Conflict of Interest…

NewsBusters’ Noel Sheppard writes about a huge conlfict of interest MSNBC allowed Mika Brzezinski to walk in to…

As NewsBusters reported, President Obama praised Mika Brzezinski Friday after she participated in a White House forum regarding the President’s performance on women’s issues.

CNN’s Howard Kurtz on Sunday’s Reliable Sources took issue with this asking his guests, “Should an MSNBC anchor be moderating a White House event and talking about celebrating what the administration has accomplished?” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

When a network takes a talent and puts them front and center in a position that serves an administration’s message delivery system, that’s a huge huge conflict of interest. But it seems to be par for the course in an increasingly POV centric MSNBC world.


19 Responses to “Conflict of Interest…”

  1. I watched this episode of Reliable Sources. Unbelievably, John Aravosis called MSNBC a right-leaning network!

  2. ^^I think he was referring to Morning Joe and not the network as a whole; but I agree to call MJ anything but center left is pushing it. Joe is a libertarian conservative but most on the far right think he a raving liberal because of his foreign affairs positions and some moderation in social views.

  3. My view is abut the same as HK’s. Not a smart move but not one that is going to cause much of a stir in the blogosphere.

    On a scale of 1-10 this is a 2. Even the far right Newsbusters seems to have a hard time working up their usual over the top indignation.

  4. You’re right, fritz. Aravosis called MJ a right-leanng show, not MSNBC. It’s still equally ridiculous. This morning’s MJ guests: Steve Rattner (Obama’s car czar), Shaun Donovan (Obama’s HUD secretary), Luke Russert, the usual Politico suspects, CNBC’s Scott Cohn, David Remnick (editor of the New Yorker magazine), Jordan Roth (theatre owner), and from Hollywood – Blair Underwood and Alia Jones.

  5. And HK had no problem with Aravosis calling MJ a right-leaning show. Reliable Sources isn’t a media-watchdog show any longer. It’s just another Sunday political talk show.

  6. These types of conflicts of interest move them past POV and into the realm of advocacy.

  7. Beck and Hannity took some steps in this direction. Roger Ailes stopped them in their tracks.

  8. The guests who are brought on a show doesn’t define where the show is on the political scale. The host is a conserative, former Republican congressman, has never voted for a Democrat in his life, nor will he ever support one. Those are all based on his own admission, by the way.

    People assume because Scarborough doesn’t yell down his liberal guests like Hannity would, he must be symathetic to them.

  9. carolmr Says:

    ProgLib, Chris Christie not too long ago e-mailed Scarborough and asked, Who are you going to have on tomorrow to discuss the Republican primary? George Soros?
    The point (and Christie’s point) is that there seem to be very few Republican/conservative guests on MJ. That is strange considering that we are currently in the middle of a Repub primary.
    Joe may be a Republican but he gets very smug when he starts to lecture his fellow Repubs. Joe acts as if he was the only smart, calm, thoughtful, adult, non-partisan Republican ever to grace Congress. It gets on your nerves after a while.

  10. Joe acts as if he was the only smart, calm, thoughtful, adult, non-partisan Republican ever to grace Congress. It gets on your nerves after a while.

    If a few more Republicans would listen to him, you guys might have a chance at winning the election. Not gonna happen.

  11. We will wih without Scarbough. He can keep on leaning. He can keep on admiring his reflection.

  12. carolmr Says:

    “If a few more Republicans would listen to him, you guys might have a chance at winning the election. Not gonna happen.” – joeremi

    Joe S. said last week that Republicans want to chain women to a radiator in the kitchen. No thanks…I don’t think I’ll be listening to him. He’s a joke.

  13. I believe he said that is the image they are presenting now, and it’s fatal. He’s right.

  14. savefarris Says:

    And when a Republican is on, it’s someone like Steve Schmidt or David Frum, someone to specifically argue against their own party.

  15. Don’t need Joe to tell us what Republicans need to do to win. If he were so smart, he would be one.

  16. ^ Been there, Larry. I find Republicans much more entertaining to talk to when I disagree with them.

  17. Each and every day that Joe spend in Manhattan, the farther left he gets. If only that would make him my kind of Democrat. Sorry Scarborough, we don’t need any more corporatist dems like Jon Corzine, Harold Ford, Chris Dodd, or Jim Cramer.

    BTW, yes, Mika’s involvement would be a conflict of interest if she were a real journalist. But, alas…

  18. Along the same lines, Larry Kudlow and Maria Bartiromo moderated panels at the George W. Bush Institute conference on Economic Growth held at the New York Historical Society today. Just sayin’…

    For all the upset that MSNBC’s POV causes NBC News, shouldn’t we be equally concerned about the bias and POV of CNBC?

  19. Moderating a panel would not necesarily put them into a POV position beyond their own professional expertise.

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