talking about the future and basically declaring that the past is the past and you’ve been tricked. All of these people living in small mid-western and New England and industrial towns, you’ve been lied to, you’ve been tricked. The future is here. You either go forward or retreat into the distant history of the past. It was a remarkable day and two remarkable events. You’re right to call them both remarkable.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Really? They saw a politician’s speech as compelling, if not more, than a major sporting event? If anyone thought the media’s hostility to President Trump meant a tougher look at all politicians, this should put that to rest. They’ve found their new Obama.”
Rating: Four out of five screams.