The verbal warning came just two days after Politico published an article under the headline “Pruitt fast-tracked California cleanup after Hugh Hewitt brokered meeting.” The article detailed how Pruitt gave “immediate and intense” prioritization to the cleanup of a polluted site in Orange County, California, after meeting with Hewitt, who is a resident of Orange County. MSNBC wasn’t the only media outlet that rebuffed Hewitt after Politico published the report. Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told the left-leaning media watchdog organization Media Matters that Hewitt, who is one of the newspaper’s columnists, will no longer be allowed to write about the EPA chief. “I was disturbed to learn this morning that Hugh Hewitt had intervened with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on behalf of Hewitt’s law firm as he was writing about Pruitt in a column for The Washington Post. Hewitt, who has not written about Pruitt since September, has agreed not to write about him going forward and has assured us that similar incidents won’t occur in the future,” Hiatt told Media Matters.
MSNBC gave Hugh Hewitt a verbal warning after Politico’s story on interaction with Pruitt “as such activity is a violation of our standards,” per a network spokesperson. .twitter.com/TVCsCQpHwk— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) May 9, 2018
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.@washingtonpost editorial editor Fred Hiatt told Media Matters that Hugh Hewitt won't write about Scott Pruitt anymore (after it came out that Hewitt had helped set up a meeting between Pruitt and his lawyer colleagues). Hiatt said he was "disturbed." https://t.co/nawnNwfXE3 pic.twitter.com/o4uFUJ4kF3 — Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) May 8, 2018
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