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  • Scarborough: 'I Blame Cable News' for Cops Being Less Safe

    08/31/2015 6:05:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You wish he had named names . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough flatly stated "I do blame it on cable news" for "people wearing uniforms being a lot less safe today than they were before Ferguson." So just which cable networks did Joe have in mind? Until last week [when he was relegated to the Sunday morning desert], Scarborough's own MSNBC was the Al Sharpton network. So surely Scarborough was pointing the finger at least partially at MSNBC. But as he continued, Scarborough also identified other unnamed cable networks that he accused of "glorifying" Vester Flanagan and...
  • MIKA: ‘LIKE FOX’ RAMOS WAS LECTURING TRUMP, NOT ASKING QUESTIONS

    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...
  • Welcome To Fantasy Island! An advance man points up as Trump's "plane" lands: The Plane! The Plane!

    08/26/2015 8:22:21 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 67 replies
    8/26/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    "Welcome to Fantasy Island!" Wherever Trump's "plane" lands, that area becomes known (albeit temporarily) as "Fantasy Island," and an advance man for Trump points upward when Trump's "plane" is about to land and says, "The plane! The plane!" On [Trump's] Fantasy Island, everything is either false, an illusion, or is grounded in smoke and mirrors at best: [My favorites are #'s 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10] 1.) On Trump's Fantasy Island, Trump never repeats his talking points ad nauseam. 2.) On Trump's Fantasy Island, Ann Coulter speaks at a Trump rally and magically becomes a conservative! 3.) On Trump's...
  • JOE SCARBOROUGH: GLENN BECK'S BORDER GESTURE 'CHRIST-LIKE,' OUT OF 'JESUS’ HANDBOOK'

    07/10/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7-10-2014
    “A lot of people are saying that he's actually playing into Barack Obama’s hands, that he's playing by Obama’s handbook,” Scarborough said. “He’s actually playing by another person's handbook, Jesus’ handbook. I mean, this is -- Jesus was very clear. He said the people that are blessed are those that understand I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I needed clothing, and you gave me clothes.” “What Glenn Beck is doing is the most Christ-like thing anybody can do, and so for a lot of people on the right who...
  • NYT Reporter: 'You Want Me to Indict and Damn Hillary Clinton? I'm Not Going to Do That'

    08/21/2015 6:51:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Finally! Something from a New York Times reporter you can absolutely, positively believe: that no matter the mounting evidence, he will not condemn Hillary Clinton for her email malfeasance. On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough repeatedly tried to get Jeremy Peters to state whether he agreed with the federal judge who yesterday declared that Hillary had not "followed government policy" regarding her email. After haplessly trying to do anything but answer the question, an exasperated Peters finally sputtered: "you want, you want me to indict and damn Hillary? I'm not going to do that." View the video...
  • Who Got to Donny Deutsch? Suddenly Upbeat About Hillary

    08/21/2015 5:17:28 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who got to Donny Deutsch? Seriously. Exactly one week ago, as we reported here, Deutsch was painting a very bleak picture for Hillary Clinton, saying that "Americans are just tired of Hillary," they have "fallen out of like with her," and that people he knows who would automatically be Hillary backers are saying "wow, there's got to be somebody else here." But there was Deutsch on Morning Joe today, singing a much sunnier tune. Deutsch claimed that the email scandal won't really hurt Hillary and that her supporters are not deserting her: "I don't think it has a profound effect...
  • Mika to Hillary Dead-Ender Dean on Email: 'Your Partisan Whatever is Oozing'

    08/12/2015 6:26:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Partisanship oozing out of Howard Dean's wherever! On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski, exasperated by Howard Dean's dead-ender defense of Hillary on the email scandal, told him "your partisan whatever is just ooz[ing.]" You know Hillary is in hot water when even Andrea Mitchell had to report that there are "big" problems for Clinton on the email front. But Howard Dean has apparently decided to go down with Hillary's ship, clinging to his claim that the email scandal is "hooey" and declaring "you're just not going to get me to give on this." View the video here.
  • NYT Reporter: Rush Forced Fox to Back Down on Trump

