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Mika Brzezinski: Serious Journalist or Just A Modern Day Wendy to the Lost Boys?

Updated on March 11, 2014

So What The Heck Is Going On With Morning Joe and Mika Brzezinski?

Mika Brzezinski is the co-host on the pseudo news morning program Morning Joe. I say news because they talk about the news and don't have the shopping/cooking segments or celebrity interviews that is the staple of other morning shows, between news reading. I say pseudo because, well, what it really is is the Smurfs with a Smufette, or Peter Pan and the Lost Boys with Wnedy.

They do talk about the news, they even have legitimate guests such as former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jonathan Capehart--WaPo editorial writer, Ted Sorensen--former JFK speechwriter, Doris Kearns Goodwin--historian and former LBJ aide, Tom Daschle--former Dem senator, Terry McAuliffe--Clinton campaign chairman, and Jon Meacham--Newsweek editor, and Mitt Romney--former GOP presidential candidate.

Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell,Harold Ford, Jr. and Pat Buchanan served as panelists]. Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell,Harold Ford, Jr. and Pat Buchanan served as panelists. Sounds like real news, huh? Well, no you are wrong.

There are people who talk about the news, including many of the same people who appear on the evenly MSNBC shows, but much of the show is Joe teasing Mika. He teases her about her 'drug usage', being mugged, and a myriad of other silly, little boy things while Mika rolls her eyes and the other boys mug.

So, my Monkey Brained argument here is two fold.

1. Is Mika Brzezinski wasted on this silly show? Will it hurt what could be a promising career? Or is she doing the best she could with meager talent and a name?

2. Is this kind of show a disservice to all women. I will compare the situation to The Smurfs and Smurfette and to Peter Pan, His Lost Boys and Wendy.

I hope you will participate in both duals. Thank you for coming to the lens.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Mika Does a Serious Show

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is an MSNBC evening Show, more serious and more prestigious by far than Morning Joe. Mica has subbed there. How well did she do. Interestingly, I was unable to find any You Tube Video about her being on that show,

The question is: How much has the Morning Joe circus hurt her chances to get a better job? Here is the poll for viewer choice of anchor. She got some votes, in the small poll, but was far from the favorite. Could the set up on Morning Joe be hurting her?

Who should host MSNBC's "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue"?

David Schuster 54% (97 votes)

Alison Stewart 11% (20 votes)

Mika Brzezinski 15% (26 votes)

Milissa Rehberger 2% (3 votes)

Norah O'Donnell 10% (18 votes)

Other 8% (15 votes)

Has Mika Turned the Corner?

Look for a review from me shortly, but I am hopeful she may be coming into her own. I have seen TV interviews and its good.

Can Mika Brzezinski Be Redeemed As a Journalist? Or Is She Just a Wendy/Smuffette?

Frankly, while Mika Brzezinski could be a serious journalist, or at least anchor woman,she is nothing more to Wendy to this motley crew of Scarborough as Peter Pan with his Lost Boys, or worse yet The Smurfette to the Smurfs

My concern is that she is going to ruin her reputation and fall into some very bad and hard to change habits.

I understand that these kinds of jobs are not easy to come by. i cannot say that I would turn it down if it were offered to me. However, what can the future be here?

Is Mika Brzezinski Wasting Herself on Morning Joe?

Yes, She Could Be a Serious Journalist and Here Is Why....

Yes, She Could Be a Serious Journalist and Here Is Why....

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    • lotusgdess 22 months ago

      Mika may be a perfectly nice woman but as far as I can tell she is basically eye candy and a weak counterpoint to Joe S. She has very little interesting to say, she lets Joe bully her daily. Often seems hesitant to even break in and say anything that disagrees with the alpha males who dominate the program. Another irritating habit she has is of staring blankly at the camera and sort of posing. The only time she speaks with authority is when she is reading the prompter. Hard to believe that they can't find a better female partner for him to play off of. How about someone who isn't weak and who doesn't have lukewarm opinions. Would be a better show but maybe Scarborough's ego is to fragile to handle a strong and informed and opinionated woman.

