Mika Mortified By Criticism of Carter's Kennedy Bashing

Mika Brzezinski is no poker face, regularly letting her feelings show as she reacts to the stories of the day.  But when it comes to emoting, the Morning Joe co-host outdid herself today, reacting to the criticism the panel leveled at Jimmy Carter for his ungracious bashing of the late Ted Kennedy.  

In a 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, a clip from which Morning Joe aired, an embittered Carter flatly says the failure to get national health care during his administration was Ted Kennedy's "fault."  Carter accused Kennedy of "deliberately blocking" Carter's proposed legislation, in order to deny him a major legislative achievement.

Mika, daughter of Carter's National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, has a history of defending Carter on the show.  Check the video as Mika grimaces in discomfort, and interjects various rebuttals, as her fellow panelists unload on the 39th president.

At least as newsworthy as Mika's reaction was this little pearl from the 60 Minutes interview.  At one point, Carter spoke of "Ted Kennedy's" blocking of Carter's legislation. Responded Stahl: "And you blame Teddy?"

So sweet that Stahl still feels herself on a first-name basis with Kennedy, no?

 

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.