    08/13/2015 5:42:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did Rush Limbaugh force Fox News, in the wake of the Donald Trump/Megyn Kelly dust-up, to back down and welcome Trump back on its network? That's what New York Times reporter Nick Confessore suggested on today's Morning Joe. Asked by Mika Brzezinski who was the most powerful person in the media today, Confessore responded: "I think Fox or Rush Limbaugh [whose last name Confessore pronounced "Lim-bow], right? In this primary, right? There were two institutions that could have put a stop to Trump, talk radio and Fox. And talk radio likes him and Fox backed down." View the video here.
  • Morning Joe on Hillary Aide's 'Disaster' of Email Interview: 'There Are No Good Answers'

    08/20/2015 7:32:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yesterday, this NewsBuster was gobsmacked by the spectacle of senior Hillary aide Jennifer Palmieri suggesting that the FBI would be happy to discover that Hillary's infamous email server had been scrubbed clean. We wrote about it here. Today's Morning Joe picked through the smoldering ashes of that interview with the participation of John Heilemann, who conducted it. Joe Scarborough said that "everybody" he talked to called the interview a "disaster." Heilemann suggested that top Hillary staffers are "in the dark." The cruelest cut came from Mika Brzezinski, who said "there are no good answers." So where does Hillary go from...
  • Matthews: 'Trump is on to something' (Tingles on Morning Joe - He gets it - video)

    08/19/2015 4:46:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 44 replies
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  • Halperin: Hillary 'Great Public Servant, Extraordinarily Strong Candidate'

    08/17/2015 5:59:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You know those super-fast-talking disclaimers run at the end of some ads? The kind of CYA things the lawyers force the advertisers to say? That's what Mark Halperin's pro forma praise of Hillary on today's Morning Joe brought to mind. Halperin first ripped Hillary's campaign as the most "unresponsive to basic questions" he's ever dealt with, and reported that "elite Democrats" are worried about being stuck with scandal-ridden Hillary as their candidate. But Halperin apparently felt obliged to include this bit of posterior-protecting pablum: "she's still an extraordinarily strong candidate, she's a great public servant. She's, I think, right now,...
  • Roger Ailes to Donald Trump: 'We resolve this now...or go to war'

    08/14/2015 10:43:15 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 14, 2015 | By Brian Stelter
    Fox News chairman Roger Ailes woke up Monday morning thinking that his network and Donald Trump's campaign had reached an understanding. After a weekend's worth of stressful phone calls, the tacit agreement -- he thought -- was that Trump would stop attacking Ailes' biggest television star, Megyn Kelly, in interviews and tweets. Then came an ugly surprise. Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he thought Kelly should apologize to him. "This was the final straw for Roger," according to a source close to the situation. Ailes' office called Trump's office. We "can resolve this now," Ailes said to Trump,...
  • Morning Joe: Top Dems Tired of Hillary

    08/14/2015 6:45:17 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was our restaurant table bugged? Last night over date-night dinner, my wife, a perspicacious observer of the political scene and, yes, a Bernie backer, said she sensed that Hillary's moment had passed and that people were tired of her. Cut to today's Morning Joe, and there were Donny Deutsch, Joe Scarborough and an initially reluctant Mika Brzezinski saying much the same thing: that powerful, influential Dems have come down with a bad case of Hillary blahs. The context was talk that Al Gore might be jumping into the race. View the video here.
  • No, North Korea did not offer support for ‘noted scholar’ Donald Trump (MSNBC fooled)

    08/10/2015 6:56:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    WP ^ | August 10, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    No, North Korea did not offer support for ‘noted scholar’ Donald Trump By Adam Taylor August 10 at 11:17 AM On Monday morning, in a segment devoted to how the media is overhyping the supposed implosion of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" pointed to one supporter that the American businessman and Republican 2016 hopeful had apparently retained: North Korean state media. Speaking to hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics said the North Korean government had offered support to Trump via its Twitter account. He referred to the following tweet: "Got the North Koreans,"...
  • Josh Earnest Talks Like Obama Hearts Biden Over Hillary

