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  • Legal Experts Say Pay Up! Mike Barnicle on Hook After Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski...

    05/05/2016 10:08:03 AM PDT · by McGruff · 79 replies
    LAW NEWZ ^ | May 4, 2016 | Chris White
    Last summer when Donald Trump announced he was running for the GOP presidential nomination, few, if any, political pundits were willing to give him a chance. Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski, however, was willing to stick her neck out and buck conventional wisdom, saying Trump should not be underestimated and she predicted he may very well end up as the GOP nominee. That got a laugh out of Morning Joe regular Mike Barnicle, who was so certain that Trump had zero chance, he offered to buy Mika a brand-new truck if Trump won the nomination. As the months went by...
  • Barnicle on Hillary Email: 'Haven't Spoken to Anyone Who Believes There's an Indictable Offense'

    05/02/2016 5:23:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle's a guy from the Duke Ellington era, so I suppose it makes sense if he doesn't "get around much anymore." How else to explain his nonsensical statement on today's Morning Joe? When Joe Scarborough asked him why the FBI investigation of Hillary's email is taking so long, Barnicle said "I have not spoken to anyone who believes there is an indictable offense that has occurred." Responded Scarborough sarcastically: "you're talking to a very tightly focused crowd there," adding that people in the intel community say "anybody else would be in prison right now." The befuddled Barnicle reversed himself...
  • Barnicle's Brilliant Solution to Insurers Quitting Obamacare: Find Way to Make Money

    04/22/2016 11:00:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle prefaced his remarks on Obamacare by saying his understanding was "meager." He was grossly . . . overstating his knowledge. The subject in the Morning Joe segment today was UnitedHealthCare's decision to quit the Obamacare exchanges. Dr. Dave Campbell explained that UnitedHealthcare was going to lose $1 billion on Obamacare this year, and that all other insurers were also losing money. That's when Barnicle piped up: "my understanding of it, meager as it is: so it's the profit motive that's going to drive these insurance companies out of the exchanges. They have boards of directors. They can't figure...
  • Morning Joe: Bill Clinton's 'Hatchet' Job on Bernie 'Painful,' Cringe-worthy

    02/08/2016 6:38:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bill Clinton has lost his fastball. That's an emerging theme from this campaign season, and it was on glaring display on today's Morning Joe. Introducing a clip of Clinton [dressed like a lumberjack] attacking Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, Mika Brzezinski said the ex-prez had picked up the "hatchet"--not a good image for a would-be statesman. After the clip aired, Joe Scarborough called it "painful." Mike Barnicle said it was a "cringe" moment, with Chuck Todd seconding the assessment. View the video here.
  • Barnicle Frets Creating NATO Force Would Fuel ISIS Recruitment

    11/17/2015 5:08:44 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Mike Barnicle were around at the beginning of WWII, perhaps he would have written "we better not fight back. It might make Hitler mad." On today's Morning Joe, the cringing former Boston Globe columnist, second-guessing a united front against terrorism, worried "wouldn't . . . creating a NATO force just add fuel to the recruiting fever that ISIS employs within Europe?" Maybe Mike should start referring to ISIS as Borg. After all, he apparently believes that resistance is futile. View the video here.
  • Barnicle, Nicolle Wallace Clash Over Candidate Clinton: 'Strong' vs. 'Terrible'

    09/29/2015 4:43:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Good ol' Mike Barnicle dutifully carried Dem water this morning, maintaining a straight face while calling Hillary Clinton a "strong" candidate. But also on the Morning Joe set was Nicolle Wallace, who reported that "Democrats think she's terrible. I hope [Biden] doesn't run, because he's better than her." For good measure, Mark Halperin opined that Biden might want to wait until February, on the theory that if Bernie Sanders beats Hillary in Iowa or New Hampshire, "there'll be panic," or as Wallace put it, "pandemonium." View the video here.
  • MSNBC's Mike Barnicle: I Want To Live As Far Away From Anti-Establishment Voters As Possible

    09/01/2015 1:26:28 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 60 replies
    RCP video ^ | 9-1-2015 | RCP transcript
    MIKE BARNICLE: ..... So that means that if I lived in Iowa, I would want to know where each of those members of that 53% (Note: Trump, Carson, Cruz and Fiorina combined) lived, and I would want to live as far away from them as possible, because there is something seriously wrong with the Republican party if those people combined have a majority of the voters.
  • Barnicle: I Want to Live As Far as Possible From Anti-Establishment GOP Voters

