So: Bagelgate. In which an impish producer, during a recent episode of Dylan Ratigan’s Morning Meeting, filmed the preternaturally-composed-and-always-immaculately-garbed Jonathan Capehart…scarfing a bagel during a break, with the kind of gusto normally reserved for the first cheeseburger one consumes after returning from a years-long stranding on a desert island.

The producer then aired a large chunk of the Capehart Bagel Demolition on Morning Meeting—making for an amusing and lighthearted prank on an increasingly ubiquitous MSNBC commentator.

Amusing, that is, unless you happen to be…Capehart’s mom. Who was not only not amused by Bagelgate, but actively angry about it. Which she let Ratigan, and everyone else, know during today’s episode of Morning Meeting:


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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.