As liberal comedian Jimmy Dore noted, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow must not have any friends at the liberal network or they would have stopped her from a fear-mongering segment about Russia killing the power amid bone-chilling polar vortex conditions many Americans experienced this week.
While noting that the temperature in the Dakotas was “like -50 degrees,” Maddow displayed a map of temperatures across the northern part of the country as she went into a bizarre scenario where the Kremlin had the ability to kill power in the U.S., to include shutting off the flow of natural gas.
“What would happen if Russia killed the power in Fargo today,” she inquired. “What would happen if all the natural gas that services Sioux Falls just ‘poofed’ on the coldest day in recent memory and it wasn’t in our power on whether to turn them back on.”
“I mean, what would you do if you lost heat indefinitely, at the act of a foreign power on the same day the temperature in your front yard matched the temperature in Antarctica?” Maddow asked. “What would you and your family do?”
Granted, we understand that liberals have Russia on the brain. After all, this is an early symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome, but what would prompt Maddow to think Russia would suddenly attempt to kill who knows how many Americans in their homes?
And why choose this means when the average temperature in Moscow around this time of year is 18° F — should the U.S. decide to give as good as it gets in retaliation.
While her motivation may escape us, we can probably assume Maddow is suggesting that Russia has the ability to attack our power grid.
There was a breaking report from the Washington Post in December 2016 headlined, “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont.”
But the newspaper retracted its story the following day.
“An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far,” an editor’s note stated on a corrected version of the story.
“The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid,” the note added.
Maddow was ridiculed so badly for the clip, she took to Twitter to explain herself in a response to a tweet from Wikileaks.
“Unclassified Director of National Intelligence Report this week says for the first time that China and Russia can cut portions of the US electrical grid or power supply at will,” she tweeted.
We interviewed a WSJ energy reporter about it Wed night – which caused RT, Sputnik, and Wikileaks to all freak out over our coverage.
It’s so weird to see what hits their alarm bells.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) February 1, 2019
She pointed to select coverage for freaking out, which ignored the fact that many of the shots directed at her came from the left.
As for the ridicule, it was pure comedy gold. Here’s a sampling of the reactions from Twitter, beginning with Dore’s observation:
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) January 31, 2019
What if Putin sent people to steal all the wood? Stop being so nonchalant about this threat.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 31, 2019
Hey Glenn get a clue! That might happen! https://t.co/A7O0jhyzhy
— New York Times Best Seller ?? (@Robert_Jordan1) January 31, 2019
— David Cappellani (@DavidCappellani) January 31, 2019
Lol, before I even watch this, I guess she somehow connected the #PolarVortex to Russia. Thank you twitter…
— Disestablishmentarian?? (@EddieMarine1) January 31, 2019
I’m on the West Coast and can’t find my umbrella, which makes me very suspicious.
— unpaid protester ?? (@DotDillon2) January 31, 2019
I’m racking my brain but I’m honest to god having a hard time figuring out in what moral universe speculating about “a foreign power” turning off grandma’s boiler is good for any leftwing cause ever. This is so obviously toxic.
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) January 31, 2019
I feel like this is a fake broadcast in a remake of Red Dawn.
— fry guy (@friarzero) January 31, 2019
This is absurd but also hilarious because look what happened last night at my house. Guess where I live…it’s Fargo. ? pic.twitter.com/Nu9Yqmi62u
— TK (@teehom) January 31, 2019
— Todd Appel (@ToddAppel) January 31, 2019
Its sad what’s become of Rachel Maddow. Chris Hayes is a modicum better, but even he has become all Russia all the time.
— Taylor Sias (@tsias) January 31, 2019
— The Rover (@BaldandBankrupt) January 31, 2019
Maddow should understand “mutually assured destruction” would prohibit a foriegn power from engaging in such an attack. Like nuclear weapons. Frightening her viewers for ratings shouldn’t be tolerated by her network.
— KLM4Prez (@kamalmohammed59) January 31, 2019
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