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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Media-Politics Revolving Door, Mid-2015

Revolving doors link the worlds of media, politics, and interest groups.

Eddie Scarry reports at The Washington Examiner:
MSNBC's vice president of communications is returning to the White House.
Politico's Mike Allen reported Friday that Rachel Racusen, who joined MSNBC in November as vice president of communications, will be joining the communications team at the White House as an adviser.
Before going to MSNBC in late 2014, Racusen was a communications director at the White House.
"She was miserable," a source at MSNBC, who requested anonymity, told the Washington Examiner media desk. "It is a whole new world. TV is cutthroat. And MSNBC is a difficult place to navigate. It is very different from the White House."
Current White House Communications Director Jen Psaki emailed her staff Friday that Racusen would be returning to the White House, according to Politico.
Damon Marx reports at AdWeek:
Dan Pfeiffer, a veteran aide of the Obama White House, has been hired by CNN to serve as a political contributor, announced the network’s president Jeff Zucker Monday morning.
Maggie Haberman writes at The New York Times:
Chris Hughes, the publisher of The New Republic, and his husband, Sean Eldridge, will hold a fund-raiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, two people briefed on the invitation said.
The event will be held on June 30 at the couple’s Lower Manhattan home, the people said.
Mr. Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, and Mr. Eldridge have sought in the last few years to become political players. Mr. Eldridge lost a race for Congress in upstate New York last year in which Mrs. Clinton recorded automated phone calls supporting him, despite the fact that polls showed him trailing badly before Election Day.
AP reports:
Newly declared Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham’s interview with George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” Tuesday is the latest sign that the ABC anchor’s donations to the Clinton Foundation seem not to have impeded his coverage of the upcoming presidential elections.

Stephanopoulos also has interviewed declared or prospective candidates Rick Santorum, Martin O’Malley, Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson for ABC News since it was revealed last month that he had donated a total of $75,000 to the former president’s foundation and failed to inform his bosses about it.

The “Good Morning America” and “This Week” host apologized on both programs for the donation and said he would not moderate an ABC debate among GOP candidates scheduled for early next year. ABC promised to stand by its chief news and political anchor, but his three separate gifts to the foundation run by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s husband led some critics to suggest Stephanopoulos’ ability to fairly cover the campaign had been compromised.