    • SOSTENES HERMOSILLO 2 years ago

      I SAY RIID of joe and keep MIKA B

    • SallyMJ 2 years ago

      If Mika wanted to be a serious journalist, she probably shouldn't have posed for the "dancer's" tabletop pic for Vanity Fair.

      http://jezebel.com/5942572/vanity-fair-photoshoot-...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think that Mika is fast becoming just a conduit for Joe's silly and indulgent behavior. I used to listen but now just have the shown on as background noise and only listen when a guest has the guts to actually challenge Joe's childish diatribes and high school BMOC behavior. He plays loose with the facts which is why David Axelrod never lets him off for his half baked so called opinions.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes...she should get away from his temper outbursts...that degrade her..

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Joe is rude as Hell!!! He interrupts Mika and says that she has nothing meaningful to say. I get angry with her because she refuses to stand up for herself. I get tired of defending her with my polictical savey friends. I think she should just stand up and slap the mess out of Joe! I bet he'll shut up and let her speak then.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      No, I like her. I do however think she would be take more seriously if she

      didn't wear such short dresses (she's not 30 anymore), and knocked off

      the pink greasy lipstick & bleached hair.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Mika is the only journalist among the core staff.. Joe Scarbrough please learn how to allow others a chance to speak and stop being the typical republican, talking over everyone,cutting people off that don't share your view and disagree with you. and for all you republicans. for GOD sakes please let Ronald Reagan rest in peace! Joe stop disrepected Mika and let her talk, we like hearing someone other then you, aLL the time.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. Haven't a clue if she is any good as a journalist, but I do know that Morning Joe is a waste of everybody's time.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I watch Stephanie Miller on Current now to escape the hot mess that is Morning Hoe, sorry Joe. Morning Joe should be cancelled and replaced with Mornings with Mika. Mika is likeable and seems to care about reporting on the news with facts unlike Joe who is there just to spew corporate Republican propaganda.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I say, Joe should go and another, far more secure co host should replace him. He is too self centered, always interrupting and bringing up his inglorious past. The news, such as it is , is scrappy, entangled and overall

      a waste of time, even with some decent guests who never really get a chance.

      I think Mica, without Joe, would be 100% better.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      She, at least is being schooled in the College of Arrogance, as these well-paid hosts and guests sit like pontiffs addressing the world.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, but only if Joe could keep his nasty mouth shut! Not sure if she is told to be quiet or if she just keeps quiet.. No way could I sit there and let him talk to me that way! She is intelligent.. She needs to take over the show! Kick his butt to the curb!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      No IF big mouth Joe would let her speak more often. If not I guess the answer is yes.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. Joe is a jerk and he puts her down. I think she should quit and leave the good old boys.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. Dump Joe....keep Mika!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      You have to be kidding....Joe carries the whole show with his intellect and a memory bank of facts to argue for or against virtually any subject discussed. Mika's ability is limited to preening for the camera (false eyelashes and all) and repeating the same mantra sent from the White House. Her breathless, condescending sarcasimn isn't keeping the boys in check, it's the only way she can get attention.....I think the show needs a talent who isn't there because of her birthright...she would never have been hired had her last name been Jones.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I agree. Plus, the men on the show are simply rude to her.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm not familiar with her but will take your lead here!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      David Shuster is a spinless idiot, and he is considered the best choice,wow no wonder they have no ratings.

    • joubess lm 7 years ago

      She's very intelligent but Morning Joe is doing her no favors. I'd like to see her sub for Rachel Maddow to see what she's really made of. Rachel often has her dad on the show and always mentions he's Mika's dad. She is definitely on the right of Rachel's politics, but still far more left than Scarborough. She must be worth her salt or Rachel would not keep mentioning her. Rachel is honest and does not give out praise or recognition where it is not earned.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      She is intelligent enough and knows better as well, but I fear it is too late and she i a limited right-wing mouthpiece.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Mika has set women way back with her "role" on Morning Joe. She allows herself to be used as "the little woman" with her cutesy smile and body language. I remember when she used to do the news with Ashley Banfield, and they were a very professional team. What has happened to you, Mika?

    No, She Isn't Any Better Than the Show and Here Is Why......

