When the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talked on Friday about the wonderful Thanksgiving they had just enjoyed, there was one small problem.
Thanksgiving had not yet happened when the banter between hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski was taped on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, according to a report in The Washington Post.
MSNBC did not tell viewers the show was taped, although the “live” label on the screen did not appear.
When The Post contacted MSNBC for its side of the story, a spokeswoman denied comment.
The Post said a network executive it did not name admitted that what appeared to be live was not.
“There was no intention to trick viewers,” the executive said. “Would it have helped if there was a disclaimer,” thus telling viewers that the broadcast was delayed? “Maybe.
“But that’s not typically done,” the executive added.
The executive said the show’s hosts were “having fun” by pretending the show was live when it would actually be airing two days after it was taped.
The Post reported that it was alerted by a viewer who contacted the newspaper and asked if the show was offering “fake news.”
“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,” the unnamed viewer said.
The Morning Schmoes, phonies even on Thanksgiving https://t.co/CRgCwj2ej2
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 25, 2017
Mika and Joe take it way beyond fake news and get caught doing an entire fake program: https://t.co/0AFJv31A9i
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) November 25, 2017
Brzezinski started the show by saying, “Day after Thanksgiving! Hoo! I’m stuffed.”
Later on, talk of a holiday that had not yet happened returned.
“I always cook the turkey with the guts in it!” Brzezinski said.
“Joe didn’t notice,” co-host Willie Geist added. “He ate the bag.”
“It was good!” Scarborough protested. “Well, you know, the game made up for it …”
Rick Tyler, an MSNBC contributor who was a spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, was also in on the plan to fool viewers.
“How was your Thanksgiving?” Scarborough asked him.
“Very successful. Although the conversations were interesting,” Tyler replied.
“I bet!” said Brzezinski.
A news crawl was also added at the bottom of the screen, giving the impression the show was live.
Although the news crawl mentioned Friday’s terror attack in Egypt, the hosts never did, because it had not happened when the show was taped.
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