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Mika Brzezinski Shares Experience Battling Eating Disorders

Photo cred: William Atkins / The George Washington University

Photo cred: William Atkins / The George Washington University

Morning Joe co-host and author of Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction–and My Own Mika Brzezinski was at George Washington University Wednesday to discuss eating disorders and her personal experiences for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Brzezinski, who for the past 30 years has suffered several eating disorders, started off by recounting her love of and obsession with food, beginning early in her life.

“My brain would not rest, it just wouldn’t rest, until I was biting in to that first Big Mac,” said Brzezinski. She said that, during high school, she would regularly take an after school visit to McDonald’s for two Big Macs and two large fries, and would obsess over it the entire day.

Early in her career, when she set off into local television, Brzezinski said she would run 12 miles a day in an attempt to look more like the “beauty queens” who were getting promoted around her.

After having her first child, a then size-eight Brzezinski recalled an interview with NBC in which she was told afterwards, “I’m sure you’re very talented…I love your family background…Your education is great…But you look terrible. You need to lose some weight, drink a little water. and come back to me in six months.”

And she did. After several months of working hard to get in shape, Brzezinski sent her NBC contact a photo of herself. She was brought in for an audition and got the job.

For more on Mika’s experience navigating the media profession while battling eating disorders, look to GW’s website toward the end of the week for video of her lecture.

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Morning has spoken — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and CBS’s Gayle King usually spend their mornings talking alongside Joe Scarborough and Charlie Rose to television viewers. But the two spent a late morning recently talking with NYT‘s Philip Galanes over an early lunch. As Galanes notes, lunch comes mid-morning when your day starts at 3:30 a.m. The trio discussed the differences in dynamics between themselves and the co-hosts of Brzezinski’s “Morning Joe” and King’s “CBS This Morning.” They also talked about their favorite interviews they’ve done and about parenting, with Galanes guiding the conversation. Overall, it reads like a few friends chatting about work and life over brunch.

Why you should read it: Galanes is as much a part of the piece as King and Brzezinski, which makes for an quirky, entertaining dynamic. When he suggests Mika is just a sidekick to Joe, Gayle jumps in and says Mika is no “mouseburger.” Galanes’ interview offers glimpse into their lives outside the studio. Plus, bonus points on the headline: “For two female news anchors, morning has spoken.” Read more

Seriously. Mika Thinks Huma is ‘Extraordinary’

MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinski had an extraordinary reaction to the extraordinarily brave Huma Abedin, wife of New York mayoral hopeful and extraordinary ass Anthony Weiner this morning. But even more extraordinary than Abedin was the number of times Mika used the word “extraordinary” in her morning speech on yesterday’s Weiner circus. Our count: 5 uses of the word or variation of the word extraordinary. Now that, is truly extraordinary.

“I immediately had a sympathetic reaction…there are so many absolutely people out there you wouldn’t believe it. …I thought it was extraordinary when she spoke, absolutely extraordinary…because we’ve seen women standing by their husbands while they professed to committing adultery or cheating on their wives but what Huma did was step up and step in for a guy who has disgraced her in a way that steps out of the realm of what anybody in mainstream political coverage sees as normal behavior…for what she did I thought it was absolutely extraordinary. I was riveted by her. having said that, then you look at the other side of this which is the one other narrative out there. And that is that she is a brilliant woman..she is extraordinary well liked she is extraordinarily popular and she is extraordinarily successful and who does she work for? A woman who has been through this herself. A woman who is a pro at taking a bad situation, an embarrassing situation and owning it and winning in the long run. And that is someone who might be the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.”

The Calendar Boys of BuffPost

 You’ve heard of The Beltway Boys — how about the BuffPost Boys? Sam Stein and the guys over at HuffPost (dubbed “BuffPost” by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough this week) have given up shreds of dignity for charity purposes. Some of them had to know this wouldn’t end well. This is what happens when you put yourself on a calendar. Teenage girls are warned about stuff like this.

Asked if he felt like a male model, Stein told FBCD, “It’s for a really good cause. I’m glad I got to play a part in it.” Even when pushed and prodded, he refused to spice up his quote. He also caught a lot of heat during an appearance on “Morning Joe” earlier in the week. The hosts made fun of his plaid shirt. Mika Brzezinski called him “Calendar Boy” and cracked on him, saying, “I’m so distracted after seeing that calendar that I can’t take him seriously.” And then after using the word “outlandish” to describe something, Scarborough interrupted, “Outlandish? Outlandish says the man who wears a plaid shirt.” Brzezinksi soon grew serious and praised Stein for the good cause. It’s RaiseForWomen Challenge, which assists female-focused charities.

