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Revealing the real Mike Barnicle?

Revealing the real Mike Barnicle?
September 02
13:43 2019

Most Americans know Mike Barnicle as the regular panelist on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”  Oh, let me correct that.  Most Americans have no idea who Mike Barnicle is … and that is probably a good thing.

But those who waste any time watching “Morning Joe” (which I am obligated to do … sigh) will know Barnicle as the portly senior sage who submissively pontificates on fact-challenged left-wing narratives dealt out by co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.  He is the Ed McMahon of the old Johnny Carson “Tonight Show.”  That is not a distinctive role for Barnicle since ALL the panelists and guests on “morning Joe” toe the (Democratic) party line.

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In days gone by, Barnicle was regularly introduced as “the legendary Mike Barnicle.”  For reasons never explained, the show dropped the flattering adjective.  Perhaps it was because writers like me looked into Barnicle’s past to see what was so legendary.  He has been a journalist/columnist for many years.  That is biographical, but hardly worth the word “legendary.”

The only thing that stood out might have called for the word “infamous.”  Barnicle was unceremoniously booted from the Boston Globe for making up stories to fill those column inches.  Yep!  When the world failed to offer up enough grist for his media mill, Barnicle just made things up.  I would call it “fake news,” but someone has already laid claim to that phrase.

Having watched Barnicle on “Morning Joe” more than I would like, I get the impression he has not strayed far from his history of making up news – only this time it is mendacious left-wing political narratives.  He is in the upper rank of those who will find anything they can to cast aspersions on President Trump – and then make up stuff to suit the politically biased narratives.

Despite his air of Brahman superiority, Barnicle is a political hack flak for the left.  But there is more.

Barnicle portrays himself as one of those gritty columnists who serve as the spokespersons for the common man – the downtrodden.  A gritty journalist who spends his time in taverns talking sports with blue collar factory workers.  He compares himself with such journalistic icons as Chicago’s Mike Royko and New York’s Jimmy Breslin.  Really?

Aaaactually … Barnicle IS the arrogant Brahman he looks like on MSNBC.  He is a member-in-good-standing of the snobbish east coast progressive elite.  He is one of those one-percenters that Vermont Bernie Sanders despises.

In an effort to preserve his phony gritty journalist image, Barnicle keeps his biography well edited.  In fact, his online Wikipedia profile looks like it was written by his mother.  No mention of his firing from the Globe.  And the only mention of his wife is at the very bottom.   It is not noted in the first paragraph or even in that little box to the top right as is most often the case in Wikipedia biographies.

In most cases, if a person has a prominent wife, Wikipedia offers a bit of the spousal background – but not Barnicle.  So, I must oblige.

Barnicle has had two wives – not at the same time, of course.  He refuses to reveal the identity of his first wife.  There must be a story there, but I am not about to do the research on that one.  If you do, let me know what you find.

Barnicle has been married to Anne Finucane for 37 years.  This is no stay-at-home apron-cinched mommy cooking brownies for the Girl Scouts.  Au contraire.  Finucane is the vice chairman of Bank of America – the second largest bank IN America and their third largest in the world – contributing significantly to the couple’s multimillionaire status.  (In case you are wondering, the three top banks are the Bank of China, J.P. Morgan Chase and then BOA.)

Finucane is also Chairman of the Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Europe and a member of the Board of Directors of CVS Health, the pharmaceutical company. Imagine that.  Barnicle is living the high life thanks with money from two of the left’s most hated enterprises – big banking and big pharma.

In the world of blue-blooded one-percenters, Finucane is sitting in the top tier of the financial world.  She was listed as one of the 100 women who run Boston.  You cannot get higher on the Social Register than that.

Despite his pontifications based on his self-proclaimed moral principles, Barnicle does not let those principles interfere with his domestic lifestyle.  DemocraticUnderground.com called him out for ranting against Obama’s restrictions – such as they were – on using the bailout money for executive bonuses.  They opined:

“MSNBC’s ‘news’ have requested that he maybe should preempt his litany of complaints over the Obama administration’s plan to cap the executive salaries of bailout recipients at the paupery sum of $500,000, with the disclosure that his wife is the chief marketing officer and Northeast president of Bank of America, which received TARP funds.”

As a conservative  of modest means, I still have no problem with people acquiring wealth.  But do they have to be so damn hypocritical about it?

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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1 Comment

  1. baggriff
    baggriff September 05, 15:36

    Just a plastic person!

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