Former GOP Congressman and now cable TV commentator Joe Scarborough has a long history of fighting against obscene words on TV.
- In 2003, Scarborough was incensed that the FCC refused to impose fines on ABC when Bono used “the F word” during a live broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards. Scarborough even claimed that because of his proper upbringing he didn’t use such words.
- In 2006, Scarborough hosted a show that attacked Barbra Streisand for using the F word when speaking about President Bush.
- Most famously Scarborough led the charge against the infamous 2004 Super Bowl Janet Jackson halftime show, insisting that the FCC chairman Michael Powell hit CBS with massive fines or be fired. “But I have got to say, that’s the problem, not just being exposed to Janet Jackson, but being exposed to the F-bomb several times from rock stars at award shows, from actresses at award shows. Unbelievable.”
So you probably can guess where this is going. This morning Joe Scarborough said “fuck you” on TV when talking about Obama’s appointment of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff:
The funniest thing about it is that he didn’t seem to realize that he had actually said it until the other people on the show started tittering and blushing.
From Glenn Greenwald.
© Michael Ramirez