Mike Brzezinkski is one of the host’s of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Before reading her memoir All Things At Once, I had never seen the show. I still liked reading the story of how she balanced motherhood and a career in TV news.
In her book she talked about her work on MSNBC over the years, and then specifically about when Joe Scarborough asked her to cohost as he auditioned for the spot that Don Imus left in the morning line-up when he got fired. It did make me curious about the show.
Here’s a true confession: I don’t “do” news. I don’t watch local news (except in the morning, mostly to get a check on the weather). I don’t watch national news, or the talking heads on 24-hour news networks. I don’t really read the news either (in spite of being a reader).
So, I’m not going to spend my first few hectic morning hours watching Joe and Mika on MSNBC. But I was curious, so I did watch a few broadcasts for the purpose of this review. Mika is the serious newscaster and Joe is the loudmouth. In addition to the two of them, they feature other guests, depending on what the topic is. It’s a lively exchange of ideas, and if I was interested in that sort of show, I think I’d probably tune in again.
After “getting to know” Mika in the pages of her memoir, I did enjoy finally seeing her in action.
If you’re a fan of the TV news biz, you’d like her book, because she does give interesting details about the industry.
Jennifer Donovan, of Snapshot blog fame, gets her news in bite-sized bits as yahoo headlines, but she’s not afraid to tackle a hundreds-pages novel.