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Monday, November 10, 2008

The Fuck-Word

posted by on November 10 at 10:43 AM

Apparently, someone named Joe Scarborough accidentally said “fuck you” on his MSNBC morning news show this morning. Mike Barnicle, who is a plagiarizing dick who somehow still has a career as a pundit, was shocked. Everybody on Joe Scarborough’s little morning news show acted like a bunch of children in a classroom when a student accidentally lets slip with a swear. They responded by giggling and doing double-takes and with “great apologies” and lame jokes about washing his mouth out with soap. It’s embarrassing to watch these adults acting like children:

Seriously: How many kids were watching Joe Scarborough on MSNBC this morning? How is it that, on a show for adults that discusses adult issues, an accidental vulgarity can pull a discussion of the news to a full stop? It’s 2008. Fucking get over it. There are much worse things, like for instance the sad state of television journalism, to get all huffy about.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | November 10, 2008 10:46 AM

When I see conventional newspapers failing, I'll confess that I react with a yawn.

The demise of television news however, makes me rub my hands together in anticipatory glee.

Posted by lusk | November 10, 2008 10:48 AM

Sadly it's not the children who might be watching that would have the problem with this, it's the mothers whose children are at school but could have been 'exposed' to this sort of language who will be outraged by it.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | November 10, 2008 10:49 AM

Doesn't the post-Bono-era FCC hand out six-figure fines for dropping an F-bomb these days? Maybe they're hoping by appearing contrite they'll catch a break from our speech-regulating overlords.

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 10, 2008 10:50 AM

I saw that this morning and it was damn funny. I wonder if any Supreme Court justices watch that show.

Posted by Fly-Over Illinois | November 10, 2008 10:53 AM

I would feign outrage about this just to get his show pulled. They are completely unwatchable. A bunch of dipshits.

Posted by Jersey | November 10, 2008 10:57 AM

I mean really, can't we grow up? I hate when A&E censors the Sopranos. Who the fuck lets their kids watch the fucking Sopranos anyway? Or the History Channel fuzzes out tits. I even saw them fuzz out hieroglyphs of people fucking. Give me a fucking break!

Posted by Vince | November 10, 2008 11:00 AM

This demonstrates the depth of their distress at the Obama victory. They're all about to snap -- keep watching!

Posted by Cat in Chicago | November 10, 2008 11:00 AM

Scarborough is a douche, but compared to the other brands of cable TV conservatives, he's actually the least annoying. (Like when the Palin choice was announced, he acted in disbelief and said "that WILL NOT work")

Posted by ScottM | November 10, 2008 11:01 AM

@3 I don't know about anyone else, buy my kids didn't have school today. Of course, I'd have to tie them down to get them to watch this so I don't see a real problem with it.

Posted by Mike in Renton | November 10, 2008 11:14 AM

who cares if kids did hear the word fuck? my parents used to swear around me all the time and my brain didn't explode or anything. and i used to swear with my friends and think nothing of it, it's not a big deal. it's a word, grow up.

Posted by douglas | November 10, 2008 11:19 AM

I'm reading Michael Palin's diaries, and he talks about the butchering of Monty Python that ABC did, including bleeping out the words "naughty bits". Even the euphemism was forbidden. Scarborough is a toilet roll, but we've come quite a ways.

Posted by Fnarf | November 10, 2008 11:23 AM

I like the lady in the background "um, um, um"

Posted by Ann | November 10, 2008 11:47 AM

This is why we don't let you people near children.
You don't know what to do with them.
Fittingly there are more dogs than children in San Fransisco.

Posted by James | November 10, 2008 11:47 AM

This is why we don't let you people near children.
You don't know what to do with them.
Fittingly there are more dogs than children in San Fransisco.

Posted by James | November 10, 2008 11:48 AM

I can't wait until we outsource the Republican appointee jobs at the FCC.

And get government out of our bedrooms.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 10, 2008 12:01 PM

Probably they were all aghast at the million dollar fine they know they are now about to get from the FCC.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | November 10, 2008 12:02 PM

I posted this recently in another swearing thread somewhere else, but it bears repeating. It's my favorite cartoon on the subject courtesy of PartiallyClips:


Hope you enjoy the fuck out of it.

Posted by zadig | November 10, 2008 12:11 PM

There's no fucking way I'm going to let this go. Not after the shitstorm Scarborough had a major hand in creating after the Janet Jackson thing. He's been going on and on about network "standards" for years. I think he should be fired immediately, not for what he said, but for his own flaming hypocrisy.

Read Greenwald for more:

Posted by Schmacky | November 10, 2008 12:51 PM

The only time I could stand Killer Joe Scarborough was when Imus would have him on and treat him with a barely contained disdain.

Posted by Bob | November 10, 2008 1:02 PM

It was so nice being in England in September, where they are slightly more sane about this sort of thing. After the "watershed" hour they can say all kinds of things on tv that we colonists would flip out over.

Posted by litlnemo | November 10, 2008 1:50 PM

I'm of two minds about this. I swear regularly and lustily through the day, and am still up on two legs, so it's obviously not the end of the world.

However, I do appreciate very much that my parents hardly ever swore, and were quite firm with us if we did. The idea, as I remember it, was that intelligent people didn't need to resort to vulgarity to express themselves, and I still agree with that.

After all, it would fucking suck if every bastard just swore all the motherfucking time. We might as well take the goddam vocabulary down to about thirty shitty words. and call it a fucking day.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | November 10, 2008 2:10 PM

For anyone who's bringing up the FCC: the FCC rules for indecency don't cover cable networks (like MSNBC). Non-premium cable networks censor swear words to keep their advertisers happy. Because South Park was able to get Comedy Central (and their advertisers) to go along, they could air an episode with 162 instances of the word "shit".

Posted by Q*bert H. Humphrey | November 10, 2008 2:39 PM

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