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'Morning Joe' Debates Roger Ailes' Fox News Memo to "Tone it Down" (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 13th 2011 6:30PM
On 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC), Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski got into a heated debate about the reason Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes told his on-air personalities to "tone it down" in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona.

Scarborough praised Ailes as "brilliant politically" for rising above the fray, while Brzezinski dismissed Ailes' memo as "business" and later said Ailes was just being "politically correct."

Brzezinski also said that Ailes' call for a change of tone doesn't make up for a "a lot of the stuff that has happened on (Fox News)."

"Do you really want to go there?" Scarborough angrily responded, suggesting that their own network, MSNBC, hasn't exactly been a saint when it comes to the "heated rhetoric" that is now under fire.

Ultimately, Scarborough agreed that Ailes' edict was a business decision, but still worthy of recognition. However, one can't help but think that any time Scarborough, a self-described conservative, praises Ailes, he's doing so because he hopes Ailes will make the business decision to hire Scarborough -- giving him a much bigger audience than he could ever enjoy on MSNBC.

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Would be nice to see all the networks take on this same rule - shut up and tone it down! Mika, your true colors are showing. No one that is on MSNBC should be throwing stones.

January 14 2011 at 7:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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