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Video: White House Emails MSNBC During Joe Scarborough Show

December 21st, 2009 - 11:50 pm

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At Newsbusters, Noel Sheppard writes, “MSNBC’s Ed Schultz claimed Friday that the White House communicates with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski during their ‘Morning Joe’ program.”

Embedded in his post is a clip, via Brian Maloney of the Radio Equalizer blog, of Schultz saying:

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”, Noel writes:

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.

Back in October, we linked to the clip embedded at the top of this post, of a White House correction being read on the air during Scarborough’s show. When we went back to that clip tonight, it had been yanked off  YouTube with a note claiming, “This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.”

Fortunately, another copy still exists on YouTube, and we’ve embedded our own clip, which you can watch above. As I wrote back then:

Once again proof that there’s no way a satirist can improve upon the sheer absurdity of real life — or of the Obama administration.

Glenn Beck recently installed the equivalent of the Batphone on his TV show’s set so that the White House can immediately dial in with corrections (so far no response from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to the best of my knowlede)…but two guesses  — and no, it’s not CNN — as to the TV channel that actually does read on-air corrections  from the Obama White House.

Video found by Ace of Spades who, building on Brit Hume’s words of caution to his fellow journalists, dubs them “The Head-Pat Media.”

So how are things going amongst the patters and the patted?

“Here’s the state of play at the DNC’s home channel”, Allahpundit writes at Hot Air: “A hard lefty is ripping a Democratic president for leaning on a Republican host, while inviting other hard lefties onto his own show to rip one of his Democratic colleagues at the network. Awesome.”

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