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Revolving door: New trend is Obama aides taking top media jobs

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a new report from the Media Research Center about the revolving door between Team Obama and the news media. The total has now reached 30, with MSNBC's debut of two shows Monday, Ronan Farrow's “Ronan Farrow Daily” and Joy-Ann Reid's “The Reid Report.” Both have toiled for President Obama.

“Ours is a strict ‘revolving door’ list, sticking to those with jobs as reporters, editors, correspondents, anchors, producers or media executives, not those who just have or had roles as ‘contributors’ to news outlets,” said MRC.

The MRC report lists all 30.

“I've tracked the news media-political position revolving door since the Reagan days, and never have I seen so many journalists leave the news media to help advance the cause of a presidential administration by joining it. At least 25 so far, with White House press secretary Jay Carney, who had been Time magazine's Washington Bureau Chief, the poster child,” said Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker.

“Today, some examples of those spinning the other way, taking media jobs after working for Obama. Ronan Farrow, who held several jobs in Obama’s State Department, gets an MSNBC show as does Joy-Ann Reid, who toiled in the press office during Obama’s 2008 campaign.

“The more common news media to Obama revolving door is just one more sign of the far from adversarial relationship between the two, where the Obama administration treats news outlets as free recruitment services and journalists look to the administration for cozy jobs where they can push their liberal views without the pretense of journalistic strictures.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.