MSNBC Issues Statement Slamming Reports About Trump, Morning Joe

There are reports today that Morning Joe dynamic duo Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski spent part of primary night hanging in Donald Trump‘s hotel room. The ball got rolling after Trump referred to Scarborough and Brzezinski as “supporters,” or at least believers.

The two of them attempted to distance themselves from that comment, and Scarborough got pretty pissed off at CNN media reporter Dylan Byers for his reporting about the hotel room visit.

Scarborough insisted his sources were wrong, Byers challenged him to actually deny the report on the record, and MSNBC ended up releasing this statement:

CNN’s media reporter, Dylan Byers, is implying that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski watched election returns with Donald Trump last night in New Hampshire. That is not true.

The Morning Joe hosts instead did what anchors are supposed to do — they interviewed the candidate’s senior staff to get background information on their strategy in New Hampshire, and on their campaign’s plans moving forward in South Carolina. The staff then invited the hosts to get Mr. Trump’s reaction to the victory. That discussion lasted less than five minutes. Other networks were allowed interviews as well.

It should be noted that Morning Joe is off to a great start in this election year. In January, the show had 28% more viewers than CNN’s morning show last month. And thus far in February, more people are watching Morning Joe than CNN.

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