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Scarborough’s Dead Intern Gets Markos Of Daily Kos Banned From MSNBC!

Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos has been blacklisted at MSNBC for calling out Joe Scarborough on his hypocrisy. It revolves around the little known “dead intern” problem that Joe Scarborough swept under the rug successfully back in July of 2001. Markos simply sent a tweet referring to the dead intern, which was really pretty random, but good for Markos for doing it. I first heard about this story from a commenter at White Noise Insanity, the very insightful Grant in Texas. I looked into it because of my dislike of the smarmy Joe Scarborough who I think is the worst kind of propagandist on television. He gets away with more bullshit on his morning show than anyone on TV. Now for the twitter exchange that Joe has blown up into a big story, and has forced me to post this long detailed post about. Thanks Joe, I’ve wanted to expose this fishy dead intern story since I found out about it. From Markos….

In case you were wondering why you haven’t seen me on MSNBC recently, it seems that Joe Scarborough, he of the lowest rated morning show in cableland, has blackballed me. And Phil Griffin, the alleged president of MSNBC, is going along with it.

It all began May 29, with Joe Scarborough taking to Twitter to whine about the media coverage of the supposed Sestak scandal (remember that one?):

JoeNBC: The Sestak story is as unbelievable a cover story as Nixon throwing little Checkers under the bus. A farce on it’s face. Luckily for the White House, the media has been negligent on this story since Day 1. The press will let this laughable story slide.

That was too much horseshit for me. If there was someone who had ZERO ground to stand on whining about media bias, it was Scarborough. So I shot back:

markos: Like story of a certain dead intern. RT @JoeNBC: Luckily for the White House, the media has been negligent on this story since Day 1.

Markos: But if you want to talk about bullshit “scandals”, @JoeNBC, there’s this one about Joe Sestak and the White House you might’ve heard of.

It degenerated from there.

JoeNBC: @markos Unbelievable. You have a long history of spreading lies suggesting I am a murderer. This is the 3rd or 4th time by my count.

Markos: @JoeNBC, I’ve never suggested you’re a murderer. I’ve noted media hypocrisy in going after Gary Condit. But he was Dem. You aren’t.

JoeNBC: Anyone in media who interviews @markos, know that you’re extending your credibility to someone who regularly suggests that I’m a murderer.

Markos: A bit touchy, @JoeNBC? Links for where I accuse you of being a murderer please.

So Joe Scarborough went crying to the president of MSNBC who put out the word to his “teams” not to book Markos for a while, kind of like a journalistic “time-out” or something. But since Joe wants us all to know about this dead intern who mysteriously died in his district office in Florida, let’s have at it. I’ll start by saying if it was someone else that it happened to and there was a “D” behind that congressman’s name, can you imagine how Joe would react? He has gone off on people with much less evidence and for much less serious offenses. Some background on the story from Conservative Babylon.

Just the facts: Scarborough got a divorce. Then he suddenly resigned from Congress, just six months after re-election. (Invoked old fallback excuse of wanting to “spend more time” with children.) Then he suddenly resigned as publisher of the Independent Florida Sun. Then, just as suddenly, Lori Klausutis, 28-year-old staffer to Scarborough, was found dead in Scarborough’s district office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Date was July 20, 2001. Cause of death: Blow to the head. Conclusion: Heart condition caused her to collapse, fall, hit head on a desk, and die. Story barely a blip on the radar. Lots of people left with lots of questions.

Click on the blue “Read More” for the rest of the post.

So apparently within a few hours of the discovery, Joe’s press secretary went on local television and claimed she had many health problems that could have contributed to her death. From American Politics Journal…

There was a great deal of ambiguity over whether Lori had suffered past medical problems. Scarborough’s press secretary, Miguel Serrano, made mention of health problems in Lori’s past, but could not be more specific. In response, Fort Walton Beach Police Chief Steve Hogue is quoted as saying “That’s part of our investigation, checking into her medical history.” Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berkland said “She had a past medical history that was significant, but it remains to be seen whether that played a role in her death”. Soon after a member of the immediate family rejected out of hand that Lori had any significant medical problems. She was, in fact, quite an athlete, having recently run an 8K with a very respectable time and she belonged to the Northwest Florida Track Club.

