On Thursday, as Connor Williams at NewsBusters reported, Joe Scarborough at MSNBC “ripped Israel for their ‘indiscriminate’ attacks upon Gaza, and feared that this would only cause the conflict to worsen in the future.” Specifically, Scarborough said that “this is asinine. This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine,” and “we will rue the day that this is happening every day and women and children are being seen.”
On Friday, as Laura Flint at NewsBusters noted, Scarborough attempted to walk back some of what he said, insulting his objectors by saying he would us “simple talk that simple minded people can understand.” He was apparently so proud of what he said that he had it printed virtually verbatim at the Politico late Friday afternoon, complete with an emphatic, condescending title. Let’s revisit the screed to make a few important points (produced in full because it has already been broadcast; bolds and numbered tags, used so Joe can better follow “simple-minded” points, are mine):
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From Vatican City:
Aug 1, 2014 / 08:35 am
In honor of the feast commemorating the founder of their order, Pope Francis made a last minute phone call to the head of the Jesuit General Curia expressing his desire to eat dinner with them.
According to an Aug. 1 statement issued by the Jesuits, “It was only at the last moment that he told Father General that this was his wish.”
The Roman Pontiff arrived to the community in his small Ford Focus, and made a point to greet several bystanders outside the front door of the offices of the Jesuit Curia before going inside.
Describing the visit as “wholly private and quite simple,” the Jesuits explained that after dining with the community in the refectory, Pope Francis joined them in the recreation room for coffee and “friendly conversation,” where he greeted each one personally.
Among those present were the seven siblings of Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio, who disappeared in Syria last year, and whom the pontiff consoled with “words of comfort.” …
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