Former MSNBC host Krystal Ball reveals network constraints imposed following 2014 critical commentary of Hillary Clinton

 February 14, 2023

It has seemed obvious to many conservatives for many years that major corporate media networks are thoroughly aligned and in bed with the political establishment, predominately Democratic but also Republican, even as that cozy relationship is rarely ever admitted by those who are engaged in it.

That was just acknowledged and exposed by former MSNBC host Krystal Ball, however, as she shared with popular podcast host Joe Rogan how NBC had policed her commentary about failed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2014, Not the Bee reported.

Commentary on Hillary Clinton led to consequences

Steve Guest, a communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), shared on Sunday a clip of Ball's recent discussion with Rogan and labeled it as a "bombshell insight into NBC News."

"Ultimately, shortly before I was let go, I did a monologue when Hillary Clinton was building up to run for president," Ball said. "It was back in 2014, so this was early on.

"And I did this whole thing that was like, 'She sold out to Wall Street, people are gonna hate this lady, she's like a terrible candidate for the moment, please don't run,'" she recalled. "And I was allowed to say it, right? I delivered my thing, I did it exactly how I wanted to do it."

Indeed, Ball's monologue, titled "Don't run, Hillary. Don't run," was published by MSNBC in Feb. 2014 and continues to be an active link on the network's website.

"Pulled into an office" for a warning

Ball wasn't finished, though, and revealed to Rogan, "Afterwards, I get pulled into an office and, you know, 'Great monologue, everything's fine, but -- next time you do any commentary on Hillary Clinton, it has to get approved by the president of the network.'"

Rogan let out a low "Wow" at that revelation, and Ball replied, "Yeah."

"And think about, you know, I mean, I would love to say that I -- 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, but listen, I'm a human being and I'm sure I responded to the incentives of that system of, like, 'Ahh, I don't want to get in trouble with the boss,'" she continued.

"So that's the way that it works," Ball said. "That's a very blatant example, but oftentimes people know where the boundaries are, they know what they're allowed to say, so they don't need that direct intervention or censorship."

"And also, by the way, these people, most of them in cable news, they're not really there cause they're talented," she added. "They're there because they're reliable purveyors of whatever it is that that network wants to purvey, so that's ultimately why they get the job and they understand the parameters of the task."

Networks only allow approved narratives to be spread

To be sure, for millions of conservatives who have closely followed politics and the media for any length of time, this revelation from Ball is not particularly surprising and simply confirms what has long been suspected.

For tens of millions of other Americans who maybe only casually follow the news, however, what Ball just revealed about how the corporate media ensures that only approved narratives get spread on the network likely comes as a shockingly major scandal.

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