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  • MSNBC on Etheridge Assault: An 'Ambush Interview,' GOP 'Set Up'

    In the 2PM ET hour on MSNBC, anchor Tamron Hall did a news brief on Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge assaulting two students attempting to ask him a question last week, proclaiming: "...there are some Democrats that are blasting the people allegedly behind this video....some would catagorize that as an ambush interview..."
  • MSNBC Reports: Etheridge Attack Was A "Set Up" By The GOP (Video)

    06/15/2010 10:15:18 AM PDT · by Cecilia Trent · 54 replies · 1,071+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/14/10 | Real Clear Politics
    Classic case of blaming the victim. These people are deranged.
  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski thinks Rep. Etheridge was harassed – Video

    06/15/2010 12:51:27 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 72 replies · 1,094+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | June 15, 2010 | Steve McGough
    Here’s the video clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe where co-host Mika Brzezinksi thinks the gentlemen was harassed by a pesky little critter.
  • For Criticizing Obama, Barnicle 'Castrated' By Mika

    06/16/2010 6:28:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 1,500+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Guess Mike could always get a gig with the Vienna Boys Choir . . . If MSNBC libs like Olbermann and Matthews were surprisingly critical of Pres. Obama's speech last night, PBO can apparently count on one defender at the network: Mika Brzezinski. So fiercely did Brzezinski go after Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe today for his criticism of the speech, that the panel agreed poor Mike had been "emasculated." Joe Scarborough took it a graphic step further, saying Mika had "castrated" the former Boston Globe columnist. View video here.
  • Mika: Boehner Should 'Just Bend Over'

    06/10/2010 4:28:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies · 65+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Has Pres. Obama's ass-kickin' line given license to MSM members to offer cruder commentary? Could be, judging from Mika Brzezinski's Morning Joe performance today, in which she suggested that House Republican leader John Boehner should "just bend over." Mika normally plays the role of Morning Joe hall monitor, keeping the rambunctious trio of Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Willie Geist in line. But with Joe away today, it was Mika who indulged in some off-color imagery. Prompting Mika's remark was a clip of Boehner wondering why Pres. Obama isn't looking for someone's "ass to kick" on the subject of unrestrained...
  • Time's Stengel: Sestak? Who He?

    05/27/2010 6:59:25 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies · 551+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There was a classic moment on Morning Joe today when Mika Brzezinski asked Time editor Rick Stengel whether the magazine's current issue contains anything about the allegations that the Obama admin offered Joe Sestak a top federal job in return for getting out of the Senate primary against Arlen Specter. Hat tip NB reader sarainitaly. A flat-footed Stengel seemed totally stumped. He stammered and stumbled until Mika gently explained she was talking about "the Sestak controversy. Joe Sestak." Finally the penny appeared to drop: "oh, Sestak. No. No. There is not. There is not." View video here.
  • Mika: 'I'm A Democrat'

    05/27/2010 4:26:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 1,141+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On the one hand, you might say it was the least surprising coming-out since Ricky Martin announced he was gay. On the other, it was refreshing to hear Mika Brzezinski say words we knew to be true but at least in my case had never heard her unequivocally pronounce before: "I'm a Democrat." Mika made her declaration in the context of arguing that just because she's a Democrat doesn't mean she shouldn't ask tough questions about the Sestak job-offer allegations or Pres. Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mika also took a surprising shot at...
  • Joe & Mika Miffed Tapper Not Tapped For ‘This Week’

    04/19/2010 5:09:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies · 845+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Some cross-network love for Jake Tapper on Morning Joe today, as MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski expressed respect for ABC’s Jake Tapper, and disappointment that ABC News had not chosen him as permanent host of its Sunday talk show, This Week. Instead of elevating its home-grown talent, ABC has brought in Christiane Amanpour, late of CNN, to fill the vacancy created by George Stephanopoulos’ move to Good Morning America. Joe and Mika made their comments after rolling tape of Tapper asking Bill Clinton, in an interview aired yesterday, whether he should have been considered to fill the impending Supreme...
  • Mika Brzezinski's Revelation: Too Much Focus on 'One or Two' Crazies in ObamaCare Aftermath

