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Joe Scarborough Denies He And Mike Bloomberg Will Run as Independent Presidential Ticket in 2012 (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 17th 2010 4:35PM
In article published on the Huffington Post Tuesday, veteran political journalist Howard Fineman reported that Mike Bloomberg and GOP-congressmen turned television pundit Joe Scarborough are making plans to run for president together.

On 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Wednesday, Scarborough, who would likely be the VP candidate in this scenario, vehemently denied Fineman's story:

"Mike Bloomberg and I have not talked about this directly, or indirectly, or super, super secretly indirectly," Scarborough explained.

"Could you imagine a worse vice president?" Scarborough wondered about himself. And indeed, his 'Morning Joe' colleagues all agreed that Scarborough's bluntness would make him an uniquely awful vice-president.

While Scarborough couldn't be more adamant in his debunking of Fineman's report, the only statement in America life that is more suspect than a politician denying he's seeking higher office is Brett Favre claiming he's retired.

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John Boehner Breaks Down During Election Night Speech, and Joe Scarborough Can't Help But Make Fun of Him (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 3rd 2010 5:03PM
The GOP's historic gains in the House of Representatives have made soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner one of the most important people in American politics. During his speech Tuesday night, the Ohio Congressmen broke down repeatedly as he recounted his personal history of "chasing the American dream," waiting tables, mopping floors, putting himself through college and working in a small business.

The gang played the clip of Boehner's waterworks on 'Morning Joe,' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), and Joe Scarborough couldn't help but take a little dig at Boehner's man tears.

"Even John Boehner can't believe he's Speaker," Joe quipped, triggering laughter on the panel and in the live audience.

"That was nice," Mika Brzezinski opined.

It should be pointed out that this isn't the first time the perpetually tan Boehner, who is known for getting emotional when speaking, has cried in public.

Whether you think these salty displays show sincerity or are a bit much, we can probably all agree that between Boehner's tan and his tears, the folks over at Saturday Night Live should have some really good material to work with.

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Joe Scarborough Says Political Pundits Voice Completely Different Opinions in the Green Room Than They Do On-Air (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 1st 2010 6:16PM
On 'Morning Joe, '(weekdays, 6 AM ET on MS NBC) the gang was discussing an article in Politico which revealed the GOP establishment will try to prevent Sarah Palin from being their party's nominee in 2012. Palin has attacked the article because it was based on anonymous sources. In explaining why political journalists need to use anonymous sources, Joe Scarborough made a revealing comment about how the television punditry game works.

"In 2005, all of my Republican friends, all of them, started saying George Bush was going to put them in the minority," he explained. "All of them would tell me that in the green room, and I would go on air and criticize George Bush and they'd say, 'You're not a good Republican, Joe."'

"And we started hearing the same thing about about Obama a year ago. Democrats -- all Democrats -- would tell us, this guy doesn't know what he's doing. And then we'd go on the air and say Democrats are saying this guy doesn't know what he is doing. And they'd go: "No we're not, the Democrats love him, he's wonderful."

So if you turn to the talking heads to help you digest Tuesday's election results, it's important to remember that they're as much actors playing a role as they are experts giving an honest opinion.

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Just the Facts, Please: Joe Scarborough Gets Frustrated With Katrina Vanden Heuvel (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 28th 2010 5:17PM
On 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC) Joe Scarborough and Katrina Vanden Heuvel were debating what President Obama's strategy should be going forward. Vanden Heuvel said he should move to the left, but Scarborough thought that was a bad idea.

Here's the problem," Scarborough argued. "If you are a Democrat, you have to run as a moderate, because ... poll after poll shows we are a center-right nation.

"I disagree," Vanden Heuvel said.

When Scarborough tried to explain the polls he was talking about, Vanden Heuvel wouldn't let him get a word in edgewise.

Finally, Scarborough broke through. "No, I'm not going to let you finish," Scarborough said, exasperated. "I have got to give you facts, and then you can respond to facts."

