It turns out that Joe Biden's campaign has some close ties to paid news contributors at MSNBC, and now the network is being forced to cut those ties after the connection has been revealed.
On Monday, The Daily Beast confirmed with a network insider that historian Jon Meacham will no longer be a paid contributor for the network, after it was revealed in a New York Times article that he has written multiple speeches for Biden, including his first speech as president-elect. While Meacham was on the network discussing the election in the past few weeks, it was never disclosed to viewers that he was a part of the Biden Campaign.
Jon Meacham, the presidential historian whose book on “the soul of America” has long been a touchstone for Joe Biden, wrote the acceptance speech the President-elect delivered on Saturday night. https://t.co/FTwHW7jNk1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2020
In a rather comical exchange, Meacham appeared on MSNBC to discuss one of the speeches that he wrote for Biden, only the fact that he wrote it was never disclosed.
Brian Williams introduced Meacham by saying, “I’m not the historian that you are, and I don’t have the Pulitzer that you do, but do you concur that is the way we are used to hearing from our presidents?”
“Absolutely,” Mr. Meacham responded, without mentioning his role in the speech.
He went on to praise his own speech, saying, “It’s poetic. There’s a lot of poetry tonight.”
In another segment, Meacham said, "Vice President Biden, I think, represents a kind of tonic for a toxic politics."
Meacham also publicly endorsed Biden in an op-ed and was a featured speaker at the DNC this year.
In a statement recognizing the connection, Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo, downplayed Meacham's role in the speech, saying that multiple people contributed to it.
“President-elect Joe Biden wrote the speech he delivered to the American people on Saturday night, which laid out his vision for uniting and healing the nation. Given the significance of the speech, he consulted a number of important, and diverse, voices as part of his writing process, as he often does,” Ducklo said.
He wasn't the only Biden insider who was frequently featured on the network to discuss the election. It was also confirmed that Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who was appointed to Biden’s coronavirus task force this week, was also a paid contributor. Both contributors will still be allowed on the network for future interviews, but they must appear as guests and they will need to give a full disclosure of their ties with the Biden administration.
In the days after the election, the Trump campaign and its army of supporters have accused major media networks of playing favorites and determining the winner of the election.
In his first public appearance since the election on Tuesday, Trump gave a controversial speech from the White House, which caused many networks to cut their coverage prematurely after he claimed that he would win the election if the “legal” votes were counted. MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, and NPR, decided to cut their coverage of the speech prematurely. Days later, FOX cut away from a White House press conference after similar claims were made by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.