NBC hired former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel. The internal turmoil smacks of blatant anti-GOP bias.

By | March 26, 2024

Before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address this month, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the quiet part out loud about MSNBC’s cheerleading for progressive politicians on the network’s “Morning Joe”:

“I wanted to say, I don’t think you need me,” she said, laughing. “I just listened to the commentary. I don’t think you need me this morning, but it’s good to be here.

Jean-Pierre said this because before her appearance on the show, host Joe Scarborough could not praise Biden enough and staunchly defended the 81-year-old president against criticism of his declining mental faculties.

“He is better than ever, intellectual, analytical,” said Scarborough. ‘F you if you can’t handle the truth. This version of Biden… is the best Biden ever.”

So why am I telling you this story?

Because it’s illustrative of how much Scarborough and many of the network’s other leading “journalists” are in favor of Biden. They might as well be on the president’s payroll. More about that later.

And it helps explain why there has been so much internal pushback at MSNBC, which is part of the NBC News division, after NBC recently announced it had hired Ronna McDaniel, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, as a contributor.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel begins the presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News on November 8, 2023 in Miami.  She resigned in February.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel begins the presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News on November 8, 2023 in Miami. She resigned in February.

Ronna McDaniel is bad, but Jen Psaki is okay?

The floodgates of grumbling opened Sunday on “Meet the Press” when NBC News analyst Chuck Todd panicked on air about McDaniel’s hiring by his employer.

“I think our bosses owe you an apology for putting you in this situation.” Todd told host Kristen Welker after interviewing McDaniel. “There’s a reason why many journalists at NBC News are uncomfortable with this, because many of our professional dealings with the RNC have encountered gaslighting over the past six years.”

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Todd’s criticism of NBC was the first public expression of the internal chaos following Friday’s announcement.

On Monday, MSNBC personalities such as Scarborough, Rachel Maddow and Nicole Wallace took time during their shows to express their displeasure.

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Perhaps the most ironic comment came from Jen Psaki, who was on Biden’s payroll before joining MSNBC herself two years ago.

The former White House press secretary said that direct political experience “only matters and has value to viewers if it is accompanied by honesty and good faith,” which is apparently true for her, but not for McDaniel.

Give me a break.

Outrage over McDaniel’s hiring was noticeably absent among the same journalists when Psaki came on board. Todd and Scarborough seemed fine, as a deal with Psaki was negotiated while she was still serving as Biden’s mouthpiece. (Some reporters have raised concerns, but there is no comparison to the high-profile response to McDaniel’s deal).

‘No interest in giving half the country a voice’

McDaniel’s biggest “mistake” appears to be that she led the Republican Party at the behest of former President Donald Trump after he won the 2016 presidential election. McDaniel previously served as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

Trump has since cast McDaniel aside, which is why she was looking for a new gig.

Rest assured that detractors inside and outside of NBC News will continue to point out how McDaniel’s presence will threaten democracy and give voice to election denial.

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Never mind that McDaniel could offer insight into Trump’s thinking — and that of his supporters, who happen to make up a large percentage of the electorate.

“This just shows how detached the chattering class is,” Republican strategist Dennis Lennox told me. “They have no interest in giving half the country a voice. The idea that you hire the incumbent Democratic White House press secretary, but the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, is persona non grata simply because she has a different political stance than MSNBC’s prevailing editorial line is absurd.

It’s absurd and it highlights the clear liberal bias that dominates much of the mainstream media. These MSNBC anchors show who they are: unapologetic advocates for Biden.

MSNBC president Rashida Jones has already tried to assure staff that McDaniel will not appear on the channel’s programming.

I hope NBC News gives McDaniel a chance and doesn’t give in to the cancel culture and intolerance that is on full display within the company.

Ingrid Jacques is a columnist at USA TODAY. Contact her at ijacques@usatoday.com or at X, formerly Twitter: @Ingrid_Jacques

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