    08/31/2015 5:44:20 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 70 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When it comes to conservatives, liberal media types are lately really letting their snobbery show. Last week, as we reported here, John Fugelsang referred to conservatives as "rubes" who Fox News worked to keep in its "paddock." Today, it was Mike Barnicle's turn to display his disdain. Guest-hosting on With All Due Respect, Barnicle declared "I would want to live as far away as possible" from the 53% of Iowa Republican voters who favor anti-establishment candidates Trump, Carson, Fiorina and Cruz. View the video here.

    08/26/2015 8:33:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 26,2015 | IAN HANCHETT
    85 On Wednesday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski said that “Just like Fox” Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos was lecturing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, not asking him questions. After fellow co-host former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough stated, “he gave a lecture, he wasn’t asking a question. And i don’t know what politician would have been — actually I wouldn’t have been that patient with him. I would have said, ‘You got a question?'” Brzezinski added, “Just like Fox, the debate.” Panelist Mike Barnicle added that Ramos was engaging in a “debate” with Trump, not a Q&A. Scarborough...
  • Barnicle: You Would 'Have to Believe Iran is Suicidal' To Oppose Deal

    07/29/2015 5:17:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Questions for Mike Barnicle: does the phrase "suicide bomber" ring a bell? How about "martyrdom" in the name of Allah? On today's Morning Joe, Barnicle's argument in favor of the Iran deal was that to oppose it, one would "have to believe Iran is suicidal." The former Boston Globe columnist reasoned that if Iran dropped an atomic bomb on Tel Aviv, "Tehran would be a combination of glass and sand and cement within 15 minutes." View the video here.
  • Boo-hoo: Barnicle Blames NY Post for Exposing De Blasio's Crime-Fighting Failure

    06/09/2015 4:51:28 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about killing the messenger . . . Mike Barnicle has blamed the New York Post for the fact that New York City has become less safe under Mayor Bill de Blasio. On today's Morning Joe, Barnicle--holding up the front page of today's Post--whined that part of the problem is "the way crime is now covered in this city--especially in this paper, okay? If someone is shot in Times Square, or a guy with a hatchet in midtown is attacking people, it's on the front page." Boo-hoo. The fault, dear Barnicle, is not in the Post, but in de Blasio,...
  • Barnicle: No Clinton Quid Pro Quo Because Bill Bilked Bribers

    04/27/2015 5:46:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How bad are things getting for Hillary when a popular argument among her defenders is that there was no corruption because Bill cheated the people who thought they were bribing her? Last week, we reported on Hillary fan Dorian Warren suggesting that Bill was "running serious game on many of these countries saying oh, I'll talk to my wife, give me the check, and then never mentioning [it.]" On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made that same argument, claiming there was no quid pro quo because knowing Bill, he took the money saying "yeah, sure, I'll call him for you,...
  • Barnicle: Iran Deal 'Extraordinary Feat'

    04/10/2015 5:20:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For Iran, Mike? On today's Morning Joe, reliable Obama fan Mike Barnicle managed to keep a straight face while lauding the Iran deal as an "extraordinary feat." He did so despite poll numbers displayed showing that a huge majority of Americans don't think the ayatollahs will keep their promises. Let's see: sanctions lifted while centrifuges keep spinning and nuclear scientists beaver away in hardened, bomb-resistant facilities. Extraordinary, yeah. View the video here.
  • Barnicle On Dealing With ISIS: 'You Want To Set Your Hair on Fire'

    02/18/2015 4:24:07 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There are still 10 months to go in 2015, but Mike Barnicle is a strong frontrunner for Clumsiest Comment of the Year. In a Morning Joe segment today on ISIS outrages, and shortly after mentioning the atrocity in which ISIS burned dozens of people to death in Iraq, Barnicle said that the complexity of dealing with ISIS makes "you want to set your hair on fire." View the video here.
  • Barnicle: We Can't Call It Radical Islam 'Because We're The Crusaders'

    02/17/2015 4:31:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough opened today's Morning Joe with a protracted and impassioned plea for America—and in particular President Obama—to call out radical Islam by name. Mika Brzezinski was dubious, citing unspecified "difficult times" in the past when presidents used the wrong language. But taking Mika's misgivings a giant step further, Mike Barnicle flatly declared that we can't call radical Islam by name because "we're the Crusaders." View the video here.
  • Barnicle Mockingly Imagines Tough Question for Rick Perry: What Day Is It?

