Fox News' Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade seemed perturbed Wednesday morning after they learned that some MSNBC hosts and "influential progressives" were invited to meet with the president at the White House on Tuesday.
President Obama met with Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Ed Schultz. The Huffington Post Media Group's Arianna Huffington was also in attendance. White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released a statement saying that "the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction."
On "Fox & Friends," Doocy and Kilmeade said they were "shocked" the president met with MSNBC hosts. "Look who was invited to the White House for a briefing," an astonished Kilmeade said. "Who was left to run MSNBC?" Doocy wondered.
Co-host Gretchen Carlson said the meeting did not surprise her. "To invite five talk show hosts in from the same channel?" Kilmeade asked. "That's outrageous."
"It might be outrageous but I'm not surprised by it at all," Carlson said. "That station's delivering the message of this administration so it makes sense."
"But that channel—that's all they're going to do anyway," Doocy said.
This is not the first time the president has met with MSNBC hosts. Maddow visited with the president numerous times throughout his first term, and Schultz met with White House advisor David Axelrod back in 2010.