Morning Joe

By Mark Finkelstein | July 19, 2013 | 7:29 AM EDT

Trying to decide which is the bigger story here: 1. Mika Brzezinski speculating that Liz Cheney asked Ed Rollins, as a favor, to call her a "bored housewife"; or 2. Joe Scarborough saying that whenever he imitates Zbigniew Brzezinski's accent, Brzezinski beefs that he's making him "sound like a rabbi."

You be the judge.  Both happened on today's Morning Joe.  Liz Cheney has taken some heat for suggesting that sitting Republican Senator Enzi is old and confused.  Mika seemed to be suggesting that having Rollins take a sexist shot at her would transform Cheney from aggressor into victim. There was a  jocular jot in Mika's conjecture, but she did insist to Joe "you know that I'm right."  View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 17, 2013 | 7:21 PM EDT

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts can’t seem to take off his liberal partisan hat when pretending to be a journalist on the “Lean Forward” network. Whether it be abortion or gay rights, Roberts would rather serve as a political activist for left-wing causes than actually be a fair and objective journalist.

Take for example the July 15 Morning Joe where Roberts filled-in as guest host to discuss the George Zimmerman murder trial. Roberts, like the rest of MSNBC, served as the PR team for the Martin family, responded to comments by panelist Mike Barnicle that his sons “have hit the American trifecta of privilege.” [See video after jump.]

By Andrew Lautz | July 17, 2013 | 4:23 PM EDT

Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson tied immigration reform to the shooting of Trayvon Martin on Wednesday’s Morning Joe, claiming Republican voters oppose the Senate immigration bill because they believe “immigrants are, you know, people in hoodies.” While the inflammatory line would no doubt be well-received on a liberal network like MSNBC, it seems somewhat unbecoming of a professional political journalist.

Suffice it to say, Carlson was not called out by her fellow panelists for the hyperbolic comment. Carlson also commended Thomas Friedman’s latest op-ed in The New York Times, entitled “If Churchill Could See Us Now,” in which Friedman – who recently held up China as a paragon of greatness, so long as they don’t emulate the “American Dream” – blasted House Republicans for making this country “un-great”:

By Andrew Lautz | July 16, 2013 | 4:19 PM EDT

New York Times Magazine correspondent Mark Leibovich has made waves in Washington, D.C. recently with the release of This Town, his tell-all account of the “universally disliked” culture in our nation’s capital. Leibovich appeared on Tuesday’s Morning Joe to promote his controversial book, and to discuss the breakdown of Washington journalism with co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Leibovich suggested he wrote This Town to “hold a mirror to the culture” of the nation’s capital, and that the ultimate takeaway of his work is that “everyone fundamentally is disappointed with Washington.” But Leibovich’s history of partisanship, as documented by NewsBusters, suggests that the reporter is very much a part of the dysfunction inside the Beltway. Leibovich has a history of praising Democrats and bashing Republicans, all in a day’s work at the left-wing New York Times.

By Mark Finkelstein | July 15, 2013 | 8:05 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough might want to reflect on people in glass houses, casting the first stone, beam in your eye—all the adages counseling against hypocrisy, against condemning others for sins without considering one's own wrongs.

In a Politico piece brimming with self-righteousness, Scarborough bemoans the "vulgar state" of American politics and condemns "hyperbolic political pronouncements" about the case.  Hyperbolic?  We got your hyperbole right here.  Does Joe not remember that in 2012, long before all the facts of the case were available, he eagerly condemned George Zimmerman as a "murderer"? More after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | July 11, 2013 | 9:43 AM EDT

Want to be "heroic" on immigration in Andrea Mitchell's eyes? Easy: team up with Chuck Schumer and President Obama to push amnesty through Congress.  Want to earn Andrea's ire?  Focus on border security.  She'll scold you and say you should be "ashamed."

Yes, there was Andrea on today's Morning Joe, praising amnesty-pushing McCain as "heroic," while scolding conservatives who want to focus on border security. They "ought to be be ashamed," said Mitchell. View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | July 9, 2013 | 10:20 AM EDT

As defenses go to the charge of having lied to the people of New York about illegal activities, Eliot Spitzer's was feeble at best. Hey, politicans lie all the time about all sorts of stuff, was the essence of Client #9-turned-Comptroller-candidate's response.

Spitzer's lame defense [he literally said: "I think we all know that politicians dissemble all the time about negotiations, on substantive issues and probably on personal issues as well"] came in response to some serious grilling by Mark Halperin on today's Morning Joe.  The Spitzer segment was set up to feature Mika Brzezinski as chief inquisitor, but it was actually Halperin who subjected Spritzer to the closest scrutiny.  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | July 5, 2013 | 8:18 AM EDT

This Fourth of July weekend is turning into an unforseen laff-fest.  Yesterday we had NBC featuring a photo of President Obama making what he might have thought was an assertive hand gesture while discussing the situation in Egypt with his aides.

Today treats us to historian Douglas Brinkley, on Morning Joe, claiming that when it comes to foreign policy, President Obama reminds him of, yes, Supreme-Allied-Commander-turned-President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  View the chuckle-worthy video after the jump.

By Andrew Lautz | July 3, 2013 | 12:47 PM EDT

On Tuesday night, the Obama administration announced it was delaying the implementation of a key provision of the president’s signature health care law – a so-called “employer mandate,” which requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance.

The move to delay implementation until 2015 was criticized by Republican lawmakers, who claim the measure is proof positive that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will be costly and disastrous. Of course, to a liberal journalist like Carl Bernstein the consequences of the delay are irrelevant, because “it’s a very smart move” that “takes this issue off the table in an election year.” [Video after the jump, via MSNBC.com.]

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 3, 2013 | 9:56 AM EDT

Once again, Thomas Roberts seems to confuse his job as a news reporter with a Democratic political strategist. Appearing as a fill-in host on Morning Joe on July 3, Thomas Roberts continued the MSNBC “victory lap” for Texas state senator Wendy Davis by criticizing men for passing laws designed at creating safer health standards for abortion clinics.

At issue was a piece by Kathleen Parker who in the Washington Post commented that Ms. Davis shouldn’t be sainted for her filibuster and how “little less glee from the bleachers would seem more appropriate to the moment.” Roberts, who regularly uses liberal talking points during his 11:00 a.m. MSNBC show, brought his same talking points to Morning Joe, arguing that, “men should not care about the sanctity of sperm over a women's right to choose so much.” [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]

By Andrew Lautz | July 2, 2013 | 1:39 PM EDT

In September 2012, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took a shot at frequent Morning Joe panelist and guest host Mike Barnicle, griping that the liberal made his morning show a “Marxist variety hour.” That observation was justified again Tuesday, as guest host Barnicle’s all-liberal panel bashed House Republicans for the second day in a row – this time on immigration reform.

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts made perhaps the most outrageous claim, asserting that the 2012 election was the Republican Party’s “last real viable chance” at the presidency. Of course, Roberts – who reports the daily news for the Lean Forward network’s 11 a.m. hour – is supposed to be an objective reporter, but that hasn’t stopped him from making offensive remarks about Republicans in the past. [Video after the jump.]

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.