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By Ken Shepherd | April 7, 2015 | 5:26 PM EDT

MSNBC's point-man on all things voter ID-related, Zachary Roth, has glommed on to Jeb Bush's accidentally check-marking himself as Hispanic on a voter registration form to argue essentially, that most Americans are dumb and unreliable to take the effort to register themselves to vote and, thereby, government should take over and automatically register all eligible citizens.

By Bryan Ballas | April 7, 2015 | 4:27 PM EDT

When Republicans make campaign announcements, the press usually grab their pitchforks, light their torches, and proceed to run them down. Such was the case with Mika Brzezinski, who typified the Morning Joe crew’s response to Rand Paul’s announcement trailer with the question, "Isn't that kind of setting yourself up to fail?"
 
Donny Deutsch also lamented the over-the-top rhetoric of the Paul trailer and longed for the day when the American people would be fortunate enough to hear "just [a] different tone, as opposed to this mindless 1950s ‘time for a new America’."

By Mark Finkelstein | April 7, 2015 | 9:34 AM EDT

Much of today's Morning Joe was devoted to a discussion of Rolling Stone's failed journalism on the UVa story. Maybe Mika Brzezinski should look in the mirror: she began her interview of Wendy Sherman, the chief US negotiator on the Iran deal, by offering her "congratulations."  Even Sherman herself had the sense to suggest that congratulations were not yet in order.

In contrast, Joe Scarborough actually tried to get Sherman to answer an important question: how much advance notice of inspections does the deal give Iran? Sherman skated away faster than Apolo Ohno, refusing to answer other than to claim that "we will have the access we need to ensure that we have the time to make the decisions that we need."  Very reassuring, coming from the architect of the disastrous North Korean negotiations, which of course led to the Norks going nuclear.  Readers are urged to read the linked article: who knew, e.g., that Sherman is a former Emily's List director?

By Scott Whitlock | April 6, 2015 | 3:36 PM EDT

According to CNN, MSNBC regular Karen Finney will be joining the yet-to-be-announced Hillary Clinton presidential campaign as a communications adviser and spokesperson. In 2012, the liberal Finney bitterly connected Rush Limbaugh to the death of Trayvon Martin: "Rush Limbaugh calls a presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama, a magic negro...In the case of Trayvon, those festering stereotypes had lethal consequences." 

By Mark Finkelstein | April 6, 2015 | 9:21 AM EDT

Last week, NewsBusters brought you "Stumped," as April Ryan struggled to cite a single foreign policy success by her super-fave, President Obama. In the best Hollywood tradition, this morning we bring you a sequel--Stumped II: Syria!

On today's Morning Joe, lugubrious lefty Eric Alterman of The Nation mag was stumped when Joe Scarborough asked him what the US should do about Syria. After humming, hawing and a couple of false starts, Alterman asked how much time they had.  Right, as if if only he had more time.  Shades of that SNL skit in which President George H.W. Bush tries to skate away from a question only to be informed by the moderator that he had plenty more time. 

By Rich Noyes | April 6, 2015 | 9:01 AM EDT

This week liberal reporters welcomed Ted Cruz to the 2016 presidential race by blasting him as "hardline," "right-wing," "radical," "dumb," "scary," "dangerous" and "slimy" -- all in the first 24 hours. And: the networks hype the "growing outrage" over Indiana's religous freedom law, with one pundit saying that Republicans who came out in support Mike Pence were having a "premature intolerance ejaculation."

By Bryan Ballas | April 4, 2015 | 6:09 PM EDT

New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters was asked on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday about the difference between the Indiana religious-freedom law as it was originally written and as it stood now. Peters decided to unveil the bigger issue with the RFRA laws themselves: "these laws look as if they're coming from a dark place. They are designed in many cases to express a disapproval about gay relationships. And that's what's so upsetting to people about this."

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 2, 2015 | 8:15 AM EDT

Appearing on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday night, Nina Burleigh of Newsweek crudely joked that Republicans who defended Pence and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act were experiencing “premature intolerance ejaculation.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 1, 2015 | 1:50 PM EDT

On Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow heaped praise on liberal Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren during an exclusive interview in which the MSNBC host deemed her a “political juggernaut.” In introducing Warren, Maddow beamed at how she took on “one of the most powerful corporations in the country on the floor of the Senate.”

By Bryan Ballas | April 1, 2015 | 1:13 PM EDT

The coverage of Indiana’s decision to protect religious liberty from government coercion has given the public access to an unveiled look at the aggressive liberal media in action. Case in point is MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who invited George Takei, the Star Trek actor turned gay rights activist, and Stuart Milk, president of the Harvey Milk Foundation to rage against the Indiana law for nearly eight minutes of air time.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 1, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT

Sometimes you just want to shake the TV and say "enough with the cutesy facial expressions, already: spit it out, Mika!"  Morning Joe mavens will know what I mean: Mika Brzezinski has the annoying habit of letting a series of sighs, raised eyebrows and facial tics substitute for a clear articulation of her position on a given issue.

There was a prime example of the phenomenon on today's show, when after rolling a clip of Bibi Netanyahu criticizing the prospective Iran deal, Mika announced that she would "reserve" comment, satisfying herself yet again with dramatic pauses, grimaces, etc. [see example below].

By Curtis Houck | March 31, 2015 | 10:47 PM EDT

After appearing on Monday’s All In on MSNBC, the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson again ventured into hostile territory by joining the Tuesday edition of The Ed Show to discuss Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). At various points during the nearly eight-and-a-half-minute segment, Ed Schultz cut Anderson’s microphone, accused him of not wanting to “have a civil conversation,” and declared those who share Anderson’s position on the Indiana law “need to be counseled up in a big way.”