Mika, Please Speak Up or Shut Up.

Every morning I watch Morning Joe. After Joe was gone for nearly two weeks, I realized how much I missed the bastard. Mika has just gotten intolerable. Apparently not content enough to stand up for what she really thinks, she seems to have adopted Joe's own opinions in an effort to make a much duller show.

Maybe it's just that I haven't seen it long enough to know what she's always been like, I only started watching it a few months ago. But damn, she's terrible at playing the contrarian Democrat. She seems to have no real rhyme or reason for thinking the stimulus bill is messed up or that we need to worry about our deficit, she just says that it's so. At least Joe gives full explanations for his nonsense. Mika is the only person on television that can make a statement that people on the show agree with and then halfway admonish those people for agreeing with what she said. Clearly she has her own opinion and she often shows it, but as of late, the opinions I saw her defend a few months ago now seem to be deliberately dropped one by one.

Boo, Mika. Start speaking up for your own opinions and start fighting Joe again. Watching you two get along is dull as hell.

Tags: Mika Brzezinski, morning joe (all tags)



Re: Mika, Please Speak Up or Shut Up.

Mika is an absolute airhead, who knows nothing about politics, government or the economy and repeats whatever the dominant media narrative is at any particular moment.

by cire32 2009-02-03 03:12AM | 0 recs
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Mika has had some good insights in the past. She's not an airhead. But she's always had that sycophantic aspect to her and she's gotten especially bad lately. I think part of it must be just being used to being pushed around intellectually by a strong, outspoken figure.

by vcalzone 2009-02-03 03:59AM | 0 recs
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that's the really frustrating part- she is NOT an airhead. Yet she conducts herself like a total ditzy blonde. One morning, Andrea Mitchell was on with the whole morning crew, and the contrast between Mitchell and Mika was so stark it was unbelievable. It was like high school- Andrea was the smart girl stuck hanging out with a bunch of frat boys. Mika was behaving like one of the cheerleaders, giggling and flirting and batting her eyes at the frat boys. Andrea would say something intelligent, and Mika would say whatever the boys wanted to hear. Pathetic.

I actually kind of like morning Joe, and like the differences of opinion, but it pisses me off when Mika plays the ditzy ding dong instead of being the intelligent woman she is.

by Narrowback gal 2009-02-03 09:14AM | 0 recs
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It's especially insulting that she's subjugating herself to a meathead like Joe. I know he's a lost cause, but just because he won't let you win a fight doesn't mean he beat you.

by vcalzone 2009-02-03 12:28PM | 0 recs
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I wish I had seen some of this intelligence some of you keep mentioning.  To me she seems the typical TV personality- she repeats the dominant view.  Oh, yeah, she'll cluck at Scarborough sometimes, but she never has anything substantive to say.  This emperor has no clothes.

by orestes 2009-02-03 04:25PM | 0 recs
She's too busy looking and posing for the

the monitor. She acts like a 12yr old, I'm embarrassed for her most of the time!

by suzieg 2009-02-03 03:43AM | 0 recs
Re: The media isn't concerned with news

Well, I know that much. It's nothing new, you can even see that it was an ongoing issue in the past just from movies like Network and (especially) Broadcast News. I'm not really concerned about having my viewpoint expressed (and definitely not expecting to), but it's embarrassing to listen to her. And more than that, it makes the show dull.

I think a lot of times, she just gives up because it's easier than trying to argue Joe. But she needs to understand that the entire appeal of the show is watching Joe Scarborough get under people's skin and treat politics like the ridiculous farce that it is. Her entire job on that show is to let Joe piss you off while Mike Barnacle chuckles and Willie tries to defuse the tension. Do your job! Fight Joe! Get pissed!

by vcalzone 2009-02-03 03:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Don't listen to it

Hey, if I got my news from the tv, I wouldn't be here. Even Rachel Maddow gets most of her television exclusives from the blogs. I agree, I watch for the entertainment value.

After the Blago scandal broke, I remember they had on Dan Walker, the governor of Illinois in the 1970s who tried to clean up politics but was convicted for S&L scandals later. And they gently mentioned that fact before he called in, and once he did, all he talked about was how he did NOT get arrested in office, he got arrested for something ELSE! And after this went on for a really awkward few minutes, they cut him loose. And Joe and Mike Barnacle just laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed. You just don't see that kind of gleeful, honest cynicism elsewhere in the news.

by vcalzone 2009-02-03 04:14AM | 0 recs
I like Mika

Her hands are pretty much tied by network execs, but occasionally she lets her personality shine through... like when she tried to burn the copy on a Britney Spears story on-air.

I also really enjoy the segments with her dad, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who doesn't have her compunctions about tearing Joe apart.  She'll sit back and snicker while he pushes Joe using all the dirt she probably filled him in on beforehand.

by Dracomicron 2009-02-03 05:40AM | 0 recs
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If you want to get truly pissed off at her (and Joe), listen to them on WABC at 10am. They both spend a couple of hours spouting ridiculous right-wing garbage.

That, to me, is clear-cut evidence that these people will do (or say) anything for their ratings.

by NJ Liberal 2009-02-04 05:34AM | 0 recs


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