President Barack Obama recently assembled a group of prominent
liberal journalists at the White House to discuss his proposed tax
policy -- and it's not the first time he's had such meetings with
"progressive" media types, says Media Research Center.
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed
President Obama consulted with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Lawrence
O'Donnell and Al Sharpton as well as other "influential
progressives" to "discuss the importance of extending the Bush
middle-class tax cut."
OneNewsNow talked with the Media Research Center's director of media
analysis Tim Graham, who called the meeting an "MSNBC love
"Bob Woodward and other
people in the media had a fit when it was found Rogers Ailes had
sent a note to George W. Bush in the White House," he says. "Now we
have the prime-time anchors, the MSNBC line-up, walking into the
White House to have strategy meetings with Obama on taxes.
"Where are the media ethicists?" he asks. "There is no outcry,
there is no frenzy, there is no outrage."
Graham said most "progressives" deny having a liberal bias and
would also refute being used by Obama to promote his tax-hike
"The MSNBC people themselves, whether its Phil Griffin or Rachel
Maddow, are especially good at the denial," Graham remarks. "They
go around saying, Oh, we're not a talking point channel. We're
"I think anyone who watches MSNBC during the day and into the
night is going to see that certain themes emerge -- and they pound
them relentlessly, whether it's the 'war on women' or whatever the
concept of day is."
According to the MRC spokesman, this is not the first time Obama
has conducted "off-the-record" consultations with liberal
journalists. Graham notes the president held similar get-togethers
in 2009 and 2010.
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