Yesterday, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh attempted to attack President Obama for responding to the devastation in Haiti. “This will play right into Obama’s hands — humanitarian, compassionate,” Limbaugh argued. “They’ll use this to burnish their, shall we say, credibility with the black community — the both the light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It’s made to order for them.” This morning, the MSNBC Morning Joe crew took their turns ripping Limbaugh:
– Chuck Todd: “Rush Limbaugh I think lives in South Florida. … Very large Haitian community in South Florida. You would assume he’d have a little more compassion about all of this.”
– Joe Scarborough: “The insensitivity is stunning, the words are deplorable. … [It's] indefensible.”
– Pat Buchanan: “They’re deeply insensitive, no doubt about it. I think the President of the U.S. speaks for the country when he stands up there. … I think Rush’s comments were cynical.”
John Harwood then decided to falsely equate Limbaugh’s “mean-spiritedness” with criticism from those on the left. “It’s not just on the right, it’s on the left as well,” Harwood said. Scarborough enthusiastically agreed: “Hate from the left, hate from the right.”
Yesterday on Twitter, Scarborough was complaining that the media were giving too much attention to televangelist Pat Robertson’s inflammatory remarks about Haiti. “MSM will now obsess over Pat Robertson’s ‘devil’ comment but will pay no attention to his organization’s remarkable relief work worldwide,” he wrote. After considerable criticism, he clarified that he wasn’t “defending” what Robertson said, but wanted his comments put into context of “his work on behalf of the world’s poor.”
Update Yesterday, Limbaugh also said that the United States has done enough for Haiti: "We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax."