Leah Barkoukis
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President Obama had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the importance of extending the middle class tax cut with none other than MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz and ironically, Al Sharpton, who has a bit of a tax problem himself.  

Via The Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper:

President Barack Obama met with several MSNBC hosts this afternoon at the White House to discuss tax rates, according to Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery. The reporter wondered if an "MSNBC love fest" was going on at the White House.

Here's Bendery's reporting, in a series of tweets:

Just passed Al Sharpton walking into the WH.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 4, 2012

Also, Al Sharpton is so unbelievably tiny now. I actually gasped when I saw him pass by just now. Hope he's ok.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 4, 2012

Rachel Maddow is now in the West Wing. How do I know this? I just walked in with her.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 4, 2012

Never met Maddow until now. We kind of look alike, esp today. My intro: "Are you my long lost sister?" Her: "Glad we both got the memo."

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 4, 2012

Maddow, heading into West Wing, said she was here for a "hippie cabal." Asked if I was coming. NO, DAMN IT, I WASN'T INVITED.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 4, 2012

So... in the last hour, I watched Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell all walk into the West Wing. MSNBC love fest?

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 4, 2012

Considering this is the same “news network” that did absolutely zero negative stories about Obama in the last week of the campaign and  shares pretty much the same slogan, it’s likely the hosts were there to do little more than cross-check talking points. Propaganda, indeed.

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Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Assistant Editor at Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine.

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