Because you can’t have a state-run media without the media working in close synchronization with the state.
Last fall, we mentioned the Obama White House calling into Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinsk’s MSNBC show and issuing a “correction” to one of their segments, and salvaged the above video when it appeared it might vanish from YouTube.
And now there’s this: “Mika Admits: I’m ‘Working With White House’ On Oil Spill Talking Points:”
Give her high marks for candor: on today’s show, Mika Brzezinski admitted that she has been “working with the White House” on oil spill talking points. But that still leaves the issue of the journalistic propriety of someone in Brzezinski’s position serving as such a blatant shill for the president. H/t tip NB reader Ray R.
Mika could be seen reading from her notes during exchanges with former GE CEO Jack Welch, who was critical of the PBO’s handling of the spill. After repeated ribbing from Welch and Joe Scarborough over her use of White House talking points, Mika came clean . . .
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Do you want to know why I have a file that I’ve been working on with the White House—and I’ll be very transparent about that? Because of your friend Rudy Giuliani who came here last week spewing out a whole bunch of nothing.
If Brzezinski believes Giuliani had his facts wrong, have her book a White House official to straighten things out. But for Mika to be collaborating directly with the Obama admin in mounting a defense is unseemly at best. Then again, credit Mika for saying out loud what surely happens with many others behind the scenes.
As Mark Finkelstein writes at Newsbusters, “Cut out the middle-woman and install Obama’s teleprompter on the Morning Joe set . . .”
And of course, that’s on top of Ed Schultz’s recent calling for Obama to have dictatorial power, which makes Keith Olbermann’s arguments ad hilterum when ranting about anyone the right of John Kerry seem increasingly paradoxical. Not to mention the numerous other examples of the revolving door between the Obama White House and the legacy media.
Update: Related thoughts from Allahpundit.
Update: DaTechGuy used to be disgusted, now he’s just amused.