Some Florida students, eager to condemn their state’s GOP governor, Rick Scott, pilloried him for not meeting them when they showed up at his office on Wednesday, prompting some MSNBC hosts to try to gin up those who would target Scott. MSNBC host Ali Velshi breathlessly tweeted:
At the same time, MSNBC host Katy Tur reported that Scott was “refusing to speak.” She added that a “blonde woman wearing glasses” had told the students Scott was “too busy to meet with them today.” As WThe Washington Free Beacon reported:
The woman with glasses Tur referred to, who had a “Guns Off Campus” sticker, then asked the students what they’d tell Scott if he was there. Tur apologized to viewers and said it appeared the woman was part of the student group, not a member of Scott’s office.
Later, after reporting that Scott’s office had called MSNBC to tell them he would be meeting with small groups of Parkland students for 20 minutes each at 5 p.m., Tur admitted, “Right now, he is not in the office. He is at the funeral, I believe, for a student.”
The Beacon added, “When someone responded to his tweet that Scott was at a funeral for shooting victim Chris Hixon, Velshi wrote that’s what Scott had told NBC.”
Velshi finally tweeted:
Journalism at its finest.