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MSNBC Host 'Lucky' to Get Paid Half as Much as Her Male Co-Host
Weekly Standard ^ | 10/19/2012 | Daniel Halper

Posted on 10/20/2012 10:02:01 AM PDT by StevieRay20

This morning, as MSNBC's Morning Joe came to an end, co-host Mika Brzezinski had some praise for colleagues and the company she works for. "We've been talking a lot this week about women and equal pay and all these issues," she said. "I have to say, in all seriousness, I'm very lucky to be working with you [co-host Joe Scarborough] and for a company [MSNBC] who has actually dealt with this problem transparently."

Which basically amounts to Brzezinski saying that she is "lucky" to get paid half as much as Joe Scarborough.

After all, according to the Daily Beast (whose editor, Tina Brown, is a frequent guest on the show), Scarborough makes a cool $4 million per year, while Brzezinski's salary is half as much, coming in at $2 million per year.

Brzezinski's colleague Andrea Mitchell made this point on air yesterday--that pay disparity exists at MSNBC. Politico reports:

During an interview Thursday, Mitt Romney senior adviser Barbara Comstock told Andrea Mitchell that “we know here at MSNBC the guys get paid more" — and the MSNBC host replied, “We certainly do.”

For Brzezinski's part, it's more than a bit odd that she would play down the problems at MSNBC now.

After all, her public dispute with MSNBC about pay equity has been well known. In fact, she's made it herself on her own show.

"We make less than our male counterparts," said Brzezinski last year. "I found out on this show that I made a lot less than Joe. 14 times less."

Yes. And while he was coming from primetime and he was worth a lot more, he's also the creator of the show, I was certainly not 14 times less worth than him. And it was my fault ultimately that I was in that position because I accepted a deal that wasn't right for me. And I didn't have the perception and confidence in myself to communicate that effectively. It took four tries with MSNBC president Phil Griffin who is, you know, a tough manager but doing the right thing for his company to get it right for myself.

Brzezinski says she almost left MSNBC over the pay disparity problem. And she wrote a book about overcoming gender discrimination in the workplace (though, again, she still reportedly makes half as much as her male counterpart).

But in an election year, perhaps playing down pay disparity at a liberal institution by extension makes liberal politicians look better. And Brzezinski's preference for Obama is beyond well established.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: joescarborough; mikabrzezinski; morningjoe; msnbc; scarborough

1 posted on 10/20/2012 10:02:10 AM PDT by StevieRay20
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To: StevieRay20

Ditz is lucky anybody is paying her anything.


2 posted on 10/20/2012 10:03:45 AM PDT by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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To: StevieRay20
So start your own network and pay all these wonderful women twice as much.

Only employ women...see how it goes...

I agree with hillary...I am so sick of these whining women.

3 posted on 10/20/2012 10:06:32 AM PDT by Post5203 (I bought 6 marines a beer at a bar recently and not one said thanks. I won't do that again.)
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To: Post5203

Isn’t whining women redundant?


4 posted on 10/20/2012 10:09:05 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: StevieRay20

Lucky, and how. She’s really lucky she’s not paid what she’s worth.


5 posted on 10/20/2012 10:12:36 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Obama: Brought to you by the letter "O" and the number 16 trillion.)
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To: StevieRay20

My advice to her.. Hire a better agent and take up pole dancing.


6 posted on 10/20/2012 10:12:43 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: StevieRay20
Dumbass lib-dem bimbo skank. She isn't worth a warm bucket of spit.


7 posted on 10/20/2012 10:14:35 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The 0bummer Penguin: I played this country like a harp from hell.)
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To: Jumpmaster
My feeling exactly. What insightful or interesting take on the new does she ever bring. She just acts like a petulant child and spouts democrat talking-points. She's not even that good to look at. At least Kirsten Powers, at fox news, is a babe.
dem babe
8 posted on 10/20/2012 10:16:52 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: StevieRay20

If a woman knows that she is being paid less than a man who is doing the exact same work as her at the same company then it’s her fault and no one else.

I’m very sick of this topic and it makes me less willing to hire women.

If you believe that you are equal to a man then negotiate your salary - like a man. Period. Or go home.

Women are doing themselves a HUGE dis-service pushing this BS issue.

Speak up, or step out.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 10:19:19 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: StevieRay20

Wanna bet this idiot believed her boyfriend on prom night too?


10 posted on 10/20/2012 10:19:57 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: StevieRay20

As far as I am concerned, based on the few times I have seen her, MSNBC is paying her about $1,999,999 too much for her services.


11 posted on 10/20/2012 10:20:38 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: StevieRay20

They don’t call it “The Morning Shmoe” for nothing!


12 posted on 10/20/2012 10:22:41 AM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: Noamie
If these women were truly equally capable and competent and yet being paid less, the networks would fire all the more expensive men and hire only women. Then they be getting the same quality at a lesser price.

