MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski seems to believe that the media’s role in society is to dictate what the American people should believe or not believe, at least according to her bizarre remarks during the Wednesday morning episode of her program.
In response to President Donald Trump calling on the American people to remain skeptical of the mainstream media and to do their own fact-checking, Brzezinski suggested that the public should instead rely on their media overlords to do the thinking for them.
“I think that the dangerous edges here are that he’s trying to undermine the media, trying to make up his own facts, and it could be that – while unemployment and the economy worsens – he could have undermined the messaging so much that he could actually control exactly what people think,” Brzezinski said. “That is our job.”
Instead of rebuking his co-host’s decidedly undemocratic ideology, though, Joe Scarborough doubled down on that line of thought, comparing Trump to two of the most brutal fascist dictators of yore.
“It’s when he says the media is the, quote, ‘enemy of the people,’ where he sounds like Mussolini or Lenin, which obviously causes concern,” Scarborough chimed in. “That phrase right there makes him sound more like a dictator in training.”
Later, Scarborough went on to blast the Trump administration’s strict stance on illegal immigration, a key cornerstone of the Trump campaign that has become a lightning rod of criticism ever since the president began taking steps to curb the problem as he promised he would.
“We have an economy, let’s face it, we have an economy that is built on illegal immigration,” he said. “We have an economy that is built on that. That is why I say, ‘why don’t you just legalize it?’ Scarborough wondered.
Should the media “control exactly what people think?”