Mika Warns: 'We'll Get a Call' for Mocking Olympics
When the subject of the Olympics arose during the opening segment of today's show, the panel went into an extended coughing fit, coupled with cracks about tanks in Tiananmen Square. Mika joined in the joshing for a while, before finally putting her foot down . . .
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Mika touched things off with a news item about the Olympic torch.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: The Olympic torch is now in the final stages of its tour around the world.Mika continued as an Olympic clarion call played in the background.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yao!
BRZEZINSKI: Crowds in Beijing cheered as basketball star Yao Ming carried the torch through Tiananmen Square.
SCARBOROUGH: What a lovely square!
BRZEZINSKI: And a reminder.
SCARBOROUGH: What a lovely history!
WILLIE GEIST: [Unintelligible] the tanks.
SCARBOROUGH: Are the tanks still there?
BRZEZINSKI: Listen, listen. do you hear? What do you hear?As an image rolled of the Olympic Stadium bathed in smog, Mika was actually the first to
SCARBOROUGH: [imitating authoritarian public-address voice]: Clear Tiananmen Square now!
start coughing, with Joe joining in.
BRZEZINSKI: [cough, cough, cough]As Joe continued to cough . . .
SCARBOROUGH: [Still in PA mode] Move that bike!
BRZEZINSKI: And a reminder. On Friday night, NBC will --
SCARBOROUGH: Move that bike!
BRZEZINSKI: -- broadcast [cough] the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics beginning at 7:30 Eastern, 6:30 Central, that's about a half-hour earlier than what your TV listings may show.
BRZEZINSKI: You're fired.
BRZEZINSKI: Stop it. It's funny once, it's funny once.
SCARBOROUGH: Listen, I was in L.A. in; 76, that ain't that much worse than L.A. in '76.
BRZEZINSKI: I don't think we should do that. We're going to get a phone call.