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Mika Brzezinski’s Baby Obssession: Revealed

On Thursday afternoon, guests packed into Politics & Prose Bookstore to hear Mika Brzezinksi discuss her unhealthy relationship with food and her book, Obsessed. In the mix were kids and dogs and babies. As anyone who watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” knows, Mika has a thing for babies. She loves them to pieces and pulls them onto her lap any chance she gets. It’s cute and all, but it’s not all that it seems.

Even before Mika spotted the baby at the bookstore, she heard its cries. Her eyes zipped right over to the bundle and up she popped to get the baby. Joe Scarborough sat there startled but amused as he watched his co-host interrupt her own book discussion to make a beeline for the baby.

Upon picking up the dumpling, it began to wail. “That went well,” Scarborough joked.

More seriously… Read more

‘Morning Joe’ Mayhem at Politics & Prose

The scene was standing room only inside Politics & Prose Bookstore Thursday afternoon as the swarm of patrons awaited MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough. People stuffed themselves between the bookshelves. They were spread all over the store and in rows and rows of folding chairs, all filled. As uncomfortable as the setup was, no one budged. They were there to hear Mika discuss her new book, Obsessed, about diet and her lifetime struggle with food.

In recent days Mika has been going on TV and publicly revealing details about her weight. It’s awkward, as asking a woman her weight usually comes off with a big, fat thud. The way Mika responds to the question Joe asks is telling. As part of writing the book with one of her best friends, she agreed to gain weight while her friend had to lose 75 pounds. She has allegedly gained 20 pounds and gone up two dress sizes to a size 6, a fact that still makes her visibly uncomfortable. She knows she has to answer Joe’s question. But the answer is always vague. “I working on it, but I think 133 to 135,” she tells him at Politics & Prose, which quickly becomes a Ricki Lake-like talk show as female audience members approach the microphones and reveal their own tormenting issues with food.

A woman talks about how she eats pie, even frozen. Another admits she smoked and quit and wants to know how not to plow through a bag of potato chips. And still another, a woman who was once a Rockette and on Broadway, divulges that she, too, had eating disorders that included binging and purging.

It’s intense. But this is a safe place.

And the worship factor is sky high. This is a room jammed with people who are devoted to the show and wake up with them every morning. To these people Joe and Mika are like old friends.

Joe soon launches into shocking stories of Mika’s food issues. “If you were around Mika you’d think all she ate was leaves and nuts,” he said. But then there was the time at CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer‘s symposium when they were traveling by car and Mika was in the back seat devouring tins of Mexican enchiladas suitable for a family of five. “I think there’s a raccoon,” Joe says, mimicking the noises Mika was making as she slopped up the meal. When he looks, “Mika has enchiladas on her face and was licking up the foil. We caught the raccoon.”

It was funnier than it sounds. The audience erupted into laughter as Joe made the difficult subject matter easier, complete with imitations of Mika’s parents. The point they made over and over — Mika had a wonderfully colorful, fortunate, loving upbringing, but it wasn’t easy. “Mika is very undisciplined!” Joe shrieked in a high-pitched Czech accent, mimicking Mika’s mother. And later, he told the story of Mika’s father, Zbigniew, coming on the show and insulting him, saying, “You are stunningly superficial.” Joe remarked, “Son of a bitch!”

The audience ate it up (pun intended) and burst into laughter. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

SANFORD MEDIA OBSESSION CONCLUDES: “Sanford campaign takes a bigger class picture.”WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Love him or hate him, he’s one hell of a grassroots campaigner” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on the newly reelected Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). Scarborough, later chatting with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), promised to take Sanford to dinner when he got to town.

Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Twitter feed appears to hold back on the praise. “In his victory speech last night, Mark Sanford described himself as ‘one imperfect man.’ No argument there!”

Editor-in-Chief calls himself an “idiot”

“As of today, @wcp has gone 0 days without a workplace injury: I just cut my thumb on packing tape dispenser. Because I’m an idiot.” — WCP Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.

Oh no he didn’t.

“You know who is fat? Hillary.” — Breitbart editor John Nolte.

Father of the Year?

“Headed home from Flint, MI after attending daughter’s wedding shower and niece’s lacrosse game as well as watching #Wings with dad. #love.” — National Journal national reporter Ron Fournier.

Dipshit alert or rightful observer?

“For perspective: Mark Sanford cheated on his wife. Ted Kennedy killed a lady.” — Fox News Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson. The Nation’s Washington reporter George Zornick didn’t seem to enjoy any of Erickson’s commentary last night. He wrote, “There really is no polite way to say this: Erick Erickson is a mendacious dipshit.”

Other reactions to Sanford’s win…

“Sanford wins. Women lose.” — CNN Contributor and Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.

“Hide your wife, Mark Sanford’s coming back to town.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.

“Well, I’m pleased that Mark Sanford won. Hopefully, he will bring pigs to the House floor soon.” — Liz Mair, formerly RNC online communications director and GOProud Advisory Board member.

Internal BuzzFeed is “weird place”

“The Buzzfeed reply-all office email chain is a weird place.” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

The Media Critic

“Aside from how I feel about the content, Megyn Kelly at 10 would be a better show than Greta Van Susteren is. almost anything would be.” — Media Matters fellow and professional Fox News hater Oliver Willis. Asked why, he replied, “Because it’s a boring snoozefest.” Better hope Camp Gretawire doesn’t see this.

Dannia Hakki, a publicist who also handles her dog’s pr, lands her pooch on Popville. Her name is QueenTinzy. Seriously. And yes, QueenTinzy has been involuntarily entered into DogBowl2013. See here.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Politico Playbook Cocktails With Joe and Mika

Next Thursday could get rough.

