If corporate media hadn’t already proven to attain Pravda levels of propaganda, they most certainly did Tuesday night with an abrupt end to coverage of former President Donald Trump’s speech and an assurance they’d report “anything newsworthy.”
Speaking from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump gave remarks after becoming the first former president to be indicted for an alleged crime. However, providing him a platform to present a live and an unedited point of view that differed from their preferred narrative was evidently out of the question.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow demonstrated this when she announced the network’s assessment that what was being said was, “basically a campaign speech in which he is repeating his same lies and allegations against his perceived enemies.”
“There’s a cost to us as a news organization of knowingly broadcasting untrue things,” she asserted without airing any of the remarks from the president and allowing the viewers the chance to hear for themselves what the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination had to say.
“So, our deal with you is that we will monitor these remarks. If he does say anything newsworthy, we will turn them around and report on that right away,” she added before wrapping up, “but for now just know that it’s happening and we’re not takin’ it.”
The leftist cable news outlet wasn’t alone in balking at coverage as ABC News appeared to grow uncomfortable with broadcasting comments that spoke ill of President Joe Biden.
“This could very well lead under the Biden administration’s leadership to an all-out nuclear World War III; it can happen. We’re not very far away from it, believe it or not,” Trump said during his speech when critiquing Biden’s handling of foreign relations that have trended toward increasingly aggressive from Russia, China and Iraq.
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As he turned toward taking shots at the devastation the current administration’s policies had caused the economy with record high inflation, a voice could be heard playing over the speech to cut away, “We will continue monitoring the remarks.”
Perhaps, if they had allowed Trump to be heard in full, including his remarks about presiding Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter’s connections to Democratic campaigns like Vice President Kamala Harris’ failed run at president and then the Biden-Harris ticket, or to express how absurd the redundant charges were against him, they would have found themselves in the same shoes as CNN, stuck having to admit there looked to be no there there.
“I think everyone was hoping we would see more about the direction that they intend to take this prosecution — what is the legal theory that ties that very solid misdemeanor case, 34 counts of misdemeanors, to the intent to conceal another crime, which is what makes it a felony?” former FBI deputy director and CNN contributor Andrew McCabe said. “It simply isn’t there.”
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“There’s not more to it,” added CNN contributor Carrie Cordero. “There’s not more violations, tax violations. There’s not an incredible new set of facts that we didn’t know about publicly. It’s really the facts of this case, as they have existed for basically almost seven years.”
Instead, MSNBC and ABC News appeared to fall in line with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who had suggested, essentially, that Trump was guilty until proven innocent — and they had no interest in hearing the proof.
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