Morning Joe

By Mark Finkelstein | March 24, 2014 | 9:15 AM EDT

Jimmy Carter has blamed the Catholic and Southern Baptist churches for the abuse of women around the world. According to Carter, men around the world use the doctrine of those churches on the role of women as justification for abusing women.

Appearing on Monday's Morning Joe, the former president said: "with the writing of St. Paul, you can selectively take verses out of the Bible and you can justify women not being able to be priests and so forth, so the Catholic church and the Southern Baptist Convention and others quite often say well women are not qualified to have an equal role in the service of God as men. And of course men all over the world take this as kind of a proof that they can abuse their wives or pay less pay, you know?"  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | March 20, 2014 | 8:51 AM EDT

You're MSNBC.  That hurts I know, but work with me.  So, what would you like to feature: President Obama getting Putinized?  Syria flouting the WMD agreement?  Iran's inexorable march toward nukes?  The ongoing Obamacare debacle?

Not so much.  Say: why not make like CNN and go all in on MH-370? Which is precisely what Morning Joe did today.  The first 103 minutes were devoted exclusively to the story of the missing plane, as an endless series of experts and panelists speculated to no particular avail. Rare that we agree with Madeline Albright. But long into the second hour, during—finally—a Ukraine segment, Albright said "I know we're all focused on the airplane," but suggesting that Ukraine is by far the more critical issue.  Mika Brzezinski reacted defensively.  View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | March 19, 2014 | 5:13 PM EDT

Color The New York Times slightly disappointed that Joe Scarborough is saying he won’t run for president in the GOP primaries in 2016. “He comes with instant credibility, instant recognition of a brand,” the Times quoted Matt Mowers, executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party. That instant brand recognition? MSNBC, the Obama Can Do No Wrong Channel.

But Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg honored his show “Morning Joe” as a “must-see for members of the New York-Washington news media-political axis.” That’s also code for the elites that love Obama. At least Stolberg recognized conservatives aren’t Scarborough fans, to put it mildly:

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 19, 2014 | 10:13 AM EDT

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski is an unapologetic liberal so it should come as no surprise that she would spew liberal talking points on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Ms. Brzezinski has taken it upon herself to repeat the liberal myth that women get paid less than men.

On both the March 18 and 19th broadcasts of “Morning Joe” Mika hyped “the issue of equal pay in the workplace” before deceitfully claiming that “of course women get paid 77 cents for every dollar men earn for the same exact job so it's something that needs to be rectified obviously.” [See video below.]

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 17, 2014 | 9:05 AM EDT

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough visited the battleground state of New Hampshire over the weekend and spoke at two Republican Party events to promote his new book “The Right Path.” Despite Scarborough’s reputation as being an MSNBC Republican, the folks at “Morning Joe” oozed over Scarborough’s visit, with co-host Mika Brzezinski narrating a campaign-style piece for her colleague.

The segment began with Mika hyping the “great reception he got…packed house” before beginning a nearly 4 minute pre-packaged piece on Scarborough’s trip into New Hampshire. [See video below.] 

By Mark Finkelstein | March 13, 2014 | 8:55 AM EDT

Here at NewsBusters, we've regularly raked Chuck Todd over the coals.  So let's give the NBC political director credit for calling out Dems today on their lame spin over the loss by Dem Alex Sink in this week's special congressional election in FL-13.

On today's Morning Joe, Todd mocked Dems in the White House and elsewhere now claiming that FL-13 "is not a swing district.  It's an 'R+13.':" Said Todd: "Well, it's only that because your people didn't show up! They didn't move. They still live in the district. They didn't leave!" View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 13, 2014 | 8:27 AM EDT

Following President Obama’s appearance on the satirical interview show “Between Two Ferns” with comedian Zach Galifianakis, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews chose to take an unnecessary swipe at Fox News.

Appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on March 13, the “Hardball” host reacted to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly saying that Abraham Lincoln would not have gone on “Between Two Ferns” by claiming that” My View is that Abraham Lincoln would not have worked for Fox.” [See video below.]

By Mark Finkelstein | March 12, 2014 | 8:06 AM EDT

As an embarrassed Joe Scarborough said, Mika Brzezinski didn't have her "filter on" this morning. On today's Morning Joe, Brzezinski broke out a lurid tale of how as a young woman she had been held "hostage" by the son of the President of Lebanon, who apparently had hijinks on his mind.

Scarborough had just teased Mika with a variation on his running joke of how she vacations in the south of France. Joe jibed that in retaliation for France's sale of warships to Russia, Ukraine notwithstanding,  Mika would be imposing personal sanctions on France by cutting back her weekend trips there from 26 to 23 yearly.  In response, Brzezinski described how 25 years ago, the son of the President of Lebanon held her "hostage" in the south of France, took her to porn flicks, and bought her bikinis "with only one piece." View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 11, 2014 | 10:51 AM EDT

Last night, nearly two dozen Democratic senators staged an all-night talkathon on the issue of climate change, but failed to take up any legislation to deal with the issue. Following the conclusion of the political stunt, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough mocked the proceedings and the media’s coverage of climate change.

Appearing on MSNBC on March 11, Scarborough laughed at the idea that “If only the media would focus a little bit on climate change but there’s just, those oil barons control all of the major media companies.” [See video below.]

By Mark Finkelstein | March 10, 2014 | 8:11 AM EDT

Here was the Morning Joe panel bemoaning Ted Cruz's supposed incivility at CPAC in allegedly insulting war hero Bob Dole, when up pops Mike Barnicle to ask "what does it say about CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had, the one who received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin?"

A bit later, Mika Brzezinski piled on, calling Palin a "multi-million dollar moron."  When Joe Scarborough challenged her, saying "you don't think that, right?", Mika didn't retract her slur, saying only that Palin is "savvy in selling a message that makes a lot of money." View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | March 7, 2014 | 8:26 AM EST

Mika Brzezinski has a jaded view of why young Americans choose to join the military.  According to the Morning Joe host, they do so "if they need the money."

Brzezinski made her comment on today's show during a segment on a book comparing the values and beliefs of the various generations of Americans. When Joe Scarborough challenged her doing-it-for-the-money claim, saying that many serve "for all the best reasons," Brzezinski began to back down.  Mika also suggested that her fellow panelists didn't know many people serving in the military, which might say more about the MSM bubble in which they exist than it does about the millenial generation. View the video after the jump.

By Kyle Drennen | March 6, 2014 | 12:45 PM EST

Talking to MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough on Thursday's NBC Today about the Ukranian crisis, co-host Matt Lauer saw the Republican Party, not Russia, as President Obama's fiercest adversary: "We're six days into this crisis now, the rhetoric seems to be heating up. Not between Russia and the United States, but between Republicans in Congress and the administration." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Lauer pressed Scarborough: "You heard John McCain say it was a massive intelligence failure and a misreading of Vladimir Putin's intentions. Lindsay Graham weighed in, saying, 'What we're seeing in the Ukraine right now is a result of failed policies in Syria and Benghazi.' Do you agree with those assessments?" Scarborough immediately dismissed the GOP criticism: "No, absolutely not....Barack Obama didn't lose Ukraine any more than George W. Bush lost Georgia in 2008, anymore than Ike lost Hungary in 1956."