A daily feature on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co. is the ‘tweet of the day’ in which host Chris Jansing showcases a tweet from a politician or a member of the media that is topical to a major news event. Most of Jansing’s featured tweets are from liberal journalists, and on March 7, things weren’t much different.
Following coverage of Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) 13-hour filibuster over the nomination of John Brennan for CIA Director, Jansing featured a tweet from Glenn Thrush, White House Reporter for Politico, who snarked that: "I have it on good authority that millions of Americans, not just Rand Paul, stand on their feet for hours & hours, some for minimum wage."
Thrush is ostensibly an objective journalist from a popular Washington, D.C. political newspaper, not a political commentator. MSNBC, which has been promoting President Obama’s minimum wage hike agenda, has shown itself to highlight journalists who share the White House’s sympathies and Glenn Thrush’s comments are yet another example of MSNBC doing PR for the Obama White House.
In this case, however, it also killed two birds with one stone by cavalierly dismissing the import of Paul's filibuster, which was waged in defense of the Fifth Amendment rights of Americans who could find themselves the targets of drone strikes even on U.S. soil, unless the dreadful prospect is nipped in the proverbial bud now.
I have it on good authority that millions of Americans, not just Rand Paul, stand on their feet for hours & hours, some for minimum wage...
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) March 7, 2013