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      • anonymous 2 years ago

        I actually e-mailed Joe when Mika was on vacation to tell him I could actually WATCH the show without Mika there. I also told him to hire Katty Kay or Andrea Mitchell, women who are intelligent, KNOW what's going on in the news and the world and have CLASS, all of which Mika does NOT have. Andrea and Katty wince when Mika goes on with her sophomoric banter with the "guys" waiting for her to shut up. She is NO representation for women, either. And she looks at herself in the camera when she doesn't know they're panning her and makes all these weird, seductive, over-the-top thoughtful looks. She is not only annoying, but obnoxious. The guests are the only good part of the show.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I watch Morning Joe every day and am an avid MSNBC viewer and believe me Mica is NO journalist. She is so annoying. She reads too much whole all the guests just sit there. It is like a dull school teacher. Her lecture on food is totally unprofessional. No real journalist lectures us on when to eat. She needs to go!!! What little difference the show had is being ruined by her.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        She's a lightweight-no Mika-I'm not referring to your body weight.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Mika is always the least informed person on the show. Her comments of "c'mon, c'mon" or "really, really?" "Ok then" and "a- huh a- huh" at Joe are immature and not professional. Joe a knuckle head yes but Mika's "good cop" to Joe's "bad cop" is pitiful and sets women journalist back decades. She never knows as much as the other guests. Most of which the guests have actual experience in what they are disgusting. It's a joy when she is NOT there.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        yes.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I can't believe Mika admires Huma Weiner for standing by her man.. It just shows how ideology can blind a person from reality..

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        TPTB at Morning Joe need to build a barrier in the floor and keep Mika and Joe separated at least 2 feet apart...Its disgusting to watch the body language between those two while they report the news... To add inset to injury each time Joe spout off how conservative he is, I cringe, at the way he and Mika carry on during the live taping, its no wonder their respective spouses haven't shown up on the air and read them the riot act...

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        she is a silly twat riding on her last name. show is so much better without her. same for joe actually. great guests that a robot could interview and make a more interesting program... Joe is so tired, self absorbed and boring now and their endless cutesy antics make me want to throw up. Find myself cheering when Barnacle hosts.... intelleigent convo's without all the bs and antics... having been watching this show devolve for years now and am finally at the point where i'm cancelling tv sub to MSNBC... like the evening lineup but not enough to keep paying for it, particularly when I can get a lot of it via my Apple TV podcasts for free. Would come back

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Just get her off. She does a disservice to serious women journalists. I love the show but occasionally just don't watch it due to her presence. Her spread in Vanity Fair tells it all. What can be done to have them replace her?????

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Mika is a bore. She looks tired and sounds worse. Obviously, a product of a wealthy upbringing, raised by a highly intelligent father, who still manages to assess most issues incorrectly, Mika comes off as a pouting, private school girl, who should probably keep her mouth shut and go shopping. She's terrible.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Mika Brzezinski is a complete dunce, nothing more. A spoiled brat who has been spoon fed her entire life. She sits at the desk making silly faces and lends nothing intelligent to the already dumbed down conversation. Frankly, they should get rid of her entirely.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I just watched for the first time today - so sad. There is some deep-seated anger in Ms. B, barely disguised behind the permanent sneer and outward contempt. I wouldn't tune in again because her whole demeanor is offensive, unless she is just extremely uncomfortable on camera. While commentators and reporters are in abundance, journalists are thin on the ground. Ms. B would not be part of the latter group based on today's stiff, tight-lipped and embarrassing display of anger towards her male co-host. It's subtle, but she can't control it. The other panel members looked terrified to interject and brought nothing to the table. She needs help!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Contributes nothing to show. Looks like "Barbie" who rolls eyes at comments she doesn't agree with. Un attractive personality- just a pretty face

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        she is a well meaning rich girl who just does not understand what is really going on with people that make less than $100K per year. I feel embarrassed for her most of the time and wish she could go home and supervise her staff.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Miki is the equivalent of the 'bubbleheads at FOX with a Progressive chip implanted. She seems to mouth Politically Correct rhetoric without an original thought of her own. The last straw is her pride at guzzling vodka at all times of the day.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        mika ruins the show

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Mika,if anything,takes away from the show.SHE IS TERRIBLE!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        she is a nobody, with nothing to add to a serious disscussion

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Mika allows herself to be what she is on MJ - a vacuous token who must practice her arched eyebrows, skeptical squinting, and pursed lips nightly in the mirror. Too often she is caught looking at the camera to see if she is "on" and needs to start mugging. Her shameless pandering to "sexiest man alive" Bradley Cooper may have been the all time low point of the show, beneath real pundits such as Andrea Mitchell, Candy Crowell, et al. Boys or not, the rest of the gang own their various points of view and their discussion is provocative and enlightening. Love the show. Mika should go away. Today. Speaking of which, what's Ann Curry doing these days?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        She is ridiculous. This morning she went on ad nausea how disgusting eating doughnut holes were and how they harmed children. Then proceeded to throw them away as Joe acted completely unphased. This is not journalism but rather middle schoolers flirting. Even liberals will change the channel to news stations

