According to a report by the New York Post, a former political commentator at MSNBC stated that she had to obtain the network president's approval before airing any criticism of Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
In a recent appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast on Spotify, Krystal Ball, a former co-host of "The Cycle" on MSNBC and a previous Democratic Party candidate for Congress, revealed that she received a rebuke for expressing her critical views about the Democratic presidential nominee in 2014.
Ball said to Rogan, "I did this whole thing that was like, 'She sold out to Wall Street. People are gonna hate this lady. She's like the terrible candidate for the moment. Please don't run.'"
The former MSNBC anchor mentioned that her monologue had been authorized initially.
"I was allowed to say it," Ball stated. "I deliver my thing. I did it exactly how I wanted to do it. Afterwards, I get pulled into an office."
Ball clarified that she was informed that if she wished to offer any commentary on Clinton in the future, she would need to seek permission from the network president, who was Phil Griffin at the time.
Ball mentioned that she continued to make comments about Clinton in subsequent broadcasts, but the reprimand impacted the degree to which she criticized the presidential candidate.
"I did further Hillary Clinton commentary, there's no doubt about it. But I would love to say that didn't affect me, and I was just there to be a truth teller," Ball continued. "But, listen, I'm a human being. I'm sure I responded to the incentives in that system of, like, 'God, I don't want to get in trouble with the boss.'"
"For sure," Rogan replied.
"That's a very blatant example, but oftentimes people know where the boundaries are. They know what they're allowed to say, and so they don't need that direct intervention of censorship," she continued.
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Former MSNBC host Krystal Ball to Joe Rogan on how MSNBC tried to control her coverage of Hillary Clinton in 2014:
"I did a monologue when Hillary Clinton was building up to run for president... I did this whole thing that was like, 'She sold… https://t.co/x5E0EeHAuN pic.twitter.com/Rfqi3Tnh0A
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