Joe Scarborough on Campaign Coverage: ‘They Stopped Being Journalists’

By Mark Joyella 

MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough said reporters covering the 2016 presidential campaign “stopped being journalists” in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

Scarborough said journalists instead were “cheerleaders,” and “people who had a conclusion they reached, and then searched for facts to show” that Hillary Clinton was a lock to win The White House.

Scarborough then addressed reporters and news anchors who, he argued, called out dissenters who dared to suggest Trump could win:

“And I will just say it. With people like (Mark Halperin), us, Nate Silver … when anybody even made the suggestion that Donald Trump could be elected President of the United States, it was their journalistic standards that were questioned. When Mark Halperin suggested that there was a pathway forward for Donald Trump as President of the United States … reporters at some of the best newspapers in the world, anchors at some of the best networks in the world mocked and ridiculed Mark Halperin.”