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Trump, McConnell Are Fighting MSNBC, Washington Post - Page 2

Inside the latest Trump vs. the media mess
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2019 5:40 PM CDT

  • On Tuesday, Trump went after Morning Joe on Twitter: "Wow! Morning Joe & Psycho ratings have really crashed. Very small audience. People are tired of hearing Fake News delivered with an anger that is not to be believed. Sad, when the show was sane, they helped get me elected. Thanks! Was on all the time. Lost all of its juice!" He later added, "Just reminded my staff that Morning Joe & Psycho were with me in my room, at their request, the night I won New Hampshire. Likewise, followed me to other states ... Don’t watch show, but heard Mika said I asked to preside over their marriage. Not true—does anyone really believe that? They were married by Elijah, King of Baltimore!"
  • The dispute was apparently instigated by the show's defense of Maryland Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, who was attacked by Trump over the weekend for not doing more to help a Baltimore he said was infested with crime. Scarborough delivered a 10-minute essay Monday on behalf of his "personal friend" Cummings, saying the congressman had more courage and cared more about his constituents than Trump ever will. Scarborough was absent from Tuesday's show, but his co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski, picked up on the theme.
  • Morning Joe received some criticism for not telling viewers, as part of its Cummings coverage Monday, that the Maryland congressman presided over the 2018 wedding of Scarborough and Brzezinski. She said on Tuesday's show that she had posted pictures of their wedding that included Cummings on social media Sunday, and that regular viewers of Morning Joe were aware of it. "We chose Elijah Cummings to marry us because he really represents everything that we aspire to be in a human being," Brzezinski said. "He really is the man of the moment at this moment in history. Also, for the record, President Trump offered to marry us and we turned down that offer. That wasn't going to happen."
  • As for Trump's claim that the show helped him get elected: Trump was often featured on Morning Joe for interviews in 2015, and Scarborough was among the first major media personalities to take his candidacy seriously. The show has consistently criticized Trump since he's been president.
  • But as for Trump's claim that the show's ratings are falling, the Nielsen company says that the MSNBC show's average audience for the first six months of 2019 has gone up slightly from 1.07 million to 1.11 million.
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