On Friday, “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski opened the MSNBC show with this: “The day after Thanksgiving, hoo! I’m stuffed!”
Co-host Joe Scarborough chimed in with: “That was a great Thanksgiving!”
But the show wasn’t live. In fact, Thanksgiving hadn’t even happened yet: As it turns out, the pair recorded the show on Wednesday.
“Friday’s program had all the earmarks of a typical “Morning Joe” and few viewers seemed to notice that it wasn’t happening in real time,” The Washington Post reported.
MSNBC offered no announcement or statement to viewers that it was a taped program. The only indirect clue was at the bottom of the screen: The “Live” graphic that normally appears was removed.
The rest was cooked up to appear as if it was happening in real time.
Brezinski opened the program by saying, “Day after Thanksgiving! Hoo! I’m stuffed.”
The second segment picked up the after-holiday theme.
“I always cook the turkey with the guts in it!” said Brzezinski.
“Joe didn’t notice. He ate the bag,” quipped co-host Willie Geist, pretending that Scarborough had consumed Brzezinski’s theoretical turkey.
“It was good!” said Scarborough. He added, “Well, you know, the game made up for it . . .”
Scarborough then turned to Rick Tyler, an MSNBC contributor who was Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign spokesman. “How was your Thanksgiving?” he asked.
“Very successful,” responded Tyler. “Although the conversations were interesting.”
“I bet!” said Brzezinski.
The next line of the Post story was classic. “The panel then swung into a discussion of the pedophile controversy surrounding Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.”
See, it doesn’t matter when “Morning Joe” airs, whether it’s taped or not — the show’s a one-trick pony, bashing Republicans and defending Democrats for three straight hours.
On Friday, the pair never mentioned the biggest story of the day — the ISIS attack at an Egypt mosque that killed 305 — but instead bashed President Trump nonstop.
A “longtime viewer” of the program contacted The Post to ask if it was live, and then expressed displeasure.
“I was quite flabbergasted by the way they were so deceptive about this . . . especially when they are always so quick to castigate lying [or] deception they attribute to others,” said the viewer, who asked not to be identified.
An MSNBC spokeswoman declined to comment. But an executive confirmed that the program wasn’t live. “There was no intention to trick viewers,” she said. “Would it have helped if there was a disclaimer,” referencing it as a delayed broadcast? “Maybe. But that’s not typically done.”
Boy, talk about “fake news.”