Morning Joe

By Kyle Drennen | December 11, 2014 | 12:14 PM EST

In a Tuesday interview with Texas governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry aired on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday, political reporter Kasie Hunt questioned the Republican's intelligence: "Are you smart enough to be President of the United States?"

By Mark Finkelstein | December 11, 2014 | 8:30 AM EST

Guess when you're as brilliant as Mike Barnicle, it's OK to ridicule others for their supposed lack of smarts.

Today's Morning Joe was teasing an upcoming segment about a tough question that reporter Kasie Hunt [who has earned a rep for not being afraid in interviews to "go there'] had posed to Rick Perry.  Mockingly trying to imagine the question, Barnicle offered "she asked him what day it was."

By Mark Finkelstein | December 10, 2014 | 8:23 AM EST

Who were those guys on Morning Joe today—two Feinstein staffers? Nope, they were Mark Halperin and Jeremy Peters, making like Dem aides in defending the report on the CIA that Dem Senator Diane Feinstein released yesterday.

Halperin, head of Bloomberg Politics, had the chutzpah to claim that the report was not "political."  Peters of the New York Times then chimed in to say that in releasing the report, the Senate conducted itself in a "very sober" way.

By Mark Finkelstein | December 9, 2014 | 8:37 AM EST

Hypocrisy, thy name is Howard.  The former Dem prez candidate is predictably all good with NBA players wearing "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts.

But what, posited Joe Scarborough on today's Morning Joe, if other players wore "Abortion is Murder" shirts?  Dean claimed that's "not exactly the same" and is "a different kind of debate." Why? Because, according to Dean, "the survival of our country depends" on resolving the police/black men issue. You really want to talk about "survival," Dr. Dean, when tens of millions have not survived since Roe v. Wade?

By Mark Finkelstein | December 4, 2014 | 7:07 AM EST

Amidst all the Morning Joe talk about the Eric Garner case today, there was Al Sharpton looking out for #1. When Mika Brzezinski began to praise NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for the absence of violence last night, Sharpton jumped in to shut her down and claim credit for himself. There's "the mayor and others," sniffed Sharpton, silencing her, but the real kudos for the lack of violence go to "movements" and "organized bodies."  Which movements and organized bodies, might you ask? Well, Sharpton—sporting a big button from his National Action Network—went on to praise the way a non-violent march on Staten Island had been organized by . . . Al Sharpton.

By Jeffrey Meyer | December 3, 2014 | 12:37 PM EST

Over the past several days, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough has railed against those in the media and in public office who have distorted the facts in the shooting death of Michael Brown to push their own agenda. On Wednesday morning Scarborough took his criticism to new levels. During a discussion about police tactics throughout the country, Scarborough argued that a “cop is not out on the street going you know what I'm going today, I'm going to move our society forward...It is not to make a statement that makes primetime people on MSNBC feel better about America.”

By P.J. Gladnick | December 2, 2014 | 2:17 PM EST

Hands Up! Don't Shoot!

It's the gesture now making the rounds based on Ferguson myth. So what happens when someone who buys into the myth, such as Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, is challenged to back it up with facts? Well, the lame defense as you can see is the incredibly low standard that there is no evidence that his hands weren't up. Here is Robinson on Morning Joe today setting the evidence bar subterranean low:

By Mark Finkelstein | December 2, 2014 | 7:56 AM EST

Day Deux of Joe Scarborough's campaign against public figures making the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture to falsely suggest that Michael Brown was doing the same during his confrontation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

As reported here, yesterday the Morning Joe host took to task the St. Louis Rams players who made the gesture, and the liberal media that has abetted their implicit allegation.  Today, while continuing his righteous rant against the Rams, Scarborough also castigated the three congressmen who took to the floor of the House yesterday to make the gesture.  No fewer than five times, Scarborough called the notion that Brown had his hands up a "lie."

By Mark Finkelstein | December 1, 2014 | 8:53 AM EST

As Seton Motley, the former MRCer now head of Less Government said in bringing Joe Scarborough's comments to our attention: "credit when it's due."  Because the Morning Joe host had the guts today to speak truth to MSM power, including people at his own network, over the liberal media's cowardly, misleading coverage of Ferguson.

Scarborough tied the media's misinformation to the decision of five members of the St. Louis Rams to take the field last night in a "hands-up, don't shoot" gesture. Said Scarborough: "they might as well have come out with a flying saucer attached to all of their heads," because that happened as much as did Michael Brown make the gesture they thought they were imitating. 

By Randy Hall | November 26, 2014 | 7:10 PM EST

During Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe program, Joe Scarborough asserted that if he behaved like 18-year-old Michael Brown did during the August 9 incident in Ferguson, Mo., a police officer would have reacted the same way Darren Wilson did even though the co-host is “a white guy.”

“There are two criminal justice systems in America,” Scarborough claimed at the start of the segment. “Black young men especially are not only treated worse on the street, they're treated worse in the court system, they're treated worse all the way through. What white kids get away with, black kids don't get away with.”

By Mark Finkelstein | November 26, 2014 | 8:18 AM EST

When the revolution comes, everything will be free!  Mika Brzezinski gave us some good insight today into the liberal mind when it comes to economics. 

The Morning Joe host was reacting today to news that for Thanksgiving, Verizon will be giving travelers free wifi in flight and at several airports around the country.  Mocked Mika: "thank you so much for something you shouldn't be charging us for anyway."

By Mark Finkelstein | November 25, 2014 | 7:53 AM EST

Jim Miklaszewski kept it relatively diplomatic, declaring "there's something amiss here."  But Joe Scarborough was blunt: "boy, that's damning," said the Morning Joe host.  

They were characterizing Miklaszewski's description of the Obama administration's "micromanagement" of the Department of Defense in which communication flows only in one direction: from the White House to the Pentagon. On today's Morning Joe, NBC's Pentagon correspondent reported that former SecDefs Robert Gates and Leon Panetta had recently "lambaste[d]" that micromanagement.