    03/26/2010 12:08:39 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 13 replies · 736+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 26, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    If you've tuned on the news, specifically MSNBC, you don't have to watch for very long to see the network views focusing on fringe elements of the right as a newsworthy endeavor. However, as MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski suggested, discretion should be exercised with the amount of attention given to these radical components of the opposition to President Barack Obama's health care reform endeavors. "Yeah, call it out but also I think we have to be careful along the way," Brzezinski said on the March 26 broadcast. "I think this happened during the campaign. I think this happened...
  • Mika Kicks Joe Into Submission, Reads White House ObamaCare Talking Points

    03/26/2010 5:12:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies · 1,686+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Don't blame Mika—she was just obeying White House orders . . . When Joe Scarborough tried this morning to comment on Pres. Obama's latest ObamaCare oration, Mika Brzezinski unleashed a series of seemingly serious kicks at his ankles. Having successfully silenced her sidekick, Mika proceeded to read off her Blackberry a statement extolling the glories of what PBO has vouschafed onto a grateful people. At one point, Mika said "I have some talking points from the White House." Being the naive and trusting person I am, I assumed Mika was kidding. Except that, upon a bit of Googling, it appears...
  • Book Party For Mika B.

    02/11/2010 9:16:43 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 7 replies · 335+ views
    TV Newser ^ | Feb. 11, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Barbara Walters was among the guests the other night at New York's Kouros Gallery for Mika Brzezinski's new book "All Things At Once." Brzezinski's book is dedicated to her mother, the sculptor Emilie Brzezinski. The event was co-hosted by Miles Nadal, Chairman of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast's Tina Brown. Other newsers in attendance: Mika's morning partner, Joe Scarborough. Their boss, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker, CNN's Alina Cho, Gayle King, Tom Brokaw and The New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin.
  • Mika on the Media: 'It's Got a Liberal World View;'

    01/19/2010 2:23:28 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 15 replies · 990+ views
    TV Newser ^ | Jan. 19, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    As she continues a tour for her new book, All Things at Once, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski opened up with Julie Menin about the state of the media today. "I've worked in the mainstream media for all the networks and I will say what people aren't saying. It's got a liberal world view. There are great people working at the networks, and they're mostly democrats, ok?," said Brzezinski, whose father was National Security Adviser to Pres. Carter. "I think honestly what needs to happen, is we need to stop pretending about who we are and every journalist should tell us what...
  • Mika Brzezinski: Scarborough Only 'Elegant, Articulate, Non-Aggressive' Conservative on TV

    01/14/2010 10:39:45 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 23 replies · 915+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 14, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    Fox News on-air talent, eat your heart out - that is, when it comes to Mika Brzezinski's ideal conservative. Brzezinski appeared at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 13 to promote her new book, "All Things at Once" along with her MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host and author of "The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise," Joe Scarborough. Brzezinski was asked by a member of the audience why she is sometimes reluctant to be more vocal with her ideologically liberal views on their show. She explained that wasn't necessarily her role. ...more (w/video)...
  • Mika Brzezinski Mocks Palin's Founding Father Answer; Then Says "Lincoln" was Her Favorite! - Video

    01/14/2010 10:21:15 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 42 replies · 2,253+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 14, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of MSNBC's Morning Joe crew mocking Sarah Palin for her answer to a question posed by Glenn Beck yesterday. Beck asked Palin (Part 5, 4:30 mark) who her "favorite founding father" is. Palin at first said "all of them," because she went on to explain that they collectively pledged their lives and fortunes to gaining Independence for America. After Beck rudely interrupted her with "bullcrap," she finished her sentence and then said George Washington would have to be her choice because he really led them. MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski laughs and scoffs at Palin, and then at around...
  • Remember Wright? Mika Says Obama 'Worked For Decades' To Transcend Racial Issues

    01/12/2010 5:02:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 989+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Does the name Jeremiah Wright ring a bell with Mika Brzezinski? The Morning Joe co-host sought today to explain the pass Pres. Obama gave Harry "negro dialect" Reid by claiming that PBO has "worked to transcend racial issues for decades." The skeptical look on Joe Scarborough's face [see still after jump] as Mika uttered her assertion was priceless. Let's take a stroll down memory lane with Rev. Wright [h/t Bump Shack], and consider that as far as the record shows, PBO never uttered a peep as his pastor made the following remarks, and to the contrary chose this man to...
  • Tina Brown: Palin's Confidence Based On 'Total Ignorance'