At 4 p.m. Mika Brzezinkzi will appear at Politics & Prose to promote her new book, Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own. Then at 6:30 p.m. she heads to Politico Playbook cocktails at the Mayflower where she’ll be joined by Co-host Joe Scarborough. Together they’ll face the evil, formidable duo of Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei.

Watch out Mika! Maybe bow out now?

We’re joking, of course. With Politico and MSNBC increasingly solidifying an iron-strong bond with Joe writing a blog for Politico and Politico reporters appearing on their show several times a week, no doubt the interview will be as relaxed as can be as they have an “evening conversation” about politics and Mika’s new book.

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SIGHTING: Reporter Spots Self at Party

This is too much!

In Wednesday’s Politico Playbook, Mike Allen writes about the MSNBC Joe Scarborough‘s surprise 50th birthday party. Allen, a “Morning Joe” regular, posted a variety of pictures, including one of NBC’s David Gregory in the moonlight, he wrote about “Le Menu” — which included mini burgers and mini pastrami bites — and then he concluded with a big mass of sightings, which included none other than himself.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“What if you tweet and no one tweets back? There’s nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right? You’re just out there wandering around in cyberspace.”President Bill Clinton on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” last night.

OH, THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS! “What’s pink and symbolizes DC? A politician’s tongue (also a blooming cherry tree)” — ReutersPatricia Zengerle. “In DC. The cherry blossoms are blooming and it looks like we have have survived our long winter. Here comes the sun!” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Black radio correspondent on ‘Accidental Racist’

“In fairness to #AccidentalRacist there seems to be no satisfactory way to talk about race in pop culture. earnestness invites mockery.” — NPR’s Audie Cornish reacting to Brad Paisely’s new country song with LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist.”

NYT reporter wants to kick UK to the curb: It wasn’t all that!

“I lived in Thatcher’s UK during the ’80s. Hate to say it but it wasn’t all that — & Red Cross still won’t take my blood for fear of Mad Cow.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Grandmother allegedly hired grandson to kill her husband”

Journo bitches about booking his own plane ticket, another complains of getting a pitch for someone else and, still another just hangs out and enjoys a beerRead more

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein Not a Pothead ‘Anymore’

It was difficult to come away from Friday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC and not think Sam Stein of HuffPost isn’t high at least half of his waking hours. Though he tells FishbowlDC he isn’t. Not “anymore.”

A new pew poll shows 52 percent of Americans want marijuana to be legalized. The finding set off a discussion on the show with Stein arguing that it should be legalized. “This is so obvious,” he said. “We should obviously decriminalize pot.”

Show host Joe Scarborough asked why that was so obvious.

“Because everyone uses it,” replied Stein with MSNBC talking head Richard Wolffe looking at him knowingly.

“Maybe everyone in your circle,” said Scarborough.

Someone off camera asked Stein, “Is that why you’re so slow this morning?” A back-and-forth between Stein and Scarborough ensued…

Update: Stein writes in that he was “never a pothead,” which he describes as “someone who LOVES pot.”

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Way Too Early With Politico?

Politico is taking no sleep to a new level.

At 5:50 a.m. this morning,  a roundtable of Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Maggie Haberman took over MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” program to do a segment called “Politico Wake-Up Call.”

The interesting part? NO MSNBC hosts were on set. Just Politico. Last week while hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski were on vacation, the trio showed up on “Morning Joe” for a segment.

New show brewing?

 

Politico’s VandeHei to ‘Morning Joe’

Turns out the rumors of the past year and a half are true.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei is getting the hell outta there and heading to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has wanted to make his exit for awhile and TV is where he set his sights. MSNBC took notice after seeing the video that VandeHei narrated about how he breathed the very breath of life into Politico and how it has taken the journalism world — and the world — by storm. Some may have noticed VandeHei’s extensive appearance on “Morning Joe” last Thursday while regularly hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were on vacation.

VandeHei will slowly phase into Willie Geist‘s third-tier co-host role as Geist concentrates on the “TODAY Show.”

Politico had no comment at this time. Editor-in-Chief John Harris was heard wailing in the Politico newsroom. James Hohmann, a reporter, was spotted handing him tissues. Mike Allen, practically VandeHei’s brother, could not be found. Sources say he has fled to Argentina to drown himself in a thick, juicy steak and red wine.

Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton, when reached at his mansion… Read more

Scarborough Skips Politico For WaPo?

Everyone knows the relationship between Politico and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” crew is tight. Like really tight. Like Washington Times budget tight.

Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Chief Political Correspondent Mike Allen are regular guests on the program. They mention Politico stories incessantly. And show host Joe Scarborough has even had his own loosely-updated blog on Politico since the start of 2012. Occasionally, he also writes longer form opinion pieces posted to the front page.

Friday morning, however, Scarborough hopped over to Politico‘s main competitor in D.C: WaPo. At the same time, Allen playfully demeaned WaPo in Politico Playbook for being fashionably late on a story. ”WASH POST ON IT!,” his headline blared. “Front page TODAY (also leads homepage, in case ya missed everyone else’s stories the past couple days)” Allen linked to a WaPo story that took a deeper look at the dinner President Obama had with Senate Republicans.

For the last two months Scarborough and NYT columnist Paul Krugman have been fighting over whether the national debt really matters, via Scarborough’s show and their respective blogs at Politico and NYT. The two battled it out most recently on more neutral territory, Charlie Rose‘s show on PBS.

Krugman has gone back to his column and blog at NYT; Scarborough back to MSNBC and… WaPo.

In a Friday WaPo op-ed, Scarborough and Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, continued arguing that “deficits do matter.” Why not continue the argument on his tried and true platform at Politico? Read more

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