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Mugged MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski 'Was Very Scared'

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was mugged outside of the Ritz-Carlton hotel at 22nd and M this morning while waiting for a car to pick her up for her co-host duties with Joe Scarborough on the show, "Morning Joe."

The assailant demanded $20 but she told him she only had $6. "I was very scared for a short period of time," she said this morning. She said she was right outside the hotel doors about 4:55 a.m., right under the heat lamp, when the assailant, who had been hiding behind a bush, said: "Give me your money and you won't get hurt."

Brzezinski said she couldn't tell if the assailant had a weapon but his hands were in his pockets.

She gave him what she had, $6.

"You feel all your muscles brace. It should not have happened," she told The Post's Howie Kurtz.

At the same time, Brzezinski said, "I have been in far worse situations."

Later, when she was on the air with Scarborough, he brought it up and Brzezinski practically begged him not to talk about it.

"It's Okay!" Brzezinki tells Scarborough, after pleading with him several times.

Brzezinski said on the air she was "nervous" that the mugger wouldn't be satisfied with her $6 since he had asked for $20.

MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan quipped, "Yeah the economy is in bad shape, i'll take $6."

That would be the end of it, except who was a guest on the show this morning? Yep, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Scarborough didn't attack the city or Fenty -- saying that he understood police can't be everywhere --- but he did manage to get from the mayor a pledge to look into the incident.

Fenty was on the show to discuss education and the upcoming presidential inauguration.

Theola Labbé-DeBose, Howard Kurtz and Paul Duggan

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 18, 2008; 1:20 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Comments

What's Fenty gonna say? The same BS he has been handing the citizens regarding crime. All talk.

Posted by: JeffB-27 | December 18, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

JeffB-27, I'm sure you have the answers, why don't you run for Mayor against Fenty next time then? How about you say what should be done in the city instead of just posting "..same BS..." Tell us, what should be done in the city to reduce crime.

Posted by: xyrcncpgts | December 18, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHA that is funny. Being mugged is not funny, but when it is this princess. It's hilarious.

Posted by: tallcup08 | December 18, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What's Fenty going to say? Crime is rampant in D.C. and he does not have a handle on it. Years ago, the crime was in the usual areas, S.E.,N.E., and now it's in the high rent district of Georgetown. Crime is out of control in Washington and it's an embarrassment because it's the nation's capital. Fortunately, nothing more happened to the MSNBC host.

Posted by: cricket35 | December 18, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

She should get a loan from her colleague Keith Olberman, who just signed a $30 million deal with Fox-of-the-Left. Imagine... 30 million just to be an arrogant a-hole.

Posted by: CubsFan | December 18, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It was probably the door man whom she never gave a tip to.

Posted by: upland_bill | December 18, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I think that Michelle Rhee should now look at Arne Duncan and she how he has done things and change some of the way she does things,

She is arrogant and not willing to do the work that Duncan did to get his programs adopted.

He understood you need to bring teachers unions and parents along. Michelle Rhee has yet to show that she understands that.

Posted by: peterdc | December 18, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I think that Michelle Rhee should now look at Arne Duncan and how he has done things and change some of the way she does things,

She is arrogant and not willing to do the work that Duncan did to get his programs adopted.

He understood you need to bring teachers unions and parents along. Michelle Rhee has yet to show that she understands that.

Posted by: peterdc | December 18, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I saw them talking about this today. It made be mad that she did not call the cops. I don't care how little money the person took, they committed a crime and she had an obligation to report it. I live in Columbia Heights and people always act like crime is not a big deal. There are a lot of bad people in this city who are willing to hurt others to get what they don't want to work for themselves. The only way to deter them is to report crimes when you see them or you are the victim of them.

Posted by: columbiaheights | December 18, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Why does that woman seem like she smells something bad? Did Scarborough not take a shower?
For once, I must agree with Buchanan here. The overpriced hotel should be using their own security to protect the doorway areas. Why no doorman, etc? Want to bet the hotel also charges $1.00 per local call $9.95 per day for internet service too!
However, I'll bet this didn't even happen and they made it up. This bunch of right-wingers probably would love it if people out there got the word that this is how unsafe DC is and then they won't come to the inauguration.

Posted by: blankspace | December 18, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I am truly hurt to learn about the muggings. Mika is a great TV person and her father is brilliant. Barrack could use both of them in his cabinet.

As for the muggings, it is sad when the low-life, low-literacy, hide-in-the=bush muggers, seem to be smarter than the local police and the vain conscious , marathon-running mayor can do little about it.

Posted by: dustycowboy2004 | December 18, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I saw them talking about this today. It made be mad that she did not call the cops. ... The only way to deter them is to report crimes when you see them or you are the victim of them.

Posted by: columbiaheights | December 18, 2008 2:55 PM
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You must have just moved here. The cops often don't even show. It's all about stats: no crime report equals no crime. I guarantee you, this will be the ONLY mugging today cops will "really" investigate.

