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Update – Huffington Post: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and other “influential progressives” on Tuesday as part of his campaign to sell the public on the need to extend the Bush middle-class tax cuts.
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed the meeting took place. It wasn’t listed on Obama’s schedule.
“This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction,” Earnest said in a statement Tuesday.
Earnest wouldn’t give details on who was in the meeting or how long it lasted, but HuffPost spotted several attendees on their way in just after 3 p.m., including MSNBC’s Maddow, Sharpton and Lawrence O’Donnell. Ed Schultz, also from MSNBC, tweeted a photo just outside of the West Wing. Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, was also in the meeting.
Update from Mediaite: MSNBC has yet to respond to request for comment. A source familiar with the meeting tells Mediaite that MSNBC personalities were only the most recognizable among the attendees, but there were many other “progressive media” members in attendance, including from the Washington Post, Daily Kos, and the Huffington Post.
WH spox says Obama mtg with Maddow, other progressives to discuss importance of extending the Bush middle-class tax cut.
— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 4, 2012
Excerpted from Buzz Feed: WASHINGTON — MSNBC’s prime time line-up was spotted entering the West Wing Tuesday afternoon for what host Ed Schultz tweeted was a meeting with President Barack Obama.
The White House didn’t return a request for comment on the meeting, and it is not clear if anyone else was present.
Just outside the Press office at the White House… twitter.com/WeGotEd/status…
— Ed Schultz (@WeGotEd) December 4, 2012