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On "Morning Joe," Fenty's Mugging Refill

Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC Photo)

No, Adrian Fenty wasn't called to appear on MSNBC yesterday specifically to address the early a.m. mugging of anchor Mika Brzezinski outside a downtown hotel -- but hey, as long as they had him there...

The newsreader became newsmaker when she stepped outside the Ritz-Carlton at 22nd and M at 4:55 a.m. to wait for her ride to the studio. A man emerged from behind a bush and demanded $20. "Give me your money and you won't get hurt," she recalled him saying. She had only $6. He took it. (Early reports incorrectly said the robbery happened at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton.)

"I was very scared for a short period of time," the "Morning Joe" co-host told our colleague Howard Kurtz. "You feel all your muscles brace. It should not have happened."

Still, she added, "I have been in far worse situations." Which was no consolation to co-anchor Joe Scarborough, who boiled over during their usual on-air office-spouse banter.

"I am furious!" he declared. "It was right by the bell stand, five feet from the door!"

"It's fine!" she insisted, begging him to move on.

So naturally, he brought it up again when Fenty came on to talk about education. The mayor made all the right noises: "We are going to look at it and work with the hotel and the police department," and so on.

"Mayor, it was $6, it's okay," Brzezinski said. "I'll need $6 before I leave the bureau is all."

Ritz-Carlton officials declined to comment or otherwise join the fun. Said spokeswoman Colleen Evans: "The privacy of our guests is of the utmost concern to us."

By The Reliable Source  |  December 19, 2008; 1:04 AM ET
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Mika Brzezinski, and (to some small lesser extent) Joe Scarborough are truly idiots. Neither one of them is able to distinguish a "mugging" from simple "street begging!"

What's the matter with these people?

Until Mika Brzezinski can become a little more in touch with reality, she needs to stay hidden away in her Daddy's home from imaginary dangers.

Posted by: HMichaelH | December 19, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

HMichaelH,_____________________you really call it "street begging" when the guy pops out from BEHIND a bush, and DEMANDS $20?
"Give me your money and you won't get hurt," was what he said. That's not begging, and if you believe otherwise then you're the idiot and should walk around every night downtown with your money in your pockets until you learn (the hard way) the difference between the two.

Posted by: realneil | December 19, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

What is it that the "celebs" want the mayor
to do? This is just a common occurence in
the U.S. for the rest of ordinary people who must live with it. Just because it
happened to one of "them" makes it special
I suppose in "their" eyes. Welcome to the
world of the common people "Joe".

Posted by: oldvoter | December 19, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

this is highly dubious. I live on 22nd and L and can say that there are no person-sized bushes outside the ritz.

Posted by: ses5k | December 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, how is this a mugging? This is all too delicate (Mika) and silly on which to waste newsprint.

Posted by: PaulLeddy | December 19, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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