The term “echo chamber” comes to mind.
After starring in one of the best moments from election night 2016, former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes is taking his act to cable news. Prior to this, he was best known as the man who helped Obama lie to the American people about the Iran Deal.
David Rutz reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama Aide Ben Rhodes Joins MSNBC, NBC News as Political Contributor
Former top Barack Obama White House aide Ben Rhodes is joining MSNBC and NBC News as a political contributor.
MSNBC’s media relations team tweeted out the announcement Saturday, saying Rhodes would make his NBC debut on Sunday on “Meet The Press.”
Rhodes’ official title in the Obama administration was Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and he played key roles in numerous foreign policy decisions. He took heat in 2016 when he boasted in a New York Times profile of creating an “echo chamber” to sell the Iran nuclear deal and mocked Washington, D.C., reporters.
Happy to announce @brhodes is joining @NBCNews and @MSNBC as a Political Contributor. The former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for President Obama makes his debut appearance on @MeetThePress this Sunday and @allinwithchris on Monday. pic.twitter.com/cr5NiyF7UY
— MSNBCPR (@MSNBCPR) June 2, 2018
That should definitely help them seem more objective.
Allahpundit of Hot Air has a fascinating take on the thinking behind this:
The media, which supported the deal, naturally ate up the Rhodes-orchestrated expert offensive. After spoonfeeding Obama talking points on Iran into their mouths, which they then happily regurgitated down the public’s gullet, it’s only natural that they’d invite him to join their nest. Somehow it took 16 months, though. How come?
…As most righty activists are well aware, Rhodes’s brother is the president of CBS News. How did he end up at NBC then? It can’t be that he and his bro were sensitive to accusations of favoritism; the industry is filthy with familial relations between media and Democratic operatives. My guess is that he simply saw more opportunities for airtime at NBC. Both networks have a prominent Sunday chat show but only NBC has a cable cousin that airs ’round the clock and needs to be fed constantly with fresh guests. If he went to CBS, Rhodes would have one or maybe two chances at most each week to do his “This latest Trump move is a disaster” routine. On MSNBC he could conceivably be on every day.
The good news for Democrats is that even if they lose the 2018 midterms, they’ll still control the fourth estate.
Last word goes to Stephen Miller:
“How can we as a network put an end to a perfect week that has seen our entire credibility shredded?” https://t.co/AXKs42b2WI
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 2, 2018
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