Letters to the Editor

Is this what we really want in our TV talk show hosts?

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk show, are ecstatic. After weeks and weeks of poking and prodding President Donald Trump they’ve gotten some personal recognition in his infamous June 29 tweets.

With those fresh Trump tweets in hand Scarborough and Brzezinski reportedly came in off their vacation to bask in limelight of their recent notoriety. The dynamic duo had in-studio guests and home viewers on the edge of their seats with their accounts. They even offered Dr. Phil-like diagnosis and prognosis of the president’s mental condition.

They want to be portrayed as victims, but it appears to be more calculated than that. There’s the recent National Enquirer expose on the couple published in early June that claimed the couple “started hooking up while married to other people.” They also gave a shameless plug for their co-authored article in the June 30 Washington Post entitled, “Donald Trump is not well.”

There are journalistic hand grenades flying in all directions. As was hoped, Trump lost his patience, then pulled the pins and threw a couple back Scarborough and Brzezinski‘s way.

With pain comes gain and surely their TV ratings will soar for at least the short term. It’s probably still too early to award them the red badge of journalistic courage for their anti-Trump crusade.

Scarborough and Brzezinski seem to have made the designed leap from providing news commentary to being the news. Is that what we really want in our TV talk show hosts?

Bill Malec, O’Fallon