the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Matt 7:2b
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; Matt 6:12
Today on Morning Joe at 6 a.m. and on the replay at 8 a.m. The Morning Joe crew went after Newt Gingrich, as a hypocrite, again repeating the liberal canard that the Clinton business was only about sex , on the set the “conservative” of the crowd was Mike Barnicle.
Today he went after Gingrich calling his candidacy as a “joke” and when given the task of “pitching” Gingrich just plain did not give one.
I like Barnicle a lot, he is a Fitchburg guy, and is the closest thing to what democrats used to be, basically a working class mindset who speaks common sense. As for Newt Gingrich, I’ve met him twice and seen him speak several times, he is a brilliant man, I like that he has converted to Catholicism, but he doesn’t even make my top 4 as a GOP presidential choice.
I’m not going to go into the Nixon comeback parallel or the fact that Americans love to forgive, but I would to point out an amazing irony on the set.
The Morning Joe crowd is unforgiving to Newt for his wrongs of 15 years ago (and they were wrongs) yet Mike Barnicle is an accepted and respected member of the journalistic group.
This is what Slate had to say about Mike last year when he was tapped to be part of Ken Burns 10th inning:
Was it some sort of subtextual commentary on the era of steroid cheats that Burns turned to Mike Barnicle to talk about the Red Sox? While we’re having history lessons: long ago, back when Roger Clemens was still pitching for Boston, Mike Barnicle was a columnist for the Boston Globe. Does anyone know why he is not a columnist for the Boston Globe anymore?
I wish that were just a rhetorical question. But since Mike Barnicle keeps showing up on people’s televisions and talking about stuff, apparently it isn’t. Mike Barnicle had to stop being a columnist for the Boston Globe because he got caught plagiarizing and fabricating, over and over again. And because he lied about it.
Mike Barnicle is a fraud and a liar. He didn’t even have the excuse of being in over his head and strung out on drugs, like Jayson Blair. He had a nice, easy columnist spot. He fabricated and plagiarized because he was lazy and dishonest, and because he had contempt for his $200,000-a-year job and his readers.
Don’t hold back Tom Scocca, tell us what you really think.
As I’ve already said, I’ve met Mike, I like Mike and I’m not looking to get him in trouble, but is it just me or is there a massive bit of hypocrisy on the part of the Morning Joe crowd, so willing to permanently toss Newt under the bus while Mike Barnicle sits on the set?
The final irony, Barnicle’s own scandal took place in 1998 around the same time of Newt’s.
I don’t think Newt has a prayer of winning the nomination but perhaps they should use the same measure for Gingrich’s candidacy for president as they use for Mike as a regular on the set.