×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Sparks Debate With Pre-Taped Broadcast

Sometimes, it just might pay to hand things over to Mike Barnicle and Katty Kay.

Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist sparked a social-media tempest over the long holiday weekend after the “Morning Joe” team pre-taped the show that broadcast on Friday and spent opening segments talking about a Thanksgiving dinner that likely had yet to occur. After The Washington Post reported on the incident, other news outlets followed, calling out MSNBC for running the program without more clearly identifying its nature (MSNBC did not run a “live” banner on-screen during the program).

“There was no intention to trick viewers,” an unnamed MSNBC executive told the newspaper. “Would it have helped if there was a disclaimer?” the executive asked. “Maybe. But that’s not typically done.”

Many TV-news outlets run pre-recorded material on their schedule. Bill O’Reilly’s “O’Reilly Factor” was typically recorded earlier in the day on Fox News Channel, and Sean Hannity often pre-recorded his “Hannity” for the cable-news network when it ran at 10 p.m. (it now airs live at 9). CNN and MSNBC re-air broadcasts of “Anderson Cooper 360” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” from earlier in the day in the overnight hours. The ABC-distributed “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” have occasionally relied on pre-taped segments to run during live programs due to availability of interview subjects.

What seems to have tripped wires in this incident, however, is the “Morning Joe” hosts appearing to reflect on Thanksgiving while a real-time news ticker ran on the screen below them. “Day after Thanksgiving! Hoo! I’m stuffed,” Brzezinski said in the opening moments of the now-controversial broadcast.

Scarborough took to Twitter to express surprise the incident had garnered any attention at all. “Wow. You either never watch our show or need your jokes so obvious they fall on you like an anvil on Bugs Bunny cartoons. We’ve been making fun of the practice for years. It’s also over-the-top to be obvious,” he said in response to the reporter of the piece, Washington Post writer Paul Farhi. “Also, the only person you sourced was an unnamed viewer who didn’t want to be identified? Really? That’s your source. One viewer who remained anonymous? That’s funny. Any editors around there?”

A handful of TV-news veterans expressed surprise on social media that the pre-taped broadcast was worth a mention. “Really?” asked Brit Hume, the Fox News veteran. “Seriously!” said Chris Licht, the founding executive producer of “Morning Joe,” who went on to oversee “CBS This Morning,” and, more recently, work with Stephen Colbert on CBS’ “Late Show.”

Apparently, some people like their morning news the way they like their coffee — fresh.

More TV

  • Good Omens

    Religious Group Mistakenly Petitions to Get Amazon Prime's 'Good Omens' Removed From Netflix

    Upwards of 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for Netflix to cancel the fantasy series “Good Omens.” But the TV series, adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 satirical sci-fi novel, is distributed by Amazon Prime, not Netflix. The petition was first launched by the Return to Order campaign, a Christian organization under [...]

  • Maura Tierney as Helen and Dominic

    TV News Roundup: Showtime Drops 'The Affair' Final Season Teaser (Watch)

    In today’s TV Roundup, Showtime drops a teaser for the fifth and final season of “The Affair,” and Kid Cudi and Big Boi join Shudder’s “Creepshow” anthology series.  FIRST LOOKS AMC has released the first trailer for its forthcoming anthology series “The Terror: Infamy.” Premiering August 2, the Ridley Scott-produced show features a cast and [...]

  • Bello Nock

    A&E Orders Stunt Series 'Impossible Live,' Special 'Volcano Walk Live'

    A&E Network has ordered a live stunt series titled “The Impossible Live.” The series, which hails from KEW Media Group’s Essential Media Group, will consist of five two-hour episodes featuring daredevils performing death-defying stunts such as parachute-less jump from a plane onto a speeding train, a motorcycle jump off a cliff in which the daredevil [...]

  • Monte Carlo TV Festival: Stars Mingle

    Monte Carlo TV Festival: Nominees, Jurors and Star Guests Mingle on Riviera

    The Monte Carlo Television Festival drew to a close Tuesday with “Escape at Dannemora” winning the Golden Nymph in the limited series and TV movie section, and “My Brilliant Friend” winning best drama series. “The festival is testament to the fact that as the industry adapts and evolves with the times, good storytelling never goes [...]

  • PMKBNC

    PMK-BNC Executive Joy Fehily Resigns, Will Consult and Manage Seth MacFarlane (EXCLUSIVE)

    Top Hollywood publicist and executive Joy Fehily has resigned from her post at public relations firm PMK-BNC, individuals familiar with the move told Variety. Fehily steps down in the midst of a five-year deal with the show business institution, insiders said, which reps A-list actors and below-the-line talent as well as huge brands like American [...]

  • Schitt's Creek Wigs

    'Schitt's Creek': Inside Moira Rose's Iconic Wig Collection

    Moira Rose, the family matriarch of cult classic “Schitt’s Creek,” is known for several things: her pronunciation of the word “bebe,” her love for her TV family (and sometimes Alexis) and her countless vibrant wigs. Played by the always delightful Catherine O’Hara, each episode (and wig) is a joy to witness on screen. “I think [...]

  • Brandon Flynn

    Brandon Flynn on Hollywood Double Standards and Never Actually Coming Out

    Brandon Flynn has a flourishing Hollywood career. The 25-year-old quickly shot to social media superstardom on Netflix’s hit “13 Reasons Why” with millions of devoted followers and, shortly after, was cast on HBO’s “True Detective.” And yet, the rising star has received just as much attention for his personal life as his professional career. In [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content