Mika Brzezinski Claims Clinton Camp Contacted NBC to Say She "Needed to Be Pulled Off the Air"

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The MSNBC panel was a post-mortem of why the Clinton campaign couldn't see its loss coming.

MSNBC's Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski, who had been criticized by progressives during the general election for favorable treatment of Trump, claimed on her show Friday that the Clinton campaign had complained to the network and said that she "needed to be pulled off the air." 

"I'll just say it: NBC got a call from the campaign like I had done something that was journalistically inappropriate or something and needed to be pulled off the air," said Brzezinski during a conversation about the Clinton campaign. "I mean, think about that ... that's just shooting the wrong messenger." 

The comment came in the context of Hillary Clinton's remarks Thursday about the proliferation of fake news and how it has affected political discourse during the campaign. The MSNBC panel then turned into a post-mortem of why the Clinton campaign couldn't see its loss coming.

A clip of Brzezinski's comment was passed around on conservative news websites after it aired on NBC. Morning Joe has been seen as a show that has been generally amenable to Trump during the election (although the president-elect has both praised and condemned its co-hosts in tweets). 

Brzezinski has been a frequent target of left-leaning advocacy group Media Matters for America, which has often flagged the MSNBC host's comments for what the group characterized as pro-Trump framing. 

The full segment (relevant portion at 7:52 below):