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Default MSNBC news anchor calls president Bush 'Monkey' - 12-01-2007, 21:11 | posts: 2,108 | Location: Canada

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Erin Burnett, the business reporter at MSNBC i guess has some 'splaining to do to her bosses.

I guess Erin doesn't like her preznit

This happened on Joe Scarborough's show a couple of days ago. Erin is the reporter Chris Matthews said some 'interesting' things about on air a few months back.

She refers to a man crush on 'that man' (Meaning sarkozy) and says she doesn't mean "the monkey, the monkey in the middle." You can hear how taken aback Scarborough was when she was referring to Bush.

PS -- Erin you insulted the monkeys of the world. President McDoodypants would have sufficed
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/12/1/92630/3585

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HgvQgGDJuw

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Default 12-02-2007, 10:00 | posts: 2,453 | Location: James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough

Every one has a right to experss there own opinion within reason. Right?
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 10:47 | posts: 1,868 | Location: Nowhere

Bitch should be fired.
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 12:19 | posts: 295

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Bitch should be fired.
I disagree, as it's freedom of expression. Besides, Bush is a terrible president, and he does look like a monkey, so I'll agree with her.
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 12:49 | posts: 1,182 | Location: OK

Whether or not a private company chooses to fire someone is an issue of freedom of association. =D

I don't think she deserves to be fired. Reporters need to be allowed to say some stupid crap every once in a while.
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 13:46 | posts: 12,551 | Location: Southampton, UK

Still, it's not as bad as Gamespot firing a reviewer for being honest, or Midway driving out a high profile dev for telling the truth


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Default 12-02-2007, 14:06 | posts: 3,071 | Location: Austin, Texas

Yep, Freedom of Speech. She had the freedom to say whatever the hell she wanted, thats why shes not in jail. Now the company can do whatever they want with her. Besides, technically "Hate Speech" isn't covered under freedom of speech, which is why the KKK and other racist groups aren't allowed to operate publicly, and what she said could be considered by some right wingers as "Hate Speech". Personally, I think the whole things a little silly.
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 14:40 | posts: 5,249 | Location: Netherlands

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Besides, technically "Hate Speech" isn't covered under freedom of speech,
Depends, to some people, monkeys are holy
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 16:03 | posts: 7,781 | Location: Utopia Planitia, Mars

The mystery of the Monkey Island continues... ... and believe me, there are a lot of bushes on the Monkey Island...
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 17:30 | posts: 1,868 | Location: Nowhere

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I disagree, as it's freedom of expression. Besides, Bush is a terrible president, and he does look like a monkey, so I'll agree with her.
True, she has a right to say that as a citizen, but it is not appropriate for her to say this on the job as a reporter.

Regardless of how bad of a president Bush is, MSNBC being a major and respected news source should be responsible and fire her.
   
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Default 12-02-2007, 19:11 | posts: 2,453 | Location: James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough

The game spot firing was just wrong... I think everyone has the right to freedom of expression but there is a fine line between expressing yourself and enciting racial/political hatred
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 02:08 | posts: 3,967

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True, she has a right to say that as a citizen, but it is not appropriate for her to say this on the job as a reporter.

Regardless of how bad of a president Bush is, MSNBC being a major and respected news source should be responsible and fire her.

You know, if that rule really applied, half of fox news reporters would be fired already.
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 02:57 | posts: 4,183 | Location: Cambridge, England

I thought she was fairly funny..
She was referring to 'the monkey's' physical attractiveness compared to that other guy.
Bush well known as a "chimp-O-like". What's the big deal...???

And ''Scarborough'' didn't seem that taken aback. Her joke just fell a little flat... like all news reader's jokes do.

You American's need to get the stick out of your collective "ass". Politicians are 100% open to any and all ridicule.
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 04:18 | posts: 305 | Location: Salem,MA USA

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I thought she was fairly funny..
She was referring to 'the monkey's' physical attractiveness compared to that other guy.
Bush well known as a "chimp-O-like". What's the big deal...???

And ''Scarborough'' didn't seem that taken aback. Her joke just fell a little flat... like all news reader's jokes do.

You American's need to get the stick out of your collective "ass". Politicians are 100% open to any and all ridicule.
I hope you arent a Brit, "presenters" arent allowed opinion at all.
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 04:23 | posts: 3,171 | Location: Canada

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I thought she was fairly funny..
She was referring to 'the monkey's' physical attractiveness compared to that other guy.
Bush well known as a "chimp-O-like". What's the big deal...???

And ''Scarborough'' didn't seem that taken aback. Her joke just fell a little flat... like all news reader's jokes do.

You American's need to get the stick out of your collective "ass". Politicians are 100% open to any and all ridicule.
Oh, nos it's the Americans! It's supposed to be serious news, she acted like she was high and made a dumb joke. If she does get fired it will be because of MSNBC's concern to appear credibilie, it's got nothing to do with general American public.
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 04:48 | posts: 2,556 | Location: NORCAL

Bush a looks like a freaking chimpanzee.

This site proves it!
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 05:01 | posts: 9,436 | Location: Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

Somehow i think that MSNBC was not really right in firing her.
Why?? Maybe its because i heard far worse jokes by other reporters on different stations and they are not getting fired now are they???
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 05:07 | posts: 400 | Location: New Jersey

the fact that we are even talking about this makes me want to
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 05:15 | posts: 753 | Location: Kansas City, MO

I'm a ACLU member, and bleeding-heart liberal, but im pretty sure that journalists have a responsibility to remain neutral. That's a pretty dumb move. The freedom of speech remains as a right from the government intruding in the speech of others. Businesses and Society are different, freedom of speech doesn't apply there, nor does the constitution mention this.
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 05:17 | posts: 1,467 | Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA

President Bush does sway like a monkey. Nothing wrong with pointing it out.
   
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She should have been fired. Insulting monkeys like that.....
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 11:06 | posts: 4,385

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She should have been fired. Insulting monkeys like that.....
AHAHA, good one!
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 15:28 | posts: 2,607 | Location: Maine

Bush has a crush on Sarkozy?
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 15:31 | posts: 13,592 | Location: Devon, In A Little Town.

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President Bush does sway like a monkey. Nothing wrong with pointing it out.
Also the way he has arms spread out to the sides, makes you look big and strong, well if you live in the jungle and actually are a monkey.

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I hope you arent a Brit, "presenters" arent allowed opinion at all.
Thats a shame.
   
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Default 12-03-2007, 15:48 | posts: 3,370 | Location: UK

Just because she thinks he's ugly doesn't imply any criticism of him politically.
   
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