Howard Kurtz profiles Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, revealing that Brzezinski and cable go back a long time (before Joe, there was “Melissa”):

While attending Washington’s Madeira School, she and a friend started the “Mika and Melissa Show,” which aired on a cable-access channel.

Here is how Kurtz and Brzezinski describe Morning Joe:

As the presidential election unfolded, “Morning Joe” gained traction as a kind of political salon, with long segments built around pundits and campaign aides. “No cooking, no lingerie, no missing girls,” Brzezinski boasts.

But, a story about lingerie and a missing girl? Yes. (And: there is, of course, the thong exception rule).

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.