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Al Roker Mixes Up Willie Geist and Joe Scarborough

MSNBC’s Willie Geist was sitting in on “Morning Joe” today for Joe Scarborough, but apparently no one told Al Roker who, appearing from a beach in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, called him “Joe” TWICE.

After correcting Roker — and giving him a hard time with Mike Barnicle — Geist ended the segment saying, “Sam Champion, reporting live for us from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Thanks, Sammy.” Video:

Later, here’s what Geist said he learned during today’s show: “I learned that Al Roker — a wonderful reporter, we talked to him about the ratings of his show — proved again why he’s America’s second most beloved weatherman behind Sam Champion. So nice job by you, Al.”

Scarborough on Beck: ‘You Cannot Preach Hatred;’ Beck Responds

First it was Olbermann v. O’Reilly, then O’Reilly v. GE, then Olbermann v. Beck, and Beck v. NBC now it’s Scarborough v. Beck and it only took a couple hours for Beck to respond.

scarboroughbeck9-22.jpgOn MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Joe Scarborough, as a NYTimes blog put it, “castigated some commentators and Republicans, vowing to create a ‘conservative honor roll’ calling out those who express over-the-top hate-filled sentiments.” Chief among “those” appears to be Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Scarborough went on a lengthy tangent, saying: “You cannot say that the president of the United States hates all white people. You cannot call the President of the United States a racist. You cannot wallow in conspiracy theories as he did for about a month…You can’t stir up that type of hatred — calling the president a racist — and then say, ‘Oh, I’m just a rodeo clown.’”

His “Morning Joe” friends didn’t seem to want to get too involved. Mike Barnicle said, “It’s time to give Glenn Beck an intentional walk,” and Mika Brzezinski added, “He’s not a gentleman, so he’s not worth talking about.”

A few hours later on his radio show, Beck and producer Pat Gray discussed the comments.

Gray said of the former congressman turned TV host, “This loser can’t get any coverage. Any coverage. He couldn’t be voted dog catcher now.” Beck challenged Scarborough to “name the hate.”

“Morning Joe” video after the jump.

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‘Morning Joe’ Discusses Why Obama Skipped FOX

morningjoefnc9-21.jpgThis morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, and Mike Barnicle discussed the president’s Sunday show rounds and the absence of FOX from his schedule. After showing the clip of Chris Wallace calling the White House “cry babies,” the conversation moved to a discussion about the president’s decision. Here’s an excerpt of the initial exchange:

Scarborough: Chris Wallace shouldn’t be so shocked and stunned. I mean, if I were…a republican president, there would be some outlets I’d avoid. There would be some reporters I’d avoid.

Brzezinski: I’d avoid that network, I would. If they–

Scarborough: What network?

Brzezinski: The one with the producer doing that and all the other stuff they do.

Scarborough: I think they’d avoid you as well.

After a moment, Barnicle asked, “Let me ask you, Joe. You’re advising President Barack Obama. Where do you send him first?”

“Meet the Press,” said Joe. Barnicle said he’d put him “on to Fox News,” which surprised Scarborough.

“I put him right on there. Get right in there. Look ‘em right in the eye. Sit down and look ‘em right in the eye,” said Barnicle.

A few minutes later, the FOX topic came up again in a conversation with David Gregory:

After the jump, another excerpt from the conversation about Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck.

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Morning Joe Goes on a West Coast Road Trip

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Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will be waking up really early this week. The co-hosts will broadcast from four different locations on the West Coast this week.

Today, the team is pre-taping tomorrow’s show from the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, in front of a studio audience. Nancy Reagan will be a guest on the program. Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle will be live at MSNBC studios for news and other updates.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Scarborough and Brzezinski will originate live from Carlsbad at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit. Brzezinski is on a panel at the summit on Tuesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, Joe & Mika will throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. Then it’s on to Seattle for Thursday’s broadcast at — where else? — a Starbucks. The Seattle-based coffee company sponsors the show.

Then it’s back to California for Friday’s show live from San Francisco.

Who’ll Be Watching Willie Geist’s New Show?: ‘Drug Dealers, Hookers, Drunks Coming Home from Bars’

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Geist_7.22.jpgDon’t look for a Starbucks mug on Willie Geist‘s new MSNBC show.

For one thing, the barista barons aren’t sponsoring “Way Too Early With Willie Geist,” which debuts Monday as the 5:30 a.m. lead-in to Starbucks-studded “Morning Joe.”

