Morning Joe

By Curtis Houck | May 22, 2015 | 4:53 PM EDT

The morning after he appeared on multiple MSNBC and NBC programs to rip President Obama’s handling of ISIS, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel joined the Friday panel of MSNBC’s Morning Joe to continue his streak of tearing into the President for a “confused” and “self-contradictory” plan that “fights itself.”

By Mark Finkelstein | May 21, 2015 | 9:10 AM EDT

What would Donny Deutsch say if he did want to sound elitist?  Because for not wanting to sound elitist, Donny Deutsch came off an awful lot like the denizen of Manhattan and the Hamptons that he is.

On today's Morning Joe, reacting to comments from a focus group of Iowa Republicans who were less concerned about Jeb Bush's policy positions and more concerned about his last name, Deutsch declaimed "I don't mean to sound elitist but it's astounding how ignorant people are."

By Connor Williams | May 20, 2015 | 12:17 PM EDT

In an interview with Democratic voters from Iowa that first aired Tuesday night on Bloomberg TV, Mark Halperin asked whether they could name an accomplishment from Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Not a single person on the panel could name something that the former New York Senator had achieved in that position. 

By Mark Finkelstein | May 20, 2015 | 10:41 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton must be worried if she's willing to trot out a bottom-of-the-barrel dead-ender like Joe Conason to defend her.

Conason slithered onto the Morning Joe set today and it didn't take him long--quoting Winston Churchill--to compare Joe Scarborough to Nazis. Even then, Conason couldn't tell the truth, claiming Churchill hadn't been referring to Nazis, when he clearly had.

By Mark Finkelstein | May 19, 2015 | 9:25 AM EDT

Did Joe Scarborough just suggest that the suits at his own network are craven cowards who put bucks over ethics?

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough predicted that if Matt Lauer had pulled a Stephanopoulos, NBC would hesitate to punish him [just as ABC hasn't disciplined Steph], because Lauer's morning Today show "is where they make the money."

By Mark Finkelstein | May 18, 2015 | 8:57 AM EDT

On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski criticized George Stephanopoulos for covering the story of the Clinton Foundation without disclosing that he had donated to it.  But Brzezinski's biggest blast was reserved for ABC, which had hired the hyper-partisan Clinton adviser in the first place.

Brzezinski hit the "lack of judgment of the people who are hiring him to think that he can just erase [his close Clinton ties] from his brain."

By Curtis Houck | May 15, 2015 | 5:46 PM EDT

After having stayed silent on the George Stephanopoulos scandal on Thursday, MSNBC finally covered the story with multiple segments on Friday’s Morning Joe devoted to Stephanopoulos’s previously undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation. Surprisingly, the main theme that was derived from segments of banter was how the panelists were struck by the ABC News chief anchor’s inability to disclose the $75,000. 

By Mark Finkelstein | May 14, 2015 | 7:57 AM EDT

Is Jesus a Bernie Sanders fan?  Could be, if you believe Howard Dean.  On today's Morning Joe, Dean claimed that "if you look at the red-letter version of the Bible, Jesus was probably to the left of the Democratic party."

Dean's declaration came in the context of a discussion of yesterday's forum on poverty in which President Obama and AEI President Arthur Brooks participated.  Question: is Dean confusing the establishment of faceless government bureaucracies that can entrap people in dependency with the kind of personal caring for the downtrodden that Christ commanded?

By Scott Whitlock | May 13, 2015 | 2:49 PM EDT

In what would traditionally be considered a gaffe, Barack Obama on Tuesday attacked those who send their children to private schools and play at "private clubs." (The President does both.) ABC, CBS and NBC avoided Obama's questionable comments, despite eight hours of available air time. In a speech, Obama derided, "Kids start going to private schools. Kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks." MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked the President: "Is this a self-critique against himself, mistakes he's made?" 

By Mark Finkelstein | May 13, 2015 | 8:38 AM EDT

If you love the smell of liberal infighting in the morning, today's Morning Joe was must-see TV. The MSM is reluctant to report it, but you might say that a trade war has broken out among liberal Dems, and it's getting personal. A few days ago, criticizing Elizabeth Warren for opposing his TPP trade bill, President Obama said that “the truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.” Yesterday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, also a TPP opponent, said that Obama had thereby been "direspectful" to Warren, suggesting he had been sexist.

Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said that once Brown had a chance to look at his comments, he expected that Brown would "find a way to apologize."

By Alatheia Larsen | May 12, 2015 | 12:42 PM EDT

NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd announced on Sunday they were starting a new series called "Meet the Money: The Billionaire Donors." They started with GOP-backing Sheldon Adelson. When will they get to George Soros?

In an effort to revitalize and unify the far-left Democratic party, progressives have relied on the very thing they often criticize -- the deep pockets of a billionaire supporter. Agenda supporters were linked to at least $159 million dollars in donations or political contributions from Soros.

By Mark Finkelstein | May 12, 2015 | 8:52 AM EDT

Hey Barack? Yes, Your Royal Majesty! Look, know what I said about coming to that thing at your place? Of course, oh Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Not going to make it--turns out I have to rearrange my stallion's sock drawer.

On today's Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell acknowledged the undeniable: that the last-minute decision by Saudi King Salman not to attend the White House summit, after previously having informed John Kerry that he would be there, was such an "in your face" snub, so embarrassing to Kerry and the Obama White House, that "I don't see any way that they can spin it."