Media Quote of the Day: You mosque protesters are freaks or something

I wasn’t even going to post this but of the three Morning Joe bites I have on You Tube, with no publicity, this one seems to be getting attention. Try to ignore the e-mail Mika gets on her blackberry at the beginning of this clip. The WH is on vacation so it can’t be from them (Just kidding Mika) … but there is no way to ignore Scarborough.

Even in his “harshest” conservatives days, he says, he would have been embarassed by the reaction of the folks who”fear” the mosque? What is he talking about? Harsh conservatives? Nice Joe, Fear the mosque? And then Mika, we are trying to demonize the Imam by spreading lies? This is beyond disappointing, not just because of his characterization of conservatives as harsh, but that we fear the mosque.


That kind of self righteous dribble, that we are an embarrassment, or right wing freaks, or raaaaaacists because we can’t see what you, the political elite, see just so well.We aren’t as open minded and accepting of diverse cultures as you, the political elites, that “bitter clinger” crap, drives me crazy. My guess is Joe was a harsh conservative until he started attending the smart parties in the Hamptons?

Look, here’s what I know. The Imam and his wife had been calling this the “Ground Zero Mosque” for months. Community center is the latest incarnation. Just the way the name was changed from the Cordoba Center (see your Iberian Caliphate History books for the meaning) to Muslim Community Center. As for bridge building, there’s been no attempt, none, until this controversy heated up. Now, its about building bridges.

And no, there is no fear. What those who oppose the mosque request is respect. Respect for Ground Zero, sensitivity to the many more 9-11 families who oppose this, and an understanding as to why they may not want a mosque built 360 feet from where terrorists flew two planes into the Twin Towers of commerce in the name of the Islam. That’s all. But fear no.

No, what we fear is a main stream media that ignores this Just for kicks … here’s the bite that says we are right wing freaks.


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Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Dimsdale on August 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Hmmmm. "Freak" or elitist snot like Scarborough.   I guess I will have to go with being a "freak".  That's your basic tolerance for differing opinions from the left.  What a shame (for him) that he is in the distinct minority on this one.


    It is bad enough when you hoist yourself by your own petard; it is far worse when the hoist is fastened around your neck.

  2. winnie888 on August 24, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Joe Scarborough channeling President George W. Bush?  Now who's the freak?

    I would much rather be cautious (not fearful) when it comes to this "community center" than be shocked when it turns out to be other than what it was touted to be.

    I just have no patience remaining for these elitist, lefty, media bullies.  If not agreeing with them makes me raaaaaaaacist and a freak, then I guess I'll have to learn to live with the labels.  Sticks & stones, blahdeeblahdeeblah.

  3. chris-os on August 24, 2010 at 3:36 am

    "And no, there is no fear. What those who oppose the mosque request is respect."

    I don't think anyone is arguing against those being entitled to their feelings of it being "too close", but I think what IS being said is that those feelings CANNOT trump our Constitutional rights as Americans. If that happens, who and what is next? What group is going to be outraged over something and insist that their first amendment rights, or whatever other right be usurped because of that outrage? It can't happen.

    • Dimsdale on August 24, 2010 at 5:26 am

      Constitutional rights get trampled all too frequently.  See the Kelo decision.


      I look forward to all zoning laws being suspended.

    • Odonna on August 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

      My sister emailed yesterday to remind me that our church–the LDS or Mormon Church–won't build a church where there is public opposition, out of respect for local feelings:

      "There have been plenty of Mormon Temple and Ward buildings that weren't built because people went to the city council and said we don't want it here.    And the Church didn't fight it although it it was their right  to build it. . . they took into consideration what the people of the area wanted and didn't build there.   (That happened when they were trying to get land for a Stake Center in Westminster [Colorado].  Went through two, maybe three, places before they found a place where the people said, 'no problem'.)"


  4. SeeingRed on August 24, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I'd love to know the date of Coffee Joe's epiphany (from 'harsh' conservative to feeding tasty breakfast bites to lefties).  I suspect that being on CNN pays better than that old gig he had as a harsh guy…some people have no conscience and some have no soul. 

    Missing both?  You're likely a Liberal.


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