I guess the backlash from this Wednesday's Morning Joe, where both Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough did their best to blame the racist chants that were made by the Oklahoma fraternity members on hip hop music was more than the network was willing allow to go on without a response, because they trotted Brzezinski out later that same afternoon to do some damage control on The Cycle.
Needless to say she failed miserably. You lay down with dogs Mika, don't pretend you don't wake up every morning with a really bad case of fleas from spending too much time around Jihad Joe.
Following the massive backlash she and her Morning Joe co-hosts and guests received after discussing the role that rap music may have played in inspiring the racist chant that got the SAE frat at University of Oklahoma shut down, Mika Brzezinski appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle alongside Al Sharpton and attempted to clarify what was said.
“The students in the video are responsible for their behavior,” Brzezsinski began. “And as we said on our show this morning, they did it, and it’s beyong appalling,” she said, calling the video “disgusting and disturbing” to watch. “In no way is anybody else to blame for what they did on that bus. They are responsible and they made that choice.” Read on...
That's not what was said on the show as we discussed here and as Mediate wrote in their post:
Co-host Mika Brzezinski thought Flame should take some responsibility, given that “nigger” appeared in his lyrics.
“If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that he’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage,” Brzezinski said. “It’s full of n-words, it’s full of f-words. It’s wrong. And he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself.”
“Popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot corporations profit off of it, and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they’ve been hearing,” said Bill Kristol. He added that Tipper Gore “tried to raise this issue, and was widely ridiculed,” referring to the parental advisory labels the future V-FLOTUS enacted after her daughter purchased Purple Rain thirty years ago.
“The kids that are buying hip hop or gangster rap, it’s a white audience, and they hear this over and over again,” Joe Scarborough said. “So do they hear this at home? Well, chances are good, no, they heard a lot of this from guys like this who are now acting shocked.” (Ahem.)
Thus are the white boys actually chanting the racist slogan exonerated, while the African-Americans who are disparaged in the chant blamed. Willie Geist, voice of reason and named as the panel’s in-house expert on gangsta rap, managed to fit in that language is contextual, and that an African-American rapper using “nigger” differs in both degree and kind from white frat boys at a southern university using it in a song about systemic discrimination that references lynching.
Mika seems to be confused about the fact that this thing called video exists and that you can record what someone actually said and go back and watch it. No amount of spin is going to change what they said or what was plain to anyone watching it what they meant.
That entire show needs to be thrown into the dust heap of bad programming choices by MSNBC that have already been taken off the air, but given the direction the network looks like it's headed in lately, I don't count on that happening any time soon.