Read time: 1 minute

Why Does Ed Rendell Get Paid By MSNBC To Shill Fix The Debt?

You would think that when someone goes on teevee to sell something, he wouldn't get paid. Ed Rendell does.


Let's not kid ourselves: MSNBC is only the "liberal" network because the executives thought it was a good market niche. But if they're going to sell themselves as such, it's time that viewers got a little more demanding about what the cable network actually delivers.

So I was thinking about this: When Ed Rendell appears on MSNBC to shill for Fix The Debt, he gets paid -- as an MSNBC contributor. Let's presume he's also getting paid by the Pete Peterson front (either directly or through other career-related benefits) and the Greenhill & Co. investment bank, while also serving as special counsel to Ballard Spahr, a law firm specializing in public/private partnerships (i.e. privatization of public assets).

Ed loves to present himself as just an "aw shucks", down-to-earth kinda guy, but he's not. He's not even a real Democrat anymore, let alone a liberal. He's nothing but a member of the 1%, and that's whose interests he serves.

Now, I'm not going to go after Ed for selling out. We always knew he would, it's not a surprise. It's MSNBC who muddies the ethical lines here, by bringing on a salesman and then paying him as if he's an honest broker! Why, hello there, massive conflicts of journalistic interest!

Look, we know the corporate ownership of NBC/Kabletown is actually in full agreement with the agenda pushed by Fast Eddie. But we can at least make them follow the rules.

And the next time he appears on Hardball, or Rachel Maddow, you might want to let MSNBC know that you're not happy about it.

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team