    11/24/2009 5:13:41 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 61 replies · 2,085+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tina Brown is the very avatar of elite MSM opinion. So when the Daily Beast creator, late of the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, derides Sarah Palin as ignorant, it's safe to assume she's expressing a view harbored in many a liberal media breast. On today's Morning Joe, while admitting a grudging regard for her appeal, Brown claimed Palin's confidence is based on "total ignorance." Hosts Joe Scarborough [who last week took his own shot at Sarah's smarts] and Mika Brzezinski, if not precisely leaping to Palin's defense, did respond with some skepticism. View video here.
  • FReeper Governsleast on Scarborough Radio Show at 10:35 AM Today

    10/29/2009 7:19:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies · 1,191+ views
    WABC radio ^ | governsleastgovernsbest
    FReeper governsleastgovernsbest, AKA Mark Finkelstein, is scheduled to appear on Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski's radio show today at 10:35 AM. Listen live at the link!
  • Mika: With One Exception, Every CBS Reporter, Director, Anchor A Liberal

    10/19/2009 5:09:16 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies · 1,950+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Give Mika Brzezinski credit for candor. She has stated that during her 10 years at CBS, every reporter, producer and anchor she knew, with one exception, was a liberal. The Morning Joe co-host made the revelation today in the course of discussing with Joe Scarborough the White House's attack on Fox News. View video here.
  • Brezinski Calls for Obama to Shoot Down Israeli Jets; "A Liberty in Reverse"

    09/20/2009 7:00:12 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 198 replies · 9,875+ views
    DB: How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest? Brzezinski: We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? DB: What if they fly over anyway? Brzezinski: Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this...
  • Obama Foreign Policy Advisor Calls For US to Shoot Down Israeli Jets

    09/20/2009 12:42:41 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 40 replies · 2,340+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/20/09 | Gateway Pundit
    Last year Zbigniew Brzezinski, adviser to former US president Jimmy Carter, described the Bush administration's policy of maintaining the option of military action against Iran as "counterproductive." Now Brzezinski, who advises Obama on foreign policy, is calling for the US to shoot down Israeli jets. Brzezinski is known to be anti-Israel. The Weekly Standard Blog reported: In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- the American president...
  • FReeper Finkelstein On Scarborough Radio Show Describes Obama Cult of Personality

    09/09/2009 7:45:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies · 1,160+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    NewsBuster--and FReeper--Mark Finkelstein was a guest yesterday on the Joe Scarborough Show, the nationally-syndicated radio show that the Morning Joe anchor co-hosts with Mika Brzezinski. Listen to audio here. For days, Scarborough had been lambasting Republicans for going after Pres. Obama on his speech to schoolchildren. Finkelstein argued that it was not so much the potential for indoctrination as the cult of personality which was objectionable. He pointed out that the Obama-centric study guide for the speech was of a piece with messianic image that the president has allowed to grow up around him, going back to the presidential campaign...
  • 'Most In Media Think They're Right Down The Middle'

    08/11/2009 5:17:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies · 1,063+ views
    NewsBusters | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough was shocked to hear from Mark Halperin of Time and co-host Mika Brzezinski that most people in the MSM don't admit that the press is biased, and to the contrary most in the MSM see themselves as "right down the middle." JOE SCARBOROUGH: So you're saying that most people in the mainstream media don't admit that the press is biased? MARK HALPERIN: I don't think so. You take a survey around the news room -- MIKA BRZEZINSKI: No, they don't admit it: I agree that. View video here.
  • Mika Brzezinski: Liberal Reporters Should Be 'Brave Enough to Reveal their Political Affiliations'

    06/17/2009 11:15:34 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 20 replies · 1,318+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 17, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    According to MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, the traditionally left-of-center co-host and daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mika Brzezinski has had an awakening about the political leanings of the mainstream media. Mika Brzezinski appeared with Scarborough at the Borders bookstore in Falls Church, Va. on June 16 to help him promote his book, "The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise." Scarborough revealed his sidekick's eye-opening experiences about the media. "I'm begging Mika to write a book," Scarborough said. "Seriously - about what she's seen because she's seen it through my eyes for the past two years now. I'm...
  • Ford, Jr.: Letterman Wrong, But Palins 'Unique'