    12/11/2014 5:34:08 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Guess when you're as brilliant as Mike Barnicle, it's OK to ridicule others for their supposed lack of smarts. Today's Morning Joe was teasing an upcoming segment about a tough question that reporter Kasie Hunt had posed to Rick Perry. Mockingly trying to imagine the question, Barnicle offered "she asked him what day it was." View the video here.
  • Lame: Barnicle Says Menino's Passing Could Be to Blame for Coakley Loss

    11/05/2014 6:47:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle could be the early leader in the race for the lamest excuse for a Dem loss. On today's Morning Joe, Barnicle claimed that the death of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino "disrupted" the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign, and that but for it, Martha Coakley might have "pulled it out." Really? Menino might not have been the most silver-tongued speaker, but the five-time Beantown mayor was a popular figure in the Bay State. It's not hard to imagine that far from hurting Coakley's campaign, Menino's passing might have prompted some sympathy votes for her, a fellow Dem. View the video here.
  • Vote: Which Was Lamest Excuse by Morning Joe Panelists for Obama ISIS Failure?

    09/30/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With about a month to go before the elections, let's loosen up our lever-pulling arms by inviting NewsBusters readers to vote on the lamest excuse offered by three Morning Joe panelists today for President Obama's failure to heed the intelligence about the threat ISIS posed. 1. Columbia prof Dorian Warren: congressional intelligence committees are to blame for not raising the issues with President Obama. 2. Mike Barnicle: James Clapper is to blame for not assembling the intelligence to the point that it got the president's full attention. 3. Eugene Robinson: not fair to blame the president considering there could have...
  • Joe Klein: Iran Just Wants Nukes 'To Deter Israel'

    12/30/2011 7:14:19 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Klein waited till the very end of 2011, but has managed to make a strong bid for Most Asinine Assertion of the Year. Appearing on Morning Joe today, Klein claimed that Iran's interest in getting nukes would "just be to deter Israel" and Pakistan. Certainly when it comes to Israel, this has to be among the most hideous instances of blaming the victim in recent memory. View the video here.
  • Barnicle Calls Palin a 'Moron'

    03/10/2014 5:21:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Here was the Morning Joe panel bemoaning Ted Cruz's supposed incivility at CPAC in allegedly insulting war hero Bob Dole, when up pops Mike Barnicle to ask "what does it say about CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had and received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin?" A bit later, Mika Brzezinski piled on, calling Palin a "multi-million dollar moron." When Joe Scarborough challenged her, saying "you don't think that, right?", Mika didn't retract her slur, saying only that Palin is "savvy in selling a message that makes a lot of money." View the video here.
  • Barnicle: Women 'Better Balanced, Have Better Judgment' Than Men

    06/05/2013 5:16:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Looks like Mike Barnicle's not going to let anyone get to his PC-left when it comes to women. On today's Morning Joe, Barnicle claimed that "a lot of men . . . fear the fact--and I think it's a fact--that women are better balanced than men. They have better judgment about things than a lot of men." Barnicle's comment during a discussion about the statement made yesterday by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant that the decline in educational outcomes for children today is due to the entry of women into the workforce. View the video here.
  • Barnicle Bemused: Why Do Top College Grads Choose Tech & Finance Jobs Over Teaching?

    04/02/2013 6:03:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A question with a more obvious answer might yet be asked on national TV this morning, but someone's going to have to try very hard . . . On today's Morning Joe, during a segment on the Atlanta school-test scandal, Mike Barnicle actually wondered out loud why more top college grads take jobs with high-tech firms like Google, or in the financial-services sector, instead of teaching. Barnicle had earlier declared that standardized tests don't teach kids how to think. Might Mike have taken one such test too many in his day? When Willie Geist gently pointed out the obvious to...
  • Don’t Like Michael Bloomberg? You’re an Anti-Semite