They obviously shared that with the police who promptly started spreading the same lie. Her family denied it several times, including in a letter to the local paper. Why on earth would Joe and his press guy jump out in front of the media and lie about a previous medical condition? This was a healthy 28 year old woman who runs marathons, come on now, you generally don’t run marathons when you have a serious heart problem. Oh but there’s more…

As for Lori Klausutis, rumors began to swirl as time passed with no resolution to the case, rumors that included whispers of suicide, some emanating from inside the Beltway. Family members, angered at what they considered unfair and exploitive coverage wrote the editor of the Northwest Florida Daily News, Ralph Routon, saying “For those who knew Lori, the thought of suicide, as your published reports suggested, is absolutely unthinkable. Suicide was contrary to her faith and being. She did not suffer from seizures, nor did she have a history of medical problems.”

Now what seems even more odd to me is the fact that Scarborough and his people in Florida went to such extremes to wipe away the whole story, if it was simply a matter of someone fainting and hitting her head and dying, why go to such extremes to cover up any mention of the event or the girl who lost her life. It just gets more bizarre the further you look into it. Here are some questions that deserve to be answered by Joe Scarborough directly and honestly. From the American Politics Journal…

September 1, 2001 (APJP) — Over at The American Prospect’s message board thread concerning this very article, Phoenix Woman has asked a trolling Scarborough “defender” three pivotal questions.  We’d love to know the answers ourselves:

1) If Lori’s death was just a simple accident, then why did Rep. Scarborough and his spokesman Miguel Serrano feel the need to go to two different local TV stations within three hours of her body’s being found and invent a nonexistent history of chronic medical conditions for
her — in other words, why did they feel the need to lie about Lori’s health?

2) Would you trust without question the word of a Medical Examiner who lost his ME license in two separate states (Missouri and Florida) because he LIED about his autopsy work (for instance, saying he had autopsied some brains when he hadn’t)?

3) Why should whoever wrote Ms. Klausutis’s obituary feel it was appropriate to mention nearly everything about her life — EXCEPT where she’d been working since 1999?

A recent check of the Young Republican’s web site found no mention of Lori or her contributions, nor any tribute to her memory nor comments about her passing. In fact, you will find no mention of her at all. If you go to The Pensacola News Journal’s online pages, one of the few papers that actually covered the story, and search the site for “Klausutis” you will come up empty, even though the same search will pull up numerous stories matching “Scarborough”. It seems as though someone wants to erase all traces of Lori Klausutis from the record and bury the story with her.

A little more background from the American Political Journal about Lori Klausutis…

According to her obituary in the Fort Walton Daily News, Lori had served as President and, later, Treasurer, for the Emerald Coast Young Republicans and as a aide to Congressman Scarborough, she was active during the Florida recounts.

If this was just a simple slip and hit head and die story, why would the Young Republicans and the local paper scrub any mention of her from their websites? You would think they would have a memorial for her. You would think they would honor her death but for some reason….nothing.

Now there doesn’t seem to be any reason to think Joe Scarborough had anything to do with her death, at least from what I’ve seen. But like Joe likes to say himself, there are a lot of unanswered questions out there. There is a lot of weird things that surrounded Lori’s death. Why would a certain network of evil, vile people obsess about a Democrat who had a missing intern that turned up dead (Chandra Levy) but completely ignore a Republican’s dead intern in his office, after just getting divorced and resigning from congress and as publisher of the Independent Florida Sun under speculation of marital infidelity? Why could that possibly be, considering the fact that this network is so fair and balanced. Which brings us back to Markos from Daily Kos who simply tweeted “Like story of a certain dead intern. RT @JoeNBC: Luckily for the White House, the media has been negligent on this story since Day 1.” We should all be thanking Joe Scarborough for making this story fresh again, let’s see how many in the MSM pick it up.

 

 

 

July 9, 2010 - Posted by | Morning Joe, MSM, Politics, Republican Party | , , ,

27 Comments »

  1. Interesting I’ve never listened to this guy as a matter of fact I’ve only occasionally listened to people like Maddow and Keith Olbermann. I don’t care much for Ratigan, did you see Cenk Uygar try to say that Obama was more conservative than Reagan?

    Anyway I guess I’ll look into this guy. It sounds like he committed murder and got away with it which is terrible!

