Morning Joe

By Andrew Lautz | July 1, 2013 | 7:03 PM EDT

On Saturday, reporter Jonathan Martin wrote an interesting piece in the New York Times about Republican efforts to paint Hillary Clinton as “old news” for her potential 2016 run. Martin pondered the “striking” notion that Democrats “could run an older candidate” while Republicans “could nominate a youthful standard-bearer” in the next presidential election.

Of course, to the liberal panel on Monday’s Morning Joe – absent host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough – GOP criticism against the former secretary of state is nothing but a sexist, hypocritical attack on the victimized Clinton.

By Andrew Lautz | June 28, 2013 | 3:51 PM EDT

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough scolded the media on Friday’s Morning Joe, claiming mainstream outlets acted as “lap dogs” to the Obama administration’s messaging on voter ID proposals during the 2012 election. Scarborough also pushed back against his liberal panel’s repeated attempts to connect voter ID laws to actual instances of racist voter suppression in the 1960s Jim Crow South.

The discussion came in wake of the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday morning to overturn Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which required certain states, mostly southern, to pre-clear any changes to voting laws with the Department of Justice. Josh Green, of Bloomberg Businessweek, shared a Friday column in which he suggested the main purpose of voter ID laws were to “limit access to the polls” for minority voters. Scarborough pushed back on Green’s claims:

By Jeffrey Meyer | June 28, 2013 | 11:25 AM EDT

Ever since Texas state senator Wendy Davis’s 11-hour filibuster on Tuesday opposing new safety regulations to abortion clinics, the liberal media have joined in cheering her efforts to block the popular legislation in Texas. Despite the overwhelming support for Ms. Davis, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough seems to be the lone individual on MSNBC refusing to give in to the media obsession with her.

During an interview on Morning Joe on Friday, June 28, co-host Joe Scarborough began his interview by letting Ms. Davis and his liberal panel know that:

By Mark Finkelstein | June 27, 2013 | 9:05 AM EDT


On Morning Joe today, Jonathan Capehart hailed the loud protest in the Texas Capitol gallery by pro-abortion rights advocates—which prevented the state senate from voting on a pro-life bill—as an example of "democracy in action."

Joe Scarborough countered that if pro-life protesters had done the same, people on MSNBC and elsewhere would be calling them an "angry, unruly mob."  Interestingly, New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters agreed with Scarborough, saying he was "absolutely right."  Capehart had no rebuttal. View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | June 25, 2013 | 8:41 AM EDT

Another day, another bizarre blooper by Joe Scarborough regarding the trial of George Zimmerman.

We reported yesterday that Scarborough—ignoring the rule against double jeopardy—claimed that the absence of African-Americans on the jury would subject a verdict to immediate appeal.  Today, the Morning Joe host curiously claimed that the prosecution had a big hill to climb because "you don't know who fired the shot." What?  Zimmerman has admitted from the beginning that he shot Trayvon Martin, albeit in self-defense.  When Al Sharpton [who has actually been more circumspect in his remarks about the trial than Scarborough] pointed this out, Scarborough quickly changed the subject. Scarborough also claimed that he, Sharpton and "everybody" think the same as to what was in Zimmerman's mind. Really? View the video after the jump.

By Andrew Lautz | June 24, 2013 | 5:00 PM EDT

NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd had some tough words for President Obama on Monday’s Morning Joe. Todd, anchor of MSNBC’s Daily Rundown and a frequent critic of Republicans on network’s programming, scolded the president for running a “leaderless Washington,” and for failing to “rally the world” to a “solution in Syria.”

Todd’s critique was in reference to a Saturday op-ed in the New York Times, in which conservative columnist Ross Douthat berated the Obama administration for promoting policies of little importance to most Americans – in lieu of an aggressive jobs agenda.

By Noel Sheppard | June 24, 2013 | 11:10 AM EDT

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made some statements about Congress Monday though by no means earth shaking explain the low level of trust Americans have in the institution.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Ryan said the worst thing about working in Congress is “a lot of people lie…You know they know they’re doing it.”

By Noel Sheppard | June 24, 2013 | 10:37 AM EDT

One of the claims by many of Edward Snowden’s supporters is that what he revealed from the National Security Agency had little to no impact to national security.

According to former Central Intelligence Agency director James Woolsey, nothing could be further from the truth.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday, Woolsey said Snowden has done “substantial” damage to national security.

By Mark Finkelstein | June 24, 2013 | 7:51 AM EDT

Do the words "double jeopardy" ring a bell, Joe? In 2012, shortly after Trayvon Martin was killed, and when few facts were available, Joe Scarborough didn't hesitate to brand George Zimmerman a "murderer."

Scarborough's pro-prosecution bias was on display again on Morning Joe today, when he declared that the absence of African-Americans on the George Zimmerman jury would "immediately" make a verdict subject to appeal.  Really?  So if this jury were to acquit Zimmerman, the prosecution would have a valid basis to overturn the verdict on appeal?  Sure sounds like double jeopardy—but Scarborough never raised that concern. View the video after the jump.

By Andrew Lautz | June 20, 2013 | 4:38 PM EDT

Mika Brzezinski and the Morning Joe crew continued their obsession with Hillary Clinton’s non-existent presidential campaign on Wednesday. Brzezinski gushed that the former secretary of state “transcends” the Bush-Clinton dynasty concerns raised by Barbara Bush, while guest Mark Halperin claimed Hillary was “head and shoulders above” the rest of the field.

The MSNBC panel invited Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on the show to discuss her early endorsement of Clinton, which the morning program hyped Tuesday as “very, very, very big news.” As NewsBusters has documented, some liberal media outlets have eagerly noted McCaskill’s endorsement, investing it with significance that it likely doesn’t deserve.

By Mark Finkelstein | June 20, 2013 | 8:29 AM EDT

To say that Mika Brzezinski was "moved" by Joe Manchin's ad, responding to one by the NRA criticizing the Dem senator from West Virginia for supporting new gun-control measures, is a decided understatement.

Have a look at the ad, which Manchin debuted on Morning Joe today, then have a go at describing Mika's emotional reaction.  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | June 19, 2013 | 7:39 AM EDT

Who was Morning Joe protecting: the sensitive ears of its viewers, or Hillary Clinton?

During a discussion of the death of the feisty and fearless reporter Michael Hastings, Morning Joe bleeped out Joe Scarborough's reading from an email from Hastings to Philippe Reines, Hillary's personal spokesman during her Secretary of State tenure.  Hastings had accused Reines of "b---s---" answers on the State Department's handling of Benghazi.  The extended bleeping wasn't simply of the offending word, but of Hastings' entire sentence, so listeners never learned the thrust of his accusation.  View the video after the jump.