Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped by Morning Joe to officially declare that this, the 21st of September, 2012, be named in honor of the MSNBC morning news program. What merited the occasion? Why, the show’s five-year anniversary!
“Their guests are always among the most interesting and innovative leaders in the land, especially that young, handsome, tech-savvy northeastern mayor–and no, I’m not talking about Cory Booker,” Mr. Bloomberg said, reading the document aloud. “Together, they tackle the toughest issues of the day … and they do so with both honesty and humor. Whereas more shows are filming here in New York City than ever before, but only one has redefined what a political talk show can be. Morning Joe.”
He concluded, “Therefore I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York–that’s the that part I like–in recognition of Morning Joe’s importance to the political deep discourse of our city and country, and in celebration of its 5th anniversary, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 21st, 2012 in the City of New York as ‘Morning Joe Day.’”
The show’s hosts applauded and beamed with pride. However, naming days in honor of news programs is hardly a new occurrence. Just one month ago, for example, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced the creation of “Pat Kiernan Day” in appreciation of the NY1 newscaster moving to his borough.