Morning Joe

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 14, 2014 | 1:15 PM EDT

Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, Political Director, and host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, was at it again spinning for Democrats, this time Hillary Clinton, following remarks made by GOP consultant Karl Rove where he suggested that Hillary Clinton’s health may play a factor if she decides to run for president in 2016.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, May 14, Todd remarked that if the GOP questions Hillary’s health and or age “Then you may have to be throwing your own guy, Ronald Reagan under the bus a little bit.” [See video below.]

By Mark Finkelstein | May 13, 2014 | 9:24 AM EDT

There was a real dust-up on today's Morning Joe over Benghazi and the House select committee empanelled to investigate it.  In the move-on-nothing-to-see corner were Chuck Todd and Donny Deutsch.  Opposing them was Nicolle Wallace, who made an impassioned case that the Obama admin's cover-up of the talking points that the White House furnished to Susan Rice, falsely blaming the attack on an internet video, merits anger and investigation.

As MRC's Jeffrey Meyer has noted, Todd has been on a tear trying to downplay Benghazi and disparage the select committee.  But in his determination to defend all things Obama, Todd today ran badly afoul of the facts.  He claimed that the false talking points weren't worth caring about since the Obama admin stopped citing the internet video within "two days." Could Todd truly have forgotten that two weeks later, in a formal address at the United Nations, President Obama was still talking about that infernal video?  View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 12, 2014 | 11:55 AM EDT

It seems as though MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski not only wants everyone to agree with her liberal ideology but also wants to silence all opposing political views. 

Appearing on Morning Joe on Monday, May 12, the MSNBC co-host chastised Joe Scarborough for defending Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the issue of climate change, arguing that “In order to defend him, you had to move all the way around to Al Gore and extremism. It was a long road to defend him there. Think about that one.” [See video below.] 

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 7, 2014 | 3:21 PM EDT

Chuck Todd, NBC's political director, Chief White House Correspondent and host of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday, May 7 to pour cold water on the new Benghazi select committee.

Todd appeared on Morning Joe during two separate segments Wednesday morning to suggest that the Benghazi special committee “ has a whiff of politics to it. To some people more than a whiff.” [See video below.] 

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 7, 2014 | 1:23 PM EDT

Monica Lewinsky has just penned an article in Vanity Fair describing how her life has changed since her infamous affair with President Bill Clinton and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tore into members of the media who still defend Clinton over Lewinsky. 

Appearing on Morning Joe on Wednesday May 7, Scarborough condemned the treatment of Lewinsky: “You women's rights ladies , you were sick in the '90s. You all went around, you defended the wrong person.” [See video below.]   

By Mark Finkelstein | May 5, 2014 | 7:34 AM EDT

¡Ay caramba! Imagine the cries of offensive ethnic stereotyping or worse if Fox News had observed Cinco de Mayo by having one of its yanqui persons of pallor stagger across the set in a sombrero while chugging from a bottle of tequila?

But it happened on MSNBC, so the PC police probably won't make a peep.  At today's transition from Way Too Early to Morning Joe, there pranced producer Louis Burgdorf with his Halloween-store sombrero and pint bottle.  WTE host Thomas Roberts encouraged Burgdorf "to drink the whole thing and eat the worm," meaning either it was mezcal not tequila or Roberts just doesn't know his south-of-the-border booze.  View the video after the jump.

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 1, 2014 | 10:27 AM EDT

A recent Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative Judicial Watch organization has revealed some damning information about the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Emails from the White House, specifically Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, to then Ambassador Susan Rice showed that the White House was directing Susan Rice to stick to talking points that the terrorist attack in Benghazi was caused by a video and not a reflection of President Obama's overall foreign policy. 

Despite these potentially disastrous emails for the White House, NBC’s Chuck Todd did his best to defend the Obama Administration during a Thursday, May 1 appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Todd spun that “They were overly defensive in the moment. At the time they believed the video was having an impact. This is where the level of belief is, I think and this is such- you’re not going to really be able to rationally have a debate about this.” [See video below.] 

By Kyle Drennen | May 1, 2014 | 10:03 AM EDT

On Thursday's MSNBC Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough annihilated liberal pundit Donny Deutsch's attempt to defend the Obama White House over emails showing a cover-up of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack: "I got everybody here apologizing for the White House. What about a cover-up here, Donny?!...what's the politics of the White House lying about something that we all know they're lying about?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Deutsch actually tried to spin the Democratic scandal as bad for Republicans: "I want to put up a warning for the Republicans because obviously the Republicans are seizing on this and jumping in. I think this is fools gold for 2016." Scarborough tore into him: "Why are you jumping to political strategy instead of talking....about what [White Press Secretary] Jay Carney did, the double speak?!"

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 30, 2014 | 4:11 PM EDT

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday April 30, Chuck Todd tried to spin the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows half of Americans disapprove of Obama as “Improvement” for the Democrat.

Despite Todd’s desperate attempts to put a rosy picture on Obama’s flailing poll numbers, his analysis differs greatly from the pundits at The Wall Street Journal. James Freeman, assistant editor of WSJ’s editorial page, argues that “A mere 8% of respondents in the new survey say that the Affordable Care Act 'is working well the way it is'.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 30, 2014 | 10:37 AM EDT

The latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll found that President Obama’s approval was up slightly from his all-time low of 41 percent in March and NBC did its best to spin the 44 percent approval as good news for President Obama.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, April 30, NBC’s Chuck Todd spun how “The poll numbers are better, they're still not good, okay? There is slight improvement on the health care law. And that directly related to slight improvement for President Obama.” [See video below.]

By Mark Finkelstein | April 29, 2014 | 8:04 AM EDT

Demonstrating once again that Israel remains a favorite whipping boy of the liberal media, there was John Heilemann of New York magazine on today's Morning Joe defending John Kerry's grotesque claim that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state."

According to Heilemann, Kerry's ugly accusation was "not actually an unreasonable statement."  To his credit, Joe Scarborough promptly riposted, saying "I couldn't disagree with you more."  View the video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 24, 2014 | 8:11 AM EDT

If there was anyone in America who recklessly rushed to prematurely proclaim a position on George Zimmerman, it was Joe Scarborough.  Before Zimmerman had even been arrested, at a time when even Al Sharpton was being relatively cautious with his language, Scarborough used his Morning Joe platform to brand Zimmerman a "murderer."

But there was Scarborough on today's show with the gall to condemn conservatives who "raced blindly" to embrace Zimmerman. View the video after the jump.