UPDATE [2:15PM]: NBC notified us to let us know Brzezinski has responded on Twitter, saying that her comments were misconstrued.
Today I said it's the media's job to keep President Trump from making up his own facts, NOT that it's our job to control what people think.— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) February 22, 2017
Of course, that is obvious from the transcript but some people want to make up their own facts. SAD! https://t.co/AoK2NBR6OB— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) February 22, 2017
During the 6 am hour on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski made an alarming admission about what she thinks the media’s role is. During a panel discussion on President Trump’s revised immigration order, Brzezinski complained that Trump was undermining the media and taking their “job” of “controlling exactly what people think.”
New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor began the segment bringing up that this “hard line immigration” order didn’t turn off Trump supporters, or even those “skeptical” of Trump, because he is doing “exactly” what he said he would do in office, even if it made those “in Washington” upset:
YAMICHE ALCINDOR: [I] should say that when I think about the numbers and I I think about where Donald Trump is standing right now he's in some ways keeping his promise. He campaigned on this issue of hard line immigration and then he turned around and did all of these executive orders and we are now reporting that there will be probably one coming out soon and he’s revamping it. He is really someone got on stage and told you exactly what is he going to do and did it. I think a lot of people in Washington and a lot of I think, intellectuals are saying, like, what is going on? This feels so uncertain. But for Trump supporters, even some of the people who are skeptical of him, he is looking like he is getting stuff done.
Scarborough agreed, adding that this only strengthened Trump’s base:
SCARBOROUGH: Exactly, that’s exactly what I hear. What Yamiche just said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters I talk to who were Trump voters are still Trump supporters. They go, 'Yeah you guys are going crazy, he’s doing--what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'
Brzezinski took a different approach, warning that Trump could lose his supporters by doing “dangerous” things like “undermining the media” and “making up his own facts.” She then outrageously claimed that while Trump tried to “make up his own facts” it was actually the media’s “job” to “control exactly what people think.”
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Well, I think that the dangerous edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts and could be while unemployment and the economy worsens he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that is--that is our job.
Scarborough went on to say that Trump was beginning to sound like “Mussolini or Lenin” after his advisor Steven Miller “basically” said that Trump had “absolute power” and “shall not be questioned.”