MSNBC

By Mark Finkelstein | February 16, 2015 | 8:01 AM EST

Joe Scarborough says he doesn't want to be "torn to shreds online" for analogizing the threat of radical Christianity to that of radical Islam.  Simple solution: stop analogizing the threat of radical Christianity to that of radical Islam.

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough twice suggested such parallels, analogizing radical Islamists to "ultrafundamentalist Christians who believe every single word of the Bible has to be interpreted in the exact ways which could also lead to some violence." A bit later, Scarborough circled back, saying "it doesn't matter what faith you're in," that a literal reading of scripture attracts the outcasts of society, for better or "for much worse."

By Jack Coleman | February 14, 2015 | 6:33 PM EST

MSNBC is rightly considered among the more fetid branches of the left-wing fever swamp, alongside the Daily Kos blog, Dennis Kucinich's fan club, and just about any fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren. But what MSNBC airs on weekends exceeds its often dazzling levels of left-wing lunacy.

This morning on the network's Melissa Harris-Perry show, for example, guest host and Columbia University poli-sci professor Dorian Warren spoke about the murders of three Muslim residents of Chapel Hill, N.C., this week with a panel of fellow liberals, all of them Deeply Concerned, the requisite emotional state for anyone spending time in Harris-Perry's empathic presence.

By Melissa Mullins | February 14, 2015 | 6:34 AM EST

In recognition of Black History Month, Planned Parenthood is honoring 99 “extraordinary Black leaders” as the Top 99 Dream Keepers (99 being the number of years since the abortion conglomerate’s inception) because “they inspire us to break down barriers to opportunity posed by poverty, racism, and sexism.”   This year, the "distinguished" list included Melissa Harris-Perry and Joy Reid, both hosts on MSNBC, for their contributions in abortion storytelling.

Melissa Harris-Perry, host of her own eponymous weekend show on MSNBC, seems an obvious choice given her radical views on abortion.  After all, she once called a fertilized egg “this thing” in relation to “it” becoming a person, wore tampons as earrings on her show as a statement against the banning of late-term abortions, stated that “life begins when the parents feel like life begins,” and  recently compared an unborn baby to a cancerous tumor, or a limb that needed amputation. 

By Scott Whitlock | February 13, 2015 | 5:07 PM EST

Chris Matthews on Thursday snarled that the Republican Party has rejected Abraham Lincoln and become the home to racists. The Hardball anchor equated voter ID laws with bigotry, sneering that "you would think" that "no political party would want to be seen putting up obstacles to voting, that no party would want to be seen as the declared enemy of a large voting group." 

By Curtis Houck | February 13, 2015 | 1:41 PM EST

Update, 3:50 p.m. Eastern: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D) announced his resignation Friday afternoon and will be effective next Wednesday (February 18).

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With calls for Democratic Govenor John Kitzhaber to resign and Secretary of State referring to the Governor’s behavior Thursday as “strange” and “bizarre,” one would think that the media would devote time to a story that has dominated the Beaver State and could lead to a longtime Governor leaving office in disgrace. Alas, the networks refused to cover it on both their Thursday evening and Friday morning broadcasts.

By Curtis Houck | February 13, 2015 | 2:09 AM EST

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes took about a minute and a half out of his show All In on Thursday night in between guests to give his thoughts on the recent killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina and, naturally, he brought their minority status into the picture by proclaiming their deaths to be a “galvanizing” “Trayvon Martin moment” and “Michael Brown moment for Muslim-Americans.”

By Ken Shepherd | February 12, 2015 | 8:52 PM EST

Buttering up his February 12 guest Boris Johnson, Hardball host Chris Matthews told the London mayor that he's eligible to run for president, given that he was born on U.S. soil. But Matthews apparently forgot the residency stipulation in the Constitution, one criterion that Johnson doesn't meet.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 12, 2015 | 7:15 AM EST

What a snob!  On today's Morning Joe, Howard Dean, a product of fancy prep schools and Yale, suggested that Scott Walker was unfit to be president because his lack of a college degree rendered him "unknowledgeable."

Dean's disdain for the un-diplomaed came during a discussion of Walker having declined, during his recent trip to the UK, to state whether he believes in evolution.  Joe Scarborough was incredulous at Dean's diss, pointing out that people such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg never finished college.  To which list might be added super-successful and knowledgeable people from Rush Limbaugh to Steve Jobs.

By Ken Shepherd | February 11, 2015 | 8:53 PM EST

Race-obsessed Hardball host Chris Matthews seems to have used the occasion of his February 11 interview with David Axelrod to puff up the former Obama campaign strategist as a gallant white liberal riding to the rescue of black Democratic politicians.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 11, 2015 | 8:21 PM EST

Imagine a Fox News host making an unflattering remark about some aspect of Hillary Clinton's appearance. Now imagine the MSM going into 24/7 outrage mode.

But on tonight's Hardball, Chris Matthews casually referred to Chris Christie as "the fat guy from New Jersey." And in walking back the crack, Matthews actually compounded his mistake.  Rather than acknowledging that it's simply wrong to insult someone for his obesity, Matthews instead observed that he shouldn't call Christie a fat guy, because "he's losing weight." So fat cracks are fine if the target is actually fat?

By Ken Shepherd | February 11, 2015 | 5:18 PM EST

The Smoking Gun website has a great question today that the suits at NBC Universal really should be pressed to answer. Hint, it involves a certain Baptist preacher with his own show on MSNBC who has a penchant for repeatedly violating the Ninth Commandment (among others).

By Scott Whitlock | February 11, 2015 | 11:28 AM EST

Unlike the near silence from NBC and most of MSNBC, Morning Joe's hosts actually covered the Brian Williams scandal. Despite the six month suspension for the Nightly News anchor, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist aren't sure that the journalist will ever return to his old job.