MSNBC political analyst Jon Meacham is DROPPED as a contributor after he failed to disclose to the network that he was writing Biden’s speeches -including the president-elect’s victory address
- Jon Meacham will no longer serve as a paid contributor on MSNBC after he failed to disclose that he had been helping write Joe Biden’s speeches
- The political analyst had recently appeared on several network shows during their coverage of the 2020 presidential election
- Meacham most recently commented on Biden’s victory speech, without telling MSNBC of his involvement
- He had also played a role in crafting Biden’s speech at the DNC this summer and in Gettysburg last month
MSNBC contributor Jon Meacham has been dropped by the network after he failed to disclose that he had been helping write President-elect Joe Biden‘s speeches.
Meacham, a historian and Pulitzer prize-winning biographer, has been a frequent commentator for the network, where he has made appearances on Morning Joe, Deadline, and The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
The political analyst had most recently appeared on air to comment on the presidential election as well as Biden’s victory speech on Saturday night.
Jon Meacham (pictured on the network over the weekend) will no longer serve as a paid contributor for MSNBC after he failed to disclose that he had been helping write Joe Biden’s speeches
A NYT report revealed Meacham had been helping craft Biden’s speeches including the victory speech the president-elect delivered in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night
Meacham and Biden have had a close relationship over the years. They are pictured together above at the the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration
Meacham, however, did not tell his employers that he himself had been involved in crafting Biden’s speeches, including his acceptance address in Wilmington, The New York Times reported.
The report revealed Meacham had been ‘playing a larger role’ in Biden’s campaign ‘than was previously known’, including writing the president-elect’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer as well as his speech in Gettysburg last month.
Meacham has appeared on the network three times since Biden’s remarks on Saturday, including one appearance in which he analyzed the speech.
He was asked to weigh in on the address during an on-air conversation over the weekend with anchor Brian Williams.
‘I’m not the historian that you are, and I don’t have the Pulitzer that you do, but do you concur that is the way we are used to hearing from our presidents?’ Williams asked.
‘Absolutely,’ Meacham said, without admitting he played a role in the writing process.
Meacham had reportedly been ‘playing a larger role’ in Biden’s campaign ‘than was previously known’, including writing the president-elect’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer. He is pictured at the DNC
A Biden spokesperson on Monday downplayed Meacham’s involvement, telling the Times Biden had written his own victory speech on Saturday but had ‘consulted a number of important, diverse voices as he often does.’
Another campaign official said Meacham had contributed to the ‘themes’ included in Biden’s remarks.
Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, who will serve on Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force, will no longer be a contributor for the network but will return as a guest
Although the source did not specify which themes, parts of Biden’s speech echoed Meacham’s 2018 book – The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels – as he spoke of ‘rebuilding the soul of America.’
A person close to the matter told DailyMail.com Meacham will no longer serve as a paid contributor for MSNBC but will be welcome as a guest with full disclosure of his involvement with Biden’s team.
Similarly, Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, who will serve on Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force, will no longer be a contributor for the network but will return as a guest.
Despite his close ties to Biden, Meacham is reportedly not expected to join his administration.
MSNBC declined to comment to DailyMail.com when asked about Meacham’s omission.
On Tuesday, Tom Elliott, the founder and news editor of media company Grabien, said the revelation came as no surprise.
‘In a year of media shocks, this was not one. Anyone who’s tuned into ‘Morning Joe’ over the last year already knows that Meacham’s ‘analysis’ sounds no different than what you’d expect from a Biden campaign’ spokesperson,’ he told Fox News.