Here’s how Russia-obsessed Rachel Maddow handled guilty plea of fmr. FBI lawyer busted by Durham

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Even though MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” isn’t real news, as host Rachel Maddow’s lawyer admitted in court last year after she was sued, it still shocked many to see her completely ignore the huge Russia news this week.

After all, she’s made a living for the past four or so years talking endlessly about Russia, Russia, Russia, and the big announcement Friday from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s office was directly tied to that very subject matter.

Durham, who’s been probing the Russia investigation at the behest of Attorney General Bill Barr, announced that former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith has agreed to plead guilty to having lied while investigating President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

It turns out that in the process of investigating Trump, Clinesmith used a false statement to fraudulently obtain a warrant on one of several 2016 Trump campaign officials who were spied upon during the probe.

This seems like a big deal, right? But according to Fox News, Maddow completely skipped it during Friday’s edition of her weekday program.

“Maddow completely avoided the subject during her primetime show,” the outlet reported, adding that MSNBC itself did at least cover it earlier in the day.

As news of the MSNBC host’s snub began trending early Saturday morning, so did the responses, most of them either scathing criticisms or mocking sarcasm.

Look (*Language warning):

They were not unjustified to call Maddow a propagandist. During a July 2019 segment, the far-left host claimed that OANN “literally is paid Russian propaganda.”

OANN filed a defamation suit two months later but eventually lost the suit this past May after Maddow’s lawyer argued in effect that the MSNBC host isn’t real news.

“Ms. Maddow was, quite clearly, offering up her own unique expression of her views to capture what she viewed as the ‘ridiculous’ nature of the undisputed facts: that a U.S. news network is employing a reporter who is also being paid by the Russian-controlled Sputnik in the midst of a raging debate about Russian election interference,” her lawyer stated in a motion filed on Oct. 21, 2019.

“She presented reporting from The Daily Beast, commented in a colorful way while repeatedly disclosing the facts, and allowed her viewers to draw their own conclusions. Her comment, therefore, is a quintessential statement ‘of rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.’”

In other words, she lied her pants off. Just because OANN employs someone who also works for Sputnik doesn’t mean OANN “literally is paid Russian propaganda.”

But her lie was perfectly OK because her show was never real news — it’s always been a collection of “rhetorical hyperbole.” (Fact-check: TRUE.)

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The good news for Maddow is that it doesn’t appear she’s alone. The mainstream media seems to be littered with hosts who also love themselves some “rhetorical hyperbole.” Take for instance CNN’s Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.

According to reporter Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner, the two CNN hosts also ignored the big Russia news during their Friday evening broadcasts:

Apparently, ignoring bombshell stories and spouting “rhetorical hyperbole” go hand in hand like Joe Biden’s nose and women’s hair. Who knew!?


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