Monday, February 25, 2008

Joe Scarborough on MSNBC: Pundit Extraordinaire!

MSNBC's Pundit Extraordinaire, Joe Scarborough.

The Morning Joe is a better show when Joe is absent as he more frequently is. MSNBC is doing very well with Mika Brezinski and Willie Geist. Andrea Mitchell fills in admirably when real reporting is required. In spite of her personal political beliefs (which tend toward the liberal view), Mitchell keeps her opinions to herself and reports the political news with sufficient objectivity to keep you listening.

Ham-handed Joe Scarborough is altogether too much convinced of his political acumen and should know better than to focus so much on the sensational side of American life. Scarborough’s career itself was under a cloud because of the death of Lori Klausutis, a 28 year old Scarborough aide, in July 2001. The late Ms. Klausutis was found dead in Scarborough’s Florida office a few months after Scarborough had announced his intention to resign his congressional seat.

Further controversy grew from the fact that the medical examiner who examined Klausutis had been previously fired and suspended from practice. Initial autopsy reports from Dr. Michael Berkland said initially there were no signs of trauma but later reports indicated two fractures and a “contra-coup” head injury. The ultimate conclusion of the medical examiner (Berkland) was that Klausutis “had an undiagnosed heart problem which caused her to faint and hit her head on the edge of the desk, causing the skull fracture.”

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