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Indignant newscaster attempts to burn Paris Hilton lead story
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Thursday June 28, 2007
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Host Mika Brzezinski made a dramatic point on MSNBC's Morning Joe of not reading a Paris Hilton story as the lead item. She started out during the first hour by saying, "I have an apology as well and that is for our lead story ... I hate this story." Then, amid cries of "she's not a journalist any more," and "make your own lead," she shoved the script aside.

An hour later, when Joe Scarborough said, "I want to lead with the Paris Hilton story," Brzezinski responded, "My producer ... is not listening to me. He's put it as the lead story." She went on to say, "I'm going to make a point. We're not covering this," as she tried to light the script on fire and then ripped it up.

An hour after that, the script was back again. "I ripped up the previous Paris Hilton story. They're leading with it again,"said Brzezinski, taking it to the shredder.

Commenters in a thread at Democratic Underground were agreed that the entire episode was scripted but were divided over whether it was a deeply cynical ploy or a positive symbolic gesture on the part of MSNBC.

Brzezinski is the daughter of former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, and was previously best known for her live broadcast from the collapse of the World Trade Center. Her episode with the Paris Hilton script is already featured at Wikipedia.

The following video is from MSNBC's Morning Joe.