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I think comparing Scarborough to Ron Burgundy is a little charitable. I mean, I’d much rather watch 3 hours of jazz flute solos than Morning Joe.

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  • Sly

    Joe Scarborough is a man! A man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of iron and brawn! That’s what kind of man he is!

    Jonathan Chait is just a liberal with a small brain. A brain a third the size of us. It’s science.

    • expatchad

      Closer inspection will reveal that he built that tower out of painted balsa wood.

      • Kurzleg

        Even more impressive!

  • NonyNony

    Childish insults and skewed graphs liberals make up on their mom’s PowerPoint does not change reality. Facts-and math-are stubborn things.

    Say what you want about the trolls that hang around here – few of them have posted anything as stupid as what Joe posts on his Twitter feed.

    I agree with Chait – I particularly like the contrast of calling out “childish insults” while subtly indicating that Chait still relies on his mother to support him.

    I think I might need to follow Scarborough’s Twitter feed just to see how many other nuggets of comedy the man provides.

    • Joshua

      That might be the least self-aware tweet ever written.

      I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.

  • Carbon Man

    Joe Scarborough is a Beltway moron, and a skunk of the highest order. How he got a morning show is beyond me. Nothing but Beltway claptrap and regurgitated conventional wisdom served up with a side of Starbucks.

    Fuck that noise. Nobody needs it.

    • Stan Gable

      Loud noises! Loud noises!

      • Bruce Leroy

        I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!!!!!

        • Uncle Kvetch

          PANCAKES! WE’RE YELLING ABOUT PANCAKES! WHAT THE HELL ELSE IS THERE TO YELL ABOUT?

        • Jim

          I wanna holler the loud funny words! I LIKE DARIN, HE IS MY FRIEND! I LIKE YOU AND HIM! HE LIKES ME! AND I LIKE HIM! HE LIKES YOU I HOPE! I LIKE HIS AUTOGRAPH IT IS A NICE PICTURE! HE IS NICE!

          • expatchad

            You guys are dating, eh?

          • Uncle Ebeneezer

            WE ARE GENERALS! YOU ARE THE ENEMY!

    • Colin Day

      Isn’t being a Beltway moron and a skunk of the highest order prerequisites for getting a morning show?

  • JKTHs

    Ah yes, those exploding entitlements, aka the rents that the many health care-related industries extract because we don’t have single payer and have made our current government programs ineffective at bidding down prices.

  • Sherm

    He’s an ass — but like the old Imus Show — he gets decent guests who are actually allowed to speak from time to time and plays good music before and after the commercial breaks.

    • expatchad

      Whatever happened to the Imus?

      • Colin Day

        Isn’t he a hair stylist for Black women?

    • Reilly

      Whatever decent guests he might have on are offset by the D.C. human furniture with which he populates his set — Barnicle, Harold Ford, Brokaw, Halperin, etc. And playing snippets of classic rock songs in and out of break strikes me as a lame attempt at establishing coolness bona fides and pretense to an energy that doesn’t exist. Beyond that, the juvenile celebration of traditional gender roles that he and his studio wife Mika communicate is fucking wretched.

      • sharculese

        playing snippets of classic rock songs in and out of break strikes me as a lame attempt at establishing coolness bona fides and pretense to an energy that doesn’t exist

        the talk show host equivalent of name checking ac/dc and led zeppelin in your convention speech

        • Reilly

          Bingo. I once saw William Bennett name-check his way through bands he was “into” in his youth. It was only remarkable for what I didn’t hear — any trace of authenticity.

          • rea

            So, you don’t believe the reports that he dated Janis Jopliin?

            • Reilly

              It was one blind date. I can’t use that as a positive reflection of his taste in music or as a negative reflection of her taste in men.

      • timb

        That last part times a 100. Mika’s ability/willingness to play the dumb blonde is sickening

      • expatchad

        We don’t get him in my part of Asia…part of the natural charm of Phils.

  • UserGoogol

    To be fair, Scarborough is somewhat of a token conservative in the MSNBC environment. But of course, on the other hand, even though Fox has had token liberals from time to time, Alan Colmes wasn’t given his own morning talk show.

    • efgoldman

      To be fair….

      Why?

      • UserGoogol

        For a variety of reasons, ranging from the pedantic nitpicky desire to waffle over the technicalities of Scarborough’s role at MSNBC, to the more idealistic attitude that intellectual fairness is a necessary part of liberalism and a just society. (Or really, it’s mostly the former, but since you explicitly questioned me on it, the latter is certainly coming to mind.)

        Although I guess calling Scarborough a token isn’t really quite right, since he’s been on MSNBC since before they really embraced their current position as a liberal-ish alternative to Fox. His role on MSNBC is kind of complicated, I suppose.

        • expatchad

          Well since I moved to S E Asia I have not seen MSNBC. I miss them, but certainly not Joe. We don’t generally have American style circuses and clowns.

          In fairness, MSNBC is not often a circus, but Joe is always a clown.

          • xenos

            I have been out of the US for three years, myself. Does MSNBC still do 48 hours of prison documentaries every weekend.

            It would be great if they just did a documentary marathon covering a range of topics each weekend, but who the hell ever watched that?

            • commie atheist

              Yes. My favorite part of watching Rachel Maddow on Fridays is when she says at the end of the show, totally deadpan, “And now it’s time to go to prison.”

    • commie atheist

      How is he a token? He gets three hours a day. The token “liberals” – Maddow, Schultz, O’Donnell, Sharpton – total four hours. Then you have a mainstream hack, Matthews, a mainstream “journalist,” Mitchell and a bunch of mainstream news shows.

