It’s no secret at this blog that I have been watching Morning Joe for years.
For years it’s been an entertaining & informative show. Joe & Mika are one of the best pairings I’ve ever seen on television in such a format. Willie Geist works very well. Barnicle is from my home town and all of them are extremely gracious in person.
They never forget the viewers. At public events I’ve seen them give of their time to and never treat themselves as above the people who spare a part of their weekday mornings with them.
This core makes the show and it makes the people around them better. You get a real sense that you could enjoy a meal & conversation with these people.
Their willingness to be open about opinions is also important, I’d trust Mika for example over many of the MSM simply because she doesn’t pretend her opinion is coming from anyplace other than where it is.
But there is a more mercenary / practical reason why I tend to watch.
As a 6 AM Morning Joe they are pretty much the best source of the left’s daily talking points. If I want to see where the left will be going during the day, and if I want to see the arguments I’ll have to consider or rebut (depending on their quality) Morning Joe provides it.
Unfortunately lately this has been less and less of the case.
Since December it’s become guns, guns, guns, guns. There might have been a day when gun control has not be a topic on Morning Joe since Newtown, if so I don’t remember it.
Now it could be possible that this HAS been the entire daily talking point of the left. Given that nothing else is working for the White House it might be the line of attack for the left for 2014, but what is the point of waiting to see the left’s argument if it’s the same argument every single day that I can recite backwards.
At the end of each show they ask: “What, if anything, have we learned today. Increasingly the answer to that question has been: Not a damn thing.
And if I’m not being informed, then why invest hours of my time that I’ll never get back?
I’m not going to give them forever to figure that out.