MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski doesn't go on frequent weekend jaunts to the south of France, contrary to what her "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough would have you believe.
Scarborough loves to zing Brzezinski with the south-of-France line when they disagree on a heated topic -- most recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's disputed address to the U.S. Congress. TPM was speaking to Brzezinski by phone this week about her upcoming five-city "Know Your Value" tour when Scarborough jumped on the line to explain the whole France thing was just an "inside joke."
"It’s one of the great scams of 'Morning Joe,' which I paint Mika out to be an east coast elitist that does all of these things," Scarborough said. "The truth is I actually travel around a lot more than she does. She’s got two teenage girls, and she basically works and raises teenage girls."
It may be all in jest, but that perception of Brzezinski as the jet-setting daughter of a former national security adviser masks just how hard she's worked to earn her spot at the "Morning Joe" table -- and stay there after MSNBC initially refused to give her a raise. That story was recounted in Brzezinski's 2011 bestselling book "Knowing Your Value," which continues to resonate with so many women that she and MSNBC now have developed a similarly named tour to workshop what women get wrong when they try to articulate their value to their employers.
Brezezinski spoke with TPM on Monday about the tour, her new female-heavy "Mika" segment of the MSNBC show and the one "Knowing Your Value" success story that gave her chills. Scarborough chimed in with some kind words about his co-host's journey, too.
The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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