Scarborough Tears Into NY Times for Ignoring IRS Scandal: 'This Really is a Scam!'

June 24, 2014 - 11:09 AM

MSNBC'S Joe Scarborough was incredulous with The New York Times for its cover story choice this morning: a possible Christie Bridgegate 2.0 story was deemed more important than the IRS investigation.

"This really is a scam! This is why conservatives don't trust national newspapers. It's why they don't trust broadcast news," Scarborough said.

"There's a double standard and you can see it on every broadcast," he continued. "You can see it on the front page of every major newspaper. ... It's the stories they don't run. It's the omissions, the acts of omissions when Democrats are in power. It's stunning."

Scarborough let the New York Times have it, taking several minutes exploring what stories the paper chose to cover instead of the IRS investigation.

"Let's see, so this is the top of The New York Times," he began. "I'm trying to figure out where the IRS story - is it on the front page? Because actually, there was an investigation launched yesterday of the IRS - an internal investigation."

"I'm sure that the Internal Revenue Service targeting individuals - private citizens and also political groups that were against the administration - would be on the front page, because they launched an internal investigation," Scarborough said. "I'm sure the New York Times would not let a story that big..."

"One of these stories [the IRS] is old news, and one of these stories is new news," Steve Rattner said, trying to defend the Christie cover story.

"No, new news happened yesterday with the IRS," Nicolle Wallace chimed in. "New enough to be on the television networks."

"By the way, this is unbelievable," Scarborough said angrily. "The Washington Post and The New York Times are not putting on the front pages of their newspapers that an internal investigation has been launched by the IRS on the most shady behavior -"

"Well it's on page A19!" Co-host Mika Brzezinski announced.

"And yet they put the Pulaski Skybridge, or whatever, on A1?" Scarborough asked.

"Whatever! This is garbage," Scarborough said.

"Look - look! Examining a scandal within a scandal about emails at the IRS page 19 Q and A," Brezinski said, looking pleased.

"A scandal within a scandal?" Scarborough said skeptically. "No, it's just a scandal. It's just a scandal. There have been emails that have gone missing ten days after the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee started asking for them."

"Okay - I'm going to get to it now, calm down," Brezinski said. "But I do like this piece, 'Women Leave Their Careers in Peak Years' ..."

"That's great," Scarborough deadpanned. "You know, if George W. Bush or any Republican had an IRS member that went after Democrats, and then there was an internal investigation launched, you would not have time or space on the front page to talk about women's issues."

Brezinski looked at the camera and pouted.

"This really is a scam," Scarborough continued. "This is why conservatives don't trust national newspapers. It's why they don't trust broadcast news. There's a double standard and you can see it on every broadcast. You can see it on the front page of every major newspaper. This is why we don't trust the national news outlets, because they are so biased and slanted. It's not the news that they run, even though this is a joke of a story to put on the front page here. It's the stories they don't run. It's the omissions, the acts of omissions when Democrats are in power. It's stunning."