    08/03/2015 10:16:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, Josh Earnest said that President Obama believes that picking Biden as his VP was the "smartest decision he ever made in politics." Joe Scarborough drew the mischievous-but-logical inference that Obama must thus believe it was smarter than picking Hillary as his Secretary of State. Though Mika interrupted to say that's not what he meant, Earnest never said boo to counter Joe's interpretation. Earnest later said that if Biden chooses to run, he could make a "strong" case for his candidacy. He added that other Dem candidates could make "quite" a strong case. Note the qualifier. And...
  • Mika Brezezinski: "It Should Be Over" For Huckabee After Iran Deal Comments

    07/27/2015 12:24:23 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    On Monday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski stated that “It should be over” for Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after his comments that President Obama trusting Iran “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
  • 'Absolutely Absurd'--Morning Joe Rips HuffPo for Relegating Trump to Entertainment Section

    07/22/2015 6:09:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Arianna Huffington is no pachyderm, politically speaking, but like the elephant, she apparently never forgets--or forgives. Three years ago, Donald Trump called Huffington "unattractive both inside and out." Arianna has now returned the favor, relegating HuffPo's coverage of Trump to its entertainment section. On today's Morning Joe, HuffPo's Sam Stein was put in the unenviable position of defending his boss's decision, arguing that Trump is a mere "lounge act" whose position in the polls is simply "sustained by the media." Joe Scarborough blasted the decision as "absolutely absurd," and Mika Brzezinski, in the unkindest-but-truest cut of all, said that many...
  • McCain Won't Apologize: 'Term of Endearment' To Call Trump Supporters 'Crazies'

    07/20/2015 5:47:28 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If calling constituents "crazies" is a term of endearment, what would be an insult? On today's Morning Joe, John McCain refused to apologize to the thousands of Arizonans attending a Trump rally that McCain called "crazies." According to McCain, "crazies" is a "term of endearment" and a "term of affection." View the video here.
  • MSNBC host chickens out of Trump’s big salary bet, Trump responds (Lawrence O'Donnell)

    07/17/2015 11:18:24 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | Michael Dorstewitz
    An MSNBC host walked back a statement he’d made Thursday when he called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a liar after Trump called his bluff and challenged him to a wager. Not only did Lawrence O’Donnell take back his previous statement, he also said he liked the real estate mogul. The brouhaha began Thursday when O’Donnell appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and said “The Donald” had inflated his income figures in his Federal Election Commission financial statement. Trump immediately bet a year of his salary against a year of O’Donnell’s that he was right. That evening on his own MSNBC...
  • Alex Wagner Amazed Not Everyone Finds Redskins Logo Controversial

    07/09/2015 5:58:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What does MSNBC's Alex Wagner have against stately Indian warriors? On today's Morning Joe, Wagner said it was "amazing" that anyone could look at the Washington Redskins logo and name and not find it controversial. This NewsBuster can understand the debate over the "Redskins" name. But the logo? Has Alex actually had a look at the logo? Could Wagner be confusing it with the Cleveland Indians' Chief Yahoo? Seriously, what could be more stately, grave and dignified than the Redskin logo? View the video here.
  • Morning Joe: Joke Could Be On Those Who Mock Trump

    06/18/2015 7:47:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "People who think he's a joke and a fool need to be careful because by the end of the campaign, the joke may be on them." That's how Joe Scarborough summed up the surprisingly respectful analysis of Donald Trump's candidacy on today's Morning Joe. Introducing the segment, Scarborough suggested that if Trump sticks to a Perot-like populist message, he could get 15% of the primary vote. When Joe turned to Steve Schmidt, this NewsBuster expected the former McCain campaign manager and establishment Republican to dump on Trump. But to the contrary, Schmidt agreed heartily with Joe and went on to...
  • Oxymoronic: Hillary's Manufactured Authentic Moments

