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Ann Coulter Bleeped on 'Morning Joe' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 29th 2011 11:20AM
Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter is notorious for making outrageous, provocative statements that help her sell books and get people worked up. Tuesday morning on 'Morning Joe,' she wheeled her act out again, but the audience didn't hear what she had to say because MSNBC hit the mute button.

Coulter appeared to call John McCain a "douchebag" during a discussion about flip-flopping and consistency among Republican presidential candidates. The audio cut out several times during her comments, and when the sound came back on, Coulter seemed surprised and asked, "What did I say, 'douchebag?'"

"Just blur it all out," Joe Scarborough interjected. "Okay, well they got the general drift of that," Coulter replied. This may be the craziest thing to happen on 'Morning Joe' since Mark Halperin called President Obama a "dick." Check out a clip of the moment from from Politico after the jump.

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Bob Costas Says Jerry Sandusky Interview Was Unplanned (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 7:50AM
Monday night Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky about his alleged inappropriate contact with young boys and the subsequent 40-count criminal indictment he now faces. The interview on NBC news magazine show 'Rock Center' took many by complete surprise, including Costas.

Speaking on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Tuesday, Costas said that he was in a Manhattan TV studio prepping for an interview with Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, when, "no more than ten, fifteen minutes before the cameras were to roll, Amendola says, 'What if I can get Sandusky on the phone?'"

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Top 5 TVR Clips of the Week: BET Gaffe, MSNBC Mayhem, New Susan Boyle & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 2nd 2011 12:00PM

Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone! You're probably at the beach, grilling meat over an open flame or lighting fireworks right now, but if you're not, check out these videos and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll. Then go outside or watch a baseball game!

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'The Talk' Ladies Discuss Mark Halperin's Presidential Gaffe (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 30th 2011 5:50PM
Leah Remini, Sara Gilbert, and Sharon Osbourne on 'The Talk'Thursday morning on 'Morning Joe,' Mark Halperin of Time Magazine and MSNBC said he thought President Obama was "kind of a dick" in his recent press conference. Halperin was quickly suspended by MSNBC, and critiques of his comment poured in from all corners, including a couple on Thursday's edition of 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS).

Holly Robinson Peete started the discussion on a lighter note, saying, "There hasn't been a man called 'Dick' in the oval office since President Richard Nixon." Leah Remini said she liked the fact that the president could be kind of a dick. "I don't know, I like to hear that people are like hard-asses a little bit, especially our president," she said.

Sharon Osbourne said that wasn't the context in which Halperin used the term. "He didn't say 'this guy is a ball-buster, he's a toughie,'" said Osbourne. "He did it in a very disrespectful way."

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Mark Halperin Suspended by MSNBC After Calling President Obama a 'Dick' on 'Morning Joe' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 30th 2011 11:10AM

Mark Halperin calls President Obama a 'dick' live on 'Morning Joe.'Mark Halperin, Time Magazine editor-at-large and MSNBC correspondent, has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC after saying live on 'Morning Joe' (6AM, weekdays on MSNBC) that President Obama acted like "kind of a dick" in his Tuesday press conference. Immediately taken aback by Halperin's language, Joe Scarborough scrambled to ask his producers if they could put the comment on 7-second-delay, but they were unsuccessful in doing so.

Several minutes later, Halperin issued an on-air apology to the President and to viewers.

MSNBC released a statement after the incident explaining Halperin's suspension.

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Martha Stewart Snubs Willie Geist and 'Morning Joe' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 10th 2011 6:30PM
Willie Geist on 'The Martha Stewart Show'Willie Geist, co-host of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' was a guest on 'The Martha Stewart Show' (weekdays, 10AM on Hallmark) Thursday, and Stewart pulled no punches saying what she thought of the show. As the two were in the kitchen portion of the studio, Stewart told Geist to his face that 'Morning Joe' was "not my favorite program."

Geist seemed a bit nonplussed and asked why Stewart would say that. "I think there's too much talking over everybody," said Stewart. "I have to get facts."

