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Posts Tagged ‘Mika Brzezinksi’

Hello Buttercup! Harvard Prof Praises Arianna on HuffPost

A feature in which we point out how writers suck up to themselves, each other and others in a particularly buttery fashion.

This one must have been tough to decide. Hmmm….let a Harvard Psychology Professor write a bunch of complimentary things about HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington on HuffPost or not?

Twist their arms. Fine, they’ll allow it.

In a HuffPost blog post Sunday in the Health Living section, Harvard Psychology Professor Ellen Langer wrote a post that had to make Arianna smile. She wrote: “I’m not one for mindless flattery..” — whoa, wait, really? Do we stop her here before she goes down the mindless flattery rabbit hole? –  “so it is with great sincerity that I say that Arianna is a force to be reckoned with. She’s extremely bright and incredibly effective so perhaps it’s no surprise that the event was so successful.”

Langer goes on to say… Read more

Mika Brzezinski Turns Into Weiner Police

This morning the news broke that ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is running for Mayor of New York. Naturally the crew at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” would discuss it.

But how? What parameters?

If you’re the show’s Co-host Mika Brzezinksi, is the best option to behave gingerly and timidly? What, no weiner jokes? No talk of penis selfies? Seems she wants to find a cautious way to cover the story, if only Joe Scarborough will play along.

“Okay, alright, she began, spreading her arms. “Let’s just, no, we’re not doing that.” No one at the roundtable had done anything — yet.

“Chuck, don’t,” she scolded before NBC Political Director Chuck Todd, in Washington, could even speak. “Don’t egg him on,” she adds, referring to Scarborough, who began by introducing Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei to the show.

He called VandeHei “head of the Weiner beat.” The Politico editor laughed and said its telling how the show’s guests reacted while watching Weiner’s video announcing his run. “Well, I think that it’s interesting that when you played the video everybody at the table started laughing,” said Vandehei. “That’s usually not a great start to a campaign. … There’s no doubt the backdrop is going to be that embarrassing picture. And, by the way, he said there’s more, there might be more out there.”

“Alright, behave,” said Mika to no one in particular and everyone. “Stop,” she said repeatedly, even when nothing torrid was voiced.

Despite Mika’s weiner policing, the conversation eventually turns a sharp corner to those nasty naked dick pics that Weiner sent to virtual female girlfriends while in Congress.  Read more

Excuse Me, Howard Fineman: I’m Bored!

It’s just after 7 a.m. and no doubt HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman is really glad he woke up at the ass crack of dawn to appear on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” from Washington only to be told that he’s boring the host, Mika Brzezinksi.

“Well Mika, I agree with you and even though the administration might want to cite civil service rules as it relates to some of those people. I mean, last night they fired the one guy they could fire — Steve Miller, who is a political appointee — so they could just summarily fire him. There are rules down there in the thick of the bureaucracy, but if I were the President, I would I would I would [sic] ignore them and try to move quickly, very quickly, to that source. To answer your earlier question about whether we’re going to look back on this as a fool’s errand or something that changes the nature of the historical view and accomplishments of the Obama administration, I think unfortunately for the Obama people we’re now in the situation where the situation is what did they know and when did they know it?”

Mika interrupting Fineman, saying, “But see, I just got bored. I just got bored. I’m just, I’m telling you.”

How does a guest recover from that? In Fineman’s case, he continues being toothpick prop your eyes up boring.

“Okay,” he continued, a little flustered, “but, but if it’s true as it said that both the IRS story and actions and the AP story and actions were down there in the bureaucracy and had absolutely nothing to do with and were not known by or managed by or shaped by the White House staff and the President … if that, in fact, is true,then this is going, in history, is going to seem like a wasted summer and a wasted year.”

Mika proceeded to awkwardly explain her boredom. Translation: It’s not you Howard Fineman, it’s me. Read more

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

Scarborough Proud of Bright Sweater Selection

It took a lot of “courage” for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough to wear his searing red Brooks Brothers sweater on set Friday. That’s what he told FishbowlDC Saturday at the Omni Shoreham hotel where he was speaking on a panel for the National Review Institute summit.

“We were talking about courage on stage,” Scarborough said. “Do you know how much courage it took to get that red sweater out of my closet?” Asked if it was a gift, he said no. “Am I supposed to be ashamed that I bought it on my own? I bought it on my own.”

His co-host Mika Brzezinksi has said in the past that Scarborough is “like a gay stylist.” However, she’s not a fan of the red sweater. “She usually speaks out against the red sweaters,” Scarborough said, “but fortunately she was off that day so I thought I’d give it a test ride. It worked out well.”

He acknowledged that it’s a way to keep things fresh on set… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“My little nugget gained 1.5 lbs in two weeks.” — Tim Wong, WaPo designer.

