MSNBC is a large broadcast operation that has damn near no viewers. MSNBC is a liberal Democrat broadcasting organization that purports itself to be a news organization.
Why would the Administration not reward them? This is the same thing the Republican did with Armstrong Williams. The only difference being, it is cheaper to keep Williams in caviar than it is to keep MSNBC on the air.
I think we now have a idea how how a TV network with almost no viewers can still be in business.