Morning Joe

By Paul Bremmer | December 18, 2013 | 5:20 PM EST

Joe Scarborough highlighted a very important aspect of ObamaCare, one that has been too often overlooked by mainstream journalists, on Wednesday’s Morning Joe.

During a roundtable discussion of the federal health care industry overhaul, Scarborough told everyone what he had been hearing from small business owners about ObamaCare:

By Mark Finkelstein | December 16, 2013 | 10:06 AM EST

In her continuing campaign to promote Elizabeth Warren's presidential prospects, Mika Brzezinski has attempted to recruit an unlikely ally: Steve Rattner.

Rattner--President Obama's former "car czar"--is an investment manager and what passes for a moderate in the modern Dem party.  The notion that he would support leftist Elizabeth Warren in a Dem primary is far-fetched to say the least.  But Mika told Rattner he would "root" for Warren "because you will do that for me."  A compliant Ratter replied that he would "do anything" for Mika. View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | December 13, 2013 | 10:08 AM EST

Joe Scarborough made a point of mentioning that until today, his MSNBC show hadn't discussed the Obama selfie at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  Morning Joe's way too highbrow for that kind of stuff, don't you know, particularly when it might reflect badly on Barack Obama.

But when the crew finally got around to it today, opinion from Joe to Mika to Ed Rendell to Thomas Roberts was unanimous: there was nothing to criticize.  Mika made her point by seeking to snap a selfie with Scarborough, as Joe jokingly showed her the hand.  View the video after the jump.

By Paul Bremmer | December 12, 2013 | 5:06 PM EST

House Speaker John Boehner made himself a hero in the eyes of the liberal Morning Joe panel. All it took was lashing out publicly against conservative organizations which criticized the Ryan-Murray budget deal.

Appearing on Thursday’s show, panelist Donny Deutsch was the most effusive about Boehner. He proclaimed:

By Mark Finkelstein | December 10, 2013 | 9:24 AM EST

Wow! File this one under: what would have been the MSM reaction to a conservative who had made the same un-PC statement?  

On today's Morning Joe, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, discussing the way American children have fallen behind children in other countries in academic achievement, and are coddled, handed trophies for non-achievement and protected from stress, said: "stress will be not understanding the thick Chinese accent of your first boss. That will be stress."  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | December 9, 2013 | 9:41 AM EST

Things got testy between Joe Scarborough and Howard Dean on today's Morning Joe over the issue of the Dem party moving left.  In a particularly unkind cut, Scarborough accused Dean of spouting "Carl Bernstein nonsense," while Dean tried to shut Scarborough down, bleating "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."  Adding spice to the mix, Mika Brzezinski made clear her great regard for lefty Senator Elizabeth Warren, saying she'd make a "formidable" presidential candidate. 

The fracas was detonated by a discussion of a Wall Street Journal op-ed by a centrist Dem group called "The Third Way," which argued that following proposals from Warren and far-left, newly-elected NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, would be electorally "disastrous" for Dems.  That in turn engendered a New York Times article about infighting among Dems, reporting among other things that Warren is using "hardball" tactics to intimidate banks supporting The Third Way. View the video after the jump.

By Paul Bremmer | December 6, 2013 | 5:41 PM EST

With the passing of Nelson Mandela yesterday, it was a metaphysical certainty that the media would draw parallels between the legendary South African leader and Barack Obama. So it was not a surprise when it happened during a tribute package at the beginning of Friday’s Morning Joe.

As triumphant footage of Mandela rolled on the screen, co-host Mika Brzezinski read a scripted narrative:

By Mark Finkelstein | December 4, 2013 | 8:26 AM EST

Call it a case of interview envy--in the context of an ongoing feud between two MSNBC hosts.

There has been bad blood between Joe Scarborough and Chris Matthews for years, as here, here and here.  On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough took the occasion of Chris Matthews' impending interview of President Obama to mock the way Matthews' on-air schedule has shrunk. In a particularly low blow, Scarborough even compared the Hardball host to Regis Philbin.  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | December 2, 2013 | 8:29 AM EST

Potemkin Village, anyone?  Joe Scarborough has offered a scathing simile for the new-'n-improved Obamacare website.  On today's Morning Joe, he likened the site to the set of a Hollywood Western--pushing back the facade reveals that there's nothing behind it.

Even former Obama spox Robert Gibbs—proudly sporting an Auburn jersey—acknowledged that big chunks of the system, including the payment mechanism for subsidies, haven't even been built.  So people can go to the site, receive the illusion that they have obtained coverage, only to find that there is no follow-through.  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | November 26, 2013 | 9:52 AM EST

How shambolic of a smoking ruin is the Obama presidency?  When Tina Brown surveys the wreckage, the best—the best!—thing she sees, the thing she believes will be Barack Obama's shining legacy, is his handling of Iran and Syria, which she declares to be "smart," and of course, "nuanced."

The Obamacare catastrophe? Not to worry.  On today's Morning Joe, Brown assured us that those problems are "transient." No, look over here, at President Obama's masterful handling of foreign policy! Yes, years from now, when the minor hiccups of the Obamacare rollout will be long forgotten, people will still be marvelling at how well Barack Obama dealt with Iran and Syria.  View the video here.

By Mark Finkelstein | November 25, 2013 | 8:30 AM EST

Joe Scarborough has suggested that President Obama's poor poll numbers made him "desperate," driving him to agree to a deal with Iran on its nuclear program that Scarborough criticized as "bad" and even "horrible."

Scarborough described recently speaking with someone who said that no president with approval ratings under 40% should be allowed to do a deal. Reminds me of doctors' warnings not to sign legal documents while under the effects of some medications.  Said Scarborough of unpopular presidents: "they get desperate, they really do."  View the video after the jump.

By Paul Bremmer | November 22, 2013 | 5:35 PM EST

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago by a Communist sympathizer, yet Friday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC ran a package that emphasized right-wing hate in Dallas while failing to mention Lee Harvey Oswald or his ideological leanings. The package, narrated by Brian Shactman, focused on the “unspoken speech” that President Kennedy was planning to give on the day he was shot.

Shactman just couldn’t help but mention those hateful right-wingers: