Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times public editor, is not amused by golden-boy statistician Nate Silver’s latest antics.
This afternoon, the FiveThirtyEight blogger and Times writer challenged Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough to a 21st century type of duel. The terms? If Barack Obama wins, Mr. Scarborough will have to pay up. If Mitt Romney wins, Mr. Silver will pay. The wager? A $2,000 (it was raised from the original $1,000) donation to the Red Cross. The method for laying down the challenge? Twitter, of course. It is 2012, after all.
Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” will face suspension after admitting to making eight separate donations to Republican candidates, Politico reports. The news comes two weeks after NBC President Phil Griffin handed down a similar punishment to Scarborough’s colleague Keith Olbermann after that anchor acknowledged contributions, in his case to liberal candidates. Read More
For awhile, it looked like Kirsten Gillibrand might never go on Morning Joe.
Ms. Gillibrand has been judicious in her television appearances since she became a senator last January, and has reportedly declined invititations to step into what seemed like particularly hostile territory–what with host Joe Scarborough offering to knock on doors for Read More
“I want to stir it up, Schumer!” hollered Morning Joe‘s
On the morning of January 15, when Harold Ford Jr. appeared for one of his regular guest gigs on Morning Joe, Willie Geist introduced the prospective senator as, simply: “MSNBC political analyst and chairman of the D.L.C., Harold Ford Jr.”
“Doing nothing else, just hanging out,” quipped Joe Scarborough.
And then Chrystia Freeland Read More
Morning Joe may be losing its steam, but Chuck Schumer seemed well-caffeinated in a pre-dawn interview this morning, launching into long defenses of Harry Reid, health care, and Eric Holder.
The segment began with Mr. Schumer’s least favorite subject: His desire (unstated, hypothetical, overwhelmingly probably) to be majority leader of the United Read More
Morning Joe’s mix of “hard news, politics, [and] intellectual rigor” looked like a good bet a year ago, but now it’s “struggling to hang onto viewers,” reports Felix Gilette. And its ratings woes come at a pivotal moment for NBC Universal:
Currently, teams of bankers are combing over every detail of the company’s books in Read More
Joe Scarborough held up a copy of The New York Times. It was Monday, Nov. 16, and earlier in the morning The Times had published a piece about Newsweek, which had recently laid off 13 staffers. Quarterly ad revenue at the newsweekly was down 48 percent versus last year. That said, according to The Times, Read More
On Thursday morning, Jill Abramson of The New York Times appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk about the life of the late Ted Kennedy. She was joined by Chris Matthews and Savannah Guthrie. Towards the end of the segment, Mr. Matthews couldn’t help but take the opportunity to pick at an old wound. Read More
On Wednesday night, Joe Scarborough stood in the back room at Michael’s restaurant, and publicly thanked his wife, Susan, who stood a few feet away, for inspiring the evolution of his political punditry at MSNBC.
“The first couple of weeks I was on MSNBC, every night I would come home Read More