MSNBC signs NY Times reporter Glenn Thrush

MSNBC signs NY Times reporter Glenn Thrush
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MSNBC has hired New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush as a contributor.

Thrush, a former reporter for Politico, was hired by the Times following the 2016 election. He frequently appeared on MSNBC as a guest leading up to his signing with the network.

Thrush will primarily provide analysis for MSNBC segments out of its Washington, D.C. bureau.  

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The Brooklyn College graduate was recently portrayed by comedian Bobby Moynihan in a Saturday Night Live sketch, mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer — played by actress Melissa McCarthy — in early February. 

“Just by show of hands, who hates Glenn?” McCarthy asked the White House press corps during the fake presser.

“My kids loved it,” said Thrush when asked during an interview with Adweek.  

“It’s had no impact on the way I do my job. It’s been nice in terms of raising my profile and it probably gets my phone calls answered a little bit more quickly."
The 2013 winner of the Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency made headlines last year after WikiLeaks email dumps showed the reporter sharing stories in advance with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE campaign chief John Podesta and Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri. 
 
“Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” Thrush wrote to Podesta in an 2015 email. 

He also asked Podesta to keep the exchange between them.

“Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I f---ed up anything,” added Thrush. 

Podesta replied that he saw “no problem here.”

In a tweet responding to someone who stated he was "implicated" in the WikiLeaks dumps, Thrush said he was only checking the accuracy of what he had written with Podesta, adding that he would do the same with anyone he wrote about.

"By implicated you mean checking if a portion of a story that pertained to him was accurate ... I DO THIS WITH EVERYBODY," Thrush wrote.