    06/11/2009 5:26:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies · 3,092+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Harold Ford, Jr. is the epitome of the equivocating politician who tries to play things both ways. But that strategy came a cropper for the MSNBC contributor on Morning Joe today. Ford claimed that though Letterman was wrong to make sexual jokes about Sarah Palin's teenage daughter, somehow the Palins are "unique," and thus presumably an understandable target. Mika Brzezinski came down on him. A clearly uncomfortable Ford was soon seeking cover. View video here.
  • Barnicle: Conservative Talk Radio To Blame For Liberal Media Bias

    06/08/2009 5:27:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies · 1,608+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Rush made them do it! In one of the more absurd, if creative, defenses of the MSM yet, Mike Barnicle has blamed the media’s liberal bias on its reaction to “talk radio.” Morning Joe actually got off to a refreshing start today, with Mika Brzezinski frankly acknowledging that the MSM leans heavily left, that she herself tends to vote Dem, and that the liberal media needs to diversify politically, bringing in more conservatives. Mika even implied that the only politically diverse news network is . . . Fox! It was Joe Scarborough’s recent personal brush with liberal media bias that...
  • Mika Mocks Mike Allen’s Obama-Love

    05/12/2009 4:03:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 2,175+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is a new Mika Brzezinski emerging: a more fair-’n-balanced one? Signs point to yes. Yesterday on Morning Joe, as noted here, Joe Scarborough described the members of the White House press corps as being “in love” with Pres. Obama to the extent that at the big dinner this past Saturday night that PBO attended, they were like “a bunch of teenage girls waiting for a Bay City Rollers concert, waiting to scream at the top of their [lungs].” Not merely did Mika agree, she added another tasty morsel to the stew, revealing that behind the scenes, the TV production crew–big...
  • Mika Brzezinski Discusses Media Bias

    05/11/2009 7:50:32 PM PDT · by euram · 6 replies · 832+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 05-11-09 | Mel
    During the Republican National Convention, Mika Brzezinski mentioned on Morning Joe how appalled she was by the behavior of some of her colleagues in regard to Gov. Palin. She talked about it again today during a conversation about media bias on The Joe Scarborough Show:
  • Talk Radio Sad News: 630 WMAL just cancelled "The Chris Plante Show" today!

    04/03/2009 11:05:55 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 49 replies · 3,545+ views
    Beginning Monday, we welcome a name and voice familiar to many of you, deliver MORE from your favorite morning team, and say goodbye to a good friend and top-notch talk show host. On Monday, the Grandy and Andy Morning Show will expand to 5 hours! The Grandy and Andy magic starts at 5am and won’t stop until 10am (or slightly earlier if Fred starts to choke on his daily ration of mixed nuts.) Between 5 and 9am, it’s all of the great stuff you’re accustomed to: 20 minutes of news and views commercial free at the top of every hour,...
  • Mika Sticks Up For Santelli!

    03/17/2009 5:22:53 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies · 896+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When’s the last time you heard an MSNBC host: 1. stick up for Rick Santelli, and for good measure, 2. suggest to the face of two sitting senators–a Republican and a Dem–that they might be engaging in “political opportunism”? It happened this afternoon. Now, how much more surprised would you be to learn that the host in question was none other than Mika Brzezinski? OK, not that surprised given the plot-spoiling headline. But imagine I hadn’t warned you? Mika guest-hosted for Chris Matthews on Hardball today. She began by playing a clip of the inimitable Rick Santelli’s take on the...
  • Jack Welch: Obama’s Lack of Focus ‘Crazy’ But Criticism Makes You ‘Pariah’

    03/09/2009 8:17:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies · 2,553+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Good thing Jack Welch criticized Barack Obama on national TV and not at a toney New York party: he might never have been invited to sip Cosmos with the cocktail set again . . . Appearing on Morning Joe today, the former GE CEO lambasted Pres. Obama’s lack of focus, calling it “crazy.” But he observed that people who broach even the slightest criticism of Obama do so at peril of becoming pariahs in the New York set. Even his own “trust-fund daughters” will hear no evil when it comes to the prez. JACK WELCH: This guy is locked in...
  • Latest Member Of Team Sarah: Mika!

