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Christine O'Donnell's Delaware Surge Has Joe Scarborough Ripping Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 14th 2010 5:35PM
Christine O'Donnell, the tea party candidate in Tuesday's Republican primary for Senate in Delaware, has surged ahead of GOP establishment candidate Mike Castle in polling. However, the polling also suggests that Castle would be a winner in the November general election match-up against Democrat Chris Coons, and O'Donnell would be a loser.

The gang on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) discussed this recent development, and Joe Scarborough, who considers himself a pragmatic conservative, ripped Sarah Palin and other members of the Tea Party Movement who have endorsed the apparently less-electable, but more conservative O'Donnell.

"This is the same Sarah Palin ... who actually criticized the Republican who took Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts, claiming somehow that because Scott Brown didn't vote the way she wanted him to vote on every single bill, that he didn't understand the Constitution of the United States," Scarborough declared, his voice dripping with disdain. "Seriously, this is a party that needs to grow up."

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'Morning Joe' Crew Mocks Newt Gingrich's Latest 'Kenyan' Attack on Obama (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 13th 2010 4:25PM
Joe Scarborough probably owes his political career to Newt Gingrich, as the former-GOP congressman-turned talk show host was first elected to national office during the Gingrich-led Republican revolution of 1994.

But that didn't stop Scarborough from using said talk show, 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), to blast Gingrich's latest anti-Obama screed.

Right after Mika Brzezinski read a quote from Gingrich, in which the former Speaker of the House argued that Obama suffers from "a Kenyan anti-colonial world view," Scarborough howled with disapproving laughter.

"Where does (Gingrich) get his material?" Scarborough screamed incredulously. "What is he doing?"

After a brief panel discussion of what Gingrich could possibly have meant by this statement, Mike Barnicle joked that Gingrich was suggesting Obama "went to Kenyon college."

Of course Obama didn't go to Kenyon College, but the panel agreed that was the most logical explanation for Gingrich's hyper-partisan attack.

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Mika Brzezinski Can't Hold in Laughter While Reading ELO Member's Obituary (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 9th 2010 4:50PM
On 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), Joe Scarborough worried out loud that he would have trouble reading the obituary of 'Electric Light Orchestra's' founding member Mike Edwards without smiling.

So, after scolding Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski grabbed the script from his hand and attempted to read the obituary herself.

"Mike Edwards, 62, a former member of Electric Light Orchestra, was killed in a collision..." she read, before suddenly pausing.

And why did Mika stop in her tracks? Well, as we learned a few moments later, the sentence that stumped her ended "... with a hay bale that had rolled down a hill."

After the interlude, she continued her reading -- keeping it together as Joe snickered in the background -- until she got to the details of the hay bale, which made her voice crack in laughter.

So yes, it was insensitive. But, all in all, it was probably a lot better than we could have done.

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Mika Brzezinski Alleges Paris Hilton Cocaine Arrest Was Publicity Stunt (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 30th 2010 5:25PM
A few years ago 'Morning Joe' (weekday, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) co-host Mika Brzezinski gained notoriety and sympathy for refusing to discuss a news item involving Paris Hilton.

On Mondays' show, Mika again tried to dismiss a story involving the celebutante. But when it became clear the panel was going to discuss Paris's weekend cocaine arrest, Mika gave in and advanced her theory on what actually happened:

"Why don't they tell the whole story?" Brzezinski wondered. "Paris Hilton's advisers told her to get arrested so she could get back into the stupid news programs."

Joe Scarborough agreed with Mika's assessment, and then New York Magazine political reporter John Heilemann -- a journalist who seemed perfectly happy discussing Hilton -- cracked a joke about Hilton's well known use of Twitter.

"She tweeted beforehand, put coke in bag, get arrested," Heilemann explained.

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Mika Brzezinski Smacks Joe Scarborough for Making Fun of Carter Administration (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 26th 2010 3:59PM
The crazy kids on 'Morning Joe' (Weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC) were at it again Thursday morning when a discussion about presidential vacation habits turned into a one-sided slap-fight.