In any given year, half the MPDC officers -- that's over 3500 -- fail to make ONE arrest. Remember that next time you see a speed trap or get a parking ticket.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 18, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Funny how when crime spreads beyond the usual parameters of SE and NE, it's a disgrace and a problem because as one poster put it "DC is the Nation's Capitol" It appears that the playing fields are being leveled on so many fronts and I say GOOD! If the "privileged" folks outside of the usual high crime areas have to be on the lookout then that is a good thing. Our tax dollars are now paying for the same services and lack thereof...

Posted by: wisewunn | December 18, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Fishy, and ironic. Seems to be an attempt to strike fear in the hearts of world citizens planning to visit our Nation's Capitol during the upcoming Inauguration.

News Host "mugged"! Yes, mugged by a bandit who asked for an exact amount, "$20". Whatever happened to the lower risk act of just taking the entire purse and running away?

Can't wait to see the Hotel surveillance tape on this act. No Doormen or Valet anywhere. If its true, its tragic, but sounds more like a homeless man who knew exactly what to ask for.

Tomorrow's Show, will be tales of biological attacks, oooooh fear fear fear! stay away, stay away!

Posted by: lance_pm | December 18, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

this is a mugging? sounds like what goes on on every street in town with people asking for money.

Posted by: weljr65 | December 18, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney finally emerged from his undisclosed location!

Posted by: spotfoul | December 18, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I think the Ritz-Carlton is in the West End or Foggy Bottom. It's not in Georgetown.

Posted by: sbuck | December 18, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

No kidding, weljr 65--this wasn't a mugging, it was what ordinary people go through everyday on the way to the subway. During the election, Mica and Joe were a good downshift from the constant babble. Now, however, they merely seem so suburban--prince/princess--give me a break. I'm so sick of the elite running this country; and that includes the Obama's and he's not even in office yet. You know, that man is cuckholded. Michele just wups him upside the head whenever he speaks out. He hired Hillary to get a reprive.

Posted by: mclovin | December 18, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Asking for a specific amount is an aggressive panhandler's MO, not a mugger. Even worse are the ones who ask for your address "so they can pay the money back". Like anyone w/any sense would give their address to some stranger asking for $$.

Posted by: mvm_ffx | December 18, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Boo effin' Hoo.

Posted by: lambcannon | December 18, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm fond of Mika on that show, but cannot see why Scarborough should demand more care of that case than others...just because of his proximity?

Scarborough is a right wing thug on so many subjects. This, which the victim didn't want ballyhooed, is just another example.

Posted by: whistling | December 18, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I am usually Fenty's greatest critic and I have some very compelling reasons why. That is to be expressed in the next local elections. Nonetheless, I believe that he is on point with his support of Duncan as Education Secretary, though his hint of comparison to Rhee is a dramatic stretch, no, an impossible leap for the imagination. Duncan, as I have stated elsewhere, has mastered the art of transformational leadership through building positive transactional relationships within the entire public school system, to include, students, parents, teachers AND administrators. His approach is not one of forcing wedges between the groups then waging war against them in the press.

Another Fenty truth in this interview, the District residents are hard pressed to criticize anything that he does with the schools, from the horrid to the wonderful, because being one of the worst (and most expensive, thanks Buchanan) systems in the country, it appears that the only way it can go is up. Or worse, stay the same.

I firmly believe that all employees in every discipline should be held accountable, not the teacher over the principal, the wall street banker over the local teller or the corporate CEO over the front line receptionist. I only wish that this Mayor would learn that "accountability" is about more than wrecklessly issuing pink slips to appease the appetite of a salivating rabid populace. If he would carefully observe Duncan's strategy, which is transferable to ANY field, he would see that successful transformation is achieved by ensuring that each employee, in whatever agency (from top to bottom), is clear on their specific performance expectations (i.e. knows what the "accountability" measure is) and are given the incentive (not cash) but a shared positive vision of the mission where they see themselves as a valuable member of the team in achieving that mission. Make the worker "OWN" their jobs. That is how you inject personal pride and accountability throughout the entire system, that is how you TRANSFORM a failing philosophy.

Rhee has surmised that disrespect of the legislature, a grimace and an obnoxious sneer to any who do not share, completely, here ideas is a way to effect change. I have said, nay, when those she treats in this manner are the same one's she will need to get the job done. Her job, TRANSFORM their thinking. A hefty charge, but at 200k plus, it is her JOB.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 18, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

IF someone asks you for money and you give it to them is that really a mugging? Homeless people ask me for money all the time. What's the difference?

Posted by: Heidikurtz | December 18, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I must say I am from NYC but when I was in DC 3 months ago I found the your town full of a bad elemment and lack of police in key areas.

On the main Blvd in Georgetown I had a argument with a agressive homeless guy and almost had a fight with him in front of hundreds of people. (Watch for the 45-50yr guy, who wares ORANGE HEADPHONE;s for his ipod) Point is if George is not safe and I almost had this joke confront me it is not safe for anyone in this upscale area!

Posted by: newyorkjsw | December 19, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

That mayor of your does not 'feel' competent to me in my gut !

Posted by: newyorkjsw | December 19, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

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