I admit it. I’m an addict. The minute I get up in the morning I click on Morning Joe on MSNBC and smile to see the familiar morning gang huddled round the table. Joe and Mika, Willie and Barnicle are just some of the early risers, though Willie is off to co-helm the 9am hour on the Today Show.
Morning Joe is sophisticated and smart TV, from its scrappy discussions and up-to-the minute debates to its cool bumpers and promos with great music and très hip “brewed by Starbucks” graphics. It is head and shoulders above the other morning shows even though it doesn’t always get the ratings it deserves.
Yup, Joe is out there in right field and Mika sometimes needs to do a better job of reeling him in or cutting him off at the pass when he starts to rant, but the guests are top notch and the news is as fresh as the coffee.
Whether tackling the recent Brown/Warren debate and the missteps by both candidates, analyzing the latest Euro soccer stats or making chit chat author Mark Halperin about Emmy pressure, these knights of the round table are cool, candid and comprehensive in their approach to latest inside- and outside-the-beltway buzz.
And who thought I’d ever wake up to Joplin, Santana and Coldplay – especially in the breaks of a morning news show? I salute the dudes who came up with the music, graphics and look & feel of Morning Joe. It’s my kind of show.
I love the show as much as I love my morning coffee. Cause if its way too early in my place, it’s definitely Morning Joe.