NYT‘s Jeremy Peters came to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi’s rescue this morning on “Morning Joe” by admitting to taking Ambien.
“I have and just like you I stopped because of the reasons outlined in this story,” Peters said.
Mika replied, “Thank you! Thank you! Aren’t you a nice person!”
Unfortunately she didn’t press him for details. Moments earlier, she asked the roundtable of guests, “Anyone here take Ambien? I’ll admit it. I did.” No one — Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and Donny Deutsch — had taken the sleeping med, leaving Mika solo in her stories of Ambien haze, some of which she described in her book, Obsessed. “I ate a big vat of Nutella on Ambien,” she told them. In the book her husband finds her in the middle of the night with the hazelnut spread all over her face.
“Am I really the only one at the table who has taken an Ambien?” she asked. “Come on!”
Barnicle offered moral support, saying, “You are the Amelia Earhart of Ambien.”
Brzezinksi brought up the topic of Ambien because the FDA is being pushed to look at a number of sleep aides, including the aforementioned drug. They want to look at how safely it puts people to sleep, Mika explained, and how safely it wakes them up and if they ought to be driving while on it.