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Robert Gibbs has a new gig as an MSNBC contributor, and the former White House Press Secretary and Obama advisor had no problem revealing that he was told by the Obama administration to lie to the American people.

“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary,” Gibbs said Sunday on MSNBC, “one of the things, one of the first things they told me was, ‘You’re not even to acknowledge the drone program. You’re not even to discuss that it exists.'”

“What happened to transparency?” Pat asked.

“You’re being told to lie to the American people,” Glenn added.

Glenn wondered why more media outlets weren’t pushing this as a frontpage story, especially since the claims run counter to many of the promises made on the campaign trail about increasing the visibility with the American people.

Gibbs acknowledged in the interview that the policy was damaging to the Obama administration’s reputation.

“Denial of the existence of the program when it’s obviously happening undermines people’s confidence overall in the decisions that their government makes,” Gibbs said.

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