It was like a train wreck. You didn't want to keep reading but you were compelled to keep on keeping on. The Twitter fight between Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's morning Joe and Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas was spread out over several hours in the early afternoon on Friday. Supporters and detractors of each man chimed in and it soon degenerated into a bloody mess. Halfway through the fracas, Joe blocked Markos but the messages kept coming at both men from third parties.
The incident started when Mr. Scarborough issued an attack on President Obama regarding the Sestak job offer. If you haven't been following this, Republicans are asserting that it was wrong for President Obama to offer, directly or indirectly, a job to Mr. Sestak during his Democratic US Senate nomination race against Arlen Spector. Scarborough tweeted:
@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.
Markos Moulitsas is getting a bit of a reputation for being direct and confrontational. He once caused former Colorado representative Tom Tancredo to storm out of a David Schuster hosted segment on MSNBC because he raised the issue that Mr. Tancredo avoided military service by claiming he was too depressed to be drafted.
Moulitsas was in no mood for this issue to be raised about the Sestak job offer and decided to fire back at Scarborough using an internet rumor that has been circulating about Mr. Scarborough since his days as a US congressman from Florida:
@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.
If you aren't familiar with the story, a 28 year old intern who worked in Mr. Scarborough's office, Lori Klausutis, was found dead in the congressman's office one morning. If you google the name Lori Klausutis, you will find no shortage of websites that claim that she was murdered by Mr. Scarborough. There was an investigation and as the Washington Post reported:
"FORT WALTON BEACH, FL. - Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old office worker for Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fl), was found dead in the congressman's district office. Police said preliminary findings from the medical examiner's office showed no foul play or any outward indication of suicide."