Morning Joe

By Noel Sheppard | January 6, 2014 | 11:34 AM EST

Sometimes I think people at MSNBC have Sarah Palin on the brain.

In a Morning Joe segment about Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology to the Romney family for mocking their adopted black grandson, and former Governor Mitt Romney’s classy acceptance of said apology, host Joe Scarborough for some reason decided to take a totally unprovoked and unnecessary cheap shot at Sarah Palin (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | January 3, 2014 | 1:10 PM EST

MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced this morning that 11 a.m. anchor Thomas Roberts would be getting a new year's promotion... to the 5:30 a.m. Eastern program, Way Too Early, the lead-in to Morning Joe. Roberts will vacate his present MSNBC Live gig but also be awarded a regular contributor slot on the Morning Joe panel.

“This is a very exciting opportunity and right in line with my career goals and aspirations,” Roberts was quoted in an MSNBC.com story, adding:

By Mark Finkelstein | December 30, 2013 | 9:46 AM EST

Let no one say that NBC/MSNBC are reluctant to criticize ObamaCare.  A leading NBC light boldly did so today . . . from the left, of course.  

Appearing on Morning Joe, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's chief medical editor, declared that there should be "a single-payer system" of health care.  That is the left's preferred solution, but brings with it a host of problems, as the Heritage Foundation has detailed.  For good measure, Snyderman said that she "made" her young-adult children sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty." View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | December 30, 2013 | 9:17 AM EST

MSNBC seems to really hate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as it has reached new lows to smear the Tea Party senator. Tired of using their usual attacks on the junior senator from Texas, the folks at the network have resorted to a new tactic, openly lying about his record on anti-Obama conspiracy theories.

Appearing as a fill-in host on Morning Joe on December 30, MSNBC host Thomas Roberts claimed Ted Cruz was a birther, “Ted Cruz was certainly big on the birther movement.” Most of the time, liberals merely joke that Cruz's birth in Canada to an American mother ties the birthers in knots. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]

By Mark Finkelstein | December 23, 2013 | 7:48 AM EST

After Martin Bashir lost his MSNBC job for making a vile anatomical suggestion, you might think that others at the "Lean Forward" network would be circumspect about engaging in comparable crudeness.

But that didn't stop John Heilemann on today's Morning Joe. Whereas Bashir's remark focused on the beginning of the alimentary canal, Heilemann's went to its other extremity. Asked how he'd deal with Senator Rand Paul's theory that extending unemployment benefits does the unemployed a disservice, Heilmann said "I'd tell Rand Paul to stick that where it belongs." View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | December 20, 2013 | 11:45 AM EST

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took a break from his nightly “Hardball” tirade to grace the set of Morning Joe to unload on the GOP for opposing extending unemployment benefits and increasing the minimum wage.

Appearing on December 20, the “Hardball” host proclaimed that Republicans “don’t like these bums” and proceeded to call Republicans “these racists” for opposing liberal policies on unemployment benefits and raising the minimum wage. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.] 

By Noel Sheppard | December 20, 2013 | 10:25 AM EST

Here’s something I bet you never imagined would happen.

Chris Matthews on Friday, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, declared Barack Obama the political loser of the year (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | December 19, 2013 | 10:41 AM EST

Just how poorly has the rollout of ObamaCare gone?

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday, when the perilously liberal Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein said, “The Obama administration isn’t administering the health care itself,” the perilously liberal co-host Mika Brzezinski replied, “Thank god!” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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: