REVEALED: The cable news contributors leaving their roles to join the Biden Administration – as MSNBC drops analyst Jon Meacham for failing to disclose he was writing the president-elect’s speeches
- Jon Meacham will no longer serve as a paid contributor on MSNBC after he failed to disclose that he had been helping write Joe Biden’s speeches
- The political analyst had recently appeared on several network shows during their coverage of the 2020 presidential election
- Meacham most recently commented on Biden’s victory speech, without telling MSNBC of his involvement
Three MSNBC contributors and a CNN commentator are leaving their paid on-air roles after being tapped to join the Biden Administration.
MSNBC legal expert Barbara McQuade, political analyst Richard Stengel and health expert Dr Ezekiel Emanuel will no longer serve as paid commentators due to their involvement with the Biden team, sources told DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
McQuade, a former US Attorney appointed by Obama, has taken up a role with Biden’s Department of Justice agency review team after serving as a legal expert for the network since 2017.
Stengel, one of MSNBC’s original on-air analysts, will lead the US Agency for Global Media. He previously served as Obama’s Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2014 to 2016.
MSNBC legal expert Barbara McQuade (left) political analyst Richard Stengel (center)and health expert Dr Ezekiel Emanuel (right) will no longer serve as paid commentators due to their involvement with the Biden team
CNN contributor Jen Psaki was also revealed on Tuesday to have left the network after becoming a senior adviser for the Biden-Harris transition team
Similarly, Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, who will serve on Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force, will no longer be a contributor for the network after accepting his new job.
Per network policy, all three will no longer be paid for the contributions but will still be welcomed back to the airwaves as guests.
CNN’s Jen Psaki was also revealed to have left the network this week after becoming a senior adviser for the Biden-Harris transition team.
She was featured on air in her new capacity during a segment on Anderson Cooper 360 Tuesday night.
It comes after MSNBC had cut ties with longtime analyst Jon Meacham after he failed to disclose that he had been helping write Biden’s speeches.
Jon Meacham (pictured on the network over the weekend) will no longer serve as a paid contributor for MSNBC after he failed to disclose that he had been helping write Joe Biden’s speeches
A NYT report revealed Meacham had been helping craft Biden’s speeches including the victory speech the president-elect delivered in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night
Sources told DailyMail.com Meacham will no longer serve as a paid contributor for MSNBC but will be welcome as a guest with full disclosure of his involvement with the president-elect.
But unlike McQuade, Stengel and Emanuel, Meacham is not expected to take up a role in the White House.
The Biden campaign did not respond to requests for comment when contacted by DailyMail.com.
Meacham, a historian and Pulitzer prize-winning biographer, had been a frequent commentator for the network where he has made appearances on Morning Joe, Deadline, and The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
The political analyst had most recently appeared on air to comment on the presidential election as well as Biden’s victory speech on Saturday night.
Meacham, however, did not tell his employers that he himself had been involved in crafting Biden’s speeches, including his acceptance address in Wilmington, The New York Times reported.
Meacham and Biden have had a close relationship over the years. They are pictured together above at the the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware
The report revealed Meacham had been ‘playing a larger role’ in Biden’s campaign ‘than was previously known’, including writing the president-elect’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer as well as his speech in Gettysburg last month.
Meacham has appeared on the network three times since Biden’s remarks on Saturday, including one appearance in which he analyzed the speech.
He was asked to weigh in on the address during an on-air conversation over the weekend with anchor Brian Williams.
‘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?’ Williams asked.
‘Absolutely,’ Meacham said, without admitting he played a role in the writing process.
Meacham had reportedly been ‘playing a larger role’ in Biden’s campaign ‘than was previously known’, including writing the president-elect’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer. He is pictured at the DNC
A Biden spokesperson on Monday downplayed Meacham’s involvement, telling the Times Biden had written his own victory speech on Saturday but had ‘consulted a number of important, diverse voices as he often does.’
Another campaign official said Meacham had contributed to the ‘themes’ included in Biden’s remarks.
Although the source did not specify which themes, parts of Biden’s speech echoed Meacham’s 2018 book – The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels – as he spoke of ‘rebuilding the soul of America.’
MSNBC declined to comment to DailyMail.com when asked about Meacham’s omission.
On Tuesday, Tom Elliott, the founder and news editor of media company Grabien, said the revelation came as no surprise.
‘In a year of media shocks, this was not one. Anyone who’s tuned into ‘Morning Joe’ over the last year already knows that Meacham’s ‘analysis’ sounds no different than what you’d expect from a Biden campaign’ spokesperson,’ he told Fox News.