Alexis Thomasi, an intern in the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division
Alexis Thomasi graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and minored in communications. She is currently working towards a Masters degree in Criminology with a concentration in terrorism and homeland security, at American University. Presently, she is interning at MRC in the NAD division aiming to work towards neutralizing biases in the media.
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Tuesday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski criticized Saturday Night Live for their portrayal of red America in a skit during its most recent episode. SNL attacked Trump voters in a tasteless opening skit, which painted the voters as stupid and confused. Brzezinski introduced the skit: “Saturday Night Live’s opening sketch this weekend was about Donald Trump and his supporters in Union, Kentucky. People think maybe they were being made fun of- maybe it's actually the liberals showing just how clueless they are.”
Monday on Morning Joe, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski talked to Tina Brown about just how “frustrating” it is that Hillary Clinton lost. In her first public interview since the election results, Clinton told the Women in the World Summit that one of the reasons she lost was the e-mail scandal. When Brown had mentioned this, she said, “In the debates, she was phenomenal but in interviews she was always in a crouch position over the darn e-mails.” Poor Hillary! Brzezinski heard this and couldn’t help but exclaim, “Oh yeah I know... So frustrating!”
Thursday on Morning Joe, Michael Duffy, editor for Time magazine, proceeded to compare the White House to the Daily Show. This comment arose from discussing a crowded White House during an interview with Donald Trump. Glen Thrush, a political correspondent for The New York Times, scoffed, “It was really amazing, at some point in the middle of the interview, Mike Pence and Reince Priebus just drift in. And they're sort of standing off to the side, you know, watching this like it's– you know- like it’s a live TV show.” Co host Mika Brzezinski added in her usual melodramatic commentary: “Good Lord”
Monday on Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough, along with the other panelists, attempted to diagnose President Trump with a mental disorder. The discussion began after a clip was played of Trump walking out of a signing. Scarborough repeatedly asked his co host, Mika Brzezinski, “What just happened?”. This catapulted into Scarborough explaining: “We had our misgivings about him. But I think it's safe to say neither you nor I thought it would be this bad."
Thursday on Morning Joe, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski spent a large part of the show discussing Sean Spicer’s reaction to reporter April Ryan during Tuesday's White House press conference. This prompted each of them to question his "stability" and "credibility." Brzezinski introduced the segment with: “Yesterday I was questioning Sean Spicer's credibility because I really think it's at risk, in jeopardy or shot. If you really think about it and go through kind of a time-line. Now you might want to add questioning his stability. In yesterday's press brief– did you see him yesterday? He kind of snapped.”
Tuesday on Morning Joe, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski opened the show by discussing House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes and whether he should remove himself from pending investigations concerning Russian ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Scarborough began with a question: “Alright, so let's ask a question, Mika, that needs to be asked at the top before we get into this news. Who decided that Devin Nunes was...qualified to be the House Intel chair? Because from everybody that I've spoken to who have worked with him, Republicans, Democrats, they say he is not up to that task.”
Monday on Morning Joe, the topic of discussion was Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times concerning Trump’s presidency. Co-host Mika Brzezinski, prompting a discussion, introduced and read the column aloud. The Morning Joe crew delighted in a metaphor of the Trump administration “eating its own tail.”
Brzezinski related, “Maureen Dowd really kind of sort of crystallizes what it is we are seeing on one level, the psychological part of Trump and why he’s doing what he is doing or maybe he doesn't know why and maybe he doesn't even like the job..."
On Tuesday, MSNBC's Morning Joe turned to former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean to trash the Republican repeal and replacement plan for ObamaCare. Host Mika Brzezinski introduced the segment by reading off President Trump’s tweet concerning the bill: “President Trump marked the release of the bill with a tweet. Reading this. House just introduced the bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Time to end this nightmare.” She later proclaimed: "This is the nightmare. This is it! This 45 days has been a long nightmare and it's not over.”
On Monday’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski hammered conservative women for daring to work for Donald Trump. Host Mika Brzezinski berated White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway throughout the show for defending the President. At the start, she went as far to say, “I don't know how anybody can defend this President, even if it's their job.”
Monday on Morning Joe, the main topic of conversation was the tweet President Trump sent out on Saturday accusing the Obama administration of surveillance during the 2016 campaign. Co-host Mika Brzezinski became emotional when speaking about deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defending Trump’s tweet and bemoaned the controversy as “a low point in American history.” The more she spoke about the situation, the more melodramatic she became. Brzezinski continued this demeanor for the entirety of the show.