    02/27/2009 7:51:52 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies · 1,730+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was done ever-so-slightly tongue in cheek. But there was Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe today, sporting a Team Sarah button and identifying herself as a proud Palinite. Joe Scarborough spoke at CPAC yesterday, and Mika accompanied him, stopping by the Team Sarah booth along the way. As she told it . . . MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I went to the Team Sarah booth. I got a couple of things. I’m thinking my dad isn’t watching yet, so I’ll share: I got my daughter Team Sarah hats. I got my husband...
  • Boxer Blasts Mika As ‘Very Ideological’ For Questioning Stimulus

    02/25/2009 11:17:04 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies · 1,108+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe blizzard warning for Hades: Mika Brzezinski has been blasted by a liberal Democrat. Sen. Barbara Boxer got on Mika’s case this morning for raising questions about the stimulus plan. Palpably peeved on Morning Joe today, Boxer accused Mika of being “very ideological” . Boxer began by sniping at Bobby Jindal, saying she felt “really sorry for the people of Louisiana,” adding it would “a tragedy if some politician wants to make a point” and declines part of the stimulus funding, as Jindal has announced he would regarding the unemployment insurance portion that...
  • Big Mommy Mika Strikes Again: ‘We’re A Bunch Of Pigs—We Need Some Guidelines’

    01/30/2009 6:07:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies · 1,289+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I don’t know about you, but I don’t want the Henry Waxmans of the world telling me what to do. Mika Brzezinski does. The Morning Joe co-anchor climbed up on her Big Mommy Government soapbox again this morning. The subject was sin taxes on things like cigarettes and soda. When Dylan Ratigan proposed reducing income taxes and replacing them with sin taxes, Willie Geist made a pitch for individual freedom and responsibility. Mika shot him down, managing to insult her fellow Americans in the bargain. DYLAN RATIGAN: How about if we just cut income tax and allow — stop taxing...
  • Big Mommy Mika: Law Banning Apartment Smoking ‘Good Idea’

    01/27/2009 4:51:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 976+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski addressed her rambunctious male panelists on Morning Joe today as “boys” and, trying to maintain order, repeatedly referred to herself as “Mommy.” Maybe there was more to it than TV shtick. When news was reported of a California town banning smoking in apartments, Mika declared “that is a good idea.” Mika not only seems to see herself as Mommy, but views the appropriate role of government as playing Big Mommy for all of us. Mike Barnicle seemed perhaps on the verge of saying that whereas smoking is a repulsive habit, government had gone too far in this case,...
  • Barnicle: Blogging Isn't Journalism, It's Therapy For The Blogger

    01/14/2009 5:12:29 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies · 842+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My therapist told me to take two shots at Chris Matthews and call him in the morning . . . Mike Barnicle is back to looking down his nose at bloggers. After Mika Brzezinski declared on today's Morning Joe that "blogging isn't journalism," the former Boston Globe columnist declared that "95%, 99% of blogging isn't journalism. It's therapy for the blogger." View video here.
  • 'He's Taxing Everything That's Bad For You. That's Cool'

    12/30/2008 4:26:08 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies · 2,457+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The ostensible subject was Caroline Kennedy. But in the course of, you know, discussing Kennedy's foundering effort to, you know, be anointed senator, Mika Brzezinski said something of more enduring interest. The Morning Joe co-host provided a telling glimpse into the liberal mindset, as Brzezinski cast her vote for Big Mommy government. Host Joe Scarborough observed that New York Gov. David Paterson was letting Kennedy twist in the wind. Rather than spending his time taxing everything in sight, the guv would be better off appointing Caroline or someone else, so the new senator could hit the ground running once Hillary...
  • Kurtz Profiles Mika: Resisting Liberal Label?