    Comment by Jeff | July 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. I sent an email to MSNBC just basically calling them hypocrites for employing Pat Buchannan who is Racist #1, yet they want to punish Kos for having an opinion.

    Comment by staci | July 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. I know Staci, MSNBC also has a policy that they can’t criticize anyone who works on the same network. Rachel and Keith can’t take on Scarborough’s bullshit. There is one great clip on Youtube where Keith asks Joe something like, you better get a shovel, or something like that. Joe’s head almost exploded. They are incredible hypocrites on that show. I wanted to jump through the TV this morning when Mort Zuckerman (avid Obama hater) spewed all sorts of crap about how the stimulus didn’t work. How can the media keep saying that when all leading economists say it saved us from a depression and actually is working. Arghhhhh…..

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | July 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. Part of it has to do with our rightist media rants against the democrats. The fact remains that democrats have actually saved our hides and yet the people that had a lot to do with Bush getting in power want to get rid of Obama because he doesn’t represent their conservative values.

    Pat Buchanan is a racist piece of garbage yet they laugh when he says anti-semetic remarks and talks about how the united states never needed to go to war against Germany. He even made suggestions that we should have been allies with Germany instead of enemies. Completely disgusting.

    BTW what was Zuckerman’s agenda? Is he real pro israel/republican?

    Comment by Jeff | July 9, 2010 | Reply

    • I would be very interested in reading that article by Buchanan where he suggests being allies of Germany during the war. Could you refer me to the article if possible?

      Comment by Maureen odonnell | June 11, 2014 | Reply

  5. err looked zuckerman on wikipedia he is indeed a big Israeli supporter and has been a big supporter of George W. Bush. Not only this but he’s also a lobbyist and a big time billionaire. No wonder why he hates Obama. This guy has no integrity and is hardly looking out for the average citizen.

    Comment by Jeff | July 9, 2010 | Reply

  6. Jeff, Zuckerman can barely contain his hatred for Obama, everytime he goes on Morning Joe, he just goes off. He loves to say the stimulus didn’t work and firmly believes in doing exactly what Bush did, cut taxes for the rich and cut programs for the poor. I’ve seen him referred to as a liberal…I think I spit my coffee through my nose when I heard that. :)

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | July 10, 2010 | Reply

  7. I have followed this Lori Klausutis story for a very long time, if Joe Scarborough is not guilty of being involved in her MURDER, WHY all of the questions , THEY NEED honest answers.As far as Joe getting Markos fired from MSNBC for asking simple questions confirms , to me,that, Scarborough is really hiding something. I have watched and listened to Markos many times on the Olbermann show and have been impressed with his intelligence and honesty, as far as I am concerned——Markos 1 , Scarborough 0 .
    There are too many UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, this case deserves to have a FULL investigation, somebody out there knows the TRUTH.

    JOE DEMARCO

    Comment by Joe DeMarco | July 26, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hey…maybe the same guys who were responsible for 9/11 also knocked off this woman?

    You people make me laugh. Joe ain’t the problem. It’s your feeble, conspiracy-needy minds.

    Comment by slick | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. If he was a dem, the press and faux news would be all over it. Glad we have Bill Press on crnt tv in the morning now, so I don’t have to listen to the “Morning Moron”

    Comment by jerryh954 | May 11, 2012 | Reply

    • The media was so all over Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Condit of California at the time and too busy to take on the Scarborough “dead intern” case. Of course they can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Condit was “found guilty” by the media, and thus disgraced…lost his re-election bid. However, he was finally found to be innocent when the real killer of Chaundra Levy was found a few years later.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/crime/levy/

      Comment by grantinhouston | May 13, 2012 | Reply

  10. Joe Scarborough will BLOCK anyone who mentions this on twitter. What is he afraid of?
    One of the #GOP’s famous witch hunt Congressional Investigations? We all know Issa and Joe need one!

    Comment by Lady Harley (@TheLadyHarley) | May 14, 2013 | Reply

    • A lot of unanswered questions in the “dead intern” found in Scarborough’s Florida office. The media was running with Gary Condit’s alleged murder of Chandra Levy which in reality was found to be untrue but not until Condit was run out of office. Scarborough can’t seem to use the world “scandal” enough of late…the ass. Didn’t realize Joe had such clout at MSNBC.