    06/17/2015 5:16:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What does it say about Hillary Clinton that her campaign feels the need to artificially create supposedly real, authentic moments for her? On today's Morning Joe, Kasie Hunt observed that in this election cycle, "the demand seems to be for raw, unfiltered, real type of moments. I think that they're trying very hard to create that with her." Jon Meacham—seizing the oxymoronic irony—jumped in: "they're manufacturing it." Bingo. Nothing says raw, real and unfiltered like a moment manufactured by a horde of hacks, handlers and hangers-on. View the video here.
  • BUSTED:BUSTED: FRESHMAN GOP REP ADMITS SHE HASN’T READ OBAMATRADE, BACKS MSNBC’S DEFENSE OF DEAL SEC

    06/08/2015 4:38:27 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/8/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Freshman GOP congresswoman Rep. Mimi Walters has been on television pushing Obamatrade—appearing Monday on Morning Joe on MSNBC to do so—but her office admits publicly she hasn’t read the bill she wants to fast-track through Congress. Walters, whom Mika Brzezinski noted is the official “liaison” between House GOP freshmen and Speaker Rep. John Boehner’s leadership team, appeared on Morning Joe to push Obamatrade. Walters said: Currently, what we are working on is Trade Promotion Authority. That issue we expect to take up by the end of the month. And what Trade Promotion Authority, known as TPA, is it’s really the...
  • Mika Wouldn't Give Santorum Same Pass as Sanders On Rape Remarks

    06/01/2015 6:45:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski just can't contain her liberal bias. On today's Morning Joe, Mika admitted that the the MSM has a double standard when it comes to reporting controversial things that Democrats and Republicans have done or said. Yet she promptly turned around and applied that same double standard to Bernie Sanders and Rick Santorum. Discussing Bernie Sanders having written in 1972 that women fantasize about being raped, Mika agreed that if Rick Santorum had written the same thing, the press would go crazy. However, Mika claimed that wouldn't be because Santorum's a Republican, but rather would be due to "his...
  • Al Hunt: 'I Have No Idea What Bob Schieffer's Politics Are'

    06/01/2015 5:31:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is Al Hunt the most oblivious man in Washington, or was he just not telling the truth? On today's Morning Joe, lauding Bob Schieffer upon his retirement, Hunt actually said "I have no idea what Bob Schieffer's politics are." No idea? Really? Maybe Al hasn't been watching Scheiffer, but NewsBusters and its parent MRC have. Take a look at this link for a compilation of Bob's greatest hits on Republicans and his gushing praise of Democrats. Then come back and see us, Al, and let us know whether you now have an idea of Schieffer's politics. View the video here.
  • MSNBC Host Rips Obama Over Recent Fox News Channel Jab

    05/14/2015 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 5/14/2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    “Is he really the sole arbiter of what is right and just?” Referencing Barack Obama’s remarks at a recent forum aimed at addressing poverty, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took exception to the president’s public indictment of a rival cable news network. Obama stated that Fox News Channel offers a “constant menu” of programming demonizing the poor as lazy “sponges” and “leeches.” Scarborough eviscerated Obama not only for his comments, but for the forum in which he decided to make them. “At a bipartisan summit, you decide to attack a cable news channel as the problem,” he said, “saying that [FNC...
  • Josh Earnest: Sherrod Brown Should 'Apologize' to Obama

    05/13/2015 5:53:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Fire up the popcorn popper: this is getting fun. The MSM is reluctant to report it, but you might say that a trade war is breaking out among liberal Dems, and it's getting personal. A few days ago, criticizing Elizabeth Warren for opposing his TPP trade bill, President Obama said that “the truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.” Yesterday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, also a TPP opponent, said that Obama had thereby been "direspectful" to Warren, suggesting he had been sexist. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said that...
  • Joe Scarborough Rips Liberal Media 'Bowing Down' on Clinton Cash

