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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.

 

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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Like Mother, Like Daughter. Mika and Emilie Hit the Town

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TVNewser attended a charity auction and benefit hosted by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and her teenage daughter Emilie Hoffer last night for the Global Medical Relief Fund. The fund helps children around the world who are missing or have lost the use of their limbs or eyes. Emilie, who is very active with the charity, presented a video where — taking after her mom, and dad — she interviewed charity executives and children who have received aid from the Fund.

It was a power-packed crowd, with “Morning Joe” regulars Donny Deutsch and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, as well as Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King in attendance.

Norah O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski Attend Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.

‘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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Anchors Can’t Stop Talking About Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance

Way back in 2009, when this writer was working on a cover story about MTV, a senior executive at the channel said that the Video Music Awards serve to remind people that MTV is still here and it is still edgy, lest people forget its counterculture heritage.

Every year the VMAs come along, and every year, like clockwork, something happens that causes the network morning shows and the cable news channels to go gaga over (pun intended). This year, the winner was Miley Cyrus, who stripped and twerked her way to cable news infamy. Mission accomplished for MTV.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper was at least aware of the circumstances, calling it “the elephant in the Ridiculist room.”

“The only way Miley Cyrus could actually shock me with a VMA performance would be to play a heartfelt and original performance on the guitar, and actually sing,” Cooper quipped.

Meanwhile, on MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski fell into the trap of condemning the performance for being inappropriate, and was shocked, shocked, to see that TV news outlets (including MSNBC) were replaying it over and over and over.
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NBC ‘Today’ Anchors, ‘Morning Joe’ Team Try Out For ‘Sunday Night Football’

The NFL season is almost here, and with it comes a new season of “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. Apparently, the Peacock network decided it needed some fresh vocals for this year’s theme song, so it asked talent from NBCUniversal shows to help out. Suffice it to say, it was not pretty.

Below, see Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Al Roker from “Today” try and sing it doo-wop style, while Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski well, try.

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