Which network finds Ben Carson inspirational, says he would be treated differently if Democrat?

Which network finds Ben Carson inspirational, says he would be treated differently if Democrat?
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Here’s a hint. It’s not the obvious choice … you know, the network Barack Obama hates and is forever ascribing quotes to that no one affiliated with it ever made. In fact, it’s the last network you’d ever expect to admit that liberal media bias exists.

Believe it or note, it’s MSNBC: the network of Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews. On this morning’s “Morning Joe,” co-anchor Willie Geist observed that Republican candidate Ben Carson would receive different treatment from the media if were a Democrat:

Geist further conceded that Carson’s personal story would have inspired “long, weepy pieces”:

He grew up in poverty in Detroit to a single mother, went on to become one of the most preeminent neurosurgeons in the country.

Geist wasn’t the only panelist to heap hosannas on Carson. Frequent guest Mike Barnicle remarked, “He’s such a nice man,” before sharing his utter wonderment at Carson’s surging poll numbers. It was almost as though he was shocked to discover that Republicans — who, as every liberal knows, are racists — could actually rally behind a black candidate.

Here is a video clip of the segment in its entirety, followed by a transcript.

MIKE BARNICLE: You know, he’s such a nice man, but I am stunned at those poll numbers.

SCARBOROUGH: I am too. I am too.

BARNICLE: I’m stunned.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Well, he speaks from the heart.

BARNICLE: Look at that! Six percent for Jeb Bush. Four percent for Ted Cruz.

SCARBOROUGH: We’ve got to invite Ben Carson to come on here.

BRZEZINSKI: Yeah.

BARNICLE: What is going on out there?

SCARBOROUGH: That is a good question. Willie?

WILLIE GEIST: He’s got an incredible personal story, too, that not enough people know about. I suspect if he were a Democrat, there long ago would have been long, weepy pieces written about him. He grew up in poverty in Detroit to a single mother, went on to become one of the most preeminent neurosurgeons in the country. Had movies made about his career and life. I think people are going to start paying closer attention to Ben Carson.

BRZEZINSKI: Looms larger.

GEIST: Now, he’s said crazy stuff.

BARNICLE: Yes.

GEIST: He compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery and other things like that, Nazism and things like that.

SCARBOROUGH: Compared America to Nazi Germany several times and defended it.

GEIST: Yeah. But he’s got a compelling personal story. And like you say, he’s got a different tone than any other politician we see on the stage right now.

BRZEZINSKI: Absolutely. Well, he’s not a politician.

(h/t Scott Whitlock, NewsBusters)

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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