Over the weekend, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was exposed for favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. It was also revealed that she sent an angry email to Chuck Todd – headlined “Chuck, This Must Stop” – demanding better coverage on MSNBC’s Morning Joe after they called the DNC system “rigged” and Mika Brzezinski called for the party leader to resign on May 18.
Monday on Morning Joe, the conversation jumped from the DNC email scandal to Hillary Clinton’s VP Choice of Tim Kaine. Co-host Joe Scarborough insisted that the news on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her inappropriate email etiquette “stepped on” the selection of Tim Kaine, but that didn’t stop the panelists from praising the pair as the first day of the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia.
Friday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski sparred over the uncanny similarities between the reception of Barack Obama the candidate and Donald Trump the candidate. Scarborough reminded viewers that back in 2008, Obama supporters blindly followed the candidate’s promise of “hope” and “change” to the polls. Contrast that with Donald Trump in 2016, who is constantly chastised for his lack of specificity amidst his loud promises to make America “great” again.
On Thursday evening, the curtains closed after the final act of the Republican National Convention. On Friday, the Morning Joe crew spent significant time dissecting the highly anticipated speech by GOP nominee Donald Trump, who channeled the modern day fears of Americans. Willie Geist hyperbolized the speech as one where Trump painted “a picture of an almost dystopian, Mad Max America.” Similarly, Mike Barnicle asserted “you can’t cover the country in a blanket of fear.”
Thursday on Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski made a prediction about the presidential debates forthcoming this fall: Hillary Clinton will “slaughter” Donald Trump. The liberal host said this only moments after she expressed desire for a “nice, peaceful convention” for Democrats next week in Philadelphia, contrasted with the current Republican convention in Cleveland that she believes has been consumed with “horrible, despicable things.”
Wednesday on Morning Joe, co-host Mike Brzezinski had a field day attacking Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. While she declared Manafort is “the most negative, kind of harsh person I’ve ever seen” she proceeded with an onslaught of her own negative criticism, referring to him repeatedly as “Lurch.” Even after multiple failed attempts by co-host Joe Scarborough to quell her name-calling, Brzezinski could not be stopped.
On Tuesday, the Morning Joe conversation was dominated by allegations of Melania Trump plagiarizing her highly anticipated speech last night from portions of Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The mainstream media’s double standard radiated when the focus shifted to past allegations of plagiarism by prominent Democrats Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
On Monday, the Morning Joe crew covered issues from Trump’s VP pick to the devastating murder of three police officers over the weekend. On the one hand, host Joe Scarborough praised Barack Obama for his “pitch perfect” tone in speeches following police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. On the other hand, guest Newt Gingrich minced no words in his attack on collapsing race relations due to failed policies of the Obama Administration. The contrast was stark, as each portrayed the president in a very different light.
With Donald Trump’s selection of Mike Pence to be his running mate, expect the liberal media to hit the Indiana governor’s social conservatism. MSNBC host Chris Matthews has already speculated if Pence was too “churchy” to be picked by the presumptive GOP nominee. In 2015, the liberal media hammered the Indiana governor’s defense of religious liberty issues during the debate over that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Liberal journalists depicted the act as an attack on gays with Matthews’ MSNBC colleague Mika Brzezinski trashing Pence as a hater.
On Thursday, the general consensus around the table on Morning Joe was that Justice Ginsburg’s recent comments on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump were inappropriate and misplaced. While host Joe Scarborough joked that Ginsburg’s comments were a symptom of her “miss[ing] Scalia” he reiterated the reality that her actions walk the thin line of “ethical violations.” Similar to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell who "set the record straight” in defense of Ginsburg, co-host Mika Brzezinski danced around the issue, suggesting “maybe it was a mistake?”
Eyebrows were raised Tuesday on Morning Joe after the New York Times featured a Harvard study that highlighted the relationship between race and the use of force in police shootings. Even Roland Fryer, the author of the study, described it as “the most surprising result of his career.” Panelists were most troubled by the findings of “no racial bias” in 1,300 incidents of police shootings in Texas, Florida and California. Bewildered Eugene Robinson described the results as “not comporting with reality” while melodramatic Mike Barnicle “got a headache reading it.”
Tensions were high on Morning Joe, Monday, in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend and following a deadly week of shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. MSNBC’s Harold Ford Jr. and Reverend Al Sharpton reacted loudly to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s recent comments that the Black Lives Matter Movement has “put a target on the back of police officers.” Host Joe Scarborough chimed in, too, decrying Giuliani’s comments as “a distraction.”