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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.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 14, 2020
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):
Hey Horseface, why did you ignore the Clinesmith case on your show last night? Afraid your useful idiots that you spoon feed propaganda every night would know you’re a lying piece of shit?
— Roy Billings (@RoyBillings11) August 15, 2020
@maddow Years you spread lies about Russia collusion narrative, but now that it’s been proven false, you don’t mention latest revelation-FBI lawyer Clinesmith lying about information used for FISA application. You’re not a reporter, only a commentator-why aren’t you commenting?
— Terri Diver (@terridiver) August 15, 2020
Neither @NBCNews or the queen of the Russia hoax @maddow mentioned the Clinesmith guilty plea. Maddow lied to the American people for 3 years, never apologized, and now doesn’t even want to mention the beginning of the justice cycle. Maddow is a propagandists, not journalist.
— Kevin Shaw (@CenTexKev) August 15, 2020
@maddow Thought you were the go to person for the latest news development; however, after touting the Russian collusion for the past 3 years, you have not mentioned the latest of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith for fudging an email regarding Carter Page. Why???
— Samantha Spade (@SpadeSamantha) August 15, 2020
@maddow You have been so OBSESSED with Russia, yet you missed the BIGGEST story regarding Russian “Collusion” so far! You were right! Only it was Clinesmith and the Democrats! You’re welcome!!
— Maddie McCarthy (@MaddieM11536801) August 15, 2020
@maddow So how is it the queen of Russian conspiracies is not reporting even a blip on the Durham developments. No longer fits the purpose or the narrative does it .You are a classic example of an ass🤡!!!!
— I am SOFLO (@Ericote69) August 15, 2020
Hello you clown. You covered Russia Russia but now the truth is coming out you don’t talk about it. Come on Rachel let’s hear about the crooks that tried to frame Trump.
— Bpandlp6 (@bpandlp6) August 15, 2020
— Jack Doran Jr.🇺🇸 (@jackdoranjr) August 15, 2020
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.)
View the motion below:
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:
“Rachel Maddow isn’t the only cable news personality to ignore Kevin Clinesmith’s guilty plea during primetime. CNN’s Anderson Cooper ignored the major news… His colleague Don Lemon did the same… NBC Nightly News also skipped the FBI controversy.”https://t.co/89SxzVz36u
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) August 15, 2020
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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