MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who has been mocked throughout the primary season as Donald Trump's "lap dog," blasted rival network CNN on Monday for giving the candidate favorable access.
May 23, 2016

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who has been mocked throughout the primary season as Donald Trump's "lap dog," blasted rival network CNN on Monday for giving the candidate favorable access.

"They've been kissing up to him for months and months and months and months," Scarborough complained during his Monday broadcast. "I mean, they've given him extraordinary access."

"Some would argue," co-host Mika Brzezinski said under her breath before adding, "I'll just leave it right there.

"CNN has given him just incredible unprecedented access," Scarborough ranted.

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi explained how Scarborough and Brzezinski became "Trump's lapdogs" during the Republican primary.

"Nobody who's covered the Trump run could fail to notice the increasingly hot-and-sweaty ménage a trois between the candidate and Mika and Joe," Taibbi wrote in February. "Even their on-air performance at the town hall last Wednesday was such a craven display of bumlicking and softballing that media critics all over the country denounced them for it."

"But even assuming that it's OK for someone like Scarborough to be something less than neutral, being an advocate is different from being a slobbering yes man," Taibbi said. "There was a time in the journalism business when it was considered at least somewhat embarrassing to be caught openly shilling for a politician."

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