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Family ties between network news & Obama White House

By Laurie Bennett

June 4, 2013 at 10:50am

Media outlets on the right have been making much in recent days about network news execs having close relatives in the Obama administration.

Although they’re treating these “revelations” as if they underlie the next Bilderberg conspiracy, most of the family ties can be found with some creative googling.

Nevertheless, there’s no denying the existence of such connections, often at high levels.

The Muckety map above shows just a few.

· ABC News President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, defense policy coordinator for the National Security Council.

· CBS News President David Rhodes is the brother of Benjamin J. Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser.

· NBC senior political editor Mark Murray is married to Sasha Johnson, Federal Aviation Administration chief of staff.

Many on right interpret these ties as more evidence of the media’s supposed liberal bias.

We think it’s proof that a Democrat occupies the Oval Office. If a Republican were president, we’ve no doubt we would be mapping media-government families.

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