Defending President Obama's Martha's Vineyard trip, Mika Brzezinski brought up her childhood experiences of going on vacations when her father was serving in the Carter administration. Even when Presidents go on vacation, there is no real time off, she argued.

Her explanation wasn't good enough for Joe Scarborough, who immediately began mocking Mika, Jimmy Carter and a few of Carter's cabinet members. In defense, Mika gave Joe a few hard smacks to the chest.

"In case viewers can't see this, those are real hits," offered panelist Andrew Ross Sorkin.

After a brief reprieve from his mockery, Joe continued to make fun of the Carter administration. "Maybe it would've been better if they took more time off."

Mika's hand must have been sore after her initial barrage of blows, because when she resumed beating Joe, she did so with a manila folder.

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Al Sharpton Says Charlie Rangel is Being Crucified, Predicts Resurrection (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 13th 2010 4:30PM
On 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Joe Scarborough gave Al Sharpton the opportunity to back away from his charge that the media has "started and executed the political crucifixion" of Charlie Rangel, an accusation Sharpton made Wednesday night at the embattled congressman's 80th birthday party.

While making sure to clarify that he only meant a political crucifixion (and not the kind with Romans and nails), Sharpton stuck with his original statement. He also predicted that Rangel, his long-time friend, would be "resurrected" by the voters in his Harlem district.

Sharpton does happen to be a reverend, so we'll just have to take his word on all this crucifixion/resurrection business.

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Mika Brzezinksi Snuffs Out a Pack of Cigarettes (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 21st 2010 3:00PM
Mika Brzezinski gloats over a proposed tax which could raise the price of a pack of cigarettes to more than $10 in New York on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC). Then, to further illustrate her disdain for smoking, Brzezinski dunks a pack of cigarettes in a coffee mug full of water to spite co-host (and smoker) Joe Scarborough.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Nine on-air breakdowns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckOn the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... nine on-air breakdowns.

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."

Yes, having a camera stuck in your face for an hour or more a day must take a toll on your sanity. Your privacy is virtually limited. Your every move is scrutinized and criticized by faceless meanies. Your therapist is one session away from owning his own fishing trawler.

It's only a matter of time before the grasp of sanity is clipped away like a loose thread on a homemade snowman sweater and you turn into a blubbering, snotty, incoherent mess for all the world to enjoy. These are the personalities who lost it and may or may not have gained whatever "it" is back.

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Joe Scarborough calls Jon Stewart "the angriest person I've ever met"

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2009 8:02PM
Another feud is boiling, this one involving Jon Stewart and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. There have been things said lately (including The Daily Show taking on Starbucks' sponsorship of Morning Joe), and it continued this morning.

On behalf of short guys everywhere Joe, I take exception to your Napoleon remark.

[via TV Newser]

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MSNBC looking for a new star at 10 o'clock

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 23rd 2009 3:00PM
logoWhile NBC is committing all its ten o'clock hours next fall to Jay Leno, MSNBC is looking for a ten o'clock star. They want a show to secure stronger foothold on prime time by filling that hour with a new show.

Right now, it presents a rerun of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, but that's not how it's going to remain. Phil Griffin, MSNBC prez, would like to develop a new hour to go along with Countdown and The Rachel Maddow Show, and presumably build on the audience Olbermann and Maddow are generating.

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After dropping f-bomb, Joe Scarborough gets a seven-second delay - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 12th 2008 10:41AM
Joe ScarboroughThe other day, Bob mentioned the f-bomb Joe Scarborough accidentally dropped during an edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC (video after the jump). Oops! Apparently, Scarborough didn't even realize he dropped the word -- he thought he said "eff you" instead of the full phrase -- and spent the rest of the show alternately apologizing and having his balls busted by Mika Brzezinski and his guests. Since it was on cable, which is not subject to FCC content regulation, It seemed like the story was closed.

