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Erin Burnett Calls Bush AND Angela Merkel a ‘Monkey’ on Morning Joe

November 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

**With Video**

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, back on Monday, Erin Burnett let loose with her real feelings and laid it on the line right on the air, calling President Bush a “monkey” during a business news piece about the Nicolas Sarkozy visit to China.

During the news piece, Burnett said that she couldn’t see how anyone “could not have a man-crush on that man,” in an apparent allusion to French President Sarkozy. The video on the screen at the time was a shot of president Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy walking side by side, with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel just behind them. After her “man-crush” comment, Burnett made quick to say that she didn’t mean “the monkey” and that she meant “the other one.”

This caused Joe Scarborough and his co-hosts to wonder what the heck she was talking about? “The monkey? Who’s the monkey. What’s she talking about,” Scarborough asked.

After the crew kept asking her who the “monkey” was, Burnett then compounded her gaff by acting as if she thought they were talking about chancellor Merkel. “Why would you be talking about Angela Merkel like that? I don’t understand,” she bumbled in a failed attempt at humor.

Joe was nearly indignant at that one saying, “Now she’s attacking Merkel, she’s our ally in a time of war.”

Naturally, they all treated it as a big joke, but it really was a reveling episode, telling us all how Erin Burnett feels about allies and our own president.

Check out this video:

Jeeze, not much bias there, eh?

Transcript Follows:

Erin Burnett: While Nicolas Sarkzy is in China, which of course is trying to become a financial capital of the world, and in honor of his visit the Chinese have announced $30 billion dollars of deals… there he is, I mean who could not have a man-crush on that man?

(Scarborough laughs)

Burnett: I’m not talking about the monkey either, I’m talking about the other one. (she laughs)

Joe Scarborough: The monkey? Who’s the monkey. What’s she talking about?

BURNETT: (giggling) Monkey in the middle. Alright… (more giggling)

Scarborough: I… I don’t know… what’s she talking about, Willy?

BURNETT: (laughing again)

Scarborough: You know, I think, I think she still has jet lag.

Willie Geist – co-host: I don’t know. That’s my president, I don’t know who she’s talking about.

Scarborough: I know she’s not talking about him!

BURNETT: Why would you be talking about Angela Merkel like that? I don’t understand, alright, um…

Scarborough: Now she’s attacking Merkel, she’s our ally in a time of war.

BURNETT: (more laughter)

Scarborough: Now, listen, my dear let me tell you something. When I’m jet lagged I just take ambien, some Tylenol PM and I sleep it off. OK?

BURNETT: It was my stop in Riyadh, it just made me insane.

BURNETT: (still laughing)

End transcript

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, townhall.com, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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