    04/01/2013 9:03:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | April 1, 2013 | Common Constitutionalist
    So, all of a sudden the left in America is concerned with anti-Semitism. That’s a riot. Is this the same left that constantly sides with the Muslim Brotherhood and goes out of their way to support Islam? That left? It just goes to show, when pundits on the left want to accomplish something — there is no end to the lengths they will go. I’m speaking, in this case, of gun control and the fascist mayor Michael Bloomberg’s one-man crusade for their confiscation. And don’t think for a moment that it’s not his endgame. As with everything Bloomberg involves himself...
  • Barnicle Can't Comprehend Why Halperin Respects Ted Cruz

    03/26/2013 7:02:32 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Showing respect for a Republican senator--a conservative one to boot? That's more than Mike Barnicle can seem to comprehend. On today's Morning Joe, when Mark Halperin mentioned that despite disagreeing with Cruz on immigration, he has "great respect" for the Republican Senator from Texas, Barnicle interrupted to ask "why do you have great respect for him?" After Halperin explained the reasons for his respect, the most Barnicle could manage was a skeptical "okay." Republican commentator Nicolle Wallace also weighed in, ambiguously. View the video here.
  • Sharpton & Barnicle Agree: Anti-Semitism Explains Opposition To Bloomberg On Gun Control

    03/25/2013 6:10:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Morning Joe today, the Reverend Al Sharpton agreed with Mike Barnicle that anti-Semitism explains the opposition to Mike Bloomberg in his gun control campaign. H/t NB reader cobokat. If ever there were an expert on anti-Semitism in America, it could be Al Sharpton, he of Freddie's Fashion Mart and Crown Heights riot infamy. The spectacle of Sharpton lamenting the supposed anti-Semitism of others was ironic, if not repulsive. Note that Dan Senor, who might also know something about anti-Semitism, being Jewish and having attended university in Israel, rejected the notion. View the video here.
  • MSNBC Host: Who’s More Dangerous, The Supreme Leader of Tehran or Netanyahu? (Video)

    09/12/2012 2:53:08 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/12/2012 | Jim Hoft
    He sort of sounds like Barack Obama... MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Mike Barnicle asked Joe Klein this morning if Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is more dangerous. Unreal. The Washington Free Beacon reported: [VIDEO]
  • Mike Barnicle Suggests Prosecuting Pastor Terry Jones In American Ambassador's Death

    09/12/2012 6:19:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 77 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle has suggested that the Department of Justice consider prosecuting Florida pastor Terry Jones in the death of the American ambassador to Egypt and deaths occurring during riots last year in Afghanistan. Hat tip readers Melody, Jonathan R., Ray R. Barnicle made his suggestion on today's Morning Joe, during a discussion of the attacks on the American embassy in Egypt and the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the American ambassador died after an attack by an Libyan mob. Fellow panelist Donny Deutsch responded by saying he was "thinking the same thing" as Barnicle. View the video here.
  • Mika Brzezinski: 'I'm Hoping' Blaming Bush Will Work

    06/13/2012 4:46:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 6-14-12 | Mark Finkelstein
    We've gone from "hope and change" to hoping blaming Bush will work. As Joe Scarborough said: at least Mika Brzezinski's honest about it. Asked whether she believed that President Obama's attempt to continue to blame George W. Bush for the country's economic woes will work as a campaign strategy, a seemingly dispirited Mika Brzezinski replied: "well, I'm hopin'". Scarborough burst into laughter. The Morning Joe panel was responding to a clip of President Obama from yesterday in which he analogized Republicans to people who had ordered an expensive restaurant meal, left just as Obama was sitting down to dinner, and...
  • All-Male Contraception Panel Bashed By . . . All-Male Morning Joe Panel

    02/17/2012 7:20:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let he who is without a Y chromosome cast the first stone . . . Today's Morning Joe afforded viewers a study in hypocrisy: the all-male makeup of a panel at yesterday's House hearing on contraception was bashed by the show's panel consisting entirely of, yes, men. With Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough having the day off, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle took guest-hosting turns. Barnicle introduced the subject, harrumphing about the "absurd picture we just saw of, it basically looks like an all-male locker room at a golf club." Lawrence O'Donnell and Dem congressman Elijah Cummings joined in the...
  • Libs Tell Obama He's Too Smart for America

    12/12/2011 2:22:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Rush ^ | December 12, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I gotta play this for you. I've told you countless times how most recent instance being when, what's his name, Caddell and Schoen wrote a piece: Obama you should quit and turn it over to Hillary. I said, "That's not the way you go about it. You don't tell him he blew it. You don't tell a narcissist he's failed and to get out of the of way. You've gotta say, 'Barack, this job is beneath you! It's too small. You're destined for bigger. You need to be running the world, Barack! Running the United States is...
  • Barnicle Complains To Carney: When Will Obama Stop 'Swinging At Air' And Go After Republicans?

