MNSBC anchor Steve Kornacki had an embarrassing slip of the tongue about ex-President Bill Clinton this morning during his network's coverage of the Bill Cosby court hearing in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Usually seen in front of large digital maps during MNSBC's presidential primary coverage, Kornacki provided this commentary during a live shot of the courthouse exterior, which included the Bill Cosby-Bill Clinton mixup.
"Much more still ahead in a very political news morning, but again, we're gonna begin with that breaking news we told you about at the top. Right now, out of Pennsylvania, Bill Clinton is set to arrive at a suburban -- excuse me, Bill Cosby is set to arrive at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse any moment now for a key hearing in his criminal sex assault case. The 78-year-old Cosby faces criminal charges for allegedly drugging and molesting a former Temple University employee at his home in 2004."Freudian slip? Watch the video and draw your own conclusions."The Cos is back in court today, and if you've ever been a fan of his, it's really depressing. Thank goodness we've got MSNBC's Steve Kornacki to lighten the mood with this little faux pas," The Daily Caller quipped.
Described by The Wrap as MSNBC's breakout star for his detailed political primary coverage, Kornacki anchors MTP Daily on Monday along with other on-the-air duties at the network. "Steve has emerged as Rookie of the Year this election season. He has an impressive knowledge of what's going on at every level state by state and county by county," remarked MSNBC boss Phil Griffin.It apparently is an urban myth that Steve Kornacki used to work for Dunkin' Donuts.
"Allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Clinton have returned to the forefront in recent weeks, with GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump using them on the campaign trail and even in advertising. Perhaps that led to Kornacki's slip," the Washington Free Beacon theorized.
MSNBC's Kate Snow apparently made the same mistake today.As far as Bill Cosby is concerned, a judge ordered the iconic actor and comedian to stand trial for an alleged sexual assault against a former Temple University basketball coach.
As the Inquisitr explained earlier today, the Cosby Show star -- in which he portrayed family patriarch Dr. Cliff Huxtable from 1984 to 1992 on NBC -- does not deny sexual relations but says it was consensual. The alleged victim, who maintains she was given pills and wine that left her barely able to remain conscious let alone consent to sex, filed a complaint with police in 2005, but the Montgomery County district attorney at the time refused to prosecute, citing insufficient evidence. She proceeded to sue Cosby in civil court, a case which was privately settled.
"Since the charges were filed, Mr. Cosby's lawyers have battled to have them thrown out. They argue that a former district attorney promised never to prosecute Mr. Cosby as a way to induce him to testify in a civil suit brought by [the alleged victim] in 2005. That suit, in which Mr. Cosby spoke freely in deposition testimony, was settled confidentially in 2006," the New York Times recalled.
Following through on a campaign promise, the new district attorney brought charges against Cosby in December, a few days before the legal deadline known as the statute of limitations would have run out. In February, a judge refused to dismiss the criminal charges against Cosby, a decision that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday declined to overturn.Cosby pleaded not guilty today after a three-and-a-half-hour hearing. In a subsequent proceeding, the court will set a trial date. "Cosby is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carry a prison sentence of up to ten years," People indicated.
Going back many years, approximately 50 women have leveled similar allegations against Bill Cosby, although the statute of limitations may be an issue for any other potential criminal charges.
"[W]hile reporting on Cosby's multiple violent rape charges, some part of Kornacki thought that the story could just as easily be about Bill Clinton. It's the most infamous sexual assault case of our time, and Kornacki's got Clinton on the mind," Twitchy observed.
If today is any indication, more TV presenters will likely be making subconscious references to Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton.
[Photo by Matt Rourke, Pool/AP]