With President-elect Biden stocking up on employees to fill his cupboard, we’re already beginning to see the revolving door between politics and the liberal media start to show once more. Fox Information Channel media analyst and host of Media Buzz, Howard Kurtz was on the case Tuesday evening as he identified the women and men of The Swamp who had been leaving the CNN and MSNBC payrolls to go work for Biden. After all, he additionally identified the hypocrisy of how Fox Information was criticized with President Trump.
“As Joe Biden begins to employees his administration, the revolving door between media and politics is spinning as soon as once more,” Kurtz reported on the high of the Particular Report phase.
He would go to notice that it was thought-about regular for former politicos to get jobs as analysts and commentators to supply an insider’s perspective, however now “extra of them appear to maneuver between the media, the place they’ll resemble a authorities in exile and Democratic administrations such because the one now taking form.”
Starting his rundown of who had made the bounce from media speaking head to Biden official, Kurtz known as out CNN’s Trump attacker turned Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken:
KURTZ: As a CNN world affairs analyst Tony Blinken, who had been deputy secretary of state underneath President Obama typically chastised Obama’s successor.
TONY BLINKEN: President Trump has abdicated that accountability. He’s put us in full retreat from our allies and companions.
KURTZ: And right this moment, Biden formally introduced him as his choose for secretary of state.
“CNN contributor Jen Psaki, who was Obama’s state division spokeswoman has additionally left for the transition,” he added. “MSNBC analyst Rick Stengel, former Time journal editor is on his second go-around having jumped from Obama’s state division to fierce Trump critic.”
Recalling that “typically the connections are much less seen,” Kurtz reminded viewers of the latest shadiness with former Newsweek editor and presidential historian Jon Meacham. He was caught secretly writing speeches for Biden, whereas NBC and MSNBC had been permitting him to remark with out disclosing that connection. He was fired shortly after the story broke.
After noting that President Obama had employed over two dozen journalists for his administration (the NewsBusters count had it at 30), Kurtz identified the liberal media’s hypocrisy. “That musical chairs custom is extensively seen as routine, however Fox Information drew criticism for individuals who moved between the community on the Trump administration, together with John Bolton, Heather Nauert, Invoice Shine, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” he mentioned.
That hypocrisy largely got here from the likes of CNN. In the summertime of 2018, Dependable Sources host Brian Stelter pontificated about how there had “by no means” been a “love story” like Trump and Fox Information. “Fox and Trump, Trump and Fox. You realize they’re shut. However do you understand simply how shut” he declared on the time. “[T]his sort of relationship has by no means existed between a U.S. president and a TV community. It. Is. Unprecedented.” In the meantime, CNN had already failed to inform viewers of Blinken’s change of place.
And in March of 2018, Anderson Cooper did an entire segment complaining: “It is a presidency that was basically born on actuality TV, and now the strains between actuality and TV could also be blurring even additional.” He was saying that as a result of Trump had taken Larry Kudlow from CNBC to be the director of the US Nationwide Financial Council.
It’s solely a matter of time earlier than the Biden administration began to rent the “journalists” that coated him and helped to prop up his campaign.
The transcript is beneath, click on “broaden” to learn:
Fox Information Channel’s Particular Report
November 24, 2020
6:25:35 p.m. Japanese
BRET BAIER: The Biden administration goes to look very acquainted to connoisseurs of varied cable information stations. Fox Information media analyst and host of Fox’s Media Buzz, Howard Kurtz has that story tonight.
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JOE BIDEN: I’m pleased to announced nominations and staff.
HOWARD KURTZ: As Joe Biden starts to staff his administration, the revolving door between media and politics is spinning once again. As a CNN global affairs analyst Tony Blinken, who had been deputy secretary of state under President Obama often chastised Obama’s successor.
TONY BLINKEN: President Trump has abdicated that responsibility. He’s put us in full retreat from our allies and partners.
KURTZ: And today, Biden formally announced him as his pick for secretary of state.
BLINKEN: Thank you.
KURTZ: CNN contributor Jen Psaki, who was Obama’s state department spokeswoman has also left for the transition. MSNBC analyst Rick Stengel, former Time magazine editor is on his second go-around having jumped from Obama’s state department to fierce Trump critic.
RICK STENGEL: He is the epicenter of disinformation around the world.
KURTZ: And now, Stengel has joined the Biden transition team. Barbara McQuade, a U.S. attorney in the Obama years has also left MSNBC for the Biden transition.
Sometimes the connections are less visible as with Jon Meacham, the former Newsweek editor and presidential biographer was an NBC and MSNBC contributor who praised Biden’s victory speech.
JON MEACHAM: This is a moment where the life of the nation is intersecting in a fascinating way with the personal life, not only of President-elect Biden, but also the vice President-elect.
KURTZ: But the networks dropped him from the payroll after The New York Times revealed Meacham had privately helped Biden with that and other speeches.
At least two dozen journalists joined the Obama team including Time’s Jay Carney and ABC’s Linda Douglas. That musical chairs tradition is widely viewed as routine, but Fox News drew criticism for those who moved between the network on the Trump administration, including John Bolton, Heather Nauert, Bill Shine, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Larry Kudlow also joined the president from CNBC.
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When political gamers flip into pundits, they’ll convey an insider’s, perspective, however extra of them appear to maneuver between the media, the place they’ll resemble a authorities in exile and Democratic administrations such because the one now taking form. Bret.
BAIER: Howie, thanks.