You don’t often hear this kind of bluntness on MSNBC. But Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Friday lashed out at journalistic coverage of the 2016 race, saying, “If you get it wrong as consistently as the media has gotten it wrong, then at some point Americans just turn off the media. They stop listening to us!” While discussing President-elect Donald Trump’s “Thank You Tour,” Scarborough and his panelists became introspective over the media’s failure to predict the state of the race.
BBC World News America’s Washington correspondent Katty Kay doesn’t appreciate the low regard Trump fans have for the press. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Thursday, Kay lamented that the President-elect “certainly feels the freedom to go around [reporters]", complaining, “his supporters would probably agree with that strategy because they don't have much respect for the media anyway.”
On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, as the usual liberal commentators and co-hosts were discussing the ongoing Trump transition appointments to the most important economic positions in the federal government, co-host Willie Geist invited and asked New York Times journalist David Leonhardt: “So, do you do you read anything into these appointments in the last 24 hours, to Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross or Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin?”
The liberal hosts and pundits on Tuesday’s Morning Joe discussed once again the role of the mainstream media in the post-election stage concerning the Trump transition’s relations with the Republican Party as well as the future of the Democratic Party. MSNBC commentator Mike Barnicle stated that: “it saddens me to say this, but the media took a bigger hit in this year's election process, and over the past two years than any one of the political parties” as host Joe Scarborough added: “…and they deserved it!”
The latest breaking news in US foreign relations concerning the end of Cuba’s Castro era was debated among Cuban-Americans on the cast of Monday’s Morning Joe. The MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski invited three Cuban-Americans: FOX News contributor and author Humberto Fontova along with GOP strategist Alex Castellanos to discuss former CNN host Soledad O’Brien’s defense of President Obama’s controversial comments about Castro’s “complicated” legacy. Evidently, the death of the Communist dictator who played a central role in sparking the Cuban Missile Crisis at the height of the Cold War, remains subject to ideological interpretation within the mainstream media.
On Monday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough unloaded on the media, calling out specific journalists and newspapers as “hypocrites” for harping on Trump to accept the results of the election before it happened, but now, giving Hillary Clinton a pass for joining in a recount effort led by the Green Party. Holding up newspapers like the New York Times, Scarborough shouted, “This why, by the way, you’re all going out of business!”
The liberal hosts and pundits on Tuesday’s Morning Joe discussed and analyzed the controversial, closed door meeting between President-elect Trump and the press that took place at Trump Tower. Yesterday, Donald Trump had summoned and then criticized the media and corporate representatives from the biggest broadcast news networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX. Today though, Trump initially cancelled but then showed up later in the day to a press conference meeting with The New York Times.
On Monday’s Morning Joe, the liberal media’s concern about appointments to the Trump administration was once again observed concerning the latest controversial selection of White House chief strategist. Former Trump campaign chief executive officer, Steve Bannon was appointed last week to one of the most important advisory positions in the White House. Bannon, a former chairman of Breitbart News, has been accused by the leftist press of embodying too far right policies.
On Monday’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough in a conversation concerning who the Trump administration would be appointing to positions of power and what policy achievements they would reach, warned his colleagues in the media not to be too quick in making negative determinations as they mistakenly did, time and time again throughout the election.
In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s historic victory over Hillary Clinton in this epic election, the media descended into a state of total shock and surprise. On Wednesday’s and Thursday’s exclusive election editions of Morning Joe, the liberal commentators present conducted a series of serious self-critical discussions on doing their jobs as journalists, which at one point turned controntational toward the media.
Mark Halperin, managing editor for the Bloomberg Politics media outlet, said during Thursday's edition of the Morning Joe program on the MSNBC cable television channel that the New York Times is continuing its campaign of obvious bias against Donald Trump even after the Republican candidate won the presidential election on Tuesday.
As proof of his assertion, Halperin held up the day's edition of the newspaper with the front-page headline of “Democrats, Students and Foreign Allies Face the Reality of a Trump Presidency.” “If Donald Trump had lost,” he asked, “do you think the press would have been so concerned about his supporters in their disappointment?”
As we enter the final weekend before Election Day with national polls showing a close race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the mass media has been busy contemplating about what they did wrong throughout the past year’s election cycle. On Friday’s Morning Joe, an intense conversation unfolded a number of times between the host Joe Scarborough and MSNBC’s liberal commentators and guests which culminated in him exploding at his colleagues: “You people, you need to do your job and be journalists! You're really disgusting!”