Influential pundits from the MSNBC network were reportedly in a meeting with President Obama Tuesday regarding the “fiscal cliff,” this morning’s Fox & Friends panel ridiculed that the meeting was really an opportunity for President Obama to “thank” the MSNBC hosts for his re-election
Tuesday afternoon, Obama met with Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Ed Schultz. White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released a statement saying that "the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction."
Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson, the hosts of the FOX program Fox & Friends, talked about the meet-up on Tuesday afternoon! “I’m shocked by that,” Kilmeade said. “To invite five talk show hosts in…all from the same channel? That’s outrageous.” Co-host Carlson said the meeting did not surprise her. “I’m not surprised by it at all. That station’s delivering the message of this administration, so it makes sense.”
“If you think about it,” Kilmeade added, “the President has said he’s not talking to Republicans, unless they agree to raise the raise. He hasn’t talked to Majority Leader Eric Cantor in over a year. But yet it’s time to meet the talk show hosts on another channel. That’s incredible.”
“Well, maybe it was a thank-you of sorts for the re-election,” Carlson said.
The visit raised the eyebrows because MSNBC has been critiqued in the past for being partial and biased in support of President Obama.