    12/22/2008 6:25:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies · 834+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Howard Kurtz features Mika Brzezinski in his WaPo Media Notes column this morning. Between a book deal and the syndication of her new radio show with Morning Joe partner Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski has become a hot media property of late. The column reveals some interesting bits about Brzezinski, including the fact that she was unceremoniously let go at CBS upon the advent of Katie Couric. But it's the discussion of her liberalism or alleged lack thereof that might be of most interest to NewsBusters readers. On the one hand, Kurtz quotes Mika as saying: "I've been in a box as...
  • Mika Brzezinski Gets Mugged, Gets to Confront D.C. Mayor on TV an Hour Later

    12/19/2008 8:50:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,466+ views
    NY Observer ^ | December 18, 2008 | Tom McGeveran
    Mika, minus six bucks.Inauguration Day is coming! And this morning Joe Scarborough was broadcasting 'Morning Joe' from Washington, D.C., where Mayor Adrian Fenty was to be on hand to talk about the city's security and traffic plans for Jan. 20. But the public safety angle got a different twist when Mr. Scarborough revealed that an hour before his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, had been mugged outside her Washington hotel while waiting for her car service. "A guy walks across the street straight for her," Mr. Scarborough said, adding the hotel should "at least police five feet outside their own doors." Mrs....
  • Mika Got Mugged

    12/18/2008 4:07:17 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 104 replies · 3,171+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If the definition of a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, look for Mika Brzezinski to start sounding like Pat Buchanan. The big news on Morning Joe today is that Mika got mugged. Not mugged by reality. Mugged mugged. The MJ co-host was outside her Washington, DC early this morning, waiting for the car to take her to the studio, when a man approached and told her to give him $20 "and you won't get hurt." Mika gave her everything she had-$6-and the man went away. Mika didn't want the news to be mentioned, but Joe Scarborough insisted. Brzezinski...
  • Larry O'Donnell: Obama Question-Quashing 'Impressive'

    12/17/2008 7:09:02 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies · 1,614+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What a difference an administration makes. During the Bush years, if a spokesman or the president himself attempted to dodge a tough question, the media would go into their Sam Donaldson impressions and pundits would see a conspiracy of silence. But now that it's Obama, the dodging that was once denounced is suddenly celebrated. Thus, appearing on today's Morning Joe, Larry O'Donnell declared "impressive" Pres.-elect Obama's stiff-arming yesterday of a reporter who dared asked Blago-related questions. View video here, which also includes a gratuitous bit of nastiness from Obama adviser David Axelrod aimed at Mika Brzezinski.
  • Geist Takes The Mickey Out of Green Week

    11/19/2008 4:56:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies · 496+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Amidst all the sanctimonious do-gooderism and global-warming alarmism that is NBC/Universal's Green Week, it's good to see that at least one person amongst the network's minions has kept his sense of humor about this farce. Morning Joe's Willie Geist became something of a sensation with his spoof electioneering for John McCain on the sidewalks of Manhattan's ultra-blue Upper West Side. In that same spirit, Willie ventured out onto the streets of midtown yesterday, asking folks in the street how they were celebrating Green Week, and posing provocative questions. Sample: "Do you think global warming is kinda hogwash? I mean, look...
  • Mika: SUV Owners 'Greedy'

    11/18/2008 5:06:39 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 997+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Repent, all ye owners of Suburbans, thou drivers of Explorers. Mend thy ways, ye Escalade-loving louts! Take heed of the warning the prophet Mika has vouchsafed unto you: greedy thou art; verily, destroyers of the environment be thee! Oy. Mika Brzezinski was on quite a roll this morning. On the one hand, free-marketers would find much to agree with in Mika's arguments. As noted here yesterday, whereas Joe Scarborough has been vigorously advocating a federal rescue of Detroit, Brzezinski favors bankruptcy over bailout. But Mika couldn't help muddling her message, delivering a jeremiad against Detroit for producing larger vehicles and...
  • Scarborough Apologizes For Accidental F-Bomb

    11/10/2008 6:32:21 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies · 203+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Whoops. It's turning into quite the morning for gaffes on the NBC/MSNBC family of networks. As noted here, on Today, Meredith Vieira stumbled into the sensitive area of Matt Lauer's marital history. Then, during Morning Joe's 8 AM hour, Joe Scarborough accidentally used an F-bomb, leading to an extended apolog-a-thon. [H/t reader P.C.] View video here [warning: contains unexpurgated F-bomb 20 seconds in]. During a break, Time's Jay Carney had apparently told a story of some politico who had used the F-word. Back on the air, Scarborough had actually been praising the discipline of the Obama team. He described them...
  • Mika To Represent Obama in College Presidential Debate

