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Joe Scarborough Says Political Pundits Voice Completely Different Opinions in the Green Room Than They Do On-Air (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 1st 2010 6:16PM
On 'Morning Joe, '(weekdays, 6 AM ET on MS NBC) the gang was discussing an article in Politico which revealed the GOP establishment will try to prevent Sarah Palin from being their party's nominee in 2012. Palin has attacked the article because it was based on anonymous sources. In explaining why political journalists need to use anonymous sources, Joe Scarborough made a revealing comment about how the television punditry game works.

"In 2005, all of my Republican friends, all of them, started saying George Bush was going to put them in the minority," he explained. "All of them would tell me that in the green room, and I would go on air and criticize George Bush and they'd say, 'You're not a good Republican, Joe."'

"And we started hearing the same thing about about Obama a year ago. Democrats -- all Democrats -- would tell us, this guy doesn't know what he's doing. And then we'd go on the air and say Democrats are saying this guy doesn't know what he is doing. And they'd go: "No we're not, the Democrats love him, he's wonderful."

So if you turn to the talking heads to help you digest Tuesday's election results, it's important to remember that they're as much actors playing a role as they are experts giving an honest opinion.

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