White House visitor logs: Obama hosted Rachel Maddow, six friends

J. Arthur Bloom Deputy Editor
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Recently released White House visitor logs reveal that President Obama hosted MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and six friends for a visit in August 2011.

“Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in August 2011. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to almost 1.9 million records,” a Nov. 25 release from the White House read.

While the Obama administration touts the the visitor logs’ release as a demonstration of its commitment to transparency, the disclosure comes on the heels of a legal battle in which the White House claimed the records were not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

A Center for Public Integrity study showed that previous visitor log disclosures were “riddled with holes.”

The logs were finally released on Black Friday and bloggers immediately began to comb through the database.

The Maddow entry was flagged by conservative blogger Michelle Malkin; it describes an August 4, 2011 visit that included the MSNBC host and six others. President Obama was listed as the “visitee.”

The afternoon visit lasted nearly three hours and was Ms. Maddow’s fifth to the White House — her fourth with President Obama personally.

Maddow did not mention the trip to the White House during her August 5 show.

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