MSNBC

By Mark Finkelstein | November 21, 2014 | 8:10 AM EST

Joe Scarborough isn't exactly the voice of movement conservatism, but with Joe away today, Mika Brzezinski took advantage to flood Morning Joe's first hour with a lopsided liberal lineup of guests supporting President Obama's executive-order amnesty.

The first two guests were Javier Palomarez, head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Ray Suarez of Al Jazeera [ex of NPR].  A bit later, Dem Rep. Linda Sanchez put in an appearance. No Republican or conservative was given a chance in the first hour to decry the President's diktat. At the top of hour two Mika finally let Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller appear. But far from being a full-throated critic, Lewis said that he favors a path to citizenship, supports the substance of Obama's executive order, and cautioned Republicans against using Obama's own language about the illegality of his act against him.  Thanks for nuthin'!

By Ken Shepherd | November 20, 2014 | 9:52 PM EST

Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are hardly devout Christians, but they shouted out hearty "Amens" to President Obama's deployment of scripture to make his case for executive amnesty.

By Matthew Balan | November 20, 2014 | 12:21 PM EST

It would seem that not everyone on the left side of the political spectrum has a tolerant attitude towards Hispanics, if a segment on Wednesday's The Last Word on MSNBC is any indication. Hours before President Obama is expected to take executive action to legalize millions of Latin American illegal immigrants, guest Anita Freeman blamed the "very high Latino population" for California's failure to legalize euthanasia, as they "seem to go with [the] Catholic religion."

By Mark Finkelstein | November 20, 2014 | 7:03 AM EST

It brings to mind that old narcissistic boast: I've never been wrong except that one time when I thought I was wrong. In the current case, we have Al Hunt playing the role of President Obama's alter ego.

Hunt the Hilarious made his curious claim on today's Morning Joe after a clip was rolled of President Obama, just last year, saying that were he to grant amnesty to illegals "I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally." Responded Hunt: "I don't agree with his analysis back then. I think he's on pretty solid legal ground. I sure do." 

By Ken Shepherd | November 19, 2014 | 8:39 PM EST

According to Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter, President Obama's executive amnesty could so well place Latinos into the Democratic column that Latino homes will grace their living rooms with portraits of the 44th president. 

By Ken Shepherd | November 19, 2014 | 5:47 PM EST

Tomorrow night, Barack Obama is set to announce an executive amnesty by which he will refuse to enforce U.S. immigration law by halting deportations of illegal immigrants. The president's in-your-face disregard for his constitutional obligations as the nation's chief executive have left some congressional Republicans mulling over the possibility of defunding said executive amnesty as a condition of the continuing resolution to fund the federal government.

So naturally MSNBC anchor and veteran Obama apologist Ed Schultz took to his November 19 program to denounce said Republicans as overstepping their bounds.

By Mark Finkelstein | November 19, 2014 | 5:41 PM EST

Some liberals like to pass Josh Barro off as a conservative, but not long ago the New York Times correspondent debunked that notion himself, tweeting that he was most easily understood as a "moderate." But after his appearance on MSNBC today, another term might more aptly apply: elitist liberal.  

Speaking with Alex Wagner, Barro crammed a carload of condescension into thirty seconds. Barro claimed that health insurance is "weirdly complicated," and thus that Americans can't be permitted to choose it as they would other products.  No, we can't let people use their "own judgment."  The free market "doesn't work very well" with health insurance. Individuals can't be "trusted" with it, and thus government must be involved and we need people like . . . Jonathan Gruber.

By Scott Whitlock | November 19, 2014 | 4:19 PM EST

According to MSNBC, as long as you tout left-wing talking points, it doesn't matter what kind of conspiracy theories you subscribe to. Ronan Farrow on Wednesday hyped the "fascinating" views of Jesse Ventura on Wednesday, including his opposition to building the Keystone pipeline and to call Republicans "hypocrites."

By Ken Shepherd | November 18, 2014 | 5:36 PM EST

MSNBC is no stranger to guest panelists from the New York Times, but don't expect Times writer Russ Buettner to appear on the network's air anytime soon as Mr. Buettner gave readers of the November 18 paper a look at how "Questions About [Rev. Al] Sharpton’s Finances Accompany His Rise in Influence."

By P.J. Gladnick | November 18, 2014 | 2:12 PM EST

Although MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell claims that President Obama has the prosecutorial discretion not to deport illegal aliens, he can't find any legal justification for work documents to be issued to them in the proposed executive order. Not only could his  Democrat guest, Representative Peter Welch of Vermont, come up with such legal justfication but O'Donnell claimed he spent several days contacting elected Democrats and none of them could provide it either.
 

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 18, 2014 | 12:24 PM EST

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, host of the Last Word, stopped by Morning Joe on Tuesday, November 18 and did his best to defend ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber from criticism following video of him saying that the “stupidity of the American voter” was key to getting ObamaCare passed. Speaking to the Morning Joe panel, O’Donnell argued that “what Gruber did, specific language aside, the offensive language aside, what he did was tell the truth. Legislation always needs collective ignorance about many elements of it in order to move forward.” 

By Curtis Houck | November 18, 2014 | 12:16 AM EST

During his MSNBC show All In on Monday night, Chris Hayes unleashed a nine-minute monologue in light of the Jonathan Gruber videos to defend what he saw as an assault on ObamaCare by Republicans and went as far as comparing ObamaCare’s passage to that of the Rosetta space probe that landed on a comet on November 12.

Hayes hailed what transpired in 2009 and 2010 as “a remarkable and improbable legislative success story, possible one of the greatest of our time” and “about as likely as landing a tiny rover on moving comet, hurdling through space hundreds of millions of miles away from Earth.”