“Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski wasn’t about to let her co-host Joe Scarborough run wild Monday morning with conspiracy theories about the missing Malaysia jet à la CNN.
After Scarborough said his intelligence sources suggested the plane may be somewhere other than the Indian Ocean, where search efforts have so far been focused, Brzezinski warned him that “we have to report on what we know.” Then when the show’s panelists tried to keep running with the plane story, Brzezinski moved quickly to shut them down.
“Can we go to news school for a second please?” she said. “That’s last week’s question, and the theories are for later in the show and I’ll tell you why.”
“Because here’s what we’ve got at this point. It’s 17 minutes past the hour,” she continued. “We shouldn’t be talking about theories. If you want to go to a network that has theories about Pakistan just blared across for hours and hours and hours, you’ve got many choices out there.”
“I love Pakistan, I went there for spring break,” Scarborough interjected.
“But that’s actually capitalizing on a non-story for the sake of ratings because people’s imaginations are pricked by this, and that’s not responsible,” Brzezinski said. “We did the plane, we will do the plane, it will be done again. We will do the facts.”
Scarborough tried to get Brzezinski to lower her voice, but she wasn’t having it.
“Just stop, we’ve got to go to Ukraine,” she said.
You can catch the full segment here. Watch the exchange below:
This post has been updated.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.