For years, members of the Obama administration and Democrats in Washington have had a cozy relationship with the mainstream media. It should not be a surprise, then, when the media hires Obama officials to report the news. NBC News is the latest example.
Monday morning, former Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest officially joined NBC News. He will serve as a political analyst for both NBC and MSNBC. Yes, MSNBC is still on the air.
The media has a long history of hiring prominent Democrat officials to act as “journalists.” Former Clinton White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos went to ABC News and “Good Morning America” after the Clinton era ended in Washington. He currently hosts “This Week” for ABC News, and serves as lead anchor for news broadcasts.
Former Obama press secretaries Jay Carney and Robert Gibbs both took news media positions, working for CNN and MSNBC, respectively.
In 2016, former Obama aide Stephanie Cutter joined CNN to host Crossfire. She later moved on to NBC News as well. President Obama’s Advisor on Green Jobs, Van Jones, became a prominent contributor to CNN.
The announcement was made Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Josh recently completed a ten-year run with President Obama, most recently serving as White House Press Secretary from 2014-2017,” reads an internal memo from NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC President Phil Griffin obtained by Axios.
“A native of Kansas City, Josh graduated from Rice University with a degree in political science and policy studies. With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress and politics beyond the Beltway.”Earnest follows in a long line of former press secretaries going from the White House to network and cable news outlets.
While a handful of Republican government officials have made the move to news media, most were to Fox News, including former Bush press secretary Dana Perino. Few get positions in traditional news media outlets.