After he presented his evidence, based on decades of polls, Vanden Heuvel responded by spinning another poll in a way that still supported her thesis. And that's why one should never fear a poll based argument: There are plenty of polls to go around.

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Major Garrett: Fox News Embraces 'Media Polarization' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 25th 2010 7:29PM
Fox News embraces the kind of ideological polarization of the media that cost Juan Williams his job at NPR, says Major Garrett, who worked for Fox News eight years before returning to print media last month.

Appearing on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC), Garrett advanced the theory that Williams was axed from NPR not so much for his comments about being nervous when he sees Muslims on a airplane, but because NPR felt Williams' dual role on Fox News was incompatible with their brand.

Fox News rallied around Williams, in the wake of his firing, even though Williams doesn't generally articulate Fox News' right wing voice.

Nevertheless, Garrett believes that, in general, Fox News is pleased with this increasing polarization of the news media:

"For a certain amount of marketing points of view, Fox (News) actually wants to keep that (media) polarization, and say 'Look, we're different, we are dramatically different, you can see how we are different. And if you like that difference, you better come over here and you better stay here.' That is an embedded part of the marketing that happens in the news division at Fox."

Why NPR also feels the need to embrace this form of media polarization, as evidenced by their firing of Williams, is anybody's guess. We would have thought their snazzy tote bags would be enough to keep their listeners loyal.

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'The Rent Is Too Damn High Party' Candidate Jimmy McMillan Steals Show at NY Governor's Debate (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 19th 2010 4:45PM
Jimmy McMillan, the candidate for the previously unknown 'The Rent Is Too Damn High Party,' stole the show at Monday night's New York gubernatorial debate.

The folks at 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC) were in full agreement with the day-after consensus about McMillan, who wore a Wild West-style mustache, a pair of black gloves and bragged of his karate skills.

Morning Joe played one of McMillan's best one-liners of the night:

"If you want to marry a shoe, I'll marry you," was how the nattily-attired New Yorker responded to a question about if he favored gay marriage.

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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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Dylan Ratigan Responds to Drama Between Bill O'Reilly and 'The View' With Epic Anti-War Rant (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 15th 2010 1:25PM
Appearing on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays 6 AM ET on MSNBC), Dylan Ratigan emphatically expressed his opinion that the media and our politicians are distorting the nature of our enemy in the Islamic world by not focusing their sights solely on Saudi Arabia and Wahhibi extremists.

"There is a core issue here," Ratigan explained. "Which is there is a small group of well-funded Wahhabi extremists, funded by the Saudi Arabian government, to whom we gave money. . . Those guns, that money, to Wahhabi extremist Muslims in Saudi Arabia. The only ones who have ever killed us. Them."

"We are not at war with Islam, we are not war with Muslims, we are not at war with Afghanistan, we are not at war with Iraq, Iran, it's nonsense," Ratigan continued.

Then he opined that the media and our political leaders do everyone a dangerous disservice when they don't single out Wahhabi extremist Muslims from Saudi Arabia, "as the only people who have funded a terrorist attack, from that part of the world, on us."

Ratigan has long been known for ability to fire off seemingly off-the-cuff, but articulate, rants. He may have just delivered his most epic one yet.

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Jerry Brown Botches Debate Question on 'Whoregate,' Says 'Morning Joe' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 13th 2010 4:27PM
Last week, the public learned that a mystery member of Jerry Brown's campaign for California governor had called his opponent, Meg Whitman, a "whore" on a voice mail message.

The delicate situation, which has been dubbed "Whoregate," came up during Tuesday night's debate between Brown and Whitman, and the folks at 'Morning Joe' (weekdays 6 AM ET on MSNBC) expressed the opinion that Brown handled the question exceptionally poorly.

"We've heard no outrage from you about the use of that kind of language," moderator Tom Brokaw said to Brown in a clip from the debate. "Which to many women is the same as calling an African American the N-word. Have you been in charge of the investigation of your campaign to find out who is responsible for using that phrase?"

