This week's Mainstream Media Scream features two MSNBC "Morning Joe"favorites, co-host Mika Brzezinski and frequent guest Mike Barnicle, on Monday calling Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin a “moron” following her address to CPAC on Saturday.

Barnicle led off the MSNBC tirade: “I have a question. The word conservative can mean many things. I mean, there’s many definitions to it, but what does it say about a group, CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had and the one who received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin? I mean, she received a reception at that group that took the roof off the place. Sophomoric, nearly libelous, not amusing. What does it say about that group?”

Later in the segment, host Joe Scarborough said: “Barnicle, you need to lighten up. The kids are just having fun, okay?”

Added Brzezinski: “A moron? A multi-million dollar moron selling a message ...”

Scarborough: “What are you talking about? Stop saying that.”

Brzezinski: “… that the extremes love to gobble up.”

Scarborough: “You don’t think that. A very smart woman. You think she’s a smart woman.”

Brzezinski: “I think she is savvy in terms of selling a message that makes a lot of money.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “The easy retort would be to say it takes one to know one, but Sarah Palin would never sink that low to denigrate Barnicle or Brzezinski with such a personal insult, so I won’t. It’s too bad, however, that MSNBC hosts don’t, while decrying the supposed incivility of the ‘far right,’ show any hesitation to deride politicians with cheap name-calling — if they are popular conservatives.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

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