On MSNBC Live Thursday, host Ali Velshi refused to listen to his guest, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) after he started to give the liberal host an answer he didn’t like. Hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle first asked the member of the Armed Services Committee about Trump’s handling of North Korea’s threat against the U.S. territory of Guam. As soon as Franks tried to explain that the situation would be harder to handle now than in years past, because of past mistakes presidents like Clinton and Obama made handling North Korea, Velshi cut him off, saying “I really don’t want to talk about Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.” He then self-righteously scolded the GOP rep, saying “This is not a political game, Sir!” Before all that, the interview started off straightforward with Ruhle asking Franks what his assessment was on how the U.S. should be handling North Korea. Towards the end of his answer, Frank admitted, “We shouldn’t be where we are,” placing blame on the past failed negotiations Clinton and Obama made with North Korea and Iran that didn’t require any accountability of our enemies.
What Trent Franks was trying to explain to the head-in-the-sand MSNBC host was that we’ve been here before, so we should learn from our past mistakes. But all the media seems to care about is Trump’s “scary rhetoric.” Instead, they should be taking a look at how they covered past presidents’ reactions to nuclear threats. The media hailed both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s “historic” deals with North Korea and Iran, respectively, which turned out to be failures. The 1994 deal reached with Korea by Clinton required little from the country, and even those requirements they eventually violated. The deal was meant to prevent Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons, which clearly didn’t work. But at the time, the media praised Clinton for “ending the Cold War,” not giving any scrutiny to the lax measures placed on Korea in the agreement.
NewsBusters: ‘This Is Not a Political Game!’ MSNBC Host Outraged After Rep. Brings Up Clinton, Obama