Right?

13 posted on 10/20/2012 10:26:13 AM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Wanna bet this idiot believed her boyfriend on prom night too?

She didn't fully believe him, only just a little.

14 posted on 10/20/2012 10:30:31 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why do cops have more lenient ROEs when facing us than troops in combat facing suicidal islamists?)
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To: 3Fingas

Speaking of Kirsten, I’ve been really impressed with her since I switched back to Fox a few months ago. To me she just used to spout the “party line” - same old talking points, but now when I watch her she seems to be using her brain, looking at both sides and her responses are even handed, unbiased. Kristen seems to have more confidence and has grown into her role.


15 posted on 10/20/2012 10:30:37 AM PDT by qwicwted
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To: Jumpmaster; StevieRay20

Of course Mika gets paid less than Joe. the title of the show is “Joe Scarbourogh with Mika’ not the reverse. Nor is it the “Joe & Mika show,” thus implying equal status of the two.

End of Snarkey comment.


16 posted on 10/20/2012 10:31:40 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: qwicwted

She still has a long way to go. There are so many other bleach blondes on Fox I would rather hear from than her.


17 posted on 10/20/2012 10:34:00 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: StevieRay20

She doesn’t get paid less than Joe. On air they perform the same functions but, as the creator of the show he is paid a “Total Compensation Package” which includes being paid for his Intellectual Property. As well, he performs additional work as a producer requiring him to meet with ad execs and brainstorming how to package the show for the target audience.

He actually performs more work than Mika and is compensated as such.


18 posted on 10/20/2012 10:34:16 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: qwicwted

Agreed. Aside from making my heart skip a beat, she seems like one of the least doctrinaire female dems on TV. She actually defended Sarah Palin a few times on TV. She is originally from Alaska as well. Despite, her liberal affliction, I like her.


19 posted on 10/20/2012 10:35:07 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas

I would totally hit that, film it, spank it and relive the whole experience on my 80” screen


20 posted on 10/20/2012 10:36:36 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

I don’t think he performs all that much for work for that show. It seems like a take a lot of personal leave, with guest hosts being very frequent. In event, he’s a pale reflection of the man who was voted in with the famous republican class of 94. Dems are such hypocrites on “equal pay” matters, and women issues, in general.


21 posted on 10/20/2012 10:38:47 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Vendome

Who? Mika Brezhinsky? You are sick and twisted individual.
:-)

Stop trying to elevate the conversation around here.


22 posted on 10/20/2012 10:43:20 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Noamie

Back when I worked for companies I frequently learned from colleagues they had greater comp packages than I. They were usually drunk when passi g out this info to puff their synthetic egos.

I never dicussed my salary but frequently left my commission checks on my desk, so anyon could walk by and casually observe the numbers.

Bottom line is:

While they had a better salary package and were satiated by it I earned, in total, more than most by 200%-500%,because I brought in more business, as opposed to their almost unmeasurable results.

They are still losers and posures.


23 posted on 10/20/2012 10:44:28 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 3Fingas

Maybe it’s not fair, but Kirsten Powers has always seemed a little gross to me ever since I found out she used to date Anthony Weiner.


24 posted on 10/20/2012 10:46:50 AM PDT by Junior_G (Funny how liberals' love affair with Muslims began on 9/11)
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To: Vendome

She is the only liberal news commentator that has gone after Obama on the Libya issue. On this topic she has excoriated her liberal brothers and sisters in the news media. Kudos to her.


25 posted on 10/20/2012 10:50:12 AM PDT by daviscupper
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To: Vendome

She is the only liberal news commentator that has gone after Obama on the Libya issue. On this topic she has excoriated her liberal brothers and sisters in the news media. Kudos to her.


26 posted on 10/20/2012 10:50:19 AM PDT by daviscupper
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To: Junior_G; 3Fingas

Tht is pretty gross but, I’d still hit her if it long enough ago.


27 posted on 10/20/2012 10:52:25 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: StevieRay20

The day they name the show “Morning Mika” she might have a point. Until then she’s just eye candy and could be replaced in five minutes without missing a beat.


28 posted on 10/20/2012 10:58:03 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: StevieRay20

I’d pay her $25K. But she’d have to wear one of those little maid outfits while she dusts.


29 posted on 10/20/2012 11:02:10 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Dumb or Dumber? Biden or Obama?)
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To: StevieRay20

How someone like Mika gets 2 million a year is a mystery to me. Joe making 4 million is equally mysterious.

It’s what the market will bear I suppose but I just can’t fathom that either are ‘worth’ that much.


30 posted on 10/20/2012 11:11:24 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: qwicwted

You should read her tweets during the debates. Sometimes I think the Dems are going to pull her card.


