Morning Joe

By Mark Finkelstein | May 4, 2015 | 8:11 AM EDT

Few things undermine the foundations of a just society more than people who have been granted the power to prosecute acting not on the basis of the facts and the law, but out of political motives.

To which Mika Brzezinski says . . . meh.  On today's Morning Joe, there was a discussion of the possibility that Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby overcharged the police officers in the Freddie Gray case. And a clip was played of Mosby repeating the politically-correct phrase of the moment: that the rioters were not "thugs."  After which Brzezinski declared: "I watched her speaking and I was thinking, gosh, it seems political. Not sure I care. I'm really glad her voice is at the table. I'm really glad that she's there."

By Mark Finkelstein | April 30, 2015 | 9:13 AM EDT

How did Howard Dean go from vivid voice of the New Left to political hack defending Hillary Clinton at all costs? Joe Scarborough called Dean on it today, telling Howard he had become the "New England version of James Carville."

Dean, on today's Morning Joe, dismissed the latest Washington Post story suggesting possible financial improprieties at the Clinton Foundation as "a breathless piece of hot air" and, incredibly, Dean said he'd advise Hillary not to address the rising tide of questions. 

By Mark Finkelstein | April 29, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT

Yesterday, we reported on how just after playing a clip of the pastor who delivered the eulogy at the Freddie Gray funeral leading the congregation in an impassioned chant of "no justice, no peace!"Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensured were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted." The chant wasn't the pastor's only incitement.  He also told the congregation that "somebody is going to have to pay" for Gray's death. 

So when that pastor, Jamal Bryant, appeared on today's Morning Joe, don't you think Scarborough would have challenged him over his incendiary remarks?  Think again. There was not a word of Bryant's incitement.  To the contrary, Scarborough gushed: "we were all moved by that extraordinary eulogy you gave a couple days ago," and a bit later former RNC Chairman Michael Steele thanked him for "your voice in this time in the city." 

By Scott Whitlock | April 28, 2015 | 10:30 AM EDT

A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!" 

By Mark Finkelstein | April 28, 2015 | 8:54 AM EDT

At yesterday's funeral service for Freddie Gray, Pastor Jamal Bryant ended his eulogy by leading the congregation in a highly-charged chant of "No justice! No peace!"  Yet immediately after playing the clip of that moment, Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensued were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted."

Had Scarborough listened to his own clip? If not, why not? If so, what does he think "no justice, no peace" means?

By Mark Finkelstein | April 27, 2015 | 8:39 AM EDT

How bad are things getting for Hillary when the best defense some supporters can muster is that there was no corruption because Bill bilked the people who thought they were bribing her?

Last week, we reported on Hillary fan Dorian Warren suggesting that Bill was "running serious game on many of these countries saying oh, I'll talk to my wife, give me the check, and then never mentioning [it.]" On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made that same argument, claiming there was no quid pro quo because knowing Bill, he took the money saying "yeah, sure, I'll call him for you, and he'll never call."  Interestingly, Mika Brzezinski wasn't buying, saying that Newt's allegations of bribery "made sense."

By Bryan Ballas | April 26, 2015 | 8:01 AM EDT

On Friday, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski had a little outburst over how Loretta Lynch, the prosecutor with "the most amazing, outstanding career," had been delayed from her ascension to high office by a fight over abortion language in a human-trafficking bill, otherwise known as politics being played very badly, poorly, just ridiculously on the part of the Republicans."

By Bryan Ballas | April 25, 2015 | 7:36 AM EDT

Apparently the media’s overt sympathy for Democratic candidates is so taken for granted that anything less than glowing adoration and cooperation is viewed as hostile. That’s at least one explanation for John Heilemann’s odd evaluation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch.

According to Heilemann (of Bloomberg Politics), Hillary is fighting a two front war. "She’s running against herself And she’s running against the press...the Clintons’ relationship with the press has never been great. She’s believes the press corps is incredibly hostile to her. She has some reason to believe that the press corps is unduly or disproportionately hostile to her...she is been subject to not that flattering of press coverage....[S]he got something in that week that I don't think I've seen her ever have before....[S]he had mockery."

By Bryan Ballas | April 24, 2015 | 9:29 PM EDT

While Mika Brzezinski is leftist enough to be an Elizabeth Warren fan girl, this has not stopped her from being a vocal critic of Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. However, if her treatment of John Boehner's attack on Hillary's e-mail practices is any indication, Brzezinski seems to believe that only a select few can legitimately criticize Hillary.

Brzezinski kicked off the discussion by noting that "it does seem like there are a lot of politics involved" with Speaker Boehner's openness to the possibility of subpoenaing Hillary's e-mails for the sake of the Benghazi investigation.   

By Mark Finkelstein | April 24, 2015 | 8:43 AM EDT

There's an understandable tendency not to take Donny Deutsch too seriously. He can come across not as a credible political analyst but as a guy more interested in his abs and biceps and the next lady at the next Hamptons cocktail party.  But let's give Donny his due: as an ad man, he at times offers interesting insights on politics seen in terms of brands and marketing. He also serves as a credible bellwether for a certain segment of the East Coast Dem donor class.

And so it was noteworthy that on today's Morning JoeDeutsch declared that the string of scandals surrounding Hillary "really, really puts a dent in her candidacy and I really believe people are going to want to turn the page on Hillary Clinton." In contrast, Deutsch depicted Rubio as the candidate that people strongly associate with the future, making his candidacy "easy to manage. All he's got to say is 'future, future, future, future.'"

By Bryan Ballas | April 23, 2015 | 5:25 PM EDT

The controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation’s donations has raised the question as to whether or not they affected the State Department’s decision to approve the sale of a Canadian uranium-mining company to the Russians. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell expressed optimism on Morning Joe that we will learn the truth because there is likely, “an advisory chain of e-mail in the State Department that can tell us exactly how this decision was made.”

He wasn’t kidding.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 23, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT

On today's Morning Joe, ardent Hillary Clinton fan Howard Dean ran into a buzzsaw when he tried to defend her against serious charges of conflict of interest by going after the authors of the stories rather than the substance of the allegations.

Joe Scarborough ripped Dean's "comic-book politics" and called his conduct "unbecoming."  New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters accused Dean of maligning his fellow reporters, and Mika Brzezinski taunted Dean, saying "you can go on your little jihad against the author, but it's not going to change the facts."