MSNBC Host Slips on Air, Reveals Her Job Is to Control “EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE THINK”

MSNBC Host Slips on Air Reveals Her Job Is to Control EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE THINK

The psychological theories of Sigmund Freud have mostly been superseded by newer, more scientifically accurate paradigms of dealing with the human mind. Nevertheless, some of Freud’s postulates live on in popular psychology — in particular, the idea of the Freudian slip.

The Freudian slip is an error in speech or expression that expresses subconscious feelings we don’t wish to publicly acknowledge. As with much of Freud’s theories, “the Freudian slip” is considered dubious at best.

However, if you weren’t a believer in the theory before, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski may just make you one.

Brzezinski, as you may know, is the liberal half of the primary duo on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” alongside former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough. On Wednesday, she was discussing Donald Trump’s relationship with the media when she made a … let’s just say “unfortunate” statement.

“He is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts,” Brzezinski said of the president, according to RealClearPolitics. “And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think.

“And that, that is our job,” Brzezinski concluded.

Check it out here. Mika’s line starts about the 1:45 mark:

Brzezinski’s mistake was quickly picked up on by the Twitterati, which led to an angry clarification from the “Morning Joe” co-host.

“Today I said it’s the media’s job to keep President Trump from making up his own facts, NOT that it’s our job to control what people think,” Brzezinski tweeted later Wednesday. “Of course, that is obvious from the transcript but some people want to make up their own facts. SAD!”

First off, I will freely admit that after watching that, I didn’t think to myself that Brzezinski had accidentally confessed to some sort of Infowars-style brainwashing carried out by a cabal of shadowy media overlords. However, what she said — while an error in speech — is still very clear: It’s the media’s job to “control exactly what people think.”

Second, I’m somewhat surprised that the reaction to her remark didn’t trigger a moment of self-examination for Brzezinski. America’s respect for traditional media is at an all-time low. MSNBC and its parent network have certainly played no small part in this decline. She talks about “people (who) want to make up their own facts” but works at the same network as Brian Williams.

Did the hypocrisy not occur to her?

While her remark may have been an error, it fits how MSNBC works perfectly. Few networks have perfected the art of telling America just what they ought to think the same way that Brzezinski’s has — and America has responded by turning them off.

Maybe we shouldn’t be too hard on Brzezinski. After all, as Freud once pointed out, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. It is, however, an interesting (if accidental) take on just how MSNBC operates.

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