    12/07/2011 7:34:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Barack Obama's political tone has become progressively more partisan since his "no red states, no blue states just the United States" warm 'n fuzziness at the 2004 Dem convention. But President Obama's rhetoric is still not harsh enough to suit Mike Barnicle. On Morning Joe today, the former Boston Globe columnist demanded to know of Obama press sec Jay Carney just when the president was going to stop "swinging at air" and start calling out Republicans by name. View the video here.
  • Barnicle Barely Blinks As Coulter Calls Ted Kennedy 'Human Pestilence'

    11/29/2011 5:09:37 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Can you imagine the holy hell Ann Coulter would have unleashed if Ronald Reagan had been described in similarly scathing terms? But when the irrepressible Ann called Ted Kennedy "human pestilence," long-term Kennedy clan retainer Mike Barnicle barely blinked. It happened on Morning Joe today. Coulter, who has called on conservatives to rally around Mitt Romney, was defending Romney's adoption in the past of moderate positions. Ann argued he did so in hyper-liberal Massachusetts while running against Ted Kennedy and that Romney "came within five points of taking out that human pestilence." The best Barnicle could muster was a stumbling...
  • Barnicle, Brown Defend Hoffa: Suddenly Concerned About 'Sanitizing' Speech

    09/07/2011 5:12:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is there no double-standard depths to which the liberal media won't sink when it comes to provocative political speech? No—judging by the pitiful performance of two MSMers on today's Morning Joe in defending James "take them out" Hoffa. Newsweek editor Tina Brown brayed that we must not "sanitize" political speech or take the "juice" out of it--all the while condemning Michele Bachmann and Glen Beck for some of their remarks. And the preposterous Mike Barnicle somehow defended Hoffa on the basis of the "context" of his remarks. Say what? Hoffa was introducing the President of the United States! View video...
  • Barnicle Blathers: 'What Percentage Of GOP Convention Delegates Are Total Nutcases?'

    08/22/2011 5:39:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Want incisive news analysis and perspicacious probing of the people and events of the day? Then Mike Barnicle is your man—not. On today's Morning Joe, reacting to Jon Huntsman's criticism of Republicans who reputedly reject science, the former Boston Globe columnist inanely asked former RNC Chairman Michael Steele: "what percentage of Republican delegates who go to the convention do you figure are total nutcases?" Video after the jump.
  • Mike Barnicle: The best friend a gangster could have... ["Whitey Bulger" "Jimmy"]

    06/23/2011 1:57:44 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    Salon ^ | Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 14:39 ET | By Steve Kornacki
    In the summer of 1991, James J. "Whitey" Bulger won the Massachusetts lottery. Well, at least he claimed he did. The $14 million winning ticket was actually held by a South Boston man named Michael Linskey, who had purchased it at the Bulger-owned South Boston Liquor Mart. Linskey then told state lottery officials that he'd actually been partners with Bulger and two others and that they were entitled to half of the jackpot. This was all enormously suspicious. It had long been known that Whitey Bulger, whose brother Billy was then the most powerful politician in Massachusetts, lived on the...
  • Gingrich ‘a delusional loser’ says ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mike Barnicle (civility alert!!)

    05/12/2011 6:37:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/12/11 | Jeff Poor
    Remember earlier this year when civil discourse was en vogue in the wake of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting in Tucson? That theme has eroded somewhat over the past several months. On Thursday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski asked her co-host Mike Barnicle if former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s run would “reignite hope” for the Republican Party. And that led Barnicle, the once-accused plagiarist who resigned his position at the Boston Globe in the wake of those charges, to go off a diatribe about the former House Speaker. “Well, they better hope not,” Barnicle said. “He...
  • Deutsch: 'We've Got Some Damn Good Leaders In This Country'

