Mika Brzezinski: Let Them Eat Starbucks!

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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This isn’t the first time MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has sided with the food police and it won’t be the last.

On the December 14 broadcast of “Morning Joe,” Brzezinski expressed her displeasure with McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner’s objections to a San Francisco vote banning toys in Happy Meals in a December 13 interview with the Financial Times.

“McDonald’s chief executive is criticizing what he calls the food police — accusing them of undermining parents and making decisions for their families, please,” Brzezinski said. “In an interview with the Financial Times, Jim Skinner slammed the San Francisco vote last month to effectively ban toys with Happy Meals saying it takes away the personal choices from families who are quote, ‘more than capable of making their own decisions.’”

According to Brzezinski, Skinner’s line of thinking is incorrect since obesity is a problem, which apparently means the government should play a role in the deciding what goes on in the fast food industry.

“That’s terrific because we have an obesity epidemic and a lot of people who really can’t afford to buy their groceries and work three, four, five shifts go to fast food restaurants three, four times a week,” Brzezinski said. “It needs to stop.”

Brzezinski’s stance is curious for two reasons: 1) “Morning Joe” is sponsored by Starbucks, which has been under fire from other food police groups for its nutritional content and 2) Starbucks is a direct competitor of McDonald’s in the retail coffee market.