MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has gone off the deep end. That’s what the left-wing Huffington Post suggested after Maddow blamed President Trump’s proposed travel ban on Chad for the ambush attack in neighboring Niger that killed four American soldiers.
In Willa Frej’s HuffPost article entitled “What The Hell Was This Rachel Maddow Segment?” the liberal pundit got fact-checked hard for her conspiracy theory, which Frej called “flimsy.” Frej spoke with experts who said the Niger attack little to do with Trump and everything to do with the militant Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.
Laura Seay, an assistant professor of government at Colby College, called Maddow’s conspiracy theory “crazy” and said she’s astonished it got through MSNBC’s research department.
“Everybody that I know is appalled by this,” Seay told the HuffPost. “I would like to think that Maddow’s researchers are more responsible.”
Laura Seay followed up on Twitter by writing:
There are 2 possibilities here. One is that @Maddow & her team are genuinely confused by these dynamics & not getting help from an expert. The other is that @Maddow & her team are deliberately twisting facts to mislead viewers into believing something that isn’t true.
As a longtime viewer of the show & fan of @Maddow herself, I’m deeply disappointed either way.
The way Maddow tried to connect Trump to the ambush attacks in Niger is pretty convoluted, although she tried valiantly to make the case in a long-winded, 25-minute monologue (video below).
The next day, Rachel Maddow backtracked a bit after getting heavy backlash from all sides. But she didn’t apologize or retract anything because the anti-Trump conspiracy theories play to her base.
Like CNN and other anti-Trump news networks, Maddow’s viewership has soared since Trump took office. Maddow, the ratings juggernaut at MSNBC, has gone so far-left even liberals are taken aback.
Mediaite declared: “Maddow connecting dots between travel ban and Niger ambush doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.”
Andrew Lebovich, a visiting fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations, slammed Maddow on Twitter, saying there’s no link between the Niger attack and Trump’s proposed travel ban on Chad: “These things are not linked,” he tweeted. “You are supposed to be better than this.”
These things are not linked, they have to do with areas on literal opposite ends of the country. You are supposed to be better than this. https://t.co/szHZ18DUwE
— Andrew Lebovich (@tweetsintheME) October 20, 2017
Janet Malcolm of The New Yorker called Maddow’s nightly cable show “sleight of hand presented as a cable news show. It is TV entertainment at its finest.”
In March 2017, Maddow scored huge ratings after breathlessly teasing that she got a “big scoop” about President Trump’s tax returns.
The “scoop” turned out to be a big, fat nothingburger after his leaked 2005 tax returns showed that Trump paid $38 million in taxes on income of $153 million.
If anything, Trump’s tax returns allayed liberal concerns that he had paid no income taxes at all, as Hillary Clintonand the mainstream media have repeatedly claimed.
Maddow inadvertently undermined an October 2016 New York Times story suggesting Trump paid no income taxes between 1995 and 2013. Oops. Wrong again.
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