FRIENDLY FIRE: DNC accuses MSNBC of ‘a pretty big double standard’

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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You don’t hear this every day.

The Democratic National Committee is formally complaining that MSNBC, the liberal cable network, is not being fair to them.

A top official at the committee is steamed that the network isn’t stopping Joe Scarborough, the former Republican congressman who hosts “Morning Joe,” from giving a speech at an upcoming GOP event in New Hampshire. Recently, Ed Schultz, a liberal host on the channel, they point out, was prevented from attending a Democratic fundraiser in Florida because of network rules preventing hosts from raising money for candidates or parties.

“Now, I don’t begrudge Joe participating in this event,” DNC communications director Mo Elleithee said in a letter, which was published by The Huffington Post on Thursday. “But for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why he would be allowed to speak to a Republican event, but other MSNBC personalities were not allowed to speak at a Democratic events. Seems like a pretty big double standard.”

The complaints come as sources tell The Daily Caller that Scarborough is seriously considering the prospect of leaving morning television to run for president in 2016.

TheDC has also reported that Scarborough, on a book tour, has recently given speeches to Republican crowds in South Carolina and New Hampshire — two early nominating states.

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