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Scarborough has never heard of YouTube
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I mean that's all I can figure with this lame defense of his "You think she thinks she works the pole?" comment where he was speaking of Fred Thompson's wife.

You see, per Scarborough, it was blogs who "wrenched" his words out of context and "twisted" them and then other blogs who copied the lies. Seriously:


Now, anyone, how do you "work a pole" as a beautiful woman? Given my wasted youth, I certainly know what I thought of immediately when he said that. Stripping.

One more time. The transcript:
SCARBOROUGH: Have you seen Fred Thompson’s wife?
CRAWFORD: Oh, yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: You think she thinks she works the pole?
CRAWFORD: That’s what a Hollywood career will do for you, I guess.
SCARBOROUGH: What do you mean?
CRAWFORD: You get wives like that.
SCARBOROUGH: I mean, look at that guy. God bless him, I love his voice. But I mean, you know. He ain’t Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
CRAWFORD: Well I would like to see him back into politics because I think he’s a lousy actor.
Now, he may not have meant what I thought, and I'm up for a plausible explanation. Instead we get this:


Yes, my friends, it's about exercises tri-atheletes do - or something. That is the "context" in which everyone was supposed to guess Scarborough was talking about because, you see, he had a female tri-athlete on a local show who did some kind of exercise that he's not going to mention. But that doesn't excuse those bozos on the blogs who couldn't figure that out and questioned poor Joe on what he said.

Well here read the transcript:
SCARBOROUGH: Last week — and I’ll just briefly say this — last week we had a person that worked for WFAN where we did the show on Thursday and Friday talking — she is a tri-athlete, they're a dangerous crowd — all muscle in great shape and she was talking about this exercise routine that she did and went on and on about it.
RIDLEY: Pilates?
SCARBOROUGH: Not exactly pilates –
RIDLEY: Yoga?
SCARBOROUGH: She was doing the — I’m not going to tell you exactly what it is but — this exercise routine. It’s very — it’s clean. Housewives — she said I do a certain thing — housewives across America are doing it to stay fit. And Craig Crawford came on and I asked him whether Senator Thompson — because i know Senator Thompson, known him for a long time and I like the guy an awful lot. I got to tell you a Senator Thompson joke in a second. And also my best friend in Florida knows his wife and Senator Thompson. So she is a very attractive and I said “I wonder if she exercises this way.” And so the blogs twisted my words; wrenched them from their context. I know this shocks you. I know this shocks you.
RIDLEY: Are you telling me that there are some folks who aren’t real journalists –
SCARBOROUGH: That sit in their basement –
RIDLEY: That sit in their basement and remove a portion of what you say and use it?
SCARBOROUGH: You know, the thing is. What is so interesting about this is other people — one person writes something and they don’t tell the truth about what happened. And then everybody else, instead of looking the transcript, copies what the other person did.
"I wonder if she exercises this way"?

What a load.

That's not at all what was said. Who is "twisting" words and "wrenching" them from their context?

Scarborough, I've seen lame before, but this, sir, puts a new low on the word. And btw, Joe ... acquaint yourself with YouTube, will you, before you try this the next time.

Ya know Joe, I didn't say a word publicly when you asked the stupid and insensitive question you asked, because, you see, everyone has a bad day or utters a stupid thing or two.

But when you came out with this pitiful excuse, flat out lied and then tried to attack bloggers ... well, then it became different. Then you became an arrogant putz who, like so many today, won't take responsibility for something he clearly said and attempted the usual game of blame shifting (nice touch with the chiming toadies though).

Sorry, Joe ... no sale.
 
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I didn’t hear it, but from what I understand — just a few seconds before he made his comment there was a woman talking to him about her exercise routine involving pole dancing. If true, then his comment has some context that is being left out. (That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a stupid comment.)
 
Written By: JWG
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My point being (in case I wasn’t clear) — does any of the YouTube footage include what was said prior to his comment? Or does it all begin with what you provide in the transcript?
 
Written By: JWG
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If he was referring to that stripper aerobics thing that’s been catching on as an exercise then he has a point. However, stripper aerobics isn’t exactly the same thing as "that exercise", and it’s not much better than referring to her as a stripper in the context he asked it in.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Don’t care JWG. As I said, I wasn’t that concerned with it originally. People say things which are or sound stupid from time to time. No particular biggie.

But what he didn’t say was "I wonder if she exercises this way"?

That’s a load of crap. And then the attack on bloggers, while refusing to clarify the point you’re trying to make for him, well its time to raise the BS flag.
 
Written By: McQ
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Is it just me? or does it seem to you that in order to be hired by MSNBC you have to be an absolute flake?
 
Written By: kyleN
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I have zero respect for someone whose idea of political commentary is to attack the wife of someone he disagrees with. Were I advising Thompson, it would be to publicly challenge Scarborough to a duel.
 
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
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Harrumph!
 
Written By: Jim Treacher
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I have zero respect for someone whose idea of political commentary is to attack the wife of someone he disagrees with. Were I advising Thompson, it would be to publicly challenge Scarborough to a duel.
As would I, only I’d end up shooting him and THEN issuing the challenge...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Pole dancing or not, they were talking about Thompson’s wife’s body.

Not that they absolutely shouldn’t do that, and I hope she’s got a sense of humor.
 
Written By: Synova
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I am absolutely certain if Mrs. Thompson had done Hatha Yoga Scarborough would have said "do you think she does hatha yoga?". Sure. I am convinced that he mentioned "work the pole" because of its obvious connotation, which is probably the only reason he remembered that particular exercise regimen. It was a poorly choisen joke. It happens. If he couldn’t have just ignored the situation he should have admitted it was a lousy joke and moved on. Just like in Washington, it isn’t the bad joke, it’s the coverup that gets you in trouble.
 
Written By: timactual
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I didn’t hear it, but from what I understand — just a few seconds before he made his comment there was a woman talking to him about her exercise routine involving pole dancing. If true, then his comment has some context that is being left out. (That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a stupid comment.)
Scaeborogh and Crawford were engaging in wini-wink-nudge-nudge-say-no-more-Squire type commentary on the pole dancing routine. When Jeri Thompson came up, Scarborogh asked if she "works the pole" in the contrext of their banter. It was lewd and juvenile, but not deliberately insulting.

It doesn’t really put him in such a good light, but that is the context.
 
Written By: Random Numbers
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I am absolutely certain if Mrs. Thompson had done Hatha Yoga Scarborough would have said "do you think she does hatha yoga?".

Exactly. There are few people on this earth less likely than I am to see sexism in an innocent remark. People ought to be able to kid around without the PC police looking over their shoulders all the time.

But even I know boorishness when I see it. This was clearly inappropriate. Don’t need to make a federal case out of it. Just admit the quip was out of line and move on, Joe.
 
Written By: Cassandra
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"Don’t need to make a federal case out of it"

Jeez, now there is a phrase I have not heard in a while. It has been a long times since anybody was reluctant to make a federal case out of anything. State courts are for chumps now.
 
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