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Steve Kornacki’s Connection to Port Authority Official Involved in Bridge Fiasco

Steve Kornacki Steve Kornacki, host of MSNBC’s “Up,” got his start in journalism like many of us, at a local online publication. “My first job in journalism was covering politics in New Jersey,” Kornacki said on “Morning Joe” this morning about his time reporting for PoliticsNJ.com.

That site was started by David Wildstein the former Port Authority official embroiled in the politically-motivated lane closures in Ft. Lee, NJ, which lead to the George Washington bridge. But at the time, Kornacki didn’t know who he was working for: “It was anonymously owned and operated. He went by the pseudonym ‘Wally Edge,” Kornacki continued.

“For the three years I worked in New Jersey, I didn’t know him,” Kornacki said, saying he didn’t find out Wildstein’s true identity until after he left the local New Jersey site and had dinner with him: ironically near the George Washington Bridge.

“Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski also addressed their friendship with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, saying it does not interfere with the tough questions they’ll ask if he appears on their show to discuss the the scandal.

Christie, who has fired his key aide involved in the fiasco, held a nearly two hour news conference on the matter today. MSNBC and CNN carried it in its entirety. Fox News carried it for close to an hour, dropping out during the press Q & A.

After the jump, Kornacki on “Morning Joe.”

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It’s Official: Thomas Roberts Named Host of MSNBC’s ‘Way Too Early’

thomas robertsThomas Roberts has officially been named host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early.” He will begin in his new role on January 13, MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced this morning.

“Thomas’ unique personality and point of view are just the right mix to lead-in to ‘Morning Joe.’ Thomas has really found his voice in the past year and joining the ‘Morning Joe’ table gives him the opportunity to further develop it,” Griffin said in a statement.

Roberts takes over for Brian Shactman, who has been hosting the early-morning show since Willie Geist was named co-anchor of the 9 a.m. hour of “Today.”

The Daily Caller reported yesterday that Roberts’ move to the morning shift was an attempt to make MSNBC’s early-morning hours more “diverse.”

“Mika and I worked with Thomas in Oklahoma City after last spring’s tornado and became fans,” Joe Scarborough said in a statement provided to TVNewser. “Despite internet speculation, he was chosen based strictly on merit and not politically correct considerations.”

Read the full release from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

From TV to Politics: Who’s in the Running?

HuckabeeScarborough‘Tis the season for a lot talk about who may or may not be running for political office.

  • Fox News host and former Gov. Mike Huckabee attended a private event in Arkansas recently. “Will I run? The Lord knows, but He’s not telling just yet,” he said at the event, which was covered by CBN.
  • CNBC’s Larry Kudlow told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg yesterday that he has no desire to run for office. “I love my work. I love my TV show. I love my radio show … You want put me in the Senate?,” Kudlow joked. “Why would you do that to me? I thought you were my pal,”
  • Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former Florida congressman, isn’t shutting the door on a campaign run. Last month he told “Fox & Friends” he’s staying put in TV, at least for another 8 years, until his youngest daughter finishes school.

Sarah Palin on ‘Fox News Sunday’ to Discuss Martin Bashir

FNCPalinSarah Palin will be on “Fox News Sunday” to talk about — among other things — the vile comments leveled at her by MSNBC host Martin Bashir a week ago.

There’s still no word from MSNBC about possible disciplinary action for Bashir following the comments he made about Palin on his show Friday, Nov. 15. Bashir apologized for those comments last Monday, and continued to anchor his 4pm show all week.

But following the two-week suspension levied on Alec Baldwin two weeks ago, the unpaid week off Ed Schultz took for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut,” and the 2007 firing from MSNBC of Don Imus for calling members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy headed hos,” there have been calls for action — some of the loudest of which have come from Fox News hosts, but also from Bashir’s MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough.

Steve Doocy to Joe Scarborough: ‘What Are You Doing On The Curvy Couch?’

ScarboroughFandFJoe Scarborough has been making the off-network rounds this week promoting his new book, “The Right Path.” He’s been on the “Today” show, Charlie Rose‘s PBS show, “CBS This Morning,” and today he went across the street appearing on rival Fox News getting cozy on the “Fox & Friends” couch.

“What are you doing on the curvy couch?,” Steve Doocy asked. Said Scarborough, “If you want to sell books about the Republicans you have to come to the mother ship.”

Will Scarborough be getting back in to politics? See what he told Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. WATCH:

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The AM Ticker: Jones, Scarborough, Twitter

  • On the day of Twitter’s IPO, CNBC’s Julia Boorstin gets an interview with the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo. Watch it after the jump. Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang also interviewed Costolo from the NYSE.

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October 2013 Ratings: Partisan Gridlock Keeps MSNBC in Second Place

Like Fox News and CNN, MSNBC too found itself losing half its primetime audience in October, vs. October, 2012. Not surprising, since that included the final weeks of the 2012 elections and the beginning of Hurricane Sandy coverage.

The ratings for October, 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 795,000 Total Viewers / 233,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 491,000 Total Viewers / 145,000 A25-54

MSNBC was down -45% in total viewers and down -55% in the demo in primetime. In total day viewing, the losses were less deep: -26% in viewers and -39% in the demo. And while the year-to-year losses were steep, month-to-month, MSNBC saw significant growth. Weekday primetime was up +38% in total viewers and up +22% in the A25-54 demo. With the government shutdown and partisan politics ruling the month, most of MSNBC’s daytime shows were up double digits vs. September. Among younger viewers, “Hardball” had its best month since last November, and “Morning Joe” had its best since January.

MSNBC’s press release, after the jump…

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‘Morning Joe’ On NBC?

JoeMika_9.13The NY Post‘s Claire Atkinson reports that the “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are targeting the NBC broadcast network for the next professional stage in their careers.

While no such deal is done, persons close to the show have been telling friends that the team is taking over “Weekend Today” ’s Sunday show, sources said.

The talks are very much fluid and there is no guarantee of any expansion, other sources said…

“They made a big play for ‘Sunday Today’ and ‘Meet The Press,’ but Turness is not inclined to dump [‘MTP’ host] David Gregory,” one source noted.

It is worth noting that when CBS was still trying to figure out its morning show, it made a strong effort to recruit the “Morning Joe” team to the network. Expanding to broadcast clearly interested them, and was almost within reach. As such, a part-time job on NBC isn’t that crazy. Whether Lester Holt, who has anchored on NBC Sunday mornings for 10 years, would give up that program remains to be seen.

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The AM Ticker: Farrow, Mika, Esser

  • C-SPAN has named Cox Communications president Pat Esser chairman of its executive committee. Esser first joined the board in 2005. He replaces Time Warner cable chairman Glenn Britt, who served as chairman for two years. More details below.

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Soon-To-Be MSNBC Host Alec Baldwin Deletes Tweets Critical Of MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

BaldwinMSNBCActor Alec Baldwin, who will become a host on MSNBC later this month, has a long history with Twitter.

He has deactivated his account a few times after off-the-cuff comments he made there became national news (see the infamous American Arlines incident of 2011), and he has used it as a platform to critique the media, as he did with NBC’s “Today” last year.

The latest installment of Baldwin vs. Twitter involves tweets regarding his soon-to-be colleagues at “Morning Joe.” Baldwin was criticizing that morning’s guest, conservative writer Bill Kristol, but it turned into a critique of Joe Scarborough, who he said was “barking at his guests in that Hannity-esque Catholic school gym teacher style.”

Now, as Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher notes, Baldwin has deleted the offending tweets.

It isn’t clear whether MSNBC president Phil Griffin weighed in on the tweets, as Baldwin suggested he might in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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