31 posted on 10/20/2012 11:12:41 AM PDT by roj (Fenwick Island is great this time of year)
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To: StevieRay20
while he was coming from primetime and he was worth a lot more, he's also the creator of the show, I was certainly not 14 times less worth than him.

You are if, demanding more money, they decided to go with someone with more of a track record and you lost the gig altogether.

When you're trying to get your foot in the door you're not in a position to demand a high salary. You take what you can get and use the opportunity to learn your chops. Later, maybe, you're in a position to demand more money. Which she did and she got.

Since she's not that bright, its hard to imagine what she'd be doing if she lost this gig. She sees herself as some kind of victim when in reality she is richly blessed.

I think Romney was talking about people like her.

32 posted on 10/20/2012 11:14:21 AM PDT by marron
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To: Junior_G

Dude, you’re a buzz kill.

That’s cryptonite to my fantasy world.

Somethings that are learned cannot be unlearned.


33 posted on 10/20/2012 11:17:48 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: StevieRay20
This morning, as MSNBC's Morning Joe came to an end, co-host Mika Brzezinski had some praise for colleagues and the company she works for. "We've been talking a lot this week about women and equal pay and all these issues," she said. "I have to say, in all seriousness, I'm very lucky to be working with you [co-host Joe Scarborough] and for a company [MSNBC] who has actually dealt with this problem transparently."

What poor (deficient) Mika doesn't understand is, that she just demonstrated why it's reasonable for 'some' women to make less than their male counterparts.

Message lost, because there is no sound detected if there are no brains close to where the tree falls.

34 posted on 10/20/2012 11:20:31 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: StevieRay20

Everyone at MSDNC is overpaid, including Deliverance “Banjo Boy” Scarborough.


35 posted on 10/20/2012 11:24:21 AM PDT by twister881
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To: qwicwted

Be careful there. I’ve notice some of the old die-hard lefties are trying a new tactic this year.

They know their negatives have been through the rough, so now they give you a point or three, then raise one issue at then end that is intended to be the real take-away.

I think it’s fairly effective too.

They come off looking like they’re honest. I’m not totally buying it.


36 posted on 10/20/2012 11:25:48 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: Noamie

The problem, of course, is that Mika does NOT do the same job as Scarborough. It is his show and bears his name. And for $2 million a year, she gets all the bikini waxes she wants, has her brown roots taken care of every day and has a wardrobe that most women would kill for.

I’d love to know what her secretary thinks of her.


37 posted on 10/20/2012 11:29:01 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Noamie

You know my philosophy is that when I take a job, I have accepted the salary offered to me - I did the deal. When I get on board......whatever someone else makes shouldn’t be my business. What these Democratic women or the Obama Manniquins should be asking is - Why is there such a pay disparity within the Obama Administration (18% less than their male counterparts)? Also, I understand the drive to have health insurance pay for contraception - although I grew up in a time where I paid for the pill myself - contraception is readily available (trojans in bathrooms). Why should government or insurance pay for birth control,abortions and more importantly Viagra? Some might say the “pill” is needed for health reasons - well if you can’t afford to pay for a monthly supply - you can go to Planned Parenthood and they will provide the product based on a sliding income scale. In other words - if you are poor and needy, you’ll get it for free.

Insurance was designed to protect us when the unexpected happens — accidents, floods, fire — catastrophes that cost more than most of us can pay. Severe illness is a good reason to have insurance.


38 posted on 10/20/2012 11:30:03 AM PDT by qwicwted
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To: Brandonmark

‘As far as I am concerned, based on the few times I have seen her, MSNBC is paying her about $1,999,999 too much for her services.”

Frankly, she should be paying THEM for putting up with her. She has absolutely no talent, all she knows how to do is make disapproving faces, purse up her lips, and mumble under her breath if the guys are saying something she disagrees with.

I can’t think of another woman “journalist” who rubs me the wrong way as much as this bimbo.


39 posted on 10/20/2012 11:48:58 AM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: Post5203

“I agree with Hillary...” Talk about things you would have never thought you’d ever say!


40 posted on 10/20/2012 11:59:13 AM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Freestate316

She sits in an air conditioned studio talking for a living, 3 hours a day, with about 60 days sick/vacation time each year and shrieks about the one percenters being tone deaf constantly.


41 posted on 10/20/2012 2:05:04 PM PDT by StevieRay20
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To: StevieRay20

When Mitchell saw Clinton on the trail, her kneepads came a’callin’!


42 posted on 10/20/2012 4:53:47 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: StevieRay20

Mess-NBC, that’s rich. These are the same people who talk about corporate CEO salaries being outrageous. No, the outrage is a talking-head making $11 million/year to read a teleprompter. Good lord, how is this garbage network still in business?


43 posted on 10/23/2012 1:42:30 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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