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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
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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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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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