MSNBC host Krystal Ball supported Hillary Clinton in 2014 but does not believe she should run for president in 2016. In a monologue, she conveyed her viewpoint. Ball said she was summoned into the office after ripping Hillary and instructed to get Hillary Clinton criticism authorized by the network president.
Ball is no longer with MSNBC, but the fact that she was coached how to express her opinions says a lot about the network, which has fallen behind in cable news ratings.
Ball recently said in a podcast with Joe Rogan that the left-wing network urged her to block any criticism of Clinton, according to Trending Politics. Ball’s tale is a “fascinating peek into the workings of MSNBC, which resembles less a “news network” than a DNC talking points firm,” according to TP.
“I did a monologue when Hillary Clinton was building up to run for president,” Ball said. “I did this whole thing that was like, ‘She sold out to Wall Street. People are gonna hate this lady. She’s like the terrible candidate for the moment. Please don’t run’.” Ball continued, “Afterwards, I get pulled into an office and you know, ‘Great monologue, everything’s fine. But next time you do any commentary on Hillary Clinton, it has to get approved by the President of the network,’” she said.
Krystal Ball, former MSNBC presenter, tells Joe Rogan about how MSNBC tried to limit her coverage of Hillary Clinton in 2014:
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Former MSNBC host Krystal Ball to Joe Rogan on how MSNBC tried to control her coverage of Hillary Clinton in 2014:
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Trending Politics adds that Ball’s post about why she respected Clinton but did not believe she was the president that America needed at the time is still available on MSNBC’s website.
“I deeply admire and respect Hillary Clinton. I think she is a great intellect with great fortitude,” the article says. “I think she was a strong secretary of state and a hardworking and effective senator. But I have come to a difficult realization: I don’t want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. I hope she does not run, she is not the right person for this moment,” the article adds.
“Back in 2008, when all my peers were jumping on the Barack Obama bandwagon, I backed Clinton,” she went on. “The country was reeling from a disastrous eight years under President George W. Bush. We were desperate for competence after his incompetence; for respect for government after his disdain. We needed, in my view, a capable hand,” she added. “She was well positioned to manage the end of two wars and to regain the international respect that had been lost during the Bush presidency. Clinton was a fantastic fit for that moment but that moment has passed,” she continued.
“Now, we are in a moment of existential crisis as a country. As we recover slowly from the Great Recession, we’ve discovered that we don’t much like what we see. Only 28% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction. Some 67% are dissatisfied with the wealth distribution in this country,” she said. “And as corporate profits soar to new heights, working folks get the shaft sharing in virtually none of the gains of the recovery,” she continued. “In fact, 95% of the income gains over the recovery years have gone to the top 1% of income earners.”
“It is clear now that we have two economies: one for a thin slice of educated elite and one for everyone else. That is the moment we are in now. So I ask you, does Hillary Clinton sound to you like the right person for this moment?” she asked. “In a time when corporations have hijacked our politics enabling them to reap all the profit without feeling any compunction to do right by their workers, is someone who sat on the rabidly anti-union board of Walmart for six years the right person to restore worker’s rights?” she asked again.
Ball continued with her well thought our plea:
“Of course, it was her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who did much of the deregulating that got us into trouble including ending the Glass-Steagall prohibitions on mixing traditional banking with speculative investment banking,” she noted. “More to the point though, in a time when we badly need to be inspired, rallied, and made to believe that America can once again be true to the American dream, we desperately need someone who is mission driven,” she continued. “We need someone who is clearly passionate, who is living and breathing and feeling in their bones the plight of the worker and the middle class, and who is unafraid to stand up to the Wall Street titans. That person is not Hillary Clinton. It is Elizabeth Warren,” she added.
“Despite all her talents, Clinton is not the woman to address the deep inequality, corporate political capture, and middle class rot afflicting our country. So although I deeply admire and respect Secretary Clinton, I must say: Don’t run Hillary. Don’t run,” she wrote.