Last night, FOX News host Sean Hannity looked at Daren Briscoe, a Newsweek correspondent who just left the magazine to work at the Obama White House. Briscoe’s new title is Deputy Associate Director of Public Affairs for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Briscoe was “embedded” with Barack Obama‘s 2008 presidential campaign and penned Newsweek‘s book about the historic event, entitled A Long Time Coming.
Briscoe is only the latest mainstream journalist to make the switch from “hack” to “flack.” Late last year, veteran TIME correspondent James Carney left the magazine after 20 years to serve as Vice President Joe Biden‘s communications director.
This so-called “revolving door” phenomenon is nothing new: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who isÂ commonly hostile and confrontational toward his conservative guests,Â served as a top aide for Speaker of the House Tip Oâ€™Neill; George Stephanopoulos parlayed his years as President Bill Clintonâ€™s communications director into a career as an ABC news political correspondent; and the late Tim Russert began his career as Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihanâ€™s chief of staff before going on to host Meet the Press.
One-time reporter Bill Moyers served as special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, a position he later parlayed into a highly lucrative, and highly public, career as a host on PBS, aÂ federally funded television network that airs programming with a left/liberal slant. One estimate pegs Moyers as earning approximately $20-million taxpayer dollars during his long career at the public broadcaster.
Since then, Moyers has become notorious for his incendiary anti-conservative remarks, most recently accusing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh ofÂ “earning millions” by “inciting riots in the public mind.”