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No. She has provided no proof that she is capable of doing anything other than reading the news and mugging for the camera. She makes plenty of faces to convey how she feels about other people's comments and analysis, but is not assertive enough to articulate her own thoughts and views. She is also smug, condescending and petty. I used to love Morning Joe, but I got so sick of her I had to turn it off.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I like the set-up of the show. So, I can't agree with you there. But, Mika is annoying....and, has turned away many viewers that I know, including myself. She's embarrassing and appears like a little school girl at times and a schoolmarm at other times. I think her time on MJ is over. She should stick to writing books, championing good eating, and woman issues. Joe could tone it down a bit. The rest of team, I love.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        who else would hire her?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I try to watch all of the various "newsy" shows to be fair. Mika appears to NEVER know what she is talking about, and Joe seems to be the designated conservative but he is really just another Obama mouthpiece. Find it fascinating that Mika is constantly checking her technology instruments for moment-to-moment instructions from the White House. Just another shill organization.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        If her father was not National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, she would not be anything other than Smurfette. She is hurting women's equality nation wide. This is coming from a fan of Morning Joe.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You bet; she shouldn't even get out of bed.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No. Her self respect and dignity have been sacrificed to the Morning Jerk bunch.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Mika was chosen, much like Colmes of Hannity and Colmes fame, to play the subservient, awkward, inarticulate and brow-beaten liberal on the panel. Aside from the fact that she's a legacy hire, cashing in on her dad's status, there's no reason to have her on the show. She doesn't have a passionate defense for any issue. Joe and the other conservative panelists steamroll her on a regular basis. It's rather pathetic.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Noboby really can even believe Mika is on any network show, as she has absolutely nothing to offer. How did she ever get the spot on the show in the first place. She tries to act like she is SOMEBODY and she really is a NOBODY. There is no way she will ever be a serious journalist and she is one reason the show has zero ratings. If it wasn't for her facial contortions and stupid comments, she would offer nothing. Plus she is a very rude individual and they all know it. Get rid of her.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Mika just falls apart on Morning Joe and defers to Joe and the other guests. She's just pitiful. She acts like Joe's browbeaten, subservient wife. She just swallows her own opinions -- if she really has any. Then she tries to boss them over things like the time schedule during the show or what they wear. She would make a good hall monitor!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No. Morning Joe is wasting itself on Mika Brzenzinski! She is a perpetual whinning apologist for the Obama Administration and hardly a 'journalist'.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No. Morning Joe is wasting itself on Mika Brzenzinski! She is a perpetual whinning apologist for the Obama Administration and hardly a 'journalist'.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Absolutely not. The White House is using her exactly as they want her. She is a puppet, getting her conversation points on her iPhone during the course of the show. it is a joke, and everyone knows it. she is not taken seriously by anyone but herself.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Badly written

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        she reveals herself to anyone suffering from low self esteem....what bothers me is she is passing her on to her girls..

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Ruining her reputation? Did anyone know about her before Morning Joe and her continued popularity seems to be because she & Joe go every together.

        Hard to tell how he would do on her on since she is trapped in the show, does seem bored, and goes from fun to buzz-kill to often.

      • Edutopia 5 years ago

        If she wanted to be a serious journalist she'd have done something to help establish herself as one. If she couldn't leave the show for whatever reason she could have started up a personal blog that she could plug during the show to show her chops.