      • spencer

        I’ve never really bought the idea of MSNBC as a liberal-ish alternative to Fox for precisely this reason.

        • UserGoogol

          I think they’re liberal-ish, but the ish part is important.

      • UserGoogol

        Well, the liberals get the sweet prime time block. Scarborough gets fifteen hours a week to play around with, but it’s not in a time of the day when people are just going to sit down and watch the whole block.

        I absolutely agree that MSNBC is not a liberal equivalent of Fox. But they are trying to certainly trying to project that image, giving their liberals their most high profile timeslots. (Of course, Chris Matthews shares the prime time timeslot block with the liberals, and I agree that Chris Matthews is a fucking hack, but at least he seems to be trying to fit in along them as being a liberal-leaning hack.) MSNBC absolutely isn’t all conservative all the time in the way that Fox is, but they’re accentuating their liberal side.

        • commie atheist

          What you’re leaving out is the fact that Fox just makes shit up half the time. If they were just reporting and opining with a conservative bias, the way that MSNBC reports and opines with a liberal bias (for at least part of the time), that would be one thing. MSNBC does not promote the views of the left-wing equivalents of Newsmax, World News Daily, Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh the way that Fox does.

        • Actually valuing balance, intellectual rigor, and fairness are values that are innate to liberalism.

          In a sense, MSNBC including these things, while Fox does not, is part of what makes it a “liberal version.”

  • How did Barack Obama win? Nobody Joe knows voted for him.

    • expatchad

      That’s certainly a telling reflection on Joe. Is he a buddy of Rand Paul or Inhofe?

    • rea

      You may be the first evern to see the parallel between Scarborough and Pauline Kael

  • Reasonable 4ce

    Yeah, but Fox & Friends still makes Morning Ho look like William F. Buckley’s Firing Line. Shit, Fox & Friends makes the Howard Stern Show look like Buckley’s Firing Line. Besides, isn’t Ron Burgundy more like Steve Doocey?

  • I can’t believe a conservative would use the word “skewed” after the recent unpleasantness with election polling.

  • I thought of two good things to say about Morning Joe:

    The still photography they use when they go to, and come back from, commercials is quality stuff.

    Joe and Mika have genuinely interesting on-air chemistry.

  • Winchester

    It’s Pancake Day!

    The day before Ash Wednesday is known as Mardi, but from now on, in honour of this blog, I shall call this last day of feasting Pancake Day!

    • wjts

      OK, that’s pretty good, man. Full marks.

  • Winchester

    Mardi Gras*

    • Colin Day

      Fat pancakes? Even better!

  • i know it was a joke, and i know it was “watch,” and presumably you even meant “unaccompanied jazz flute solos,” but i’m here to defend jazz flute!

    seriously, i have a jazz flute playlist (made it for a friend who was learning flute) that has north of 40 pieces (i’m not in front of the playlist right now) featuring flute solos, that runs more than 4 hours, and includes such masters as eric dolphy, sam rivers, james newton, henry threadgill, and rahsaan, and it’s excellent and quite listenable.

    • sparks

      Screw Lemieux, I’ll listen to Yusef Lateef anytime.

      • spencer

        Seconded.

        • howard

          lateef is part of the flute playlist i mentioned as well, and now that i’m in front of it, it consists of 45 tracks, 4.1 hours, and worth every second of your listening (i even have a herbie mann track that’s surprisingly good!).

    • Scott Lemieux

      Yes, in all seriousness when not “lite” jazz, jazz flute can be outstanding. Especially Dolphy. (I haven’t heard much Threadgill.)

      BTW, speaking of Dolphy, have you heard that new Mingus European concerts set? That period of Mingus is incredible, but I’m not sure it can justift the expense.

      • howard

        Scott, it was my wife’s xmas present, it’s a killer, but i’m not sure it’s a must-own, given its cost, for anyone but mingus and dolphy fanatics.

        But if you are a mingus or dolphy fanatic, then yes (plus, of course, jaki byard!).

        The smaller mosaic threadgill box has lots of great stuff, including much of his excellent flute work.

        • howard

          Actually, memory failed: the threadgill is an 8-cd package, not smaller at all! Still, great stuff, including the classic by threadgill’s starter band, air, “air lore.”

      • howard

        so now that i’m at a keyboard and not a phone, let me add that, after all, for the same money as the mosaic box set you could buy a cross-section of mingus from the ’40s through the ’70s, so you’d only drill down into mingus mid-’60s, as the box set does, after you’ve gotten the full range of his work (for example, the charles “baron” mingus collection of his ’40s work in la, “ah um,” “black saint and the sinner lady,” “mingus, mingus, mingus, mingus, mingus,” “pithecanthropus erectus,” “changes one,” “money jungle,” and “jazz at massey hall” for starters).

        for dolphy, the must-owns-first include “out to lunch” (which has some excellent flute work) and “at the five spot.”

        • howard

          and somehow i didn’t mention “blues and roots” for your basic mingus collection….

        • Scott Lemieux

          Already have some of those –Out To Lunch and Out There and Ah Um have all been longtime faves. I also got the Mingus/Dolphy Cornell 1964 set, which is terrific.

          I’d love to see that flute playlist sometime, although it’s hard to cut and paste!

          • howard

            well, look, the bottom line is that i love the work mosaic does and i have a large number of their sets, and you’re not spending your money poorly to buy almost anything that mosaic puts out, and certainly if you’re a mingus and dolphy fan, this is an essential collection.

            but in the scheme of things, without knowing the scale of your jazz collection in general, the odds are that your money is more wisely spent on breadth rather than depth of mingus/dolphy, but you have to decide how strongly you like ’em.

            when i have a moment, i’ll figure out a way to email you the flute playlist.

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