After last week’s televised tenseness in which MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi butted heads on chauvinist matters and he snapped his fingers in her face to move on, Scarborough made three New Year’s resolutions directed to Brzezinksi morning on “Morning Joe.” Well, at least two were directed her way: 1) “I’m not going to do that ever again.” 2) “I’m going to try to not interrupt you less in the new year.” 3) “The next time we go to the White House, I’m going to try very hard to not poop my pants.”

Chocolate Vs. Onion

“If you put a bar of chocolate next to an onion (any variety, but shallot preferred) and said ‘choose,’ I’d go for the onion every time.” — Randy Shulman, Co-Publisher of MetroWeekly.

Sherri Shepherd reports on son’s pancake breath

“As Jeffrey eats pancakes w syrup dripping from his mouth, I savor my hot water w lemon, oatmeal w berries knowing that being healthy is #1. Jeffrey now wants to kiss me w his pancake & syrup breath… WHYYYY NOWWWW. The saying ‘I want to eat you up’ is taking on a new meaning!” –  ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.


Shiner moves into self-loathing with sports analogy

“Ugh. I am the people I hate. I just used a sports analogy when talking about politics. #mendozaline #congressionaldisapproval #whoami?” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Travel Bitches

“The good: I bought a real New York bagel. The bad: I’m in dingy Penn Station. The ugly: And it’s not even 7 a.m.” — Washington Examiner‘s Naomi Jagoda, who explained she was in New York and New Jersey celebrating her grandfather’s 80th birthday.

Deep thoughts with two TV journos and a Breitbart editor bitchslaps CNN’s Piers Morgan…

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Morning Weirdness: Mika’s Baby Obsession

For the past few days MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi has been grasping onto babies and toddlers in Boca Raton, Fla., the site of the show for the final presidential debate. Yesterday she and Joe Scarborough each clutched an African American baby girl in their laps at various points in the show. The cuteness faded fast and seemed to degenerate into heated competition between the hosts — who did the baby like more? At different points you could hear the baby in the peach dress wailing.

Is anyone else finding this as dumb as we are?

See the parade of half pints…

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Mika Hates Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, who once again showed up at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, rolled in at #7 on Forbes 100 Celebrity list. And MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi was none too pleased about it on this morning’s “Morning Joe.”

“What’s the impact of Kim Kardashian?” asked an incensed Brzezinksi. “What is the impact…what does she do? What is her influence?”

Co-host Joe Scarborough quickly moved things along. But the topic kept resurfacing throughout the morning. At one point guest Jon Meacham of Random House, called Mika the Ambassador to the Topic of the Kardashians.

Mika wondered what her father, former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinksi, might say about America if he knew about Kim Kardashian. “My father wouldn’t even know who Kim Kardashian was,” she said. “And if I pointed out that she made this list he would find that fascinating and troubling about America.”

Love her or hate her, Kardashian came up on ABC’s “The View” last week when, in a trivia test,  co-host Joy Behar asked President Obama which Kardashian had been married for only 72 days. He replied, “That would be Kim.” Publications reported the President was embarrassed about his knowledge of the Kardashian.


Mika Bristle’s at Major’s Anti-’Forward’ Opinion

If you were watching MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, you were bound to feel minor bouts of anxiety as things grew more than a little awkward when National Journal‘s Major Garrett came on the set. Major isn’t an incessant regular on the morning program, so what could have been an intriguing exchange instead of the typical Mark Halperin-John Heilemann Game Change punditry turned into Mika Brzezinksi leading the pack against Major.

All over the word “forward” he wrote about in a Tuesday column.

Mika bristled over the column in which Major dismissed President Obama‘s “forward” campaign slogan. According to the reporter’s sources, Democrats aren’t necessarily thrilled about the one-word slogan. Major found it lacking to say the least. He’s the President, he can say whatever he wants, he argued. Outsiders can have one-word slogans. But the President? He should have more. “Does the Obama campaign feel trapped in the branding of the 2008 campaign?” Major asked on “Morning Joe.”

Though it seemed to be an odd thing to get so incensed over, Mika stood her ground (we’re not sure what planet the ground was on, but nonetheless, her ground) and flat out disagreed with Major, who thought using the word “forward” was pretty pointless if not “vacuous” when what he said Obama needs to do is reassure voters in the present tense. “What are Republicans supposed to do, clap?” asked Mika with a bite in her voice. “No,” replied Major. Mika soon replied, “I’m not trying to be mean, but I don’t get it.”

Could it be that Major hit too close to the nerve center of MSNBC’s pollyanna “Lean Forward” campaign? Whatever he said, she disagreed with it. So did HalperHeile, who said it saves printing costs for the add campaign. HalperHeile dismissed Major’s point, saying all slogans are one to three words.

Watch the awkward exchange here. See the pictures above and notice the growing non-smile spread across Major’s face.

Major declined to comment on this morning’s “Morning Joe” appearance.