    10/22/2008 10:14:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies · 506+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    H/t reader Thomas S. Despite her obvious liberal leanings, Mika Brzezinski prefers to play coy about her politics on Morning Joe. Mika often deflects co-host Joe Scarborough's accusations that she's in the tank for Obama by invoking the fact that her brother works for McCain. And I have two beloved liberal Dem sisters: nu? But Mika is apparently set to emerge from the closet and let her Obama flag fly. Check out this report from the Fairfield Weekly [CT] about Brzezinski's upcoming participation in a debate at Fairfield University in which Mika will be "representing" Obama in a debate with...
  • WaPo's Capehart: 'Shop-a-Long Palin' Guilty of Virtual 'Child Abuse'

    10/22/2008 5:15:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies · 961+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I suppose that mocking Republican candidates is an essential element of a Washington Post editorial writer's job description. Even so, it was jarring to hear the snide comments of WaPo editorialist Jonathan Capehart [seen right in file photo] about Sarah Palin read on the air today. Not merely did he mock her shopping habits, Capehart came very close to accusing Palin of . . . "child abuse." Mika Brzezinski, at the Morning Joe helm with Joe Scarborough off on assignment today, led the show with the Politico report that the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150 thousand on...
  • Mika: 'I've Gutted a Deer'

    09/26/2008 7:18:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies · 952+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Have we had it all wrong about Mika Brzezinski? All this time we've pigeon-holed her as part of the Eastern liberal media elite, was she in fact secretly part of the Sarah Palin demographic? It's not quite field-dressing a moose, but Mika let it be known today that she knows how to hunt and . . . has "gutted a deer." The revelation came as Mika and Joe Scarborough were saying goodbye to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who, by the way, seemed optimistic that John McCain would make it to Mississippi for tonight's debate. View video here.
  • Happy When America's Hurting, Gloomy When It Wins

    09/17/2008 6:17:24 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies · 95+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of course we all know that it's absolutely wrong and mean-spirited to suggest that anyone on the left could conceivably be unpatriotic [though an exception might be made for unrepentant terrorist friends of Barack Obama who accept from Vietnamese communists rings made from downed US planes.] So while we won't be using the u-word here, two recent MSNBC shows offer a remarkable contrast. Compare and contrast Chris Matthews' giddy reaction to news of difficulties in the markets with Mika Brzezinski's gloom in begrudgingly discussing the Iraq surge's success. View the video here.
  • McCain Calls Mika Out: 'I Know You're a Supporter of Senator Obama'

    09/16/2008 6:19:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies · 330+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It might not do John McCain any good politically. But once in a while, it's refreshing to hear an MSMer called out on political bias. It happened this morning when John McCain told Mika Brzezinski "I know you're a supporter of Senator Obama." Mika resorted to her favorite defense to the bias charge, mentioning that she has a brother who works on the McCain campaign and asking the Arizona senator to "say hello" to him for her. Just for good measure, McCain called Mika's tactic "a cheap shot." It was Mika's question about campaign ads that touched things off ....
  • Hell's Snowballs on Steroids: Mika Knocks 'Liberal Elite' Palin Critics

    09/08/2008 7:30:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 82 replies · 206+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Thanks to Sarah Palin, the culture war has now become a civil war—on the left. Mika Brzezinski bravely opened a new front in the conflict during today's Morning Joe, repeatedly going after two women MSMers for their column suggesting Palin is taking the working-mom thing too far. And, mirabile dictu, Mika even admitted to sensing MSM unfairness to Republicans. View video here.
  • Andrea: 'Amazing'; Brokaw 'Magnificent'; Mika: 'She Represents Life I Lead'

    09/04/2008 9:13:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies · 174+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What does it say about Sarah Palin that some of my favorite targets, um, subjects raved about her this morning? Andrea Mitchell and Mika Brzezinski could hardly have been more complimentary, Tom Brokaw and Jay Carney chipping in with positive comments. ANDREA MITCHELL: Here was a novice on the national scene, with the lowest of expectations. People said sure, she'll be able to perform. But it was an amazing, amazing speech in terms of the way it connected to people. I talked to people afterwards on the floor, a lot of women. One woman from California who said it didn't...