Morning Joe

By Mark Finkelstein | February 10, 2014 | 8:24 AM EST

Pot, kettle, hello? If Dems wanted to find someone to attack Chris Christie's credibility for claiming he didn't know what was going on in his administration, couldn't they have found someone less vulnerable than Robert Gibbs? After all, Gibbs served as spox for Barack Obama, the man who has made an art form out of claiming he only found out about his admin's latest scandal when he read about it in the paper.

But there was Gibbs leading with his chin on Morning Joe today, asking "how many times can [Christie] play the card of 'I had no idea this was going on in my own office?" Joe Scarborough was only too happy to oblige Gibbs with a haymaker to his rhetorical jaw: "Robert, it's getting to the point he is starting to sound like Barack Obama." View the amusing video after the jump.

By Paul Bremmer | February 6, 2014 | 4:35 PM EST

No matter how bleak things get for ObamaCare, no matter how bad the law looks to the public, you can rest assured that someone at MSNBC will always be ready and willing to make excuses for the law, even speaking of necessary "sacrifices" to be made as a "nation" for the greater good of "universal health care."

On Thursday’s Morning Joe, Mark Halperin of Time magazine assumed the role of ObamaCare spinmeister.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 6, 2014 | 9:23 AM EST

Was Bill Kristol kidding—just throwing a sop to the not-inconsiderable ego of his host—or could he have been serious?  On today's Morning Joe, unveiling his line-up of the nine Republicans he sees running for president in 2016, Kristol included none other than Joe Scarborough himself.

But in an unkind cut to someone prospectively facing the famously conservative GOP primary electorate, Kristol described Scarborough as "filling the Huntsman lane" and representing a "Morning Joe conservatism." Ouch! As interesting as were Kristol's nine [which included Sarah Palin] were the names he left off his list, including Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio.  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 5, 2014 | 8:15 AM EST

Give Sam Stein credit for being an honest liberal.  Confronted with the CBO's findings about the disastrous job-killing effects of Obamacare, Stein didn't try to spin the unspinnable.

On today's Morning Joe, Donnie Deutsch invited Stein to play a game of Mad Men.  Deutsch first sketched out a 30-second ad making the case against Obamacare--that contrary to what President Obama had said, you can't choose your provider and the program costs the country two million jobs.  Deutsch then invited Stein to give the 30-second ad in response.  Said Stein, much to the amusement of the panel: "The 30-second response is something like: 'Please change the subject to something else.'  What do you want me to say?" View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 3, 2014 | 9:11 AM EST

Could the GW bridge scandal be causing internal friction at MSNBC?  On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough upbraided Chuck Todd for "wild speculation" in the matter.  

Scarborough's slap at Todd came in response to the NBC political director's suggestion that, based on a photo showing Christie and Wildstein together at a September 11 event--it was "very likely" that Wildstein--in an effort to curry favor with Chris Christie--had told the governor what he had done with the lane closures.  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 31, 2014 | 8:09 AM EST

You really have to listen to Mika Brzezinski's voice rising as if in a question as she pronounces the very last word in an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal column—and watch the expression on her face—to appreciate how utterly baffled, befuddled and bewildered she seems by the simple notion that increasing the cost of hiring motivates employers to automate their operations.

The column, "The Employee of the Month Has a Battery," noted that restaurant chains like Chili's are introducing tabletop ordering devices and eliminating server positions. Author Michael Saltsman makes the incontrovertible argument that "policy makers are encouraging the switch to technology by increasing the cost of hiring."  But just listen to Mika pronounce that last word, and watch the ensuing expression on her face, to see how the notion leaves her at a complete loss.  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 30, 2014 | 8:05 AM EST

Although to date there has been no evidence directly tying him to either matter, Chris Christie has been accused of playing politics with the GW bridge closure and the granting of hurricane-relief funds to Hoboken.  So naturally it's fair game to analogize Christie to the head of cinema's most infamous, murderous crime syndicate.

Fair game, if you're MSNBC that is.  Today's Morning Joe segment on Christie treated viewers to a 'Govfather' logo, based on the famous puppet-master logo from "The Godfather."  View the video and images of the original and MSNBC logos after the jump.

By Paul Bremmer | January 28, 2014 | 4:11 PM EST

In the minds of MSNBC personalities, the so-called Republican “War on Women” is fought on many fronts – even in the amount of GOP responses to this year’s State of the Union address.

On Tuesday’s Morning Joe, the panelists were discussing the three planned responses to Tuesday's State of the Union: Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ official GOP response, Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s Tea Party response, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s personal response. Co-host Mika Brzezinski, upset at the idea of three separate responses, voiced her displeasure in terms of Rodgers’ gender: “Why not let the strong woman actually have a strong response for all Republicans?”

By Mark Finkelstein | January 24, 2014 | 8:27 AM EST

Roe v. Wade was horribly decided, as even some prominent supporters of abortion rights will agree.  But for now, it remains the law of the land.  And it establishes a constitutional right to abortion.  Amazingly, Thomas Roberts appears unaware of that.  

On today's Morning Joe, commenting on Mike Huckabee's speech of yesterday on how Dems wrongly accuse Republicans of a "war on women,"  Roberts twice said "if old white men could get pregnant, abortion would be a constitutional right."  View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 21, 2014 | 10:23 AM EST

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton mentioned race 215 times last year according to research done by my colleague Katie Yoder. And yet, despite the Reverend’s obsession with race, the MSNBC host seems to believe he isn’t able to discuss race as much as he would like.

The bombastic MSNBC host appeared on Morning Joe on January 20 to complain that President Obama personally told him and other civil rights leaders to not push the narrative that the president isn’t liked by many Americans simply because President Obama is black. Reverend Al lamented that, “he has discouraged us who firmly believe a lot of people are against him because he's black and we still do.”[See video after jump.]

By Mark Finkelstein | January 21, 2014 | 8:49 AM EST

Is Joe Scarborough taking tips from NY Governor Andrew Cuomo? Cuomo recently declared that conservatives who are pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and opposed to gay marriage "have no place in the state of New York."

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough took things a step further, telling rich people who shield money abroad to reduce their taxes "you're not welcome in the United States of America."  Thundered the self-righteous Scarborough: "Follow your damn money.  Leave! Go!"  Wonder if Scarborough's banishment order applies to corporations as well as individuals?  If so, say sayanora to Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard . . . not to mention MSNBC's previous owner, GE, from whom Scarborough took paychecks for years.  All are among the 15 US corporations with the most money held offshore.  View the video after the jump.

By Kyle Drennen | January 20, 2014 | 9:41 AM EST

Appearing on Monday's NBC Today, MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough acknowledged how eager his colleagues at the left-wing network were to take down Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: "I mean, listen, you can attack the network if you want to, there are a lot of people that go after him gleefully, that's not shocking." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Scarborough was responding to criticism from Christie's administration over MSNBC hyping claims from Democratic Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that the Governor withheld Sandy relief funds for political reasons. Co-host Savannah Guthrie cited a Christie spokesperson "pushing back not just on the facts of the story, but on the network that broke the story....'MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him.'"