Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stunningly Superficial

That's about the best summary of a TV "news" talking head I can imagine.

What's really impressive is that Scarborough doesn't get why he's being taken to task. He keeps saying that he reads the newspapers and Foreign Affairs, so obviously he knows what's going on.

It brings to mind a snippet of dialogue from the wonderful movie "A Fish Called Wanda":
Wanda: But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
Otto: Apes don't read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes they do, Otto, they just don't understand it! Let me correct you on a few things; Aristotle was not Belgian! The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself!" And the London Underground is not a political movement! Those are all mistakes. I looked them up.
I think it's safe to say that Joe Scarborough is not an intellectual, either.

Update: Purely coincidental, but TBogg used that same exchange as the title of a post on a completely unrelated incident.


Laura E. Goodin said...

The link didn't seem to work -- what did Scarborough say?

Chard said...

After a fairly lengthy discussion of the current situation in Gaza, Scarborough is veering into talking points about how no one pays attention until Israel reacts, then tries to take it back to 2000 and says "Clinton gave Arafat and the Palestinians everything they could have wanted" and Brzezinski says "You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing to listen to you."

The link works for me, but there's another at http://www.taylormarsh.com/archives_view.php?id=28930 or you can go to MSNBC.com and look for clips of Brzezinski. That's pretty good, because the exchange goes to hell almost 7 minutes into a 9-minute clip.