Responding to Bloggers, Mika Offers Empty Apology for Insulting Rosie's Looks

UPDATE 6-20; Joe cites NewsBusters: At 6:07 am EDT on June 20, Joe Scarborough cited NewsBusters as the blog that had criticized Mika Brzezinski as a snob for her comments about Rosie. He added that yesterday the blog had called Mika on her "half-a--ed" apology.

View video here of Joe discussing NB's criticism of Mika.

Yesterday, in Mika's Snobby Sneer, we reported on the elitist swipe that Mika Brzezinski took at Rosie O'Donnell. The MSNBC newsreader had poo-poohed the idea of the erstwhile "View" co-host taking over "The Price is Right" from the retiring Bob Barker. Said Brzezinski: "The problem is she's going to look like the people who run down the aisle all excited."


We had also observed that a running theme of the banter between Mika and "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough is the latter's teasing of the former over her privileged upbringing as the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's former National Security Advisor.

So how did Joe open this morning's show at 6 am EDT?
MSNBC HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH: You know, you hang out with the elites, day in and . . . Your mother raised you right yet you go around making fun. I looked at the blogs yesterday, I read the blogs all the time.

MSNBC'S MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I can't.

SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, you should. They kind of went after you yesterday.

BRZEZINSKI: What did I do?

SCARBOROUGH: . . . I'm telling you, the bloggers, they're enraged, because you mocked Rosie O'Donnell, and said Rosie couldn't host the show because Rosie would look like all the people running down the aisle when Rosie yelled "come on down!"
This engendered an inexplicable laughing jag in Mika.
SCARBOROUGH: You're laughing. You're laughing now. And they called you a snob.

BRZEZINSKI: I'm a snob?

SCARBOROUGH: They called you a snob.

BRZEZINSKI: I'm sorry. I guess that was inappropriate. I'm sorry.
More laughter from Mika.
SCARBOROUGH: You don't believe that, any more than I believe my apology to Amy Robach.

BRZEZINSKI: Come on, it was a little funny.
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