In an effort to re-legitimize the mainstream media in the face of an ongoing barrage of attacks against it by President Donald Trump, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski recently made an offhand comment that suggests those suspicious of the media, including Trump himself, may have things right after all.
As reported by RealClearPolitics.com, during Wednesday morning’s show, Brzezinski was discussing Trump and his view of the media when she said that “he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think.”
Then she followed up with this:
“And that, that is our job.”
Come again, Mika?
It’s your “job” to control what people think?
As you might expect, Brzezinski began getting clobbered on social media, and later sent out a message over Twitter that declared she “said the media's job was to keep President Trump from making up his own facts, NOT that it's our job to control what people think.”
Except…that’s NOT what she said.
To make matters at least slightly worse, Brzezinski felt compelled to fire off a follow-up Tweet that read, “Of course, that is obvious from the transcript but some people want to make up their own facts. SAD!”
The problem, of course, is that a look at the transcript simply verifies the accuracy of her on-air comment:
BRZEZINSKI: Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.
So after the original statement, which was what it was, Brzezinski made a lame effort to deny it by telling people they got it wrong, when they clearly did not.
Some might even say that counts as an example of Brzezinski telling people what to think…which, you know, she claims she doesn’t.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large