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Mika’s Father Returns to ‘Morning Joe,’ Compares Her to Family Dog

Mika fatherIt only took a week for Mika Brzezinski to nab the elusive booking that escaped her last Friday: her father Zbigniew Brzezinski.

“Joining us now from Washington, a man that is very difficult to book,” Mika said. “I’m serious, you can’t get him on this show…at least I couldn’t book him,” she added.

The show then played a montage of all of the elder Brzezinski’s appearances on other networks—including other MSNBC shows—over the past week discussing the tumultuous situation in Ukraine, ending with last Friday’s “Morning Joe,” where Mika realized her dad wasn’t coming on.

“He’s here! It’s like Santa Claus,” co-host Joe Scarborough shouted, telling Mika her father is very busy and she has to be more patient.

“Totally,” Zbigniew answered Scarborough about whether his daughter is impatient. “You remind me in terms of personality of someone that we nowadays in our household call Daisy.”

“Very cute, very charming, a bit unpredictable…I won’t go into details,” Zbigniew said on Daisy—the family dog. “Thanks dad, I’m sort of diminished now,” Mika concluded.

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Mika Brzezinski Has a New Toughest ‘Get’…Her Father

MikaYou would think the easiest guest bookings for TV news hosts would be family, but MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski showed that’s not always the case this morning on “Morning Joe.”

“Is my dad coming on today?” Brzezinski asked at the top a segment on ongoing violence in Ukraine.

“No…he turned us down,” Mika said about her father, a former U.S. National Security Advisor.

Her panel then began a round of teasing at Mika’s expense about her father appearing everywhere but on “Morning Joe.”

“I heard him on Bloomberg Radio this morning,” guest Steve Rattner said. “What?” a disturbed Brzezinski responded.

“He’s probably on CNN right now, Mika,” co-host Joe Scarborough said mockingly. “C’mon, you need to talk to your dad.” Andrea Mitchell then pointed out Mika’s father was on “The Daily Rundown” with her on Tuesday.

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The P.M. Ticker: Brown, Scarborough, Regan

  • Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has renewed his contributor contract with Fox News, EVP of programming Bill Shine tells the The Washington Post. News of his re-signing comes after the Boston Globe reported Brown’s FNC contract had lapsed, leading to increased speculation he might run for Senate from New Hampshire.

  • That same Boston Globe story reports MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, along with Brown, will be among the speakers at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in New Hampshire next month. MSNBC tells us Scarborough will be in Nashua as part of his book tour March 14, and will speak to the GOP group the next day.

  • Bloomberg anchor Trish Regan made her print debut as a business and economics columnist for USA Today. In her first piece, Regan writes about the marijuana business. When she worked for CNBC, Regan hosted “Marijuana Inc.” which is still the highest-rated documentary on CNBC.

Chuck Todd and Nicole Wallace Argue Over Christie Coverage: ‘Not on My Show’

Todd WallaceOn a segment this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Chuck Todd and former White House Communications Director Nicole Wallace got into it over Todd’s coverage of the ongoing New Jersey bridge scandal.

After Todd played down Joe Scarborough‘s thought that Governor Chris Christie had “a good day” yesterday, Wallace lost it.

“C’mon, oh my god!” Wallace said. “Stop stop, Rachel’s (Maddow) not on till nine.”

After Todd said he thought people praising Christie’s speech in Chicago yesterday were “overdoing it,” Wallace criticized the fact that there’s been so much time spent covering every “non-news event” surrounding Christie. “Not on my show,” Todd shot back.

“Well on the network on which you appear, and I appear,” Wallace responded. Todd concluded he is simply not treating Christie as presidential candidate right now. “Who cares what he is in your mind…as a journalist you should cover a day like yesterday,” Wallace countered.

As Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher noted, former White House senior adviser David Axelrod also highlighted some of MSNBC’s shows that have “pummeled” Christie. Read more

When Co-Hosts Can’t Agree on The Lead

The LeadA difference of opinion on which story to lead with this morning on “Morning Joe,” as co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski bickered over the rundown.

“Joe, would you like to tease the big headline today?” Mika asked. “Do you know what tease means? It means ‘coming up we’re going to talk about dot dot dot,’ and then you stop, and then I do the lead story.”

“I personally think we should be leading with this…but I defer to you today,” Scarborough said, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act was the top story.

