By NB Staff | September 23, 2016 | 10:26 AM EDT

After the smoke cleared in the voting for the ‘Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award’ at Media Research Center’s 2016 Gala, frequent Notable Quotables subject and MSNBC host Chris Matthews emerged as the winner for a vicious smear after the New Hampshire primary on “troll-like” Ted Cruz for living “below the level of human life.”

By Randy Hall | September 21, 2016 | 7:25 PM EDT

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough clashed with Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook during Wednesday's edition of the Morning Joe program after the constantly smiling guest repeatedly avoided answering questions about the Democratic presidential candidate’s foreign policy.

Also, co-host Willie Geist asked Mook about Clinton’s past support of Barack Obama‘s “red line” against Bashar al-Assad‘s use of chemical weapons in Syria. “She supported the drawing of the red line. … Was it a mistake to draw the red line if the president was not willing to do something about it when it was crossed?”

By Tom Blumer | September 16, 2016 | 10:36 PM EDT

The press continues to ignore reality by insisting that it's a settled matter that Hillary Clinton and conpany were never involved in fomenting and promoting the Barack Obama "birther" rumors. Even today, with damning new evidence that a campaign apparatchik started such an effort, and that a confidant whose relationship with the Clintons goes back to Bill Clinton's presidency pitched the story to a former journalist at the McClatchy news service, reporters Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire at the Associated Press insisted, as if it's an undisputed fact, that "there is no evidence" that "the 'birther movement' was started by Hillary Clinton."

By Jack Coleman | September 9, 2016 | 12:41 PM EDT

It was just a matter of time before the piling-on from denizens of MSNBC's Morning Joe after Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's goofy Aleppo gaffe caught up with someone else on the show.

Johnson drew a blank in response to MJ regular Mike Barnicle's gotcha question, a flub that quickly went viral and dominated discussion during the rest of Thursday's broadcast.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | September 8, 2016 | 11:59 PM EDT

The “Big Three” network news programs were all a buzz Thursday evening over a seemingly inexplicable exchange that occurred on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that morning. “And what is Aleppo,” Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson inquired after being asked by journalist Mike Barnicle what his plan for the city was. “Johnson stumped not by a gotcha question but a basic foreign policy question in the headlines for months,” stated ABC’s Martha Raddatz on World News Tonight. But the evening prior Hillary Clinton was grilled in a forum about her use of a private e-mail server and they all but ignored it. 

By Jack Coleman | September 8, 2016 | 9:58 AM EDT

If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America, President Lyndon Johnson allegedly complained in February 1968 while watching CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite pronounce from Vietnam during the Tet Offensive that the war was a clearly a stalemate and hence pointless for the United States to remain in the fight. Turns out this oft-cited tale is probably apocryphal, as American University professor and Media Myth Alert blogger W. Joseph Campbell has persuasively argued. On the night of Cronkite's report, Johnson was in Texas attending a birthday party for Gov. John Connally and could not have seen Cronkite's reporting, back in a nascent high-tech era before videocassette recorders and DVRs.

By Jack Coleman | September 6, 2016 | 5:00 PM EDT

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski wants it both ways. The extended coughing jag suffered by Hillary Clinton during a campaign appearance in Cleveland on Labor Day was, to Brzezinski's discerning eye, merely a "cough."

But no sooner had she tut-tutted away the latest example of Clinton showing she's hardly the picture of good health did Brzezinski excoriate Clinton's running mate, Virginia senator Tim Kaine, seated behind Clinton on that stage in Ohio, for not galloping to Clinton's rescue.

By P.J. Gladnick | August 31, 2016 | 4:53 PM EDT

You didn't need to have the sound working while viewing MSNBC's Morning Joe today to know things were not going well for Hillary Clinton. The sad looks on the faces of hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough pretty much revealed the story. A sense of gloom had descended upon the set of Morning Joe as Mika led off detailing the latest drip, drip, dripping of Hillary scandals. Then Joe joined added to the mournful mood by noting how the polls have been tightening in recent days. This was all in stark contrast to the upbeat mood of just a few weeks ago when Hillary was so far ahead in the polls that they were practically declaring Donald Trump's political funeral.

By Matthew Balan | August 30, 2016 | 5:41 PM EDT

The Big Three networks' morning newscasts on Tuesday all failed to cover the Associated Press's early Tuesday report that revealed the 72 mass graves inside current or former ISIS territory. Instead of spotlighting ISIS's mass murder, ABC's GMA aired a 50-second news brief on a unicyclist's stunt on top of a 840-foot tower in Romania. CBS This Morning set aside 43 seconds of air time to a race car in Bolivia jumping over a dog that wandered into the road. NBC's Today devoted 38 seconds to a Colorado teen soccer player's running flip over a goalie.

By Tom Blumer | August 30, 2016 | 6:22 AM EDT

In what must be at least the twentieth media installment of "I can't be objective about this," MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski brought out her death stare as she reacted on Friday's Morning Joe show to Donald Trump's characterization of Hillary Clinton as a bigot — after several months during which Mrs. Clinton, her campaign and the press (but I repeat myself) have routinely called Trump or his rhetoric "racist."

Apparently unaware that we heard her the first time, Brzezinski addressed Mr. Trump as if there, saying "You have no idea" three separate times, and also said, "I can't pretend and sort of try to cover this fairly and put it in a veil of objectivity." Why don't you tell us something we didn't already know?

By Curtis Houck | August 26, 2016 | 3:14 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton joined the cast of characters on MSNBC’s Morning Joe late in Friday’s show and co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski questioned her somewhat fairly about the Clinton Foundation and had facial expressions that embodied the lack of trust the American people have in her, but they backed off at some points in hailing her “remarkable” Thursday afternoon speech that could be seen as a “turning point” in the presidential election and politics as a whole. 

By Tom Blumer | August 25, 2016 | 12:26 AM EDT

Early Wednesday morning, Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters noted how the NBC Nightly News spent Tuesday evening defending Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in the wake of an Associated Press report showing that "At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs." Wednesday evening, Fondacaro observed that Wednesday's Nightly News "failed to mention the scandal at all." Contrary to usual past form, the broadcast network's Nightly News treatment seems to be running far to the left of its weak cable sister MSNBC in the name of keeping damning information about Mrs. Clinton's activities away from low-information voters.