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 Thursday, all three network morning shows hyperventilated over the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2016, met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. While the NBC, ABC, and CBS broadcasts all seized on Democrats calling for Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign, the same networks tried to excuse a meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton at the height of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.
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 Morning Joe Tuesday, co-hosts Mika Brezinski and Joe Scarborough attacked White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as a "Leninist," based on remarks Bannon made to political scholar Ron Radosh, who wrote about the 2013 interaction in an article for The Daily Beast. In an email to Radosh, Bannon denied the remarks.
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.”
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.
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.
Appearing on Thursday’s NBC Today, political analyst Mark Halperin worried that Republican President Donald Trump was behaving like...well, a Republican. Talking about the coming fight in the Senate to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Halperin lamented: “...right now Donald Trump is governing as a Republican president, not as an independent. And if he does a scorecard of his first few weeks in office and says, ‘Am I living up to my goal, my promise to unite the country?’ Right now he’s not.”
On Monday morning, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer was a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. He was there to address any remaining questions concerning the events that transpired over the weekend, like Trump’s immigration order. The segment began with political analyst Mark Halperin, grilling Spicer about Trump’s beliefs concerning the Islamic religion. Conversely, their other guest that day, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, was treated with kitten gloves.
On Monday morning, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy was on Morning Joe to discuss President Trump’s executive order concerning the travel ban targeting seven Middle Eastern nations. Each question the Connecticut Democrat was asked teed him up to bash the immigration policy, but none more provoking than a question from political analyst Mark Halpern.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday, the panel discussed the media’s obsession covering more about President Donald Trump’s antics and controversial statements, rather than his policies, some of which he has already fulfilled.
Bloomberg’s political duo, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, seemed to take conspiracy theories about a Donald Trump presidency to a new level Monday evening’s With All Due Respect, when they speculated that the president-elect would “openly” and “with impunity” profiteer off of his elected position. And in the process, they implicated both President Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator Harry Reid in such money grabbing schemes.