Friday on Morning Joe, Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke about Jeff Sessions’ recusal. The hosts pressed and tried to coerce him into discrediting Sessions. The panelists asked Blumenthal what his opinion of the Attorney General’s current credibility was, as well as his and others’ capability to trust Sessions amid perjury speculation. To say the least, this was curious considering Senator Blumenthal has been severely criticized for lying about serving in Vietnam.
Thursday, on Morning Joe, discussions concerning Jeff Sessions and his contact with a Russian ambassador consumed most of the program. During the 7:00 a.m. Eastern hour, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was grilled to give his opinion of the Sessions situation. McCarthy was asked several times even though he made clear he was just learning of the story himself saying, “I'm just now reading about this myself.” About twenty minutes later, host Mika Brzezinski introduced a misleading clip of this interview.
On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, Vice President Mike Pence appeared and was forced to answer if Donald Trump has a heart. Author and journalist Mark Halperin wondered, “There’s a lot of skepticism in parts of America that he has a heart at all, let alone let alone a big one.”
On Monday's Morning Joe, the conversation centered around the press gaggle that was held by Sean Spicer on Friday. Host Mika Brzezinski began by listing off the organizations that were unable to attend and mistakenly called the gaggle a briefing, which occurred several times by all of the panelists. Brzezinski said: “The White House held a press briefing, but it was not open to all reporters. CNN, BuzzFeed, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Hill and Politico were just some of the outlets barred from covering the briefing. Has this ever happened before?” Political analysts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann both answered the same, with a resounding no. Again, in a sing-song voice this time, Brzezinski asked, “Anybody ever seen this before?” The answer is yes, we have seen this before.
Thursday on Morning Joe, the discussion became heated very early. During a conversation about a clip of Stephen Miller speaking on Fox News, the topic of conservatives on college campuses arose because host Joe Scarborough tried making a connection between how Miller was likely treated versus who Miller is today.
Chief legal correspondent Ari Melber spoke in a clip played in the beginning of the segment concerning Miller’s Fox News appearance: “Steven Miller coming out last night and saying on a news program that the new ban will be just like the old ban . . . I can tell you he just served up the ACLU's opening line in any argument against the new travel ban in court. They will say, well, judge, you blocked the old ban for these reasons and the government has already conceded through Mr. Miller who is in charge of this process the new ban is basically the same so it should be blocked too”
Wednesday on Morning Joe, the discussion centered around immigration policies and deportation. Host Joe Scarborough began the segment righteously stating why illegal immigration is wrong and that the media has a “blind spot” in seeing where most Americans stand on the issue. Scarborough made this point first to political analyst Mark Halperin:“So Mark, you have said this is the biggest disconnect between red state America and blue state America. I agree. My only caveat to that is I think there are a lot of people in blue state America that also think, wait, they are here illegally? What is wrong with the government deporting them? I know that is not popular in this area code.”
Tuesday, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Willie Geist interviewed the very liberal MTV News senior political correspondent, Anna Marie Cox. Geist asked, “ You know we saw the Women's March, we’ve seen a lot of activity in the streets over the last month. What is the practical impact of that on the Trump presidency?”
Cox answered by first taking aim at recent statements made about paid protestors:
“This is where we get into the problem about not agreeing on reality, right? If you have a group of people that really truly seem to believe that these are paid protesters that are out there... I haven’t gotten my check yet . . . If you believe . . . that this is paid protest and somehow outside agitation, which is another phrase reminiscent of the Nixon era, then it doesn’t have an effect at all. Right? Except, just to indicate how cut off from reality the Trump White House is.”
Monday, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, political analysts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann began a segment by hammering President Trump’s tweet on Friday criticizing the media again as "fake news" and an "enemy of the American people." Heilemann linked Trump’s comments to the possibility of inciting a terror attack similar to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing.
Thursday on Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough urged Donald Trump to realize that “the press always wins” in fights with politicians. In the same hour, Scarborough criticized an editorial in The Wall Street Journal for not focusing on, what he considered to be, the most important points following former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation.
On Monday, the hosts of Morning Joe mocked and berated White House adviser Stephen Miller for his recent comments regarding the court ruling against President Trump's immigration order. Tuesday morning was no different, as the show came back from a commercial break by airing a distorted, grainy black-and-white video of Miller. The video contained the statement he gave on the network Sunday shows concerning the President’s executive powers and spliced Miller’s quotes attempting to make him look sinister and menacing.