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MSNBC Host Asks Panel Who Is More Dangerous Between Netanyahu and Khamenei

September 12, 2012 5:09 pm 12 comments

Joe Klein on the MSNBC show. Photo: Screenshot.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ host Mike Barnicle  recently asked guest panelist Joe Klein which leader he considered to be more dangerous as a player on the world stage between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

The transcript provided by The Beacon is posted below. A video of the episode can be viewed here.

MIKE BARNICLE: Who is the more dangerous player on the world stage right now, the supreme leader in Tehran or Bibi Netanyahu?

(UNCLEAR): Don’t answer that.

JOE KLEIN: It’s not netanyahu. the supreme leader is a fascist. and he right now is causing great pain to his people in a way that Bibi Netanyahu never would.

DONNY DEUTSCH: I understand the point of your question, but that was a silly question.

(UNCLEAR): That was a clown question, bro.

LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: One point we know with Netanyahu, as Joe can tell you, anybody’s who’s who’s been in the room with Netanyahu, you don’t have to be with him long to know that there’s only one way, only one way, to get along with him and that is to agree with every single word he says, which Mitt Romney apparently does.


  • I used to watch Morning Joe everymorning when i lived in New York and caught the last hour now that i live in LA. Joe Scarborough used to be an intelligent analyst of politics, but the show has become a shill for the Democratic party and anti-Israel guest. How Barnacle who is supposed to be a respected journalist could even fathom to ask such a question is one of those case where you scratch the surface and find an anti-Semite. Its like asking who is more dangerous Churchill or Hitler. I am sure if we had cable in the 30’s that question would have been asked. Shame on Morning Joe and Mike Barnacle and shame on MSNBC for being so anti-ISrael and a mouth piece for anyone who is not a liberal democrat. I wont even comment on the role Mica plays. She is a beyond the pale with her inane comments. If you want a real anti-Semite and anti-Israel person why not just have her father on the show all the time. SHAME SHAME On people who used to be respectable politicans and journalists.

  • Mihai-Robert Soran

    Good, not so strange question. Netanyahu is certainly much more dangerous. Achmadinejad has only limited international acting powers, Netanyahu has them all.
    Netanyahu is threatening with WAR, A. is not at all.
    None of them is a fascist, none of them is a real democrat, both are enemies of secular states.

    • It seems that when Joe takes a vacation, there are no adults in the room.

    • There is no principle of international law that requires countries to be secular. Moreover, there isn’t even an international consensus that there ought to be such a rule requiring countries to be secular. For example, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has close to sixty member states. The Islamic Republic of Iran is just one of many Muslim countries in which Islam has a special place in the public space. In the same way, the Orthodox Church has a special place in the Greek Constitution. Can we forget that the Queen of England is still the head of the Anglican Church? And what about all those Christian crosses that still figure on the UK flag? Together with the Jews of the Diaspora, the 7.9 million citizens of Israel are fully entitled to have their own discussion about the extent to which Israel ought to be domestically secular, i.e. to rigorously observe something like the USA principle of the separation of Church and State. At home, Israel is fully entitled to privilege the religion of Judaism, if that is what Israeli citizens choose to do. Internationally, Israel is also “the” Jewish State, i.e. the political expression of the self-determination of the Jewish People in a part of its aboriginal homeland. The adjective “Jewish” in the phrase “the Jewish State” refers principally to the Jewish People and not primarily to the religion of Judaism. In the same way, the Greek state –Greece– is the aboriginal homeland of the Greek People. All of this offered to you by way of a reminder that Jews, Judaism, the Jewish People and Israel are all positively owed a high level of fairness and sound social science. Concocting alleged international norms in order to tar Israel? For shame!

  • What a moron!

  • MSNBC is not relevant anymore and questions like this just highlight the point.

  • Marv Hershenson

    MSNBC is simple nonsense. I do not watch this cable station. It is a fraud. I agree with a previous reply: when they hired Sharpton, MSNBC is worthless. Objective journalism does not exist there.

  • Mike Barnicle should go and suck an egg. He is stupid!
    I am happy that I never watch his show.

  • O’Donnell’s comment is absolute nonsense!!!

  • I quit watching MSNBC the day it hired Al Sharpton. I can tolerate their steady diet of extreme leftist commentary from time to time, but when they decided to put the fraud Sharpton in front of his own cameras, i jumped ship. And whoever came up with that Netanyahu vs. Khomeini question is also a full fledged idiot. Sharpton and he deserve each other.

  • PMSNBC…..PMSNBC….PMSNBC….Got it….Got it now…Good….Don ‘t forget it…

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