If part of NewsBusters' mission is keeping the MSM on its toes, it looks like we're succeeding when it comes to the MSNBC show "Morning Joe." For two days running, host Joe Scarborough has mentioned our site, conscious that we're on the prowl for evidence of liberal bias. Yesterday at about 6:30 A.M. EDT, Joe and newsreader Mika Brzezinski were discussing the fact that President Bush had mentioned to Robert Draper, author of the new Bush biography "Dead Certain," that he was expecting to replenish his financial coffers upon leaving office.
Said Scarborough “I hope NewsBusters heard that cause you said [it was only] a little [untoward on Bush's part].’ I say ‘a lot.’ Let them make me the poster boy today.”
Joe had NewsBusters on the noggin again today. At about 7:07 A.M. EDT Mika injected her opinion into the reading of a news item about Fred Thompson's "Tonight Show" appearance.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: In true Hollywood fashion, the former actor made his long-awaited announcement on last night's "Tonight Show." It was sort of underwhelming, but . . . it's done.When Mika made to move along after taking her potshot, Joe stopped her short.
JOE SCARBOROUGH [presumably speaking to producer Chris Licht]: Hey, can you call NewsBusters?
SCARBOROUGH: She's in the newscast [and offering an anti-Fred opinion]. Call 'em. Just call 'em right now.
BRZEZINSKI: I'm just saying that it was stylistically underwhelming. What? I can't say that? What?
SCARBOROUGH: It's news, it's news [i.e, you're supposed to be reading the news, not offering your personal take]. What's the guy who calls us up? [For the record, I've never called the "Morning Joe" but typically email Joe items I've posted about the show]. What's his name?
CHRIS LICHT: Mark.
SCARBOROUGH: Mark. Hey Mark, that was for you, buddy.
BRZEZINSKI: That wasn't bad. I'm just saying . . .Glad to oblige. And many thanks to Joe for providing grist for a mere blogger's mill.
SCARBOROUGH: You've got something to do this morning, Mark.