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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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Stephen Colbert Finally Says How He Really Feels About Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 26th 2011 2:38AM
'The Colbert Report'A week ago, Stephen Colbert offered his analysis of how he thinks 'Morning Joe''s Mika Brzezinski feels about Sarah Palin. Tonight on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM on Comedy Central), he suspected this was the reason "BigHollywood.com" has a new poll up on their site to see if he is the worst violator of the so-called "new tone" in the media.

At the time, Colbert said, "I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed in with words picked up at random from a thesaurus," and that her reality show was "the pinnacle of her potential."

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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 Compares a Heavily Made-Up Lindsey Graham To Ziggy Stardust (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 3rd 2011 2:45PM
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was on 'Meet the Press' Sunday to talk about the fiscal issues facing the new congress. However, after viewing a clip of Graham's appearance, all 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), host Joe Scarborough wanted to do was discuss how much foundation Graham was wearing, comparing him to Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie's kabuki-make-up-faced character from the '70s.

"Willie, did you follow David Bowie through the Ziggy Stardust period?" Scarborough asked Willie Geist.

"I think I know where you're going with this," Geist responded, motioning toward his own face.

"(Graham) had more makeup on there than Bowie did during Ziggy," Scarborough concluded.

Mika Brzezinski then admonished the two of them for focusing on Graham's appearance, rather than what he had said. So they dropped it. However, Mika wasn't able to prevent 'Morning Joe's' producers from playing the song 'Ziggy Stardust' in Graham's honor.

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Kentucky Senate Debate Gets Ugly Amid Accusations Involving 'Aqua Buddha' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 18th 2010 5:43PM
Like much of the political world, the 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) crew was buzzing about the ugly debate that took place between Kentucky senate candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway Sunday night.

Paul refused to shake Conway's hand at the end of the debate, because Conway wouldn't apologize for an ad he's been running which accuses Paul of kidnapping a fellow female student during his college years, tying her up, and forcing her to smoke marijuana while worshiping a god named Aqua Buddha.

The charge steams from an article GQ magazine that appears to have based on one anonymous source.

"You are going stand over there and accuse me of a crime from 30 years ago from some anonymous source," Paul said during the debate. "How ridiculous are you? You embarrass this race. . . Run a race like a man. Stand up and be a man instead of just calling me names."

Back on 'Morning Joe,' Mika Brzezinski pointed out Paul's demand that Conway "be a man" sounds an awful lot like Nevada Senatorial candidate Sharon Angle insisting that her opponent Harry Reid "man up" during their recent heated debate.

It seems like the unusual number of crazy races we've been blessed with this political season are starting to bleed into one.

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Tyler Clementi Suicide Saddens 'Morning Joe' Crew (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 30th 2010 6:30PM
The 'Morning Joe' crew (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) looked genuinely saddened Wednesday morning as they discussed the tragic death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide after his roommate secretly broadcast his sexual encounter with another male student on the Internet.

"It was a hate crime," Donny Deutcsh said of the actions of Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, who made the tape. "They should prosecute these kids to the hilt."

Mika Brzezinski tried to understand why Ravi and Wei did with they did:

"It's unbelievable cruel. . . I wonder if these perpetrators had any clue just how cruel they were being . . . I think technology has given this veil of, 'well it's OK, we can do it' . . . and there are not a lot of ramifications."

It's an incredibly sad story that people seem to still be trying to get their minds wrapped around. What do you think -- should Clementi's roomates be charged with a hate crime? Do you think Mika has a point that the ease of technology desensitizes people so much that they have trouble considering the consequences of their online actions?

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'Morning Joe' Anchors Marvel At How Early 'Today' Show Anchors Wake Up (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 24th 2010 5:20PM
The 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) anchors recently attended an advertiser meet-and-greet with the personalities from NBC's other morning shows. One of the question they were each asked was what time they wake up in the morning before going on-air in the early AM hours.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were blown away when they learned most of their counterparts on the 'Today' show, like Meredith Vieira and Al Roker, wake up between 2:30 and 3:30 AM.

"I got no alarm and I wake up at 5:30," Scarborough explained.

"Why does Al (Roker) wake up at 3:30?" Scarborough then wondered

"He has to make his kids lunch," Mika reminded him.

"Those are big lunches, I guess, but look at Al, that explains it," Scarborough, joked, even though Roker has lost a great deal of weight over the years.

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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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Donny Deutsch: Obama Needs to 'Show Some Balls' and Arrest Pastor Terry Jones (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 10th 2010 4:15PM
The gang on 'Morning Joe' (Weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) had a discussion this morning about would-be Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones, which flew off the deep end when both Pat Buchanan and Donny Deutsch argued that President Obama should have Jones arrested.

"If the pastor has not by tomorrow ... stood down, frankly I would have U.S. Marshals or the FBI arrest him and take him into custody," conservative commentator Pat Buchanan opined.

"I never like to agree with Pat on anything," added the more liberal-minded Deutsch. "But he's right. This is what the Commander-in-Chief does. It's no different than authorizing a billion dollars in stimulus money."

Mika Brzezinski then wondered if President Obama should get former Presidents involved with the Jones negotiations, but Deutsch was having none of that.

"Stop with the diplomacy with lunatics within our own country," was Deutsch's fist-pounding message to Barack Obama. "Show some balls here. Enough. Enough!"

It should be pointed out that Mika and the other panelists did bring up that pesky little thing called the First Amendment, when explaining to Buchanan and Deustch why their plan to arrest Jones might not be realistic.

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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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Chris Christie Takes Credit For 'Real Housewives of N.J.' Reconciliation (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 7th 2010 4:22PM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on 'Morning Joe' (Weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Tuesday, and predictably, the conversation turned toward his state's most popular exports: 'The Real Housewives' and 'Jersey Shore.'

Before quizzing him on his presidential aspirations, Mika Brzezinski asked the Republican about Monday night's big reconciliation between Danielle Staub and some of her castmates on 'The Real Housewives' reunion special.

"Another symbol of the Christie administration," Christie bragged, playing it straight. "Bringing people together."

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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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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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MSNBC Host Isn't a Fan of Bradley Cooper (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 10th 2010 3:15PM
Bradley Cooper takes a few playful jabs at 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC) host Mika Brzezinski for lying about having seen 'The Hangover' and mistaking the name of his big-screen remake of 'The A-Team.'

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