The guys apparently took their “cues” from Chippendales and NYC firefighters. But will they get naked for this thing? Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim remarked, “I would say that, for better or for worse, the calendar speaks pretty well for itself.”

Some observations… Read more

Mika Brzezinksi Shows Boob Shot on ‘Morning Joe’

As they showcased the upcoming issue of GQ on this morning’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Co-host Mika Brzezinski wondered about all the boobage in the magazine. We’re talking full-on breast shots that she flashed for the TV screen.

The story with the naked breasts concerned five-day cruises with Kid Rock.

The hosts were appropriately disgusted and outraged and quickly crumpled the magazine so the boobs were hidden. But not before Brzezinski flashed viewers with this bold shot. Those are Joe Scarborough‘s fingers at the top crease of the magazine.

One question. If nudity isn’t allowed on national cable TV, are pictures of naked breasts acceptable?

See the other shots and chyron that helped hide the picture of the guest holding up the nudy feature. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“I won’t go on Twitter today, I won’t do it.” — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinski after discussing her new self-revealing book on weight, Obsessed, in which she discusses her own issues and focus on being thin. She’ll appear at Politics & Prose on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Quintessential JMart Tweet: “cong pork” 

“Clyburn, talking Port of Chston, notes that cong pork is gone but — ‘They did not eliminate presidential earmarks’” — Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin. And a weekend Q for him to ponder: “Do I have to figure out what Niall Fergie thing is or can I go on w my Saturday?”

A reporter’s Cheerios dilemma

“I’m not completely clear on what General Mills wants me to do when a Cheerios commercial includes the hash #nomnom in the corner. #nomnom!” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Wilson.

Spotted: Matthew Perry en route to D.C.

“Looks like @MatthewPerry on my flight to DC. Wonder if he wants to come on @WMALMornings to talk hockey while in town?” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor on Sunday afternoon.

Journo adds romance to life with lateness

“I purposefully cut it close when I have a train to catch. It’s more romantic that way.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

Journo Love (and Hate)

With a job like mine that focuses on the worst (read: right wing) media, I sometimes forget what a national treasure @NPR is. just the best.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.

Famous last words

“What an eventful week of media news. Let’s try to behave next week, mmkay?” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Coffee obsessed

“Trying to figure which I like more: my first cup of coffee or my tenth.” — Breitbart editor John Nolte.

A producer’s perfect day

“Seersucker dress…check. Giant hat…check. Rainbows…check. Perfect day for a horse race.” — Fox News Senate producer Kara Rowland.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:17 a.m.

Editor resentful of Howard Kurtz

“1 more reason to be angry w Howard Kurtz: Story abt his firing pushed my story abt Natasha Trethewey out of Fri paper” — WaPo Book World’s Ron Charles.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brzezinski’s Mom Tweets Tree Art Photos

The Brzezinskis are a remarkable crew. Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Her father, Zbigniew, was a national security adviser in the Carter administration. And now we know that her mother, Emilie, is a tree sculptor.

On “Morning Joe” Thursday, Mika put in a plug for her mother who joined Twitter at the start of the year, telling viewers to check out the tree sculptures. “I am a sculptor -- Mikasaid I must tweet,” Emilie said in her inaugural tweet back in January.

Since then, Emilie has been tweeting photos of elaborate sculptures made out of tree trunks she says that she has carved herself.

Some examples of the art, accompanied by the names Emilie has given them:

“Cores” Read more

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

Separated at Birth: The Mika Brzezinski Edition

If you’re like MOST of Washington, D.C., you’ve already finished the entire season of Netflix’s drama, House of Cards. While Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, Democratic Congressman from SC and Majority Whip, his wife, Claire, is played by Robin Wright Penn. In her role, she sports a tight, short hairstyle that is reminiscent of MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. Hell, she even cozies up to a Southern Congressman every morning in the form of Joe Scarborough. He used to represent Florida’s 1st District.

Huntsman, Manchin Take Besties Photos

After dropping out of the presidential election and a two season-long Republican bashing media tour, Jon Huntsman is ready to lead along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The pair, along with Republican Strategist Mark McKinnon, are founders of “No Labels” a project aimed at fostering bipartisanship in Congress.

Huntsman and Republicans haven’t seemed to mesh since he ran for president. In April, Huntsman curiously compared the party to communist China. And as someone who saw him deliver an obviously scripted “unscripted” speech at George Washington University, I can say he’s not that inspiring.

On Sunday Huntsman and Manchin traveled to New York City to announce No Labels’ initiative to recruit 75 members of Congress as “problem solvers.” Some of the worst doughy, white, male, political photos surfaced along the way… Read more

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