    03/17/2011 5:51:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With the Hamptons beach season looming, has Donny Deutsch let working on his abs get in the way of watching what's going on in the White House? If there's anything like a consensus in America, it's that Pres. Obama has gazed at the various crises in the country and the world . . . and ordered a shaved ice. Despite mounting evidence that PBO would have to raise his leadership level some notches in order to qualify as "feckless," on Morning Joe Deutsch today declared, referring to Pres. Obama, that "we've got some damn good leaders in this country." View...
  • Morning Joe Lavishes Love On Kathleen Parker, Dumps On CNN

    03/08/2011 5:11:25 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    All you have to know about why conservatives were dissatisfied with Kathleen Parker as the supposedly conservative counterweight to Eliot Spitzer on the pair's recently-canned CNN show was crystallized on Morning Joe today. The panel unleashed an absolute gush-a-thon over Parker, Mika Brzezinski declaring her "one of my favorite people" and Willie Geist describing her as "a great writer." For good measure, the MSNBC folks delighted in swiping at rival CNN. Mike Barnicle took top trash-talking honors, claiming Parker had been "brutalized" at the network. View video here.
  • Bumbling Barnicle: Gore From Kentucky, Mike 'Blumenthal' For Prez

    10/18/2010 6:43:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika chalked it up to Mondays, and gosh knows I've had some rough ones myself. So we're happy to cut Mike Barnicle some slack. Even so, we can't help reporting how in the course of little more than a minute on Morning Joe today, Mike Barnicle bumbled his way into two embarrassing blunders. First, the former Globe columnist described Al Gore, Sr. [father of the illustrious Nobel Prize winner] as having represented Kentucky in the Senate. Moments later, discussing voter dissatisfaction with the status quo, Barnicle predicted a third-party presidential campaign, summing it up with "two words: Mike Blumenthal." In...
  • Ken Burns, PBS and credibility (Barnicle, Goodwin)

    10/13/2010 8:15:03 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/12/10 | Mark Leccese
    Two weeks ago, a handful of bloggers wrote scathingly about Ken Burns’ use of former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin — two prominent writers who have faced credible plagiarism and fabrication charges that you can read about here, here and here — as prominent interview subjects in Burns’ most recent documentary about baseball, “The Tenth Inning.” Tom Scocca, a blogger for Slate, headlined his September 30 post “Mike Barnicle, Fraud and Plagiarist, Helps Guide America Through Baseball’s Era of Shame.” Scocca, to put it mildly, writes in anger.Speaking of baseball and its scandals, the other...
  • Barnicle: Christine Can't Win Cause She's 'Crazy'

    09/16/2010 4:25:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 105 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Barnicle: Christine Can't Win Cause She's 'Crazy' By Mark Finkelstein | Thu, 09/16/2010 - 07:10 The trashing of Christine O'Donnell continues. Two days after Karl Rove took to the air to scald his party's newly-nominated candidate, Mike Barnicle has declared that O'Donnell won't win because she's not merely "different," but "crazy." The former Boston Globe columnist fumbled and fumfered when asked to back up his allegation with facts. And speaking of facts, Barnicle had his badly wrong when it came to the number of votes O'Donnell won in the primary. But that didn't stop him from slurring the Delaware Republican....
  • Barnicle Pans Kirk Apology: Maybe Mark Should Use Mike's

    06/30/2010 5:43:40 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I blog often about Mike Barnicle, and while referring to him as a former Boston Globe columnist, am not in the habit of mentioning his ignominious departure from the Globe under a cloud of plagiarism. But Barnicle today forces my hand . . . Mark Kirk has gotten himself into a mess of trouble. The Republican candidate for US Senate from Illinois has been caught out misrepresenting his record of service both in the military and as a school teacher. Morning Joe today aired a clip of Kirk's apology, and Mike Barnicle found it wanting. In truth, Kirk's statement was...
  • Barnicle Can't Bring Himself To Mention Byrd's Klan Past

    06/28/2010 5:12:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond died, the MSM was quick to stress his segregationist past. The New York Times ran the headline "Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100," leaving readers to imagine the South Carolinian had remained an advocate of segregation. The very first line of USA Today's story described Thurmond as "the nation's most prominent segregationist." Strange how the MSM can suddenly become reticent about mentioning someone's segregationist past when the late politician in question is a Democrat. On Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin and Mike Barnicle used elliptical language worthy of a State Department dispatch to...
  • Say Barnicle: Ever Heard Of Bork?

