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Albright: Focus Should Be on Ukraine, Mika Agrees, Then Turns to Missing Plane

AlbrightA bit of an awkward turn this morning on “Morning Joe,” as co-host Mika Brzezinski agreed with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that what’s happening in Ukraine is more important than the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

“I know we’re all focused on the airplane, but the bottom line is this has really, truly, long-term implications, and we all need to focus on how to deal with Ukraine,” Albright said.

“I totally agree with you on dealing with competing news interests here, but certainly Ukraine is our focus here on ‘Morning Joe,’ and has been since the story broke,” Brzezinski said. She then thanked Albright and teased more coverage of the missing plane.

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Mika Brzezinski ‘Won’t Let’ Joe Scarborough Run for President

ScarboroughJoe Scarborough was absent from “Morning Joe” this morning following a weekend in New Hampshire promoting his book, “The Right Path.” Scarborough was also a speaker at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, which only heightened speculation he’s running for office.

The Atlantic reports organizers of the NRLC planned to include Scarborough in a straw poll, but left him off at the request of MSNBC.  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the poll.

Either way, Scarborough tells Politico, “I have no plans to run for office. I do plan, in my free time, to continue a book tour focused on getting the Republican Party back to its winning ways and talking about the economic revival in America’s future if Washington starts getting a few things right.”

For her part, co-host Mika Brzezinski said she’s not letting Joe run for office either. “I won’t let him…because I love my job,” Brzezinski said on this morning’s show.

The show ran clips of Scarborough speaking in New Hampshire, where he delivered his message that the road map to the GOP’s revival is running a presidential candidate that can get both Senator Ted Cruz and General Colin Powell‘s vote (speaking of the latter, did you see the 60-year-old selfie he posted last week?)

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NYC Mayor Sells Universal Pre-K in a Way ‘Morning Joe’ Can Understand

de BlasioA week after “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough called his effort to close a New York City charter school “disgraceful,” NYC mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the show this morning to explain his universal education plans in terms the show’s hosts would understand.

“I wanted to speak the way the culture of this show would understand,” de Blasio joked after explaining that his proposed tax for New Yorkers making more than $500,000 a year is the equivalent of $900 dollars a year per person—or in “Morning Joe” vernacular—the cost of a small soy latte at Starbucks.

“There you go,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “And Willie (Geist), that’s where you are every morning getting your soy latte.”

Later in the conversation, the mayor vowed that he’s not against charter schools, but needs to focus on all of New York City public education.

The segment after the jump.

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Sam Champion: ‘It All Starts With the Weather’

samChampionNew Managing Editor of The Weather Channel Sam Champion assured advertisers yesterday that the additions of news, sports, and documentary programming to the network won’t take away from what viewers want to see most.

“It all starts with the weather,” Champion said yesterday at The Weather Channel’s advertising upfront. Champion also told The New York Times he is excited that his new show, “America’s Morning Headquarters”— which debuts March 17 from 7amET to 10amET—will be live in all time zones as opposed to being tape delayed.

“That’s a big deal for me and, I think, a big deal for the Weather Channel,” Mr. Champion said, adding that when discussions at “Good Morning America” turned to viewership being “soft on the West Coast,” he would reply, “‘Oh, oh, I know why: It’s a three-hour-old show by the time they see it.’”

Champion spoke with Metro New York about shaking up traditional morning TV:

Morning are different in my house than they were in my parents’ house. Your first connection to the world is not your television. Your first connection to the world is multiplatform from the moment your phone goes off. You check your messages, Twitter and Facebook and you have an understanding of the running headlines but you might have some questions. I don’t want to see the stuff in the morning that I saw in my evening newscast because I already saw them online.

And appearing on “Morning Joe” this morning, Champion promised one thing:

“We’re not going to do politics…we’re not going to get heavy into that,” suggesting to Mika Brzezinski that viewers can surf between “Morning Joe” and “AMHQ” for their politics and weather fix.

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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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When the Wrong Food Gets in Mika’s Way

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“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski wrote a book last year called “Obsessed,” about America’s obsession with bad food. This morning, ahead of the FDA’s announcement of an overhaul of nutrition labels, Brzezinski demonstrated where she thinks junk food belongs.

“There’s just no need for a nutrition label,” Brzezinski said as she dumped Mountain Dew, Cheetos and Ruffles in the trash. “It’s not food.”

Mika’s free-for-all after the jump. Read more

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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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 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.”

The exchange starts around the 4 minute mark after the jump. Read more

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.

 

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