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By Mark Finkelstein | December 4, 2014 | 7:07 AM EST

Amidst all the Morning Joe talk about the Eric Garner case today, there was Al Sharpton looking out for #1. When Mika Brzezinski began to praise NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for the absence of violence last night, Sharpton jumped in to shut her down and claim credit for himself. There's "the mayor and others," sniffed Sharpton, silencing her, but the real kudos for the lack of violence go to "movements" and "organized bodies."  Which movements and organized bodies, might you ask? Well, Sharpton—sporting a big button from his National Action Network—went on to praise the way a non-violent march on Staten Island had been organized by . . . Al Sharpton.

By Ken Shepherd | December 3, 2014 | 8:16 PM EST

At the end of an interview with New York Democratic Congressmen Charlie Rangel and Gregory Meeks on tonight's edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews implored fellow Catholic Rangel to get in touch with Pope Francis to get him to speak out about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the choke-hold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York.

By Jeffrey Meyer | December 3, 2014 | 12:37 PM EST

Over the past several days, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough has railed against those in the media and in public office who have distorted the facts in the shooting death of Michael Brown to push their own agenda. On Wednesday morning Scarborough took his criticism to new levels. During a discussion about police tactics throughout the country, Scarborough argued that a “cop is not out on the street going you know what I'm going today, I'm going to move our society forward...It is not to make a statement that makes primetime people on MSNBC feel better about America.”

By Ken Shepherd | December 2, 2014 | 8:51 PM EST

If you plan on running for president as a Republican in 2016, it's safe to say that Chris Matthews is not exactly an endorsement you'd covet. While the Hardball host didn't officially give his seal of approval to  Jeb Bush, he made pretty clear on his December 2 program that he respects the former Florida governor, seeing him as an anti-Ted Cruz.

By Kyle Drennen | December 2, 2014 | 5:10 PM EST

On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell invited on Ferguson protester Rasheen Aldridge, whom she praised for having "made such an impact" and getting the attention of the Obama White House. Aldridge proceeded to slam the police: "I believe we really need to get down to the meat of the problem and really figure out, how we hold the police accountable for their actions?...the reports and statistics and everything is out there of how they're making their money – 20 and 40% off the back of ticketing young African-American men and women."

By Jeffrey Meyer | December 2, 2014 | 2:02 PM EST

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Rachel Lauten, Communications Director for Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) wrote on her personal Facebook page that after seeing the Obama daughters’ bored reaction to the annual White House turkey pardon they should “try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Act like being in the White House matters to you.” Predictably, the liberal media had a field day with the unknown Capitol Hill staffer’s comments, and Ms. Lauten ultimately resigned from her job but that didn’t stop MSNBC host Rachel Maddow from overreacting to the supposed controversy during her Monday evening program. The MSNBC host argued that Lauten’s comments demonstrate how President Obama has “had worse attacks than any other president that has come before him for a number of reasons, including race.” 

By Mark Finkelstein | December 2, 2014 | 7:56 AM EST

Day Deux of Joe Scarborough's campaign against public figures making the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture to falsely suggest that Michael Brown was doing the same during his confrontation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

As reported here, yesterday the Morning Joe host took to task the St. Louis Rams players who made the gesture, and the liberal media that has abetted their implicit allegation.  Today, while continuing his righteous rant against the Rams, Scarborough also castigated the three congressmen who took to the floor of the House yesterday to make the gesture.  No fewer than five times, Scarborough called the notion that Brown had his hands up a "lie."

By Mark Finkelstein | December 1, 2014 | 8:53 AM EST

As Seton Motley, the former MRCer now head of Less Government said in bringing Joe Scarborough's comments to our attention: "credit when it's due."  Because the Morning Joe host had the guts today to speak truth to MSM power, including people at his own network, over the liberal media's cowardly, misleading coverage of Ferguson.

Scarborough tied the media's misinformation to the decision of five members of the St. Louis Rams to take the field last night in a "hands-up, don't shoot" gesture. Said Scarborough: "they might as well have come out with a flying saucer attached to all of their heads," because that happened as much as did Michael Brown make the gesture they thought they were imitating. 

By Rich Noyes | December 1, 2014 | 8:44 AM EST

After the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, chooses not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, NBC's Brian Williams dubs them "a failure," while as rioters burn buildings in Ferguson, Time magazine posts an essay: "In Defense of Rioting."

By Curtis Houck | November 27, 2014 | 7:07 AM EST

During his MSNBC show on Wednesday night, Ed Schultz and guest Mike Papantonio devoted five minutes to promoting, among other things, their beliefs that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson “crafted his answers” to the grand jury and in his interview with ABC News “to match the law” and that Fox News, the tea party, and conservatives will soon want their “made-for-TV folk hero” in Wilson to run for Congress and appear on Dancing with the Stars.

Following a series of clips from Wilson’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Schultz welcomed in Papantonio and felt it was crucial to warn viewers that “I’m going to judge here, okay” that Wilson had “got crafted answers to match the law so he could escape justice.”

By Mark Finkelstein | November 26, 2014 | 8:18 AM EST

When the revolution comes, everything will be free!  Mika Brzezinski gave us some good insight today into the liberal mind when it comes to economics. 

The Morning Joe host was reacting today to news that for Thanksgiving, Verizon will be giving travelers free wifi in flight and at several airports around the country.  Mocked Mika: "thank you so much for something you shouldn't be charging us for anyway."

By Scott Whitlock | November 25, 2014 | 4:40 PM EST

According to MSNBC panelist Mychal Denzel Smith, the problem with the Ferguson decision is that people are not dealing with the inherent "racism" and "white supremacy" of America. The Nation magazine blogger appeared on the Reid Report to praise the protests as a way to make "the people in these privileged and powerful positions uncomfortable with all of the death that we are facing, the terrorization that we are facing as a community."