The Problem Is Not “Fake News,” It’s the Noise That Drowns Out the News

TIJUANA, MEXICO – JANUARY 08: Migrants view a live televised speech by President Donald Trump on border security at a shelter for migrants on January 8, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. Tijuana continues to house migrants, many of whom are hoping to cross the border into the U.S. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

I put my head in a blender quite completely by accident on Thursday morning, and I’m still trying to get my legs back under me. It started just after 6:00 a.m. when I made the enormous unforced error of turning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Co-host Joe Scarborough and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart were discussing the ongoing debacle in Virginia, so I thought, “What the hell. Let’s see what the Hot TV Take is today.”

Bad mistake.

Scarborough, who has molted more times than a Screech Owl (right-wing lawyer to right-wing House Rep. to right-wing TV star to self-decreed martyred saint for “real” Republicans in the era of Trump), was attempting to wrap his mind around the phenomenon of blackface to the visible bemusement of Capehart, who is Black. “I’ve lived in the Florida panhandle, they call it the Redneck Riviera,” said Scarborough. “I’ve lived in Meridian, Mississippi. I’ve lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I never had a friend, I never had an acquaintance, I never knew anyone who wore blackface. Is this a Virginia thing, or was I sheltered?”

Capehart favored Scarborough with a long Pelosi Pity Clap Look before responding, “You were sheltered.”

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