"I don't agree with the comparison, number one," a surprisingly combative Brown responded, prompting some members of the audience to groan. "Number two, this is a five-week-old private conversation picked up on a cell phone with a garbled transmission. Very hard to detect who it is."

The 'Morning Joe' gang couldn't believe what they had just heard.

"You couldn't handle that more poorly than Jerry Brown handled it," opined Mike Barnacle.

"It wasn't as though it's a trick question or unexpected," Richard Haass added. "He had weeks to prepare for it, and that's his answer? To keep the story not only alive but to make it worse. That is stunning."

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Chuck Todd Is The First Victim Of MSNBC's New 'Lean Forward' Slogan (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 11th 2010 4:45PM
As part of two-year re-branding ad campaign, the liberal cable news network MSNBC has begun using the tag line "lean forward."

Savannah Guthrie, co-host of the 9 AM MSNBC political show 'The Daily Rundown,' appeared on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM on MSNBC) Monday, and it gave the gang an opportunity to have fun with the new slogan.

As Joe Scarborough reminded viewers to check out the 'The Daily Rundown' 'after 'Morning Joe' was finished, a promotional picture of Guthrie and her co-host Chuck Todd appeared on the screen.

"That's a snazzy shot by the way," Scarborough commented. "Sort of a prom picture."

"Chuck's leaning forward a little too much," Willie Geist quipped, in reference to how close the two anchors were standing to each other in the photo.

Something the tells us this is just the first of many, many "lean forward" jokes.

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Embarrassing Revelation About West Virginia Political Ad Cracks Up 'Morning Joe' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 7th 2010 3:56PM
In the hotly contested Senate race in West Virginia, Republican Jon Rease has been running ads in which stereotypical looking West Virginians -- wearing flannel shirts and trucker hats -- discuss his opponent, current governor and democrat Joe Manchin.

The gist of the ads is that West Virginians shouldn't elect Manchin -- who is quite popular as governor -- to Washington as a senator because he will then be under the influence of Barack Obama, who is quite unpopular in West Virginia. This argument has seemed to work for Rease, as he has pulled ahead of Manchin in the polls.

However, the 'Morning Joe' (Weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC) crew received a bit of embarrassing information about the ad, from Politico's Jim VandeHei.

"This (ad) was not filmed in WV," VandeHei explained. "It was filmed out in Philadelphia, where they put out a casting call for 'hicky, blue collar looking people.'"

"I have a feeling this will become an issue in the race," VandeHei concluded, as Joe Scarborough howled with laughter.

"I'm stunned at the stupidity" was Joe Scarborough's take.

Now we'll see if West Virginians are offended, or dismiss the controversy as a bit of uncomfortable but necessary political campaign sausage making.

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Could Donald Trump Be Preparing for a 2012 Presidential Run? (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 4th 2010 5:30PM
Could Donald Trump be thinking about a possible 2012 presidential run? Time Magazine political reporter Mark Halperin was on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Monday, and he provided some evidence that The Donald is thinking about asking the American people to hire him as Commander-in-Chief.

"Someone in September did a lot of polling in New Hampshire asking a lot of questions about Trump," Halperin reported. "The Republican field is so weak and so unsettled . . . if Trump decides to run as a Republican, I think as we've seen in the past, he knows how to get attention."

Of course, implicit in any Trump presidency would be name changes to certain hallowed presidential institutions. For example, the White House would embarrassingly become the Trump White House, Air Force One would be renamed Trump Airlines, and the Vice President would be renamed The Apprentice.

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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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Lawrence O'Donnell Blames Snooki for America's Public Education Crisis (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 27th 2010 4:11PM
It hasn't been a good day for Snooki. First Radar Online broke the news that the 'Jersey Star' almost died from alcohol poisoning in May, and then Lawrence O'Donnell got on 'Morning Joe' (Weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) and blamed her and her housemates for the educational crisis in America.

"I think Snooki highlights the problem in public education, O'Donnell explained. "She had fine teachers, she went to the finest schools, and look where she's ended up ... You can't blame the teachers for everything."

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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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