        As is she seems happy to play her role and not to aspire to better things.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Simply put, she literally brings nothing to the table.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Why would a woman who supposedly "knows her worth,"demean herself with those pathetic promos of the show.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        How could anyone tell if she is good or not on her own! No serious reporting here.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        she is not smart enough to be a serious journalist - too dismissive of other points of view....she is a privilege part of the political elite - no job for her if her father was not Zbignew - too bad but she is a disaster - as a personality she has some capability....of course, that being said, she is on MSNBC....ahhh

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Mika is not a good journalist, she is just an snup person. The only thing she knows what to do is body language when people talk about the gop or people thar she does not like. I don't think she is a likeable person. People don't like that show, and I won't be surprise if that show is canceled.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Mika does nothing but read the opinion pages, stares at Joe and nods in agreement and waits for Joe to give her permission to speak.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Mika B is a waste on morning Joe. She's only a "news reader" as Walter Cronkite would say, and adds absolutely nothing to the conversation. She asks only simple questions, and really can't participate in the debate because she is unbelievably uninformed. All she does is chatter on about weight and soda. People tune in to hear news, not her whining

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Why is she still on that show? Did you hear her just tell the Panel, "Will you guys shit up? I cant's take her anymore.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Mika is useless having nothing important to contribute. When she is not interrupting everyone, she is whining. A RAchel Maddow she is not so please do not put her to host that show in Rachel's absence. She looks out of place on Morning Joe. She is vain and vacuous and talks too much with nothing important to say.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Are you kidding me? She never had anything but a name. What little she had to waste is long gone.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Mika puts Women's Lib back in the stone age. Joe's a murdering, philandering fool.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        MS. Brzezinski does not have a reputation to ruin.

        Anyone who has seen Morning Joke knows by now,

        that Mika is a vacuous nitwit paired up with a

        bombastic blowhard.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Mika needs to grow a set...

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Ms Mika is out of her league with the Morning Joe Show. I can sight many

        Joe is a drop out and , I see his roll as humiliating her with every opportunity. One incident was 7+ minutes to get the reason: Why a license tag was an issue? The tag was not news worthy and Joe used her inability to ab libe. Made her look very stupid. He is unjust for his actions. This is my reaction to his nasty actions.!!!!!!!!!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        she pretends to play devils advocate on occassion just to seem fair. she is weak and scarborough is a yankee hating redkneck who pretends heis not racist. Shw would never even consider him a peer or intellectually close to her if he was'nt the boss. lawrence o'donnell should be the main man. I see him bite his tongue on occassion when JS jabs him under the veil of being humorous. the way scarborough talks down to or invalidates intelligent, ethical professionals that happen to be non white or non conserative spewing guests with his cheap shots and rambleing interuptions before they can reaspond makes me turn the sound off most mornings until someone honest and real arrives . When will he be gone ? Probably has long contract so wife and kids can enjoy best schools and shopping in the world while he puts down the people who were born or live above the mason dixon line. MIKA is his lil cute ventriloquist dummy that he has to have someone else do the voice throwing for him becausee he is to busy being stupid on a manic overdrive way. He is so arrogant he believes he is on the same intellectual or ethical level as the progressive awrd winning journalists that are only there because there is no other cable news show not totally run by organized psuedo-nazi org. and msnbc is too weenie based to allow one show the ability to be truthful and balanced instead of pretending to be fair and open as when mika takes the conservative view instead of joe when someone right on points out the facts of the shortcomings and lies of the repubs that are so glaring and she pretends to be open to the other sides point of view. come on msnbc. ya ditched that dick head imus. how about getting rid of his rep;lacements so we don't have to wait until its time to leave for work before you let the libs have some airtime. Of course keith makes up for JOE bro and Dr. maddow is the best freethinking non-talking pointer and brave person on the circuit. none of the liers wNNA TAKE HER ON, BECAUSE SHE HAS THE TRUTH AND RESEARCH ON HER SIDE. her sensable shoes and words are a wonderful relief from Mika's spike heels and parrot chirping as she pretends she is not smooching joes large arse. Did anybody else notice the way she could not act like a giggley little girl when she just began on the show and KIKI Barber would look at her ? I think that was around the time donnie deutsch( her $2500.00 apr. shoe enabler) busted her on not wearing her wedding ring. I really don't think there is any love ;ost between scarboroh and deuch either. I guess scarboroh has to temper anything he might say to harsh about the foxie boys on the right since he would hate to have them dig up that ol news story so well buried about the pretty young staffer that was discovered dead in his office back in the mid 90's.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        mika is definately not a real journalist. she rarely has anything to contribute to the conversation other that making faces and having the boys call her mommy which is really sexist. also during the campaign when she stated that the media was being sexist to sarah palin made me think mika was a birdbrain. she allows herself to be ridiculed by ... See Morejoe all the time. plus why did she have to follow joe on his book tour, to me she just comes off as eye candy because she brings no substance to the conversations