    04/28/2015 2:06:38 PM PDT · by yuffy · 7 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 28, 2015 | 10:30 AM EDT | By Scott Whitlock
    A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!" Scarborough's outburst was a result of Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski's skeptical questioning of Clinton...
  • Morning Joe Slams Howard Dean's 'Jihad' Against Clinton Exposé Authors

    04/23/2015 7:24:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, ardent Hillary Clinton fan Howard Dean ran into a buzzsaw when he tried to defend her against serious charges of conflict of interest by going after the authors of the stories rather than the substance of the allegations. Joe Scarborough ripped Dean's "comic-book politics" and called his conduct "unbecoming." New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters accused Dean of maligning his fellow reporters, and Mika Brzezinski taunted Dean, saying "you can go on your little jihad against the author, but it's not going to change the facts." View the video here.
  • Joe Scarborough Opens GOP Leadership Summit Day 2 with Series of Awkward Jokes

    04/18/2015 10:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    mediaite ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    The second day of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit kicked off Saturday morning with a speech from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman. As you might expect, the reception was lukewarm at first — especially when he tried to land a series of fratboy-ish jokes — but became much warmer when he talked actual policy and tried to stir the crowd into rallying around conservative principles for the 2016 election. But let’s run through his awkward jokes: Scarborough approached the stage to noticeably tepid applause (though, to be fair, this was the first...
  • 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.
  • Negotiator Sherman Won't Say How Much Advance Notice Iran Gets

    04/07/2015 6:52:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Much of today's Morning Joe was devoted to a discussion of Rolling Stone's failed journalism on the UVa story. Maybe Mika Brzezinski should look in the mirror: she began her interview of Wendy Sherman, the chief US negotiator on the Iran deal, by offering her "congratulations." Even Sherman herself had the sense to suggest that congratulations were not yet in order. In contrast, Joe Scarborough actually tried to get Sherman to answer an important question: how much advance notice of inspections does the deal give Iran? Sherman skated away faster than Apolo Ohno, refusing to answer other than to claim...
  • Stumped II: Nation's Alterman at Sea Over Syria

    04/06/2015 6:30:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Last week, Newsbusters brought you "Stumped," as April Ryan struggled to cite a single foreign policy success by her super-fave, President Obama. In the best Hollywood tradition, this morning we bring you a sequel--Stumped II: Syria! On today's Morning Joe, lugubrious lefty Eric Alterman of The Nation mag was stumped when Joe Scarborough asked him what the US should do about Syria. After humming, hawing and a couple of false starts, Alterman asked how much time they had. Right, as if if only he had more time to expand on the nothing he had to say. Shades of that SNL...
  • Bibi's Criticism of Iran Deal Has Mika Making Faces

    04/01/2015 6:09:32 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sometimes you just want to shake the TV and say "enough with the cutesy facial expressions, already: spit it out, Mika!" Morning Joe mavens will know what I mean: Mika Brzezinski has the annoying habit of letting a series of sighs, raised eyebrows and facial tics substitute for a clear articulation of her position on a given issue. There was a prime example of the phenomenon on today's show, when after rolling a clip of Bibi Netanyahu criticizing the prospective Iran deal, Mika announced that she would "reserve" comment, satisfying herself yet again with dramatic pauses, grimaces, etc. [see example...
  • CONNECTICUT TO BOYCOTT INDIANA OVER RFRA, FORGETS IT HAS ITS OWN

    03/30/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 30, 2015 | Emily Zanotti
    CONNECTICUT TO BOYCOTT INDIANA OVER RFRA, FORGETS IT HAS ITS OWN By Emily Zanotti on 3.30.15 Presient Obama isn't the only person who has selective memory when it comes to voting for and passing a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This morning, the governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, announced that he would be the first governor in the union to sign an executive order limiting state-sponsored travel to Indiana because of Indiana's ostensibly "discriminatory practices."
  • Connecticut governor: Mike Pence is a ‘bigot’

