Morning Joe

By Mark Finkelstein | August 16, 2013 | 8:07 AM EDT

Talk about a hypocritical, mealy-mouthed non-apology apology . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough condemned Republicans who "support[ed] George Zimmerman before they even knew the facts of the case."  Scarborough then added: "you know, I got out early, said some things about George Zimmerman myself, I shouldn't have said, perhaps. I got overly emotional. But I'm not in office. And if I were in office I would have apologized."

Scarborough didn't reveal to viewers the "some things" he had said about Zimmerman. In fact, early on in the case, long before the facts were on the table, Scarborough branded Zimmerman a "murderer."  But Scarborough doesn't feel the need to apologize because he's not a politician.  Is that Scarborough's standard?  The host of a major national show can go on the air and cavalierly and unjustly accuse someone of murder.  But because he's not in public office, he has no need to apologize?  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | August 14, 2013 | 8:24 AM EDT

What a piker, that Barack Obama.  All he was going to do was stop the rise of the oceans and begin to heal the planet.  Hillary can do a heck of a lot more.  She can actually . . .  "save the world."

Just ask Kathleen Parker.  The Washington Post columnist that—laughably—some still call a conservative, recommends in in her latest column that Hillary run on the narrative that she is the person who, yes, "can save the world."  Parker appeared on Morning Joe today to advance her argument, asserting that "there's no one better suited to sort of lead that movement symbolically and as leader of the free world than Hillary Clinton. It's not an endorsement but let's look at it objectively."  View the video after the jump.

By Andrew Lautz | August 9, 2013 | 3:18 PM EDT

Joe Scarborough offered one of the most interesting ObamaCare metaphors to date on Friday’s Morning Joe, claiming that President Obama’s signature health care reform is “like a zombie” that is “neither alive or completely dead.” The MSNBC host added that the law “just sort of slowly marches on,” amidst a barrage of criticism from both the right and the left.

Scarborough’s panel kicked off the segment by discussing Josh Green’s latest column in Bloomberg Businessweek, in which Green argued that the Obama administration is losing the battle over the ironically-titled Affordable Care Act on Twitter. MSNBC host Thomas Roberts turned the discussion to the fast-approaching open enrollment period for ObamaCare, which begins on October 1:

By Mark Finkelstein | August 8, 2013 | 9:11 AM EDT

Mika to the barricades! Move over, Reverend Al.  You're not the only MSNBC host who moonlights as a liberal activist. On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski announced that she will be not merely be covering a pay protest by fast-food workers in Detroit on August 29th--she'll be an active participant in it.

Joe Scarborough tried—in vain—to school Mika on Econ 101.  But she did the equivalent of covering her ears and nattering "nah, nah, nah: can't hear you!"  Scarborough said he'd also be at the protest--on the sidelines, with a bullhorn. View the video after the jump.

By Andrew Lautz | August 7, 2013 | 2:29 PM EDT

Joe Scarborough blasted NBC and MSNBC for liberal bias on Wednesday’s Morning Joe, criticizing his network’s parent company for producing what could be a “splashy biopic” about Hillary Clinton set to be released in 2015. Scarborough accused MSNBC of promoting liberal candidates, claiming the network is “exactly the same” as Fox News when it comes to pushing a partisan agenda.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski pushed back throughout the segment, arguing that the two networks – often seen as adversaries – are “not the same at all,” and that MSNBC has not tried to “push” Democrats “into the forefront.” The Lean Forward network, though, has promoted Clinton’s would-be candidacy early and often – from shameless praise to campaign strategy to the just-plain bizarre.

By Mark Finkelstein | August 7, 2013 | 8:59 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough has yet again scaled his soap box to mock those of us in the conservative blogosphere.  He described us today as a bunch of "very stupid people" living in their mama's basement who write "really stupid things" about him.

The thin-skinned Scarborough has often derided his show's critics as Cheetos-chewing cellar-dwellers.  He was at it again this morning, depicting them as people who if not in mama's basement would otherwise be wandering the streets in their pajamas.  View the video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | August 6, 2013 | 5:12 PM EDT

Joy Behar told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Tuesday, “You sure look gay in those pants.”

Such happened on ABC’s The View when Scarborough showed up wearing pink pants (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | August 6, 2013 | 8:07 AM EDT

Wow: Joe Scarborough just outed something naughty that Mika Brzezinski had to say about the Hillary biopic that her parent network NBC is planning.

After Mika admitted on today's Morning Joe that she doesn't disagree with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's warning that the RNC might not cooperate with NBC or CNN on Republican debates should the networks proceed with their biopic plans, Joe took things a big step further, saying: "You said off the air, Mika, it was as if they were trying to climb up something of the entire Clinton organization."  "Something"?  You fill in the blanks.  View the video after the jump.

By Andrew Lautz | August 2, 2013 | 4:14 PM EDT

It’s rare when the Morning Joe crew unanimously agrees on an issue. It’s simply extraordinary when the issue is ObamaCare.

Host Joe Scarborough and a liberal panel mocked congressional Democrats on Friday for griping about high premiums under ObamaCare, after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced Thursday that the federal government would continue to subsidize health care premiums for members of Congress and their staffs.

By Andrew Lautz | August 1, 2013 | 3:56 PM EDT

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted Barack Obama’s decision to run for president in 2008 on Thursday’s Morning Joe, claiming Obama was “only in [office] for about two minutes before he decided he was bored with the Senate and wanted to be president.” Co-host Mika Brzezinski pushed back throughout the segment, suggesting that then-Sen. Obama was above “that fish bowl of idiots that nobody likes” – presumably veteran senators on Capitol Hill – when he announced his candidacy.

Scarborough was unrelenting in his criticism, though, contending that Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office is like “me running the chemistry lab, you know, at Princeton.” Unsurprisingly, the liberal panelists on Scarborough’s program came to the president’s defense and sought to demean three potential 2016 contenders for the GOP in the process.

By Mark Finkelstein | August 1, 2013 | 9:00 AM EDT

If a Republican were ensnared in a sex scandal, do you think MSNBC would have failed to mention his party and instead featured a photo of him with a smiling Nancy Pelosi?  But the "Lean Forward" network might well have hoodwinked unwary viewers this morning into thinking that Democrat Bob Filner is a Republican.

Not merely did today's Morning Joe failed to identify Filner—the San Diego mayor with the octopus hands—as a Democrat. Instead, the show featured a photo of Filner with a smiling . . . . John Boehner. Guess the MJ staff couldn't find one of former congressman Filner with fellow Californian Pelosi. H/t NB reader Ray R.  View the photo and video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | August 1, 2013 | 8:06 AM EDT

In one fell swoop, Howard Dean has managed to expose his ignorance of libertarianism while making a stale and insulting joke about New Jerseyites.

Discussing on today's Morning Joe the dust-up between Rand Paul and Chris Christie and the broader issue of the philosophical rifts within the GOP, Dean declared that "Rand Paul is not a libertarian" because he is pro-life.  Dean is apparently unaware of the lively debate over abortion within libertarian circles, with a reported 30% of libertarians being pro-life.  Dean also warned Paul: "do not take on a guy from Jersey. Obviously this guy does not watch HBO." That was presumably an allusion to The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, two HBO shows featuring Garden State criminals.  View the video after the jump.