A steady stream of MSNBC contributors is going to work for Joe Biden — a neat reminder of the left’s hypocrisy in complaining that conservative news organizations are “propaganda outlets.” The outrage only runs in one direction.
This year, MSNBC was basically nonstop free advertising for the Biden campaign. (And, before that, a prime shill for Russiagate conspiracy theories that all proved false.)
Indeed, MSNBC just had to fire Jon Meacham as a paid regular commentator: It turns out the historian wrote Biden’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention this summer and his October speech in Gettysburg without letting the network know.
It wasn’t until he wrote Biden’s first real speech after the election — and analyzed it on air, without disclosing he’d worked on it — that MSNBC discovered the blatant conflict of interest and let him go.
Despite his deceptions, he’s still welcome on-air, albeit with his ties disclosed and not as a paid contributor.
Several other MSNBC regulars are leaving to work for Biden’s transition team — and quite possibly his administration.
Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist and architect of ObamaCare whose brother Rahm was White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama, was an MSNBC medical commentator until Biden named him to his coronavirus advisory board this week.
Barbara McQuade and Richard Stengel also lost their paid MSNBC gigs upon joining Biden’s agency-review team, which works on the transition in federal departments and agencies.
McQuade, a legal analyst, law professor and former Obama-appointed US attorney, is on the Justice Department review team while political analyst Stengel heads the team reviewing the US Agency for Global Media.
It’s a fitting place for Stengel, who worked as a public-affairs specialist in the Obama State Department. “My old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the chief propagandist job,” he told the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018. “I’m not against propaganda. Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population. And I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”
If only other MSNBC hacks were so frank about their work.
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