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      Comment by grantinhouston | May 14, 2013 | Reply

  11. The Benghazi “witch hunt” actually turned up a few witches…..and four murdered americans. Interesting the key witness was evidently a registered democrat and obama voter…twice. Didn’t see MSNBC mention any of that. As for Scarborough he is a jerk and always has been. He was considered a RINO during his time in office.

    Comment by Lefty Lipschitz | May 15, 2013 | Reply

    • Good TROLLING “Lefty”. MSNBC didn’t report this because maybe they knew this British sub-contractor Dylan Davies was a fraud and was lying from the get go. Even Fox News’ Adam Housley disclosed on-air, after the CBS debacle was revealed, that “some of our reports for FoxNews.com last fall included this 60 Minutes ‘witness’ account,” Housley added that he stopped talking to Davies “when he asked for money.” However this didn’t stop Faux News from citing an anonymous “witness” [Davies] right after the attack whose credibility was finally trashed after the CBS Lara Logan interview. So Fox had suspicions about the credibility of Davies before it was publicly destroyed? However Fox nonetheless has defended every scrap of their Benghazi reporting, true or not, including the pieces where Davies was cited as an anonymous “witness”. BTW, TROLL Lefty, how can a British citizen like Dylan Davies also be a “registered Democrat who voted for Obama?” Give us a break. Of course if you had investigated this story beyond what someone like Glenn Beck or Faux News has said?…..but then TROLLS don’t investigate on their own nor ever give credible links. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/11/12/when-did-fox-news-cite-dylan-davies/196860

      Comment by grantinhouston | December 4, 2013 | Reply

  12. This guy is so slick it’s scary….He resigned because they were afraid the truth would come out! He will surely pay for his actions someday…..

    Comment by Rob B | December 4, 2013 | Reply

  13. I think the girls accident was accidental but you left out the comments of his Florida offices landlord who stated that Joe used the back office of the landlords restaurant which was in the same building as his little chamber for adultery with several if not many women……the hypocricy is Joe was a womanizer of epic proportions with low family values…..a murderer though I doubt

    Comment by Neal Dorman | February 1, 2014 | Reply

    • Says who? You’d be surprised & maybe he didn’t intend to kill her as he beat her in the head for causing his career & marriage to go down the toilet!

      Comment by sunny | March 6, 2014 | Reply

  14. Time to haunt Joe, all we have to do is ask about his dead intern,on the Morning Joe Facebook page. Let’s see how he explodes at the viewers. Maybe if we taunt him enough he will leave the show.

    Comment by Jojo | February 1, 2014 | Reply

  15. I really believe MARKOS and I also believe that JOE SCARBOROUGH knows what happened to that AIDE, he is hiding something could it be MURDER????

    Comment by Joan Brown | February 2, 2014 | Reply

  16. I was aware of this story…unfortunately, MSNBC seems to b the only station w/both points of view…Joe is the hypocritical typical R..double standard…jeckel/hyde, Republican…’moody’..in a good mood, he can b sensible, in a bad mood, a snake….when he was in Congress he was relentless, attacked Bill Clinton and was a strong ally of Newt (Gingrich)…..the young guns of Washington today, take their Q, from this behavior…Watergating is in their blood and they are intoxicated w/Power…they don’t like their past looked into, but won’t let go of anyone else’s…….2014 New Millenium means nothing to them…only adoration, control….nd lil’ girls are attracted to this…

    Comment by Jano | February 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Wow, its so refreshing to find this site I rarely read blog’s anymore due to rightwing teabagers trolling liberal sites with their negative, ill-informed, misguided, hateful rants. I don’t troll the conservative blog’s or sites mocking them nor do I know of anyone enjoying bateing them for kicks. I believe we all are entitled to our opinions but, I don’t agree with seeking out opposite position sites to argue and taunt others for pleasure. As you said above the one-sided agenda which the’re convinced is the correct side & for so called faith based beliefs it’s quite hypocritical to pass judgement with pointed critical comments repeated over & over like mocking birds, it’s so insensitive & not very Cristian like. When someone points a finger, if the finger-pointer were to look down at their hand they’d notice as they are pointing in judgement of another there are 4 finger’s pointing back at them! I pretty sure no one can change the most opinionated republican to switch teams & join the sane majority but, that doesn’t mean that the public are only entitled to half truths & out of context information from the ?News channels? just because the corporate heads side with the people who drive in clown cars with congress.

