MSNBC has dismissed Vanderbilt professor Jon Meacham from his job as a network contributor because he did not inform network staff that he was writing speeches for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
The Tennessee Star left two messages with Vanderbilt University Tuesday, one by phone and one by email. We asked Vanderbilt officials if they planned to relieve Meacham of his duties because of his ethical lapse and lack of transparency.
Vanderbilt officials did not return our requests for comment.
Breitbart, citing The New York Times, reported that Meacham “went on the air and praised a speech he helped write [that Biden delivered] without disclosing he helped write it.”
“The corruption among our self-appointed elites knows no bounds,” according to Breitbart.
“The Times reports, that in secret, Meacham has been helping to ghostwrite speeches for Biden and not only had Meacham failed to disclose his work for the Biden campaign, he went on the air and commented favorably about a speech he himself played a role in writing.”
Meacham, according to Vanderbilt’s website, holds the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency.
As The Star reported last month, Meacham, after one of Trump’s presidential debates, insulted supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump.
“It was remarkable to watch it in person. I’ve never seen a general election debate actually in the room. And one man was running for president of the United States and the other man was auditioning for a show on FOX,” Meacham said.
“And that may sound like an attempt at glibness, but it was the innate feeling I had to watching the president who dwells in this wilderness of mirrors to borrow a phrase from the Cold War where there are these code words and it’s a language that I’m sure makes sense to a certain segment of his base. There is a lizard brain in this country. Donald Trump is a product of the White man’s, the anguished, nervous, White guys lizard brain. And there could be a twitch there.”
Vanderbilt officials said in a press release this month that Meacham co-hosted a webinar series titled “The 2020 Election: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
Meacham, the press release said, “has penned biographies of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, George H.W. Bush and others, including, most recently, the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.”
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