Brzezinski told her co-host they wouldn’t lead with ACA coverage because “you guys will go on forever.” Joe then asked if the ACA changes made the cut as the second top story, drawing a scolding response: “It is our second top story, but you have to let me do the first top story,” Mika responded.

The story Scarborough didn’t think merited leading off with: new subpoenas in the New Jersey bridge scandal, and new investigations into whether Governor Chris Christie flew over the dangerously backed up GW bridge on September 11, 2013. Read more

Joe Scarborough: Most Interesting Morning TV Anchor in The World?

Dos Equis“Morning Joe” revealed an exclusive “Super Bowl” commercial this morning featuring the most interesting morning TV anchor in the world: Joe Scarborough.

The commercial trails Scarborough in the morning before showtime, sleeping through alarm clocks, showering with clothes on, debating Paul Krugman, eating McDonald’s while lying on the street, and commuting to work via wooden motorboat.

“I don’t wake up on time often, but when I do, I’m on ‘Morning Joe,’” Scarborough says, signing off: “Stay sleepy my friends.”

Donny Deutsch claimed The Dos Equis beer spoof was made possible by MSNBC’s president.

“It’s amazing, Phil Griffin. emptied the piggyback. Two thirty second spots, eight million dollar expenditure for the world’s most interesting morning talk show host,” Deutsh said. “Go Phil Griffin.”

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms the segment was sarcastic, and this commercial won’t be running during the big game Sunday… or maybe not anywhere. WATCH:

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Joe Scarborough Answers ‘Why is Joe So Mean?’

JScarboroughOn “Morning Joe” this morning, host Joe Scarborough let viewers in on the reason why he occasionally interrupts guests: his producers screaming in his ear.

Trying to speed up POLITICO’s Jim VandeHei’s answer, Scarborough explained his cutting off guests.

“Alright I was just told by Alex (Korson), just stop your hopefulness. Let’s talk about where somebody threatens to beat up a reporter,” Scarborough said.

“I just want to finish this one point,” VandeHei insisted.

“Make it real quick, because Alex said we’re running out of time,” Scarborough said followed by co-host Mika Brzezinski gasping at him.

“Alex, people don’t know, that when I jump in, they’re like ‘oh, why is Joe so mean?’ That’s because you guys are always screaming in my ear we gotta go to break.”

“Morning Joe” EP Alex Korson defended his host with a quipp about Congressman Michael Grimm’s aggressive dust-up with a local reporter after the State of the Union: “It’s true, I threatened to throw you off a balcony.”

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The Morning Ticker: Farrow, Capus, Jost

  • MSNBC host Ronan Farrow has bought a $1.495 million pad in Joe Scarborough‘s neighborhood. The 982-sq. foot, Upper West Side unit is in a doorman building with a landscaped rooftop with views of the Hudson River, just like in a Woody Allen movie.

  • “Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost will be the new co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Cecily Strong starting March 1. Jost takes over for Seth Meyers who begins hosting “Late Night” on NBC on February 24.

Gov. Christie Spent 15 Minutes on the Phone with Mika Brzezinski Following Bridge Apology

AMJoeChristieCoverage of bridgegate continues on MSNBC — and NBC, where a Savannah Guthrie, Joe Scarborough interview was simulcast on “Today” and “Morning Joe.”  Following MSNBC’s interview Saturday with Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ who alleged New Jersey’s lieutenant governor used strong-arm tactics over Hurricane Sandy funds, the Governor fired back, calling MSNBC a “partisan network.” (His lieutenant governor said this morning the mayor’s story is “false and illogical,” and Zimmer has already responded to that claim).

Meanwhile, the coverage of the coverage continues. The New York Times has a story about how MSNBC’s reporting on the governor has changed since the story broke. MSNBC’s “on-air romance” with the governor was “forged over chummy strolls along the Jersey Shore and heart-to-hearts in the studio about everything from overeating to education,” the Times writes. Over the years, Christie also developed close ties to MSNBC anchors including Mika Brzezinski. He even showed up at her recent book signing. And this:

Immediately after Mr. Christie concluded his apologetic news conference about the controversy last week, he spent 15 minutes on the phone with Ms. Brzezinski as he prepared to face Fort Lee, the small community crippled by gridlock from the lane closures, she said. On Sunday, Ms. Brzezinski still spoke fondly of Mr. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, “whom I have the biggest admiration for,” she said.

 

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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