In the waning seconds of Morning Joe‘s broadcast Monday morning, cohost Mika Brzezinski delivered a scathing opinion of the Trump administration’s war against the free press, an issue that has remained hotly-debated on the MSNBC morning show in recent months.
After going around the table and offering closing thoughts to her panelists, Brzezinski noted firmly to camera, “I say stop the war on the media right now.” She quickly continued, “Fake news, fake presidency. That’s just what it’s going to come down to. Fake presidency.”
President Donald Trump and his staff have continued their all-out assault against members of the media, regularly invoking the names out outlets like The New York Times and CNN for being a part of the “fake news” apparatus. The President has tweeted regularly about his disdain for particular news organizations, citing “dishonest” reporting, and turning his followers against the press in a continuation of his populist campaign tone that often singled out reporters.
Last week at CPAC, chief strategist Steve Bannon — who has repeatedly referred to the Fourth Estate as “the opposition party” — repeated his criticisms of the press to the conservative crowd in Maryland. “They’re corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda,” he said.
“If you look at the opposition party and how they portray the campaign, how they portrayed the transition, and how they are portraying the administration, it’s always wrong. Just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the campaign, and just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the transition, they are absolutely dead wrong about what’s going on today.”
Mika Brzezinski recently announced that she would not be booking Kellyanne Conway to appear on the MSNBC morning show any longer due to lingering inconsistencies with her interviews. “I know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show; I won’t do it,” Brzezinski said recently. “Every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off, or incorrect.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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J.D. Durkin (@jivedurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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