Joe Concha blasts lack of media accountability when MSNBC brings back pro-Biden liar
Fox News contributor Joe Concha commented Monday on “Fox & Friends” over MSNBC bringing presidential historian Jon Meacham back onboard one week after letting him go because he was actually writing speeches for presumptive President-elect Joe Biden. The Hill media columnist was incredulous and said this is an example of why so few people trust the media.
He also noted that the move shows that people have lost trust in the mainstream media “because there is no accountability.”
Meacham, a longtime friend of Biden’s, has previously written drafts of speeches for him and edited others, including Biden’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year. All of this he failed to disclose to MSNBC but he did favorably comment on the speeches on air.
According to sources who confided in The New York Times, Meacham had been “playing a larger role than was previously known” behind the scenes, “both writing drafts of speeches and offering edits on many of Mr. Biden’s big addresses, including one he gave at Gettysburg last month and his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.”
Meacham publicly endorsed Biden for president in March. He has been a go-to analyst for MSNBC for a long time. Even though MSNBC let him go a week ago and said he would no longer be paid, he would still be welcomed as a guest. Now, he’s officially back on the payroll it would seem.
On Monday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” welcomed him back as if nothing had happened, with host Mika Brzezinski introducing him as a “historian” and “an unofficial adviser to President-elect Joe Biden.”
This prompted Concha to comment that he was “blown away” by the fact that Meacham appeared on MSNBC so quickly.
“Jon Meacham spoke at George H.W. Bush’s eulogy, for example, so he is painted as bipartisan,” Concha stated. “Well, it was revealed last week that he was actually writing speeches for Joe Biden throughout his campaign and then going on the air afterward without telling anybody, mind you, and saying ‘Oh, you know, that was a great speech, particularly when he quoted Martin Luther King, I really thought that was very, very poignant and powerful.’”
“Meanwhile he’s the guy who wrote the speech,” he continued. “So MSNBC then takes his contributorship away. They say, ‘OK, we’re not going to pay you anymore.’”
Concha noted, “You would think that would be the last you would see of Jon Meacham on the air for a while.”
“Oh no, he was on this morning doing what he does best, praising Joe Biden while bashing President Trump,” Concha went on, adding that journalism has been moving toward “activism and this is why so few people trust this industry anymore.”
Concha brought up the Meacham incident on Monday reacting to staff writer Caitlan Flanagan of The Atlantic magazine ripping the “biased” mainstream media during a panel discussion Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Flanagan emphasized that the media has to “be a little less partisan.”
On Monday Concha reacted to Flanagan’s appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” saying, “that was some great analysis, probably the best I have seen all year.”