    03/31/2015 10:27:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    Mike Pence is a bigot, according to one of his fellow governors. “When you see a bigot you have to call him on it,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Story Continued Below Malloy, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, on Monday signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a "religious freedom" law signed last week by Pence. Critics say the law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians; Pence insists it’s meant only to protect religious communities from government encroachment...
  • Stumped: Urban Radio Reporter Can't Cite Obama Foreign Policy Successes

    03/30/2015 6:58:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not even a lifeline could have helped her . . . There was a telling moment on today's Morning Joe when Joe Scarborough challenged April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks to cite some of President Obama's foreign-policy successes. Ryan was reduced to replying "that's kind of tough. Hmm, that's a tough one . . . I have to really ponder that." View the video here.
  • Donny Deutsch: Ted Cruz Is the New Sarah Palin

    03/23/2015 10:58:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 23, 2015 | Evan McMurry
    Upon Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) announcement that he’s running for the presidency, Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski said that though she didn’t agree with a single thing Cruz believed, at least the GOP’s new crop of candidates was a vast improvement over the “clown car” of 2012. Here occasional guest Donny Deutsch disagreed: “He’s Sarah Palin,” Deutsch argued Monday morning. “He’s theater. That’s what Sarah Palin was. We love the show, okay. But when it comes time for the grown-up voting…” “Please don’t make me explain why he’s not Sarah Palin,” Brzezinski said. “I would get killed.” “I’m not saying...
  • Thanks, Hillary! Morning Joe's Middle East a Smoking Ruin

    03/23/2015 8:31:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Warning: readers are advised to hide the sharp objects before viewing the clip of Morning Joe's review of the Middle East today. The picture painted is one of the utter failure of US foreign policy, leaving a devastated, deadly region in its woeful wake. We open with President Obama's "mission accomplished" moment from last year in which he called US policy in Yemen "successful." Cut to Jim Miklaszewski saying that the White House had to order US special forces out of the country, leaving us with absolutely no leverage. Then to Iraq, where two experts say Iraq as a country...
  • Scarborough: 'More and More' Insiders Say Hillary Might Not Run

    03/17/2015 5:27:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine you're David Brock, James Carville or Lanny Davis. Stop: no! Can't do that to our Newsbusters readers. Let's just picture someone in the Hillary camp—even Herself. He/she's settled in front of the tube this morning, Grande, two-pump Vanilla, Non-Fat, Extra Hot Latte in hand, and tuned to fave: Morning Joe. Suddenly, from an array of people, you hear these phrases: "in jail for five to ten years"; "Clinton fatigue especially among Democratic primary voters"; "perjury charges"; "I'm still not certain she's going to be a candidate"; and "more and more people in the inside [saying] they don't think --...
  • Mika Brzezinski: Tom Cotton a 'Toddler' and 'Fool'

    03/16/2015 6:02:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine the audacity of a freshman senator presuming to speak out forcefully on foreign affairs! What? You thought we were alluding to Barack Obama, who after less than a year in the Senate and with no discernible foreign policy credentials began a campaign to become Commander-in-Chief? No, no, no! We were talking about Tom Cotton, of course! On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski castigated Cotton as a "toddler" and a "fool" for writing that letter to Iran. For good measure, Al Hunt said that America has its "crazies" just like Iran has its "crazies." Did Hunt just equate Republican senators...
  • Report: Military brass demand NBC reporter apologize for calling Chris Kyle 'racist'

    03/11/2015 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/10/15 | New York Post
    NBC is once again under fire from Iraq War veterans — this time for a correspondent’s claims that sniper Chris Kyle was “racist.” More than 20 retired generals and admirals penned a letter to Comcast, which owns NBC, following a Jan. 29 interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with Middle East reporter Ayman Mohyeldin, according to a report in the Washington Examiner. “Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment,” Mohyeldin said of Kyle, whose career was recently the...
  • MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Invites Conservative from NR To Proclaim Libya a 'Bipartisan Scandal'