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Donald Trump and Ron Paul Feud Over Who Is Less Electable (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 14th 2011 4:20PM
Speaking at The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, Donald Trump, who is considering a run for president as a Republican, bluntly declared that Ron Paul has "zero chance of getting elected" president. Paul ultimately won CPAC's straw poll on who should be the GOP nominee in 2012.

Paul stopped by 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM on MSNBC) where Joe Scarborough asked the libertarian congressman if he thinks he can be elected president.

"You always take that risk when you put your name on the ballot," Paul quipped, eliciting laughter. Then he pointed out that despite his strident and often iconoclastic views he has been elected to congress 11 times.

As for Trump calling him out?

"Somebody said 'how many times has Donald Trump been elected?' Paul continued. "Does he really have the right to go and criticize others (by) saying they're unelectable?"

Smart money would say that neither Paul nor Trump would have any chance of being elected president. However, any feud that could potentially pit Donald Trump's runaway ego against Ron Paul's fervent fan base is only to be encouraged.

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Joe Scarborough Can't Believe the GOP Is Afraid of Michele Bachmann (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 28th 2011 6:30PM
During an appearance on 'Morning Joe,' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC), Politico editor-in-chief John Harris reported that although many members of the Republican party are frustrated with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's tendency to grandstand and make controversial statements, they are afraid to take her on publicly because they fear a backlash from her supporters.

Joe Scarborough doubted this was the case, but Harris was able to provide an example of a Republican congressman who was forced to back away from critical statements he made about Bachmann.

"If you're a Republican congressman and you're scared of Michele Bachmann, you don't deserve to be in congress," was Scarborough's take on the situation. "Go home."

"Can you imagine, seriously, someone being afraid of Michele Bachmann?" he continued.

It is a little hard to imagine anyone being afraid of Bachmann. Why, she won't even look straight at you.

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'Morning Joe' Debates Roger Ailes' Fox News Memo to "Tone it Down" (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 13th 2011 6:30PM
On 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC), Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski got into a heated debate about the reason Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes told his on-air personalities to "tone it down" in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona.

Scarborough praised Ailes as "brilliant politically" for rising above the fray, while Brzezinski dismissed Ailes' memo as "business" and later said Ailes was just being "politically correct."

Brzezinski also said that Ailes' call for a change of tone doesn't make up for a "a lot of the stuff that has happened on (Fox News)."

"Do you really want to go there?" Scarborough angrily responded, suggesting that their own network, MSNBC, hasn't exactly been a saint when it comes to the "heated rhetoric" that is now under fire.

Ultimately, Scarborough agreed that Ailes' edict was a business decision, but still worthy of recognition. However, one can't help but think that any time Scarborough, a self-described conservative, praises Ailes, he's doing so because he hopes Ailes will make the business decision to hire Scarborough -- giving him a much bigger audience than he could ever enjoy on MSNBC.

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Chris Christie Brushes Off Rudy Giuliani's Snow Diss as Shot from 'Peanut Gallery' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 12th 2011 2:00PM
With the snow falling again on the East Coast, New Jersey governor Chris Christie was on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC) where he defended his decision last month to stay in Disney World while his state was hit with a blizzard.

As Christie argued, snow removal in New Jersey last month went smoothly, despite his physical absence. He also had some pointed words for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had criticized Christie for not cutting his vacation short once he got wind of the weather report.

"Rudy is wrong on this one, Christie said. "I like Rudy a lot, too. But it's easy to sit in the peanut gallery and shoot away, which is what Rudy is doing."

Given all the morbid political drama of the last few days, having two tough talking pols taking shots at each other because of the snow is a welcome change of pace.

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Mika Brzezinski Makes Classic Freudian Slip (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 7th 2011 4:30PM

While reading off the teleprompter on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC), Mika Brzezinski misprounced a word in a way that was all the more funny when one considers the context of the gaffe.

"According to a study published in the journal 'Science,' men who smell a woman's tears experience a dick in both sexual arousal and testosterone," Brzezinski read.

