White House Spokesperson Praises MSNBC

By Alex Weprin 

First President Obama took a swipe at Fox News Channel. Then FNC hosts Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity responded. Now comes word that a White House spokesperson has praised FNC’s left-leaning rival MSNBC, saying hosts like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow provide an “invaluable service.”

The Upshot’s Michael Calderone has the quote, from White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton:

“And if you’re on the left, if you’re somebody like Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow or one of the folks who helps to keep our government honest and pushes and prods to make sure that folks are true to progressive values,” Burton continued, “then he thinks that those folks provide an invaluable service.  But at the same time, we need to focus our energy and our efforts on the choice that Americans have this fall.”