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Scarborough Makes 'Boneheaded Error' About Ronald Reagan's Vacationing (VIDEO)

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But there are days when even the usually self-assured Scarborough has to concede that his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, has his number.

Monday was one of the days, with the "Morning Joe" duo comparing President Obama's response to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to Ronald Reagan's own reaction to Korean Air Flight 007, which was shot down by the Soviet Union in 1983.

Republicans and conservatives have assailed Obama for his approach to the crisis, but Brzezinski noted that it took Reagan four days "to go back and make the strong statements that he made" to the downed Korean airliner. The observation was correct, even if it didn't sound right to Scarborough.

"[Reagan] immediately canceled his vacation," Scarborough said wrongly.

"No, he didn’t, actually," Bzezinski said.

Scarborough remained firm in his convictions and even challenged Brzezinski to double-check the facts herself.

"He immediately canceled it. He immediately went back to the White House. He immediately canceled fundraising events and campaign events," Scarborough said. "Yes, he did. No, he did. You can go back and look. Ronald Reagan didn’t keep campaigning. He stopped when the Korean airliner went down."

Someone eventually went back and looked, Brzezinski was vindicated and Scarborough was forced to offer a mea culpa on Twitter for his "boneheaded error."

It's not that Scarborough needed to manipulate those facts in order to advance his argument. RedState's Erick Erickson managed to ridicule Obama's response to MH17 even after acknowledging that Reagan waited four days after the Korean Air crash to address the nation.

h/t Mediaite