Thursday, January 8, 2009

Joe Scarborough, Mika and Zbigniew Brzezinski: Stunningly superficial

An interesting exchange took place between APF pundit Joe Scarborough and guest Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor during the Carter administration. During their discussion of the latest fighting in Gaza, Zbigniew startlingly insulted Scarborough on his own turf 'Morning Joe':
JOE SCARBOROUGH: You can't blame what is happening in Israel right now on the Bush administration.
SCARBOROUGH: You can't. Let's go back to 2000, Dr. Brzezinski. Bill Clinton gave Arafat and the Palestinians everything they could have wanted.
BRZEZINSKI: You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing to listen to you.
It isn't the first time a pundit has been punked on his own show but this dynamic had a unique layer of awkwardness as Joe Scarborough's co-host is actually the guest's daughter, Mika Brzezinski.

APF pundits Marc Maron and Sam Seder discussed this compelling exchange on their Online show 'Break Room Live'. What's most interesting about the deconstruction of the Scarborough/Brzezinski dust up is that Maron was unaware of the family tie, the revelation dawning midway through the discussion.

Most found the Scarborough exchange appealing because it showed a pundit vulnerable. Pundits take pride in their certitude and command of their domain, seeing one getting toppled then haplessly trying to restore their upper hand is entertaining viewing. The self deprecating Marc Maron mocks his co host by insinuating Sam Seder has the same unshakable pundit pride:
MARC MARON: ...he's (Joe) just a bloviating douchebag radio talk show host and the arrogance he approaches this statesman with is despicable. What was most satisfying for me is that even though he wouldn't surrender, it's so hard for some people SAM (mocking emphasis) to just say "I don't know" SAM. It's so hard...
Listen to Maron and Seder on Scarborough and Brzezinski
Listen to the full Dec 31st 'Break Room Live' episode

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