Of course, she meant to say "dip," instead of "dick." Whoops.

The howls of laughter from Joe Scarborough and the rest of the 'Morning Joe' crew following the Fruedian slip suggests they won't be letting her forget about this one for a while.

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Joe Scarborough is Giddy That His 'No Labels' Movement Bothers Both Frank Rich and Rush Limbaugh (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 21st 2010 12:50AM
Joe Scarborough is one of the most prominent members of the just-launched 'No Lables" political movement, which aims to present bipartisan and centrist solutions to America's problems.

Over the weekend, liberal thinker Frank Rich used his New York Times column to dismiss No Labels as a "bipartisan racket," and influential conservative voice Rush Limbaugh has also railed against the movement on his radio program.

This critisicism of No Labels has pleased Scarbarough, as he explained on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 9 AM on MSNBC).

"(No Label's founder) Mark Mckinnon, has done somethign incredible, and I congratulated him yesterday, he has brought together Rush Limbaugh and Frank Rich."

While most assume that No labels' aggresive centrism is the cause of Rich and Limbaugh's shared disaproval, what if they both just don't like recording artist Akon, who has inexplicably written an auto-tune heavy theme song for the nascent poltical movement? We're just throwing that out there.

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Did 'The New York Times' Make a Column About the New England Patriots Disappear? (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 7th 2010 6:55PM
On Monday night, the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 45-3 in a battle of AFC East contenders.

According to Joe Scarborough, on Monday afternoon, The New York Times website posted a column by William Rhoden about the New England Patriots titled 'The Day the Patriot Empire Began to Crumble.' In the column, Rhoden made the argument that the Patriots have been in decline ever since the Spygate controversy, in which coach Bill Belichick had employees illegally tape opponent's practices.

Then, after the Monday night shellacking of The Times' home team, the column completely disappeared, preventing Scarborough from properly mocking Rhoden's ill-timed argument on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET, MSNBC.)

"You cannot find this headline on the Internet today. They have completely scrubbed the the Internet clean of Rhoden's entire article," Scarborough explained.

It appears to be a sneaky and ethically questionable move by The Times. In fact, we're pretty sure it's one that Belichick might just appreciate.

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Wiki-Leaker Bradley Manning Should Get At Least 25 Years in Prison, Says Joe Scarborough (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 29th 2010 4:55PM
It appears likely that the latest cache of government secrets released through Wikileaks comes from 22-year-old US Army Intelligence Analyst Bradley Manning, who was charged earlier this year under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for giving classified material to Julian Assange's controversial media organization.

Manning currently faces a maximum of 52 years in prison if convicted, and on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Joe Scarborough suggested he serve at least 25 years.

"I'm sure he did it as a matter of conscience," Scarborough said. "I've got to say though, the government needs to lock him up for a very long time." (Mike Barnicle disagreed with Scarborough's assessment of Manning's motives, instead prescribing them to "anger.")

"Other people need to know if I do this, I'm going to go to jail for at least 25 years," Scarborough continued.

What do you think? Is 25 years about the right punishment, if Manning is guilty of what the military is charging him with? Or do you think he should serve more or less time?

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Joe Scarborough Suspended By MSNBC For Making Political Donations

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 19th 2010 5:10PM
MSNBC is suspending 'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough without pay for two days for making eight unreported campaign contributions of $500 each to Republican candidates running for local office in Florida.

Earlier this month, fellow MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was also suspended two days under similar circumstances, except that his contributions went to Democratic Party candidates. Just like in the case of Olbermann, Politico uncovered the donations using a fairly simple database search.

"This morning Joe Scarborough informed me that he made eight contributions of $500 each to local candidates in Florida between 2004-08," read a statement from MSNBC President Phil Griffin. "In my conversation with Joe two weeks ago (in the wake of Olbermann's suspension) he did not recall these contributions. Since he did not seek or receive prior approval for these contributions, Joe understands that I will be suspending him for violating our policy."

Scarborough has issued as statement of apology: "I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter. I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions."

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