MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle has been very active in promoting Joe Biden’s proposed massive $2 trillion COVID relief package. One of Biden’s economic advisers, Jared Bernstein, thanked her for MSNBC’s “help” and “advocacy.”
Ruhle vowed to keep pushing the program via MSNBC for the Biden administration.
During the interview, Ruhle queried: “You’ve got a lot of money in here for state and local government, that’s something Republicans haven’t liked in the past. I know Georgia was a game-changer in terms of the amount of control you have in government.”
“But you still need to get a lot of Republicans on board and already, we said it before, Marco Rubio is saying this thing is too ambitious. Do you think you’re going to have to cut some stuff out?” Ruhle continued.
(Source: MSNBC via Media Research Center)
Bernstein stated that it would not be necessary to do that: “I really – you know, I know that that’s a piece of conventional wisdom. I’ve heard it and I understand where it’s coming from. I don’t think it’s correct. And I’ll tell you why. I don’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you want to get this virus under control.”
He went on: “I don’t care if you’re in a red state or a blue state, you want – you recognize the need to hugely ramp up vaccine distribution so that COVID-19 is finally a distant memory. If you’re a “D” or an “R,” you want to open schools, you want to open universities, you want parents to be able to access the child care they need. You want to reach small businesses, “D” or “R,” you want to reach small businesses that haven’t gotten nearly enough help. You don’t want – whether you’re a Democrat or Republican governor, you don’t want to lay off first responders, educators, essential workers. In fact, you want to rehire them. So there is so much common ground here, Stephanie, that I am excited and I’m especially optimistic about the ability of one Joe Biden working with Kamala Harris to work across the aisle and make this happen.”
Ruhle did not challenge Bernstein on question elements of the plan such as a federally-mandated $15 minimum wage aimed at helping treat COVID. She instead offered supportive talking points: “This isn’t about ‘D’ or ‘R,’ it is about ‘A,’ America.” Bernstein was enthusiastic over her support: “Ooh, love it.”
Then, Bernstein informed Ruhle of his appreciation for her help in promoting the relief package.
Bernstein stated: “Let me say one other thing before you let me go. You know, there’s been a lot of people pulling for this, your help has been extremely important. Because not only have you continued to amplify some of the things that we’re trying to do here, but you’ve been in the weeds and you’ve talked about the very policies that have been knocking around for a long time and that we finally have been able to get together and put into a plan. So I want to thank you for your advocacy as well.”
And Ruhle in-kind responded: “Well, Jared, if you’re going to compliment me, there’s always more time for that in our show. We’re going to continue to cover this. Do you know why? Because policy matters. That’s how people’s lives change. Jared, thank you for joining us, we’re gonna leave it there.”
This shows strong ties that already exist between left-leaning media outlets such as MSNBC and Joe Biden’s administration. They are more than willing to help promote the President-elect’s agenda.
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