Maddow/Olbermann Invited to White House Chat with Obama, But Fox Isn't a News Organization?
By Chris Ariens on Oct 21, 2009
Here's a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.
On Monday, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one from Fox News was in the room.
This fact quickly turned into ammunition for the folks at FOX. Last night on "Special Report," Bret Baier revealed the information pointing out that opinion hosts from one channel were being invited to a briefing with the Commander-in-Chief, all the while Fox was declared not a news organization.
And it continued on Fox & Friends this morning, as the troika talked about the back-and-forth ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper had with press secretary Robert Gibbs in the morning off-camera gaggle yesterday.
October 22, 2009
Who joined Maddow, Olbermann at the White House?
Both Fox's Gretchen Carlson and Bret Baier mentioned on-air that Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow paid a visit to the White House this week for an off-the-record chat with the president.
But they weren't the only ones. TVNewser reports that they were other attendees beyond the MSNBC stars: Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill."
While Olbermann is a new addition, several of the people on this list -- Dionne, Robinson, Seib, Maddow, Dowd, Rich -- met with Obama shortly before inauguration. That morning meeting was the liberal/moderate version of the previous night's dinner with conservative columnists at George Will's house.
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