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  • Choked-Up Mike Barnicle: Country Needs Joe Biden

    12/14/2017 5:25:40 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Barnicle on Biden 2020 bandwagon? After Morning Joe played a clip today of Joe Biden, on The View, giving encouragement to Meghan McCain regarding her father’s illness, Mike Barnicle, choked with emotion, said: “The country is in real need of someone with empathy, and compassion, and clarity. Someone who knows what it’s like to suffer a loss. To be wounded. To reach out to others. To be human. That’s the source of Joe Biden’s strength. That’s what you saw just now.” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Barnicle: Medicare and Medicaid are ‘Pillars of Our Culture’

    01/20/2017 7:16:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Mike Barnicle is right, our country is in trouble . . . On today’s Morning Joe, Barnicle declared that Medicare and Medicaid are “two of the pillars of our culture.” Barnicle described Americans as having “fealty” to the programs. Have we really gone from a culture of self-reliance and rugged individualism to a culture in which Americans pledge “fealty” to big-government programs? Let’s hope not! View the video here.
  • Barnicle Gossips: On Foreign Policy, 'Nikki Haley Makes Sarah Palin Sound Like Henry Kissinger'

    01/19/2017 8:34:19 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 63 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle might not bring much to the table, but he is still capable of passing along nasty remarks from unnamed sources. On today's Morning Joe, discussing Nikki Haley's preparations for her confirmation hearing as UN Ambassador, Barnicle said, "I was told by somebody within the world of diplomacy and international relations that Nikki Haley makes Sarah Palin sound like Henry Kissinger." Joe Scarborough seemed to have intentionally teed Barnicle up to take his anonymous shot at Haley, asking him "what are you hearing about her?" After Barnicle's gossip, Scarborough weighed in, saying that he'd been hearing for weeks "real...
  • Kellyanne Conway Makes Mincemeat of Mike Barnicle Over Confirmation Process

    01/03/2017 7:05:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle learned a lesson the hard way this morning: expect to be embarrassed if you challenge Kellyanne Conway without having all your ducks in a row. On Morning Joe, the subject was the Trump plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Barnicle snidely asked Conway “now, do you or do you not have a replacement plan ready to go, ramped up, ready to go, say tomorrow?” When Conway pointed out that there wasn’t a confirmed HHS Secretary in place and that she hoped that the Senate Democrats would cooperate on timely and fair hearings, Barnicle sarcastically responded: “so you’re asking...
  • Barnicle: Obama Had ‘Great’ Presidency ‘With a Few Minor Ripples Like Syria’

    12/19/2016 5:33:41 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Shades of “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” . . . On today’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle claimed that Barack Obama had a “great, outstanding” presidency, “with a few minor ripples like Syria.” So the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians, traceable to Obama’s abandonment of his red line, is a “minor ripple?” How callous can Barnicle be? And as bad as was Obama’s failure on Syria, it is just one of a string of fiascos at his feet, from the rise of ISIS, to Iran, Libya, and on the domestic front, a record...
  • 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.