On Friday the Morning Joe crew marveled over Brexit as the people of the UK spoke loud and clear: they want out of the European Union. Panelist after panelist on the morning show expressed shock and concern over the UK’s decision to go it alone. Economist Steve Rattner, on the other hand, stuck out like a sore thumb as he painted a rosier picture of the UK’s seismic decision.
As the fight for gun-control legislation continues on Capitol Hill, so too does the hypocrisy of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. On Wednesday, the show criticized Senator Susan Collins’ bipartisan legislation that would prevent people on two government watch lists from buying firearms. Host Joe Scarborough is so accustomed to attacking Republicans that he quickly chastised Senator Lindsey Graham for making his point on the need for greater constitutional restrictions regarding firearms.
On Tuesday, PBS host Tavis Smiley appeared on Morning Joe to enlighten viewers with his presidential election analysis. What did we learn? Apparently progressivism is a gift that keeps on giving. According to Smiley, Bernie Sanders should take a page out of Jesse Jackson’s playbook, without Jesse Jackson there would have been no Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton is a much better candidate thanks to Bernie Sanders.
The vicissitudes of election coverage over the past year have made one thing certain: Morning Joe has been on an emotional rollercoaster with Republican nominee Donald Trump. In late 2015 and early 2016, Trump was regularly featured on the show and praised for his unprecedented primary performance. Now, as Trump’s favorability plummets in the polls, so too does his favorability among the Morning Joe hosts.
The two Democrats being hailed as heroes of the gun control filibuster, Senator Cory Booker and Senator Chris Murphy, have used MSNBC to their advantage as they prepare for a vote on the Senate floor this Monday. Thursday, Andrea Mitchell Reports featured Senator Booker, and on Friday Senator Murphy appeared on Morning Joe. What emerged from both interviews: Republicans will not be able to face their constituents if they don’t support these measures, and terrorism creates a window for gun control reform.
Frequent MSNBC guest and Huffington Post senior politics editor Sam Stein thinks that Donald Trump is very close to “talking about internment camps.” Rather than discuss the mounting concerns over the pending influx of people into our country, on Thursday, the Morning Joe squad picked apart Trump’s every word at a rally in Atlanta.
On Wednesday, the Morning Joe crew provided viewers with their daily dose of Hillary Clinton propagandizing. Over the past few weeks, Clinton crossed the finish line in her Democratic primary battle, promoted her foreign policy positions in the wake of Orlando’s terrorism, and capitalized on the recent gaffes from her Republican opponent. Thanks to MSNBC, we are reminded that through it all, Clinton has found her voice.
Tuesday on Morning Joe, the gun control conversation continued in the wake of terrorism in Orlando. However, MSNBC didn’t put the spotlight on the FBI for taking Omar Mateen off the terrorist watch list, nor did they call out Congress for letting the federal assault weapons ban expire. Rather, they targeted Ronald Reagan. Unsurprisingly, MSNBC hosts saw this as an opportunity to joke about the conservatism of Reagan and how they imagine he would react to this attack.
On Monday, the bulk of Morning Joe was spent discussing the abhorrent terrorist attacks in Orlando over the weekend. However, rather than proposing bi-partisan solutions, Brzezinski and Scarborough seized the moment to push MSNBC’s agenda of divisive political partisanship. Less than forty-eight hours after the massacre, and the network capitalized on their viewers’ grief by directing their anger at the Republican Party. This time, they went too far.
On Friday, Morning Joe viewers got a dose of MSNBC’s finest hypocrisy. Consider this: Brzezinski and Scarborough are the pot, and Trump is the kettle. The hosts berated Donald Trump for not attacking Clinton over the recent State Department Inspector General’s Report and May’s dismal jobs report, yet as per usual they side-stepped the very same issues. Instead, they continued to harp on his recent gaffes surrounding Trump University. In fact, the I.G. Report only came up because of Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
Wednesday on Morning Joe there was a surplus of Hillary super-fandom in the wake of her latest victory in California, as she became the presumptive Democratic nominee. One by one they shared their anecdotal accounts of last night’s events, as Joe Scarborough drooled over her “frame-worthy” Daily News cover and Mike Barnicle idolized her as a “woman who is finally free.”
MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday finally mentioned the controversy over the misleading edits in Katie Couric's recent documentary, Under the Gun. Joe Scarborough blasted the production as "one of the most stunning things I've ever seen...just a complete hit job on a group of Americans." The host prompted his panel for their take on the "purposely biased" documentary. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson and Chris Cillizza revealed they hadn't seen the relevant segment, but still condemned the edits.