Cable shows on sexual assault, Morning Joe Fail

Cable shows on sexual assault, Morning Joe Fail

“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.” [Entertainment Tonight]

MSNBC disgraced themselves and let down their viewers during the morning hours on Monday morning when the only woman on set, Mika Brzezinski, abdicated her role in addressing the most important element of Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” remark.

Here’s a clue: The most important thing was not the horse race and it was not what President Bill Clinton did in the 1990s. He was impeached, which wasn’t a small thing to anyone who lived through it or covered it, as I did, online.

In a strange back and forth, Mike Brzezinski sat like a potted plant while the whole show ignored the subject of sexual assault, which goes well beyond the 1990s. Abdicating her responsibility as a journalist to cover the subject itself, sexual assault, watching her on Monday was cringeworthy.

Do the talking heads of “Morning Joe,” Brzezinski and Scarborough, not understand that the subject of “sexual assault” is a trigger for many women? So far, by watching their show, it’s obvious they simply do not care.

Blaming Hillary Clinton for “enabling” her husband, no one at MSNBC’s morning show headquarters cared that it’s simply not true.

What we found is that Hillary Clinton has been accused of threatening or shaming accusers of Bill Clinton. But all the accusations remain unproven, as do the specific allegations against Bill Clinton. In most cases, evidence Hillary Clinton intervened in any significant way doesn’t exist. [Politifact]

Neither “Morning Joe” talking head were interested in facts. Their only goal seemed to be blaming the wife for her husband being a philandering dog, which was Trump’s main line during the Sunday debate.

On Fox News Channel last night, it mattered to Megyn Kelly. Interviewing a Trump surrogate, it got ugly quickly for him. Kelly reminded her guest of what Trump had said about the very women he trotted out before the debate. She even had video clips of interviews where Trump said he felt sorry for President Clinton, demeaning the women himself.

“He’s a victim himself.” – Donald Trump said of President Clinton in 1998

Trump called Ms. Paul Jones “a loser.”

Trump called Ms. Lewinski “unattractive.”

If Nicole Wallace hadn’t been on Monday’s show it would have been a 3-hour vacuum on the violence associated with sexual assault. Donny Deutsch tried to make the same point but both Brzezinski and Scarborough could only heckle him, bringing up Bill Clinton, then John F. Kennedy.

“Where were you in the 1990s?” Scarborough asked.

[Donald Trump] pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again and I had to physically say: “What are you doing? Stop it.” It was a shocking thing to have him do this… And how could he be doing this when I’m there for business? [Huffington Post]

What matters now, today or the 1990s?

ON another network, CNN’s “New Day” co-host, Alisyn Camerota, showed real empathy and understood the horrific import of what Donald was talking about in that “Access Hollywood” video. The “New Day” team didn’t make it about Jones, Lewinsky and the rogue’s gallery of accusers, which was adjudicated in the 1990s.

Today, CNN’s “New Day” covered Nancy O’Dell‘s remarks on “Entertainment Tonight,” as well as the remarks of Arianne Zucker. They also had two women on talking about the subject in terms of the bottom line: sexual assault and the language that Trump used. One of them knew Ms. O’Dell.

Arianne Zucker, “Days of Our Lives” star seen in the #pussygate Trump video:

“My name is Arianne (R-E-on) ZUCKER (Zooker) and I am a strong, independent, hard working mother, business woman and partner to a great man. I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character. How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect. Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it. In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people”.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” ignored the women at the center and chose to become Trump’s tool in explaining away “grab them by the pussy,” which the show censored. Adding insult to that injury, at the end of the show Ms. Brzezinski used 3 children as props, laughing “close your ears.”

Sexual assault is different than Trump’s Muslim ban that will never happen or a wall that will never be built.

Sexual assault victims deserve a better conversation and so do America’s women, which you sure as hell won’t find on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”