    04/12/2010 6:22:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 739+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle just wrapped up the Obama Parrot of the Week. That's the award I hand out on my local TV show to the MSMer doing his sycophantic best to parrot the Obama party line. Barnicle gave his award-winning performance on today's Morning Joe, in the course of tossing two super-softballs to David Axelrod. Barnicle's first lob was about the difficulties of governing in this hyper-partisan, cable-TV age. His second softball chastised Republicans for their announced intention to oppose Pres. Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Which raises the question: do the names Robert Bork—or Clarence Thomas—mean anything to Mike Barnicle? View...
  • Barnicle: 'Talk Radio' Allied With 'Most Vile' Right-Wing Fringe

    03/30/2010 5:31:17 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies · 951+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Put up or shut up, Barnicle . . . Mike Barnicle has accused "talk radio" of serving as "allies" and a "megaphone" for the worst fringe elements on the right. That's how the former Boston Globe columnist justified the MSM's focus on the right-wing fringe while downplaying that of the left. [H/t reader Ray R.] Barnicle floated his defense of the MSM on today's Morning Joe. To their credit, Mika Brzezinski and Andrew Ross Sorkin of the NY Times argued that the fringe left has historically received a pass from the MSM. View video here.
  • As Massachusetts Goes, So Could Go Nation

    01/21/2010 9:29:49 AM PST · by truthandlife · 13 replies · 669+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 1-21-10 | Joan Vennochi
    A CHARISMATIC Democrat emerges out of nowhere to become chief executive. Democrats rule the House and Senate. They push an unpopular agenda. This is the Massachusetts story behind the stunning story of Scott Brown’s victory, and it is a microcosm of Washington. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick won election by promising hope, change and a different kind of politics. Barack Obama ran on the same promise. Now, President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are pushing an agenda that infuriates voters. Martha Coakley ran a poor campaign for US Senate. The tepid prosecutor lost her case to a slick politician....
  • MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell and Mike Barnicle Blame Coakley; She "Has Clearly Blown It" - Video

    01/18/2010 12:13:57 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 37 replies · 1,602+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 18, 2010 | Michael
    Here is video of Mike Barnicle and Pat Buchanan talking with Andrea Mitchell about Martha Coakley and the Massachusetts race. (Video)Andrea Mitchell said that Martha Coakley "has clearly blown it" and Mike Barnicle said that Coakley "took the public for granted." Barnicle said up until Sunday he thought that Coakley "could pull out a narrow victory, just based upon registration and union members getting voters to the polls," but he said he was "stunned" after seeing all the Scott Brown signs and said he "would not be at all surprised" if Scott Brown wins tomorrow. Mike Barnicle added that he...
  • Campaigns going strong as Kennedy seat race heads into final days (Did he really say that?)

    01/14/2010 9:32:51 AM PST · by worst-case scenario · 141 replies · 2,880+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 01/13/2010 | Matt Viser, Globe Staff
    From the article: He also claimed that he was unfamiliar with the “Tea Party movement,” when asked by a reporter. When told that different people labeled him a conservative, moderate and a liberal Republican, he responded “I’m a Scott Brown Republican.”
  • Globe endorsement: Martha Coakley for Senate (SHOCKER!!!)

    01/13/2010 3:07:47 PM PST · by maggief · 11 replies · 916+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 13, 2010
    People in Massachusetts are understandably frustrated. Next week's special election comes in the midst of a too-long Senate debate on health care, showcasing much of what is offensive about the rules of the Senate. The fact that a final bill hasn't even emerged has left many people ready to toss away the whole thing. Stir in the anxiety that comes with a still-faltering economy, and voters are angry.
  • FT's Freeland 'Comforted' Military's Devotion To 'Diversity' Endures Despite Hasan Case

    11/10/2009 5:20:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 606+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the things that might give you comfort in the wake of Nidal Malik Hasan's murderous rampage, where would you rate the news that the military's commitment to "diversity" endures? Down there, dare I guess? Ah, but you're probably not part of the MSM elite. Chrystia Freeland is. And on today's Morning Joe, the Financial Times editor did indeed announce that she was "comforted" by that very fact of the military's unflagging devotion to diversity. Joe Scarborough countered Chrystia with a tough question. And--sacré bleu!--Mike Barnicle, not normally an NB fave, made some very blunt and on-target observations ....