    03/10/2015 6:23:35 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 10 2015 | Bryan Ballas |
    MSNBC is not known for its showcasing conservative voices. When conservatives are invited, they are ruthlessly grilled and struggle to get a word in edgewise. With this in mind, it was surprising to see Andrew McCarthy of National Review on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Even more surprising was his comments on Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Willie Geist got to the heart of the discussion by asking McCarthy what his stake was in Clinton email controversy, “Is this about security? Is it about accountability and transparency?” In response McCarthy affirmed, “I'm a national security guy. I’ve been worried about Benghazi...
  • Morning Joe: NYT Reporter Fearing 'Retribution' From Hillary Camp for Email Story?

    03/03/2015 5:32:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have wondered out loud whether Michael Schmidt, the New York Times reporter who broke the story about Hillary using private email during her time as Secretary of State, might be fearing "retribution" from Hillary's camp. When Joe and Mika interviewed New York Times Schmidt on today's Morning Joe, Scarborough had to work to get Schmidt to say something that was in his own article: that while Colin Powell also used private email as Secretary of State, there were no rules prohibiting that at the time. Later, Joe and Mika later remarked that they were "taken...
  • President Clinton Hosted Israel Prime Minister in Election Against Bibi

    02/26/2015 4:59:29 PM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    MNSBC's Morning Joe reported this morning that President Bill Clinton hosted an Israeli prime minister, Shimon Peres, in his election against Benjamin Netanyahu. President Obama is refusing to meet with Netanyahu next week because, he says, it's too close to Israel's election day. "It's not unprecedented," the MSNBC host said of an American president hosting an Israel prime minister during his reelection campaign. "In 1996, the Clinton administration hosted Shimon Peres for a U.S. visit while he was in the midst of an election against Benjamin Netanyahu." "Democratic presidents have always loathed Benjamin Netanyahu," said the other MSNBC host, Joe...
  • Guess Who Said 'Decline of Middle Class Tied to Decline of Unions'

    02/25/2015 6:42:25 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who said: "I've always believed the decline of the middle class could be tied to the decline of unions. And when you have 7%, 8% of the work force in unions, when you have CEO pay going up to record heights, you're going to have a hollowing out of the middle class." Was it a. Elizabeth Warren; b. Robert Reich; or c. Ed Schultz? Correct answer: d. None of the above. It was Joe Scarborough on today's Morning Joe. Scarborough prefaced his lament over the decline of unions by saying "It's been well-documented on Twitter: I'm a right-wing Republican stooge."...
  • Morning Joe Rips Rudy, But No One Claims Obama Really Loves America

    02/20/2015 5:36:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Something striking on today's Morning Joe. On the one hand, there was complete consensus that—as a matter of politics—Rudy Giuliani made a huge mistake in claiming that President Obama doesn't love America. Panelists called his comments "stupid," "crazy," "tone deaf," even "racist." But remarkably, there was one thing that no one said: that as a matter of substance Rudy was wrong. No one made the case that President Obama really does love America in the way most Americans do.
  • Lupica: How Can Obama Make 'Noble' Obamacare a 'Triumph?'

    02/19/2015 6:25:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Lupica ought to stick to sports. When he wanders into politics he says silly stuff, as on today's Morning Joe. With HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell being interviewed about Obamacare, Lupica unctuously wondered out loud: "how did something that was this noble an idea become something over time that the other party uses against this president constantly? And is there a way, over the last two years of his presidency, for him to throw some sort of Hail Mary pass and make this look like the triumph he thought it was going to be?" View the video here.
  • Barnicle On Dealing With ISIS: 'You Want To Set Your Hair on Fire'

    02/18/2015 6:05:29 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 22 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | February 18, 2015 | 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."
  • 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.