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No Air Time for Michelle’s Axe

Michelle Obama’s chief of staff Jackie Norris was quietly “replaced” over the weekend, which raised the question: How did the Obama-oglers at NBC cover it? Here’s Norris showing up in the Brian Williams two-hour prime-time fawnathon last week:

WILLIAMS: Americans are already flooding the new first lady with messages, greetings and special requests.

JACKIE NORRIS: These are letters that are sent to the first lady.

WILLIAMS: Mrs. Obama’s team, led by chief of staff Jackie Norris, handles all the mail, like this letter from an eight-year-old girl.

NORRIS: (Reading) “Dear Mrs. Obama: I want to become the first lady president. Do you have any advice? Thank you.”

MICHELLE OBAMA: I want to be that example for them. Being with them, touching them, hugging them, sitting in their schools, in their classrooms, in their churches is a part of that connection. And if I can make it and move someone to think more broadly about what they can achieve, I figure what better thing to leave behind over the next four or eight years. What a legacy that could be.

Jackie Norris getting the axe (she was merely “replaced,” said news accounts) drew zero notice from NBC. They’ve been busy chronicling how Michelle had “London a-twitter.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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