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        The "serious journalist" does not run away from serious issues. I've noticed that her work as a commentator is rather sparse. It's painfully obvious that her father's connections have helped her attain employment. As a true feminist, I find Mika's view that the media attacks on Sarah Palin are sexist quite laughable. The real sexism is on the show with Scarborough where she is treated like a lap dog. I would have had more respect for her if she had not rushed back to work after fracturing her child's leg on a staircase. Her account of the story is rather chilling. A normal mother would have stuck it out longer with the child after the recovery.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        You've got it backwards. MSNBC is wasting a profitable time slot on a woman that is an embarassment to all women.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        She is not wasting herself. She is way over her head. She is simple and vacuous. She takes a political stand every now and then, giving the impression she has actually been thinking. However, she never backs up her statements. She doesn't have the intelligence to carry her side of any argument and resorts to eye rolling or repeating the same inane statement repeatedly. She is bored and boring. She has a wonderful, intelligent father; but seems to have nothing of his except his name. I find her vain, dull and tiresome. Each time I see her I feel more and more that she is nothing more than window dressing. This is not true of Andrea, Nora, or any of the other intelligent women who appear on this show. I am sick of her silliness and have almost stopped watching.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Increasingly, she is becoming more and more silly, vane, and just plain embarassing. Initially I thought the banter between she and Joe was funny and cute--but there is a point to when it becomes just plain inane and vacuous. Now, I find discussions of her shoes, her dresses, her hair, her running habits, her drinks becoming the ONLY thing she and the others talk to her about. Serious journalists will not longer take her seriously. They'll be sweet to her on camera, but no doubt, they're dismissing her off camera.

      My View of Morning Joe: Psuedo Journalism, But If You Disagree, Chime In

      I think it is worse than the network shows such as Today and Good Morning America as they do not pretend to be serious journalism. Thus when they do have serious segments, they take them seriously. Morning Joe will mug and pan and mock Mika through the most serious stories, such as former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski's analysis of the Gaza situation that could threaten the world.

      Joe's Constant Jibes About Her (made up) "Drugs and Drinking"

      Yes, we know it is all in fun. Or so we are supposed to assume if we are good sports. And of course Wendy, tries to keep the boys in line,

      Meet Joe Scarborough: Class Clown Who Wants to Be Taken Seriously

      Mica's father is former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. They have him on the show occasionally to talk about national security. Mica, stays, but refuses to interview him. I don't know if this is her being professional, or just going along with the pseudo professional theme of the show. However, at his appearance on December 29th of 2008, to discuss Gaza and the current fighting in the area there was a disruption. Joe was being silly, and then said "you cannot blame what's going on in Israel on the Bush administration." This prompted Zbig to reply, "You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing to listen to you."

      Joe continued to try to make fun of the situation, but it was Mica's mugging for the camera that concerned me. Was she really so embarrassed that she couldn't contain herself, not very professional, or is this her Smurfette role in the show? Is she being Wendy to the misbehaving Peter Pan?

      Mika Is Mugged by a Mugger, Then Mugged by Joe and the Boys

      One morning Mike was mugged before coming to the show. She lost $6. Joe insists on making a huge issue out of it, much to Mika's clear embarrassment. He made an issue when the mayor of Washington was on, he interrupted other stories, he tried to make Mika upset. He was a brat. She was professional, he was a brat.

      "Mayor it was six dollars, it’s okay ... I love that hotel. I’ll need six dollars before I leave the bureau is all."

      Peter Pan to Mika's Wendy?

      Joe Scarborough won 3 elections for the House of Representatives from Florida. While in office he received an award from American Conservative Union for voting their positions 95% of the time.

      Shortly after winning his 4th election, he suddenly resigned to spend more time with his boys. Shortly after this announcement a 28 year old employee was found dead in his office.

      "FORT WALTON BEACH, FL. - Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old office worker for Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fl), was found dead in the congressman's district office. Police said preliminary findings from the medical examiner's office showed no foul play or any outward indication of suicide."

      There were two notable results from this. The first is that both he and an aide gave press conferences stating that they knew of a neurological disease that could have caused the mysterious death. It turned out that there was no such disease. The second is that while at this time Gary Conyers had been daily news around the disappearance of Chandra Levy, the death of Ms Klausutis in Scarborough's office was only covered in one local paper.

