MSNBC host Joe Scarborough sparked controversy on Monday morning when he suggested that Michael Brown’s shooting had been misrepresented by the mainstream media.
Brown, 18, was shot by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during a violent altercation on Aug. 9. Last Monday, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Wilson for the shooting – citing a lack of credible evidence that he committed any sort of crime. The grand jury’s decision infuriated Brown’s supporters, setting off a week of protests and various types of demonstrations.
One such demonstration in particular that bothered Scarborough.
This past Sunday, five St. Louis Rams players walked onto the football field with their hands raised in a symbol of solidarity with Brown’s supporters.
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"I'm sorry, this Rams thing, this was the final straw for me," Scarborough said. "I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks. I can't take it anymore."
Scarborough went on to note that, according to multiple witnesses, Brown did not have his hands up. Thus, the Rams’ gesture was pointless and simply in response to a media-created narrative.
He continued: "There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community that deciding you're going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store, and then according to grand jury testimony, acted in ways that would get my children shot … that's your hero? That's the reason you want to burn down black businesses?"
Scarborough also mentioned that a lot of people agree with him, even if they are not publicly willing to say so.
"You know what pisses me off too is I have people around this set all the time. They let me say what I say on set and they sit and stare at me, slack-jawed," he said. "They're afraid to say anything on the air, even though they know it's BS. People [are] saying one thing when the camera's on and then saying something completely different when the camera gets turned off, because they're somehow afraid they'll be called racist if they tell the truth."
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Ultimately, Scarborough concluded with this:
"If I've offended anybody offended anybody by saying what I've said, trust me, 95% of America thinks just like me. Just because there are cowards that won't say that on TV — that's your problem, it's not mine.”
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