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President Barack Obama recently assembled a group of prominent liberal journalists at the White House to discuss his proposed tax policy -- and it's not the first time he's had such meetings with "progressive" media types, says Media Research Center.
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed President Obama consulted with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and Al Sharpton as well as other "influential progressives" to "discuss the importance of extending the Bush middle-class tax cut."
OneNewsNow talked with the Media Research Center's director of media analysis Tim Graham, who called the meeting an "MSNBC love fest."
"Bob Woodward and other people in the media had a fit when it was found Rogers Ailes had sent a note to George W. Bush in the White House," he says. "Now we have the prime-time anchors, the MSNBC line-up, walking into the White House to have strategy meetings with Obama on taxes.
"Where are the media ethicists?" he asks. "There is no outcry, there is no frenzy, there is no outrage."
Graham said most "progressives" deny having a liberal bias and would also refute being used by Obama to promote his tax-hike propaganda.
"The MSNBC people themselves, whether its Phil Griffin or Rachel Maddow, are especially good at the denial," Graham remarks. "They go around saying, Oh, we're not a talking point channel. We're all independent.
"I think anyone who watches MSNBC during the day and into the night is going to see that certain themes emerge -- and they pound them relentlessly, whether it's the 'war on women' or whatever the concept of day is."
According to the MRC spokesman, this is not the first time Obama has conducted "off-the-record" consultations with liberal journalists. Graham notes the president held similar get-togethers in 2009 and 2010.
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