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MSNBC Hosts Meet With President Obama, FOX Scoffs ‘Maybe He Thanked Them For Re-Election’

MSNBC hosts invited to White House, Fox mocks the meet-up

Sour grapes between rival media outlets MSNBC and FOX News: While big-name pundits from the left-leaning network were reportedly in a meeting with President Obama Tuesday regarding the “fiscal cliff,” this morning’s Fox & Friends panel mocked that the meeting was really an opportunity for President Obama to “thank” the MSNBC hosts for his re-election.

Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC hosts Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Al Sharpton were spotted visiting the White House, with Schultz tweeting that they were there to talk about the fiscal cliff. A White House spokesperson said that the meeting also included a number of other “influential progressives” with the intent to “discuss the importance of extending the Bush middle-class tax cut.”

The visit raised a few hairy eyeballs, as MSNBC has been criticized in the past for being a bit too close (even biased) in favor of President Obama.

Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson, the hosts of the FOX program Fox & Friends, talked about the meet-up today, asking why President Obama is doing a press blitz with left-leaning publications instead of solving the fiscal cliff problem with congressional Republicans.

“I’m shocked by that,”Kilmeade said. “To invite five talk show hosts in…all from the same channel? That’s outrageous.”

Carlson disagreed: “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.

Here’s the Fox & Friends video via Mediaite, but we want to know what you think. Is FOX just being whiny, or is President Obama meeting with left-leaning journalists and pundits a bit sketchy? Sound off!

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2 Responses to “MSNBC Hosts Meet With President Obama, FOX Scoffs ‘Maybe He Thanked Them For Re-Election’”

  1. Mary Hall

    Fox and Friends have their nerve complaining about MSNBC host meeting with the President They have done nothing but talk negatively about the president I wouldn't ask them to walk my dog I have never heard them say anything positive so just shut your mouth and keeping lying to your audience who in their right mine would watch FOX!

  2. Joseph Townes

    Fox News is full of stuff. There are video and picture evidence showing them meeting with George W. Bush in the White House following his second election. They were gloating that they got Bush re-elected. So now this is nothing but sour grapes and I hope they choke on them.