After admitting his close friendship with beleaguered NBC Anchor Brian Williams Joe Scarborough warned, “I know a lot, and I know that there are very few people in this industry or in politics that could live by the standard of perfection. Cast the first stone, I would be careful. “
It sounded like a threat; after all, the Morning Joe host made the statement on Monday morning after talking about how nice the Williams family had been to his family when they moved to the neighborhood. Before Scarborough gave the warning he made a point of looking straight into the camera, saying:
I’m just hopeful because I can’t be objective here. I’m hopeful that when all madness on Twitter and all the madness online and all the madness that’s going on right now, the investigations that need to be going on, we’re not saying they don’t need to be going on, but when the fury dies down and when we get through this storm and the decision is made to judge what Brian Williams’ future should be, that that decision will be based on the entirety of his career and not only one or two or three mistakes. Bad mistakes, yes. They were bad mistakes. And guess what, guess what, he says that. We all make bad mistakes. I just — you know, one of the things — one of the versus in the Bible that always — always makes me a little nervous before I start judging other people, is the one that says that you will be judged and you will be given the mercy that you show others. I think we should all step back and ask whether we are so perfect that we want to be the ones to cast that first stone. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I’m in no position to cast the first stone. And quite frankly, in over a decade in this news business, it is fair to say looking straight in the camera, I’ve seen a lot, I know a lot, and I know that there are very few people in this industry or in politics that could live by the standard of perfection. Cast the first stone, I would be careful. I think — I think right now the entirety of everything that Brian has done, including the Peabody awards that he won for his remarkable Katrina coverage, should be taken into effect and people should consider, again, the totality of a man’s life and not one or two mistakes.