CNBC turns to Bush aide for economic analysis

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Steve Benen notes that despite the Right's whining about the fact that a few ex-reporters have gone to work for the Obama administration, as though this proves their theories about the "liberal media," there have been quite a few Republican operatives signed on by major news organizations recently:

And yet, for those keeping score at home, the number of "loyal Bushies" getting hired by major news outlets keeps going up. I know of at least eight prominent examples: Michael Gerson (Washington Post), Sara Taylor (MSNBC), Tony Snow (CNN), Frances Fragos Townsend (CNN), Nicole Wallace (CBS News), Dan Bartlett (CBS News), Jeff Ballabon (CBS News), and, of course, Karl Rove (Fox News, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal).

If there's a "revolving door" between government service and the media, there are quite a few Republicans taking a spin.

Benen's post was prompted by CNBC's announcement that it has signed former Bush administration spokesman Tony Fratto as a contributor. Think about that for a moment: CNBC, under fire for missing the financial collapse that was occuring right under its nose, turned to a former Bush administration aide for help. Interesting approach.

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