      Since then he has talked about a presidential run, worked as an attorney and hosted an evening show, Scarborough Country, on MSNBC. This show had mediocre to poor ratings. He has done better with Morning Joe, due in part to the patter with Mika Brzezinski and the interest in Barack Obama, something that has helped all MSNBC shows rise in popularity.

      Why Do I Compare Morning Joe to the Smurfs?

      I have compared this show to the Smurfs and Smurfette. You may wonder why. You can read more about the Smurfs in the Wiki article, however, know that this article does not mention Smurfette. You see, the Smurfs are a cartoon, much like the Seven Dwarfs. Each one has a different personality and a different function and is named to describe that. Much like the guys on Morning Joe, except for the names, of course.

      Then there is Smurfette, who doesn't even get a mention. She is the one female character and she is all females; all girls. No need for differentiation of personality. Mica is the anchorette here. 'ette' is a phrase that Rush Limbaugh attaches to all female journalists and most other jobs to show contempt. I don't have contempt for Mica, not yet, but I am concerned that her position on this show is very much an 'ette'.

      And to Peter Pan?

      Peter Pan enters the nursery to take Wendy and her little brothers to Never Never Land, where boys don't have to grow up. Peter needs Wendy, just a girl herself, to grow up and be their mother.

      The boys on morning Joe are certainly lost. They need Mika to give them any legitimacy, while making the days as difficult as they can.

      This, if you haven't seen it, is Morning Joe.

      Mika Takes a Stand While the Boys Ridicule

      Mika refuses to read the "Paris Hiltion Gets Out of Jail" story as the lead story. She tried to ignore it, then burn it, then shreds it, while the guys make light of her.

      I think she was serious here. However, how long can she stay with this show, where her job seems to be to give the naughty boys something to make fun of?

      To Make My Point

      As I searched for pictures of Mika Brzezinski for this lens, about 20% of what came up where pictures of Paris Hilton.

      Mika refused to let Paris be the news when there was a war to report on. Mika is mocked and teased by the men who would have read the story as lead. A search for Mika's pictures results in pictures of Paris Hilton.

      Now, imagine that happening to any male newsperson, no matter how frivolous he might he. Has it every happened to Joe?

      I Think These Kinds of Roles Affect Women Negatively

      Just as Smufette is supposed to represent all females, we still live in a world where people tend to see one woman as representing all women.

      Thus when a woman is in the supposed role of news anchor, people who watch her tend to see all female news anchors or maybe even professional women as being like her.

      Thus when any woman, such a Mika Brzezinski is in a position in the public people tend to unconsciously judge all women by her. People who think that Joe Scarborough is Peter Pan or a cartoon Smurf will not have the rub off on all male news persons. However, Mika's Wendy or Smurfette tend to rub off on all women.

      Do You Think That Mika's Role On Morning Joe Hurts Women's Image?

      This Is 2009, Not 1959. Margo You Are Too Sensitive About This, Here's Why...

      This Is 2009, Not 1959. Margo You Are Too Sensitive About This, Here's Why...

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        • Edutopia 5 years ago

          The dynamic between Joe and Mika doesn't hurt the image of women, just Mika.

        • anonymous 6 years ago

          Or, it could elevate all of us, I would guess she is taking home a paycheck that dreams are made of. It's okay to be sensitive though. Women's status in society is on the rise but has some to go for sure.

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          At least you finally spellled her name correctly.

        Yes, Things Have Gotten Better, Margo, You Make a Good Point, Here's Why..

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          • anonymous 4 years ago

            A big fat YES Its hurts because of her inappropriate behavior as a married lady, and it hurts because she don't take a stand as a woman. SHe claims to be a Obama supporter but throws shade at the Prez every time Joe goes into one of his tirades against him, as if to appease Joe and not take her own stand. Be a woman of the new millennium Mika, show the world that women can have it all and keep their grace. A puppet on a string could report the news better. She has the most offensive body language, at some points practically sitting in Joe's lap. Mika starts off on her side of the table and before you know it she is almost in the same chair as Joe. I get offended trying to watch the points of view from guest, because those two never fail to act inappropriate. Mika and Joe never fail to disappoint and distract with their on air appalling behavior, I'm shocked the upper management hasn't called them both on it..

