In his most recent column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle reflects on violence across this country—from this week’s shocking murders of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward during a live morning newscast to the unending homicides witnessed in America’s harshest neighborhoods every day, year after year. “There are blocks upon city blocks where the sound of gunshots and the sight of someone down, dead in the street, is simply part of everyday life. Their very own deadly and daily reality show,” writes Mike. As a reminder of how little has changed in the 25 years, Mike shares one of his heart-rending columns from 1988—another election year in which the focus was far from the streets where gun violence abounds. “We do not know mothers, terrified to let children play on a sidewalk or sit on a stoop in front of their own building. We do not know the 7 and 8 year olds who regard the sound of gunfire as common as the sound of music. We don’t know the grief felt by a parent when a son is shot to death over a pair of sneakers, the color of his cap, a glance, a grudge or just because,” continues Mike. Read his entire column here.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle asks actor Owen Wilson about doing his own stunts as an action hero in the new thriller “No Escape.”
Listen in as Mike and Owen discuss this new role and the filming in Thailand, with Pierce Brosnan and, as previously, director Wes Anderson.
Just ahead of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which caused death and severe destruction in Louisiana and along the rest of the Gulf coast, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle talks with Democratic strategist James Carville and Republican strategist Mary Matalin about the situation today in New Orleans now. “What improvements do you sense in the [New Orleans Police Department]?,” asks Mike about the traditionally conflicted police department. Listen to New Orleans residents and husband and wife Carville and Matalin list examples of the many improvements in New Orleans since the devastating Hurricane. On MSNBC.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle reacts to Burger King’s proposal to offer a Big Mac-Whopper hybrid, the McWhopper, in a one-day truce with McDonald’s in honor of the upcoming International Day of Peace. “It could not be for just one day. If they did it for one day, it would be forever,” says Mike. Listen to the conversation and see the advertisement here.
The MSNBC Morning Joe panel is joined by The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack, who discusses with Mike Barnicle the field of Republican candidates for President.
Mike asks McCormack: “Which of the candidates—Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Governor Scott Walker, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)—has been hurt the most by the ( Presidential candidate Donald) Trump implosion-explosion this summer?” Watch the conversation here and listen to McCormack’s response on why he thinks Gov. Walker’s campaign has suffered the most.