For another, the G-Man doesn’t drink java.

Geist’s caffeinated beverage of choice is Mountain Dew. He “power slams” a full can before hitting the “Morning Joe” set. “The stuff glows in the dark,” he says.

Do the Dew, Willie!

Geist will fly solo on the live “Too Early” for 30 minutes before rejoining Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle on “Joe.”

In the “Joe” family, Geist is the bratty son, caught in the crossfire of his arguing parents. “Uncle Mike” Barnicle “is usually hung over,” Geist cracks, “but he takes me outside and plays catch.”

With a newborn son and toddler daughter in a two-bedroom apartment, Geist doesn’t sleep, anyway, so losing more z’s is no big deal. But will viewers follow?

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Scarborough Knocks “Childish Sexual Jokes” Made By “People on Networks”

scarborough_4-16.jpgWithin the first 15 minutes of Morning Joe, yesterday’s tea parties were the hot topic, especially how the media covered them.

“The larger point is that anyone who gets actively involved in government, no matter what, if they’re out there, you say that’s a good thing,” said Mike Barnicle.

“I’d rather see this than apathy,” said Mika Brzezinski.

Joe Scarborough had this take:

You look at these huge rallies, and I’m not going to mention names of people on networks that made sexual jokes, childish sexual jokes, about tens of thousands of Americans who went out and wanted to get involved in their government. I mean, it was really middle school jokes being made. I didn’t hear those jokes being made when people on the left protested over the past eight years. And I would expect that from bloggers on the left. I would expect more than that from news outlets and it happened on several networks yesterday.

Joe didn’t “mention names,” but we will — Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, David Shuster and Keith Olbermann. Did we miss any?

> Update: RealClearPolitics has the video.

Morning Joe Talks Glenn Beck: “Roger Ailes is the Genius”

joe_3-31.bmpThe Morning Joe team explored the Glenn Beck phenomenon today, as Willie Geist put together a collection of some of the most emotional clips of the FNC host.

Immediately following the video, co-hosts Mika Brzezinski asked, “What the hell was that?” while Joe Scarborough couldn’t stop laughing hysterically (he later blamed it on an email).

“He loves America, what are you gonna do?” said Geist.

But Scarborough had some praise as well. “He is the 2nd highest show now over at Fox, which is saying a lot, because their ratings have just exploded since the election…Roger Ailes is the genius, he is amazing,” he said.

Click continued to see the clip, which includes Mike Barnicle‘s impression of Beck…

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Geist Talks Bunking With Joe, Mika’s Boots

geist_3-7.jpgMSNBC’s Willie Geist is featured in a Village Voice Q&A, and fields the wide array of questions put forth by Brian Parks

So, hypothetically, if Geist and Joe Scarborough shared a bunk bed, what would be the set up? “Joe is totally a bottom, so I’d have to climb the ladder to the top of our NASCAR-themed bunk beds,” said Geist.

And what about Mika Brzezinski‘s boots. “They’re stored in climate-controlled humidors in a cellar beneath the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza,” he said.

After the jump, see which Morning Joe regulars Geist learns the most from &mdash and in which areas of expertise…

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MSNBC Idol?

New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley gives her list of “top contenders” for “most compelling television moments of the year.” The list of mostly television shows includes The Wire and Mad Men, but also MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

This MSNBC early-morning political klatch is oddly addictive, even though its hosts at times come off like a cable news version of ‘American Idol.’ Joe Scarborough is Simon Cowell, the Randy Jackson role is divided between Pat Buchanan and Mike Barnicle, and Mika Brzezinski is Paula Abdul, always seeking to say something nice about politicians the others mock. Willie Geist is their Ryan Seacrest, only much funnier.

Discuss.

“Just One of Those Times Where Good People Do Well”

scarborough_9-18.jpgThis morning on Morning Joe, co-host Willie Geist brought up the Drudge Report call-out to Rachel Maddow for her Tuesday ratings. The Rachel Maddow Show was the top-rated on MSNBC that night, surpassing the usual #1 Countdown with Keith Olbermann (Maddow was tops in the A25-54 demo last Wednesday as well).

“She’s a good person,” said Mike Barnicle.

Co-host Joe Scarborough, who has had his on air disagreements with Maddow, agreed. “But she is a good, good person. We probably don’t agree on anything politically. But she’s respectful of people, and it’s great,” he said.

No mention during the segment of the usual top-rated MSNBC show.

Click continued to see the clip from this morning…

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