But in yet another "closing the barn door" move, MSNBC has decided to put a seven-second delay on the show, mainly in response to the f-bomb. And guess who was instrumental in influencing that decision? The fun folks at the Parents' Television Council, that's who! They wrote a note to NBCU chief executive Jeff Zucker calling for the delay, and voilà! Delay instituted. The next time I need to collect a check, I should ask the PTC to make the call for me. They seem to get pretty quick results.

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Election Night: MSNBC (Part 2)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2008 11:40PM
MSNBC 2008MSNBC is perking along. Either they're getting better at the results or I'm getting more comfortable with all their bells and whistles and commentary.

8:48 David Gregory is good as a traffic cop. He's bouncing the focus around from Chuck to Chris to Ann to Lester really well. He's interviewing Obama's campaign chief strategist David Axelrod now. He doesn't look worried. He looks like Mr. Whipple, but he doesn't look worried.

8:55 Tom DeLay, former House Majority Leader -- is talking trash. He claims Nancy Pelosi is going to push President Obama around. Hmm...he sounds pretty bitter. Of course, he was forced to resign when he was indicted for election fraud.

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Election Night: MSNBC (Part 1)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2008 8:45PM
Election Plaza If you're a regular watcher of MSNBC, the Election Night coverage feels like a suped-up version of the usual prime time line-up. They're calling it Election Plaza, overlooking Rockefeller Center, with giant screens, flags and -- my favorite -- the map of the United States on the ice skating rink.

6:30 The main desk is set with David Gregory center-most, Chris Matthews to his right, Keith Olbermann to his left. Yes, Keith is on the left. It some ways it looked like the last supper, only without the food.

6:45 My main problem with MSNBC is this framing device showing information on the right, the top and the bottom of the screen. This is what Lewis Black was screaming about at the Emmys in 2007. There's too much information on the screen. This reminds me of ESPN coverage of the NFL Draft.

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Morning Joe's Joe should be back soon

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 3:40PM
Morning Joe SHave you been wondering where Joe Scarborough has been on Morning Joe the past few weeks? The titular star of the show has been off the air, missing all the doings with Senator Hillary Clinton suspending her campaign for president and Senator Obama Barack becoming the presumptive Democratic candidate.

For months and months of the primaries, Joe and the Morning Joe team were in the thick of it every morning ... and then Joe was gone.

Well, the reason for Scarborough's absence is due to a family illness. In May, Joe's wife Susan gave birth to their son Jack. Unfortunately, Jack wasn't due to arrive until August. He was severely premature, weighing just 2 lbs., 3 oz. He had to be kept at the hospital in an incubator and fattened up. As of this Monday, his weight was up to 4 lbs., 10 oz. and the doctors declared he was ready to go home.

Morning Joe regulars Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski went on the air Tuesday with the story and assured viewers that Joe will be back on camera soon. I wish the Scarboroughs well and hope baby Jack continues to thrive.

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Who's replacing Tim Russert?

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 16th 2008 12:01PM
Tim RussertI'm sure a lot of you were scratching your heads over the weekend, wondering how Tim Russert's passing merited the all-encompassing, presidential-like coverage it got, especially on his home network of NBC. He's only a reporter, right? Why the wall-to-wall coverage? Well, first of all, it seems that by all accounts, Russert was one of the most well-liked people in the news business, so the outpouring might have been a function of people mourning a friend who was taken from them too soon. But, I have another, more off-beat theory as to why NBC did a broadcast version of sitting shiva for Russert: it was because they have no idea how to replace him.

Think about it: he wasn't only the longtime moderator of Meet The Press, where he took the venerable show and rejiggered its format, making him the face of the show. He was also NBC News' Washington bureau chief and the main political voice for the network. "It's going to take four or five people to replace Tim," CBS' Bob Schieffer told The New York Times.

For now, though, the immediate question is who will replace him on Meet The Press. Speculation is already underway.

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