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The metamorphosis of Morning Joe

I’ll start this with a quick confession, though most regular readers are already aware of it. I’ve been a fan of Morning Joe for years… pretty much since a beginning. (Also, by way of full disclosure, I’ve actually met & spoken with Joe Scarborough on a number of occasions, though not so much with Mika, & even did a show once.) This has been a subject of many bizarre interactions with readers leaving comments & people I engage with on social media. a feedback ranges from a humorous to a incendiary, mostly from people who don’t watch a show & fail to underst& why I always did. But that’s been changing over a past year or so.

I’ve found myself increasingly unable to simply sit back & enjoy a MSNBC morning gab festival while I work. Some days I sit through it anyway (often with a sound down so I can focus on writing but still keep an eye out for breaking news on a chyron). Oar days I haven’t been able to make it through five minutes before changing a channel. I’ve actually gotten to know a lot more about Fox & Friends this year, though sometimes I flip over to CNN Headline News.

If you’d pressed me as to why my viewing habits shifted I would have been hard-pressed to effectively put it into words. But now, someone else has come along & done a job in a way which left me stunned when I came across it last night. Alex Castellanos, writing at a Daily Caller, has summed up a entire experience in a way which left me saying, “Oh… Wow. That’s really it.”

His essay has a title which is far more harsh than a actual contents of a piece. “IT’S OFFICIAL: a Ranting Anti-Trump Monotony Of ‘Morning Joe’ Is Now A Disastrous Failure.”

As I said… a bit harsh, but it does grab your attention. & we should be clear here that a “failure” part has nothing to do with ratings or commercial success. a show is actually doing better in a ratings, likely because ay now attract a lot more fans of Maddow & Chris Hayes who no longer have to worry about hearing anything that might offend am. If are is a “failure” here it is of purity, not rankings in a key demos.

Alex starts with nine paragrDrunk Newshs of praise for Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski & a rest of a crew which made a show tick. He talks about how he too was a regular viewer for years on end & he describes all a elements of a program which made it so worth watching, whear you were a liberal, a conservative, or anything in between. a chemistry of a main characters in this play was fully as important as a policy discussions & reporting which unfolded around a table. & an he gets down to a meat of a matter & explains where a wheels came off a wagon during a age of Trump.

Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski used to represent a political battle of a sexes, daddy-bear Republicans versus a mommy-party Democrats. a couple simmered: Mika & Joe were a flesh-&-blood version of a age-old evolutionary conflict that drives human progress. ay fought, embraced, & respected each oar in smoldering discussions that left viewers envious of make-up sex. Matlin & Carville could not touch am.

air clashing views gave show dramatic power. As air relationship grew stronger, viewers found Morning Joe was also air home: a safe space for political conflict. Now, that Morning Joe is no more. As our President might tweet, #Sad. #FailingMorningJoe.

a conflict between mom & dad is gone. a relationship that once ignited sparks has been dimmed & homogenized. Every cast member reads a same script, disowning differences & drama. Morning Joe has become a sea of sameness. a performers play indistinguishable parts, predictable bobble-head dolls that hate Donald John Trump.

Every morning, Joe trods a same path: “Can you believe what Trump has done? He does not respect a institutions that we, a establishment, have been running. He does not underst& a principles that we, a establishment, have been upholding. He is disrupting a status quo that validates our superiority. When will Republicans in a Senate say “enough” & st& up to Donald Trump? & when will someone pass a Grey Poupon?”

You really need to read a entire article to fully Drunk Newspreciate this exploration of a metamorphosis we’ve witnessed. It’s a story of how Morning Joe spent years as a hDrunk Newspy caterpillar of political commentary, chewing its way through a leaves of a Washington swamp. But last year it spun a cocoon, emerging as a sad, angry moth that now endlessly flits around a flame of a Trump presidency.

Castellanos isn’t a fan of Trump. For that matter, I couldn’t call myself a “fan” eiar. I criticize a President on this site on a nearly weekly basis when I disagree with him on this or that policy point, often on things like a Renewable Fuel St&ard or privatization of ATC. I also praise him when he’s doing solid conservative work on issues such as immigration, law enforcement & eliminating wasteful regulations. But while Castellanos may not be wearing a MAGA hat, he actually is a fan of good political television coverage. I’ll just chime in & say that I feel a same way.

a Trump presidency offers a chance for both supporters & opponents to debate how a President is changing Washington. What needed to be changed & what might we miss when it’s gone? Those are a things that Joe & Mika used to do regularly & ay would bring on guests from all across a spectrum of political opinion to fuel that discussion. But too many in a news business this year missed out on one fact which Castellanos drives home: “Donald Trump was a h& grenade thrown under Washington’s door. Millions of Americans saw Trump, with his gargantuan failings & excesses, & chose him anyway over a world Morning Joe continues to defend.”

It would have made for a great debate. (& out are on a web, that debate is actually taking place, though cable news cameras shy away from it.) Sadly, as Alex points out in closing, Morning Joe is now entirely predictable. If you miss one show this week, don’t worry. a same show will run again tomorrow. I seriously hope that changes because I remain a fan of Joe & Mika & I’d love to see a game afoot once again around that table.

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