Morning Joe

By Noel Sheppard | November 19, 2013 | 10:33 AM EST

In the wake of the disgusting comments MSNBC's Martin Bashir made about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin Friday, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin had some important observations regarding the incident Monday.

"MSNBC, ladies and gentlemen, is a hateful, vile, character assassinating outlet" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | November 15, 2013 | 2:40 PM EST

Amidst all the liberal doom and gloom stemming from the Obamacare debacle, at least someone's trying to keep hope alive for beleaguered Democrats . . .

On today's Morning Joe, the BBC's Katty Kay did her best to paint a scenario in which Dems go into 2014 with Obamacare working, and the election results would not be the "disaster" that Republicans are assuming.  View the video after the jump.

By Paul Bremmer | November 14, 2013 | 4:24 PM EST

In an episode that featured plenty of ObamaCare criticism from the president’s typical allies, MSNBC’s Morning Joe still found room for the law’s cheerleaders. On Thursday’s show, co-host Mika Brzezinski despaired over the fact that Bill Clinton advised President Obama to keep his promise to the country and allow people to keep their health care plans if they like them. The fact that Clinton was not explicitly siding with Obama caused Brzezinski to mourn, “Is anyone going to help out at this point, or is it so convoluted that we are holding onto hope at this point? Cause I believe in the concept of this law. I want it to work.”

Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, sitting on the panel, confessed to being a “believer” in the law as well. Going further than Brzezinski, she actually had the nerve to complain about the people who have been forced out of plans they like by ObamaCare:

By Mark Finkelstein | November 14, 2013 | 11:36 AM EST

A President can deal with being disliked, even despised, by his opponents.  But when he becomes a laughingstock among his own supposed supporters . . .

On today's Morning Joe, Dem Sen. Joe Manchin openly mocked President Obama's failure to communicate with Congress.  Asked by Joe Scarborough whether the President is disconnected from the Senate and House, Manchin sardonically said "everybody has a different style." Queried as how often he talks to the prez by phone, Manchin sarcastically replied "I'm sure he's very busy."  The panel had a good laugh at Pres. Obama's expense, until a mortified Mika Brzezinski couldn't take it anymore and demanded "Stop it. Enough!"  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | November 13, 2013 | 9:13 AM EST

If President Obama has lost Donny Deutsch, has he lost the Hamptons?  But seriously, the adman has generally been an an enthusiastic supporter of the President.  So when he gives a very pessimistic prediction as to the ability of Obamacare to rebound from its . . .  debacular debut, it's worth noting.

On today's Morning Joe, Deutsch described Obamacare as so "tarnished" and "damaged" that he doubted that it could ever fully recover, even if President Obama took Joe Scarborough's advice and attempted a total reboot.  View the video after the jump.

By Paul Bremmer | November 12, 2013 | 5:15 PM EST

MSNBC’s Morning Joe sidekick Mika Brzezinski is getting desperate for ObamaCare to succeed, to the point of threatening to jump off of, well, something. On Tuesday’s show, she exploded at the GOP for not falling in line behind the health care law. “[E]very step of the way – every step of the way – the Republicans have tried to undermine this from top to bottom and if anything they probably were part of the problem," she huffed.

Recurring Morning Joe contributor Jon Meacham agreed with Brzezinski’s sentiment. He vented his own exasperation in a forceful way: “That's absolutely true, which makes it even more important to make the damn thing work.”

By Mike Ciandella | November 12, 2013 | 3:33 PM EST

More typhoons will happen unless liberal energy policies are adopted, and those who disagree have “blood on their hands” – at least according to climate alarmist Jeffrey Sachs.

Sachs, a friend of liberal billionaire George Soros and head of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and a favorite of the news media, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Nov. 12 to discuss the recent tragedy caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

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By Jeffrey Meyer | November 12, 2013 | 1:05 PM EST

MSNBC’s quasi-conservative darling Joe Scarborough seemed right at home as he guest-hosted ABC’s The View on November 12, walking on set arm-in-arm with Barbara Walters before taking aim squarely at folks who dare to be further on the right than he.

Appearing on the show Tuesday, Scarborough lambasted Republicans who were unhappy with Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) for hugging President Obama after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, claiming that, “people that would judge Chris Christie because he hugged Barack Obama, first of all, they're too obsessed on hating Barack Obama.” [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.] 

By Kyle Drennen | November 12, 2013 | 12:24 PM EST

Appearing on Tuesday's NBC Today to hawk his new book, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough – whose own radio show was cancelled after a brief run in 2010 – proceeded to slam conservative talk radio hosts: "They make millions and millions of dollars....they start pushing their world view on Republicans across the country and start saying, 'You either have to run up to the barricades and fight to the death every single time or you're not sufficiently conservative' and you actually have politicians listening to that and not understanding that's a profit motive." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

He added: "...we've got to stop feeding every single little resentment if we want to get back into the White House."

By Paul Bremmer | November 7, 2013 | 3:04 PM EST

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein insulted conservative Republicans during an appearance on Thursday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC. Responding to a New York Times opinion piece that likened the current GOP to the Republican Party of Joe McCarthy, Bernstein actually suggested that President Obama may be the one to moderate the GOP: “[T]he great contribution of Obama might be to help create a responsible Republican Party in the end.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough asked for an explanation, so Bernstein elaborated on how the president could achieve that end: “By what we're seeing now and the rejection of the Tea Party and the realization that you have to have a mainstream party and that Obama has made monkeys out of this wedge that is now on the defensive.”

By Randy Hall | November 6, 2013 | 3:21 PM EST

During Tuesday's edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC, co-host Joe Scarborough criticized the GOP for having “the lowest approval rating ever” but stated that the failures of ObamaCare could elect more Republicans and members of the Tea Party if they “just get out of the way” while Democrats continue making serious blunders.

Ted Cruz, a GOP senator from Texas who tried to filibuster the Affordable Care Act, “has gotten out of the way,” Scarborough stated. “The Republicans have gotten out of the way. They've learned their lesson. And now, the spotlight is on ObamaCare. It would have been on ObamaCare two months ago if they had gotten out of the way.”

By Mark Finkelstein | November 6, 2013 | 1:16 PM EST

Political anaylst Charlie Cook bills himself as "non-partisan and independent." But on today's Morning Joe Cook  couldn't curb his enthusiasm for Chris Christie.  Cook said of Christie that there is "testosterone coming out of every more pore in his body" and that Christie's attitude "inoculates him against being called a RINO, pantywaist liberal Republican."

For good measure, Cook said he would "pay money" to see Christie reach down the throat and pull the lungs out of Tea Party member daring to call Christie a liberal!  View the video after the jump.