Is the White House Monitoring/Directing News Shows?
How far will the White House go in monitoring/directing the content of news programs? According to liberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz it may be going as far as texting on air hosts as to the content it wants presented.
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz claimed Friday that the White House communicates with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski during their “Morning Joe” program.
*****Update: Ed Driscoll has an October video of Mika receiving an e-mail from the White House.
Schultz said he observed this when he was on last Thursday’s program:
So Mika starts looking at her Blackberry and so does Scarborough and obviously the White House is texting them or emailing them or whatever and they didn’t like the show. Because Arianna had been on there, I’m on there, Howard Dean had been on there and they wanted some balance.
Now think about that – here’s the White House getting in contact with ‘Morning Joe’ because they’re afraid there’s too many lefties on the air! Now if that’s not sensitivity at its highest level, I don’t know what is! I told ya a few days ago they had rabbit ears! They don’t like anything that’s being said right now, they’re getting beat up!
In reality, this isn’t as shocking as it might seem.
NewsBuster Mark Finkelstein reported in October that the White House e-mailed NBC’s Savannah Guthrie while she was on the “MJ” set.
According to Guthrie, a senior White House advisor wanted her to tell Scarborough to “stop being an a**hole.”
Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.
Hat tip: Newsbusters.org