On Wednesday, the hosts of NBC’s Today cheered the network’s decision to hire former White House chef – and husband of left-wing MSNBC host AlexWagner – Sam Kass. Co-host Savannah Guthrie gushed: “...we’ve got an exciting announcement. You guys remember Sam Kass, of course he’s the former assistant White House chef, executive director of the First Lady's Let's Move campaign, and nutrition advisor to the President....He is becoming an NBC News senior food analyst.”
Guthrie added: “So you’ll be seeing him a lot right here on Today, on Nightly of course, and then also Today Food online.” News anchor Natalie Morales declared: “Fantastic....Good hire for us.”
Fellow co-host Matt Lauer announced: “That’s great....I’m going to get to welcome him, by the way, in person here tomorrow on Today.”
NBC has already used Kass to promote Obama administration agenda items. In 2014, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell teed him up bash Republican attempts to reform school lunch standards. Mitchell fretted: “What is the challenge now on the Hill to the legislation that would make school lunches healthier?” Kass proclaimed:
Well, what we're seeing right now, Republicans in congress really trying to overrule pediatricians and nutritionists to really intervene and roll back the standards that have been set to make sure the food in schools is healthy....We need to make sure we're seeing science lead the way and we make sure that all of the food in our schools is healthy.
In 2013, Guthrie talked to Kass on Today in order to promote Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and asked: “So do you feel like the program is having the intended effect? Do you think people are thinking differently about food, now?” Kass asserted: “Oh, absolutely. I think we're seeing the country unite around our kid's health....last year the new school lunch standards were put in place.”
No mention was made of schools across the country dropping out of the program due to students not eating the “healthier” lunches.
The revolving door between the Obama administration and the press continues to spin.