          • anonymous 4 years ago

            you would never see diane sawyer or barbara walters acting like this!!!!!!! it is degrading!!!!!!!! he acts like diana ross and she acts like the fifth replacement after the original supremes. wow!!!!!!

          • Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

            Well I have never seen her and having read this lens I will becertain never to watch her

          • joubess lm 7 years ago

            It hurts the image of women as professionals, but no more so than many other shows did in the past. It's about 10 years behind is what hurts Mika and women in general. Women, despite the Bush administration have become equals on the news with many men. Katy Curic used to be zaney and funny on Today, but she is also a serious journalist who tagged around Iraq with Gen. Schwartzkof during the first Gulf War. Now she anchors CBS evening News. Andrea Mitchel has always been a serious journalist and has worked hard for decades. Mika needs to get off of Morning Joe and get her own show or go back to anchoring the news. I'm not sure which option to pick below, though. I don't think those are the right courses to take. I think the women involved in these roles have a responsibility to demand to be treated equally by demanding men's roles, not being their Smurfettes, and leaving situations that are beneath them. Women divorce husbands for this B.S., why not start divorcing jobs for the same B.S.? I don't think she should leave before she has a better job to replace this one, though. As long as she's on screen she still has name recognition, important to attract viewers to a new show. Too sensitive? I think we're not sensitive enough and we're not made enough about it to stop taking it.

          • julcal 8 years ago

            I think the behavior of ALL parties on this news show hurts ALL parties. That guy is a jerk, which makes him look bad to any person with any common sense. The way she takes it makes her look like a jerk which makes her look bad. They're all acting like a bunch of 13 year olds. It's like family therapy, if she would stop playing the game, there would be no game to play. What a creep.

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          So Is Mika a Real Journalist? I don't Know Yet.

          and what I eventually decide will probably depend on how long she stays on Morning Joe. This is a good place for exposure, but it is a kind of exposure that could backfire

          We will see what happens, but I hope you expressed your opinion here. Be sure to watch the show to help you decide!

          More on Morning Joe

          Morning Joe was brought in to replace the Imus Show when his radio/TV program was canceled do to the uproar about the comments about the Rutger's Women's Basketball Team. Joe Scarborough, for whom the show is named, had had an evening show, with poor ratings. He suggested this morning contrast to other morning shows that feature cooking segments and celebrity interviews. This is supposed to be serious morning news, however, it is actually a daily review with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys with Mika as Wendy.

          However, it was one thing for the boys' club of Imus (i enjoyed that show and disagreed with those who canceled it) has a bimbo who they all use as a butt of jokes. It is something else when Morning Joe does this to an intelligent woman.

          But, then, that's my opinion. If you have seen it, you will have your own. If you haven't seen it, please do.

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              Andy 4 years ago from London, England

              Very interesting lens. I haven't seen this programme - I don't think we get it here in the UK.

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              Edutopia 5 years ago

              She is the classic fall guy for Joe and she'll likely manage to typecast herself into that role though it doesn't look like she is really doing much to fight the branding either.

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              Maybe we need to give some time to Mika, maybe she has to given a chance to prove her worth.

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              Maybe it is just about entertainment and someone has decided what will get Morning Joe ratings, hmmmm. Is Mika being played for a fool or is it the public being fooled? Always well done Margo!

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              Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

              Excellent lens and interesting duel. I seldom watch TV anymore, and so while I have not watched this show it sounds like a perfect example of why I avoid network TV. Your lens is compelling and actually makes me feel like watching it - once or twice only - just to watch a silly circus, kinda like Barnum & Bailey. 5*s!

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              She is worse than Juan Williams representing himself as a Democrat on FOX.

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              Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

              I refuse to watch the show--and furthermore, I liked Imus better, even though he was a goof.

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              Hi there, I'm Laura from Would It Kill HimTM©2008 Funny Art Comic. I happened to be doing a search on google and found your page!

              Great Lens you have here-

              As I was reading, I noticed you had one of my shirts featured below- Thanks so much and I think that was really cool & means a lot :)

              Have a great day, Laura

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              julcal 8 years ago

              I think this is a superb lens, Margo. I had no idea about this show. It certainly stirred up a lot of emotion in me, not just against Joe and the boys, but I feel so disappointed in Mika for playing the game. Doesn't she think she could do better? Does she like it? But really, Joe couldn't be more obnoxious than my brother was at 13.