      Comment by sunny | March 6, 2014 | Reply

      • Curious, the aide Lisa was married? I thought I read that somewhere? If so doesn’t her husband or her family want to know the truth so that someone can be charged with murder? Someone should hire a PI I would if she were my sister/daughter. This family out here hired 1 after the law was lacking finding some transient who almost killed their son & the PI caught him 2 states away. Joe, oh yea I wouldn’t be shocked if he were the murderer or maybe he hired someone. He is one hateful man, I can hardly listen to his oneway temper tantrums, he makes me want to vomit! My husband said just last week he looks like an alcoholic, & that’s before we ever heard of any of this shit. I knew he was shifty, usually the ones who pass judgement the loudest are those with skeletons in the closest, like men who hate gay males hence Larry Craig (toe-tap) airport pub/toilet no pun intended! Hypocrite’s holier then thou smug attitude’s always the way! And Jeb Bush was Fl. Gov. then, people in high places as they say, plus Fl. they’re law partisans those with retired judge’s for fathers & friends in political circles look at Christie in NJ he had the whole state’s official’s in his pockets including some Dem traitors no wonder Bouno was so pissed election night, I didn’t have all the facts then so I was confused but, I never liked King Christie nor did I feel he would win the Presidentual Election he wasn’t that popular out here on the west coast nor nation WIDE, there I go again (wide-load) of BullShit! The Truth always comes out in the end its easier to tell the truth then to remember lies & how can you get several people to remember all the LIES as well as keeping their stories straight. But, Joe his sorted past seems to have vanished I never thought to search him why? I guess he pissed me off so much this AM after the Cummings Issa comments I wanted to call or email him & bite his head off his cavalier attitude towards Congressman Cummings was so degrading like it was more important to rant about the fictious IRS scandal rather than reprimand Issa for his RUDE BEHAVIOR towards Cummings & not to mention all the TAX $$ wasted on nothing after all the republicans have increased the debt by billions over fake scandals gov.shutting down isn’t that their favorite complaint? This IRS investigation has added 160 billion not to mention Benghazi, Fast n Furious, Keystone, & my favorite trillions on 2 needless WARS & the icing on the cake the house republicans voted NO on increased benefits for VETS HEALTH & EDUCATION! Yet they would like Active Duty Military to engage Syria, Iran & Russia I thought they loved Putin didn’t they say he was a better president than Obama is? They can’t send people to fight in wars then kick them in the ass when they come home maimed & traumatized! Those in the House of Reps who want the US involved in Wars need to commit themselves or a family member into frontline combat before they engage the US in another War. There is only 1 house member who has a child in the military & that doesn’t mean he or she is or has seen any combat! Who r these chicken hawk’s?

        Comment by sunny | March 6, 2014 | Reply

        • Ha! I know this reply is late, but I just found this site while looking into the death of the aide in Scarborough’s office. So, I agree with just about everything you said here, but wonder about one thing. You say the truth always comes out in the end; I hope you are correct, but just not sure anyone wants to pursue it. I really wonder why her husband isn’t mentioned in the story, and what he did or didn’t do about the crappy investigation. And the reference to the possibility that blowhard Joe may be an alcoholic is a thought I have had for some time, due to his volatile and unstable behavior.

          Comment by Mike Mcgonigle | June 11, 2014 | Reply

  17. One morning Joe stated that if he were running in any office and any Republican that runs for any office should go for the jugular and work for the complete “kill.” Perhaps that needs to happen to Joe. He is not an honest broker.

    Comment by Ann Royle | March 23, 2014 | Reply

  18. Look up CNN’s coverage from the day of Scarborough’s resignation. They reported he had a homosexual relationship in college- ONE HOUR later he announced he was resigning from Congress, supposedly over involvement in the Newt Gingrinch coup attempt. I remember watching it clearly- funny how thing get “memory holed.”

    Comment by Bill Jarett | June 11, 2014 | Reply

  19. I added you to my blog roll. :Looks like an interesting site. Carry on!

    Comment by nomadicview | July 9, 2014 | Reply


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