MSNBC’s Maddow slams own network for airing Trump victory speech: ‘that’s irresponsible’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow blasted her own network for airing former President Donald J. Trump’s victory speech after his dominant performance in the Super Tuesday primaries.

The Republican frontrunner obliterated Nikki Haley, his sole remaining opponent, rolling to big wins in 14 of 15 states, only losing in Vermont, a state that has repeatedly re-elected avowed socialist Bernie Sanders went to the former South Carolina governor.

During the left-wing network’s Super Tuesday coverage, the network’s star anchor grumbled that her employer showed a few minutes of Trump’s live speech, possibly exposing MSNBC viewers to the truth and not the alternate reality dished out by Maddow and her fellow propagandists.

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“I will say that it is a decision that we revisit constantly in terms of the balance between allowing somebody to knowingly lie on your air about things they’ve lied about before and you can predict they are going to lie about,” Maddow whined.

“And so, therefore, it is irresponsible to allow them to do that. It’s a balance between knowing that that’s irresponsible to broadcast and also knowing that as the de facto, soon to be de facto nominee of the Republican Party, this is not only the man who is likely to be the Republican candidate for president, but this is the way he’s running.”

Maddow’s fellow panelist Stephanie Ruhle interjected, “Well, here’s how we balance it. Why don’t we fact-check the hell out of him?” She said, suggesting that providing a “fact-checking” service for gullible MSNBC viewers could offset any damage done by Trump’s words by assuring them that they are the arbiters of the truth and not to believe their own lying ears.

“Yes, and we do that after the fact and that is the best remedy that we’ve got. It does not fix the fact that we broadcast it, honestly,” a sullen Maddow responded before Ruhle rattled off a series of White House talking points to rebut Trump.

It’s probably understandable why the conspiracy queen would be grumpy after a tough last several days for the anti-Trump resistance, capped off by the Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling that Trump couldn’t be booted off the ballot in Colorado, one of the 14 states that he won on Tuesday night.

There’s also the matter of the bedbug infestation.

The New York Post reported on a panicked reaction by staffers at “30 Rock” where an “unidentified insect” was spotted near the revamped studio that is home to “The Rachel Maddow Show” and the network’s election coverage.

“They are scrambling,” an NBC source told the outlet on Monday. “They’ve already been borrowing an unused local studio for some shows in recent weeks. So studio space is tight.”

Maddow drew criticism over previously censoring Trump’s victory speech after his resounding win in Iowa.

“I just have to get to business just for a second,” she explained why the network wouldn’t be showing Trump live. “At this point in the evening, the projected winner of the Iowa caucuses has just started giving his victory speech. We will keep an eye on that as it happens. We will let you know if there is any news made in that speech — anything noteworthy, something substantive and important.”

“The reason why I am saying this is, of course, there is a reason that we and other news organizations have generally stopped giving an unfiltered, live platform to remarks by former President Trump. It’s not out of spite. It is not a decision that we relish,” Maddow added. “It is a decision that we regularly revisit and, honestly, earnestly, it is not an easy decision. But there is a cost to us, as a news organization, of knowingly broadcasting untrue things. And that is a fundamental truth of our business and who we are. ‘

Chris Donaldson


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