Krystal Ball is very liberal and a former MSNBC host — and she’s now admitting from the inside what many already knew.
MSNBC has been responsible for “conspiracy theorizing,” she said — and the cable news outlet’s approach to President Donald Trump “has done real damage to the Left.”
Appearing on “Real Time with Bill Maher” this past Friday night, Ball was asked if she believes “networks like MSNBC, which [she] used to work for, help or hurt progressive causes.”
“Overall,” she replied, “I think MSNBC in the Trump era has done real damage to the Left. And I say that with love.”
“I mean, these are my former colleagues, friends,” Ball continued.
“Look, the Russia story and what happened there was important, but it was not all-important,” she added. “And they went so far in the realm of conspiracy theorizing.”
“I mean, they had Jonathan Chait on,” Ball said before Maher interrupted her. Chait was the New York Magazine writer who speculated that Trump might be a Russian double agent.
“Well, it was a conspiracy,” Maher said to her.
“They had Jonathan Chait on to talk about how Trump may have been a Russian plant since 1987,” Ball complained.
“This is ridiculous, OK? This is way out from what journalistic facts said, and it’s to the exclusion of other stories that people actually care about — about health care, about trade, about the future of their lives, automation. These things are real, and they don’t get focus when you only look at one thing.”
Ball said, “So, yeah, they built up expectations so much that when the report came out, people were like, ‘Oh, it was no big deal,’ when it was a big deal.”
Maher said it “was the mistake on MSNBC making [Robert Mueller] into this hero,” though most of the media did this.
— Kenny Staud (@kennethy69) September 16, 2019
But Maher is right.
And kudos to Ball, as we see it, who obviously shares MSNBC’s politics yet has respect for the truth.
The entire Left and most of the Democratic Party bought into the Russian conspiracy hoax, hook, line and sinker, with MSNBC leading the pack.
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Top host Rachel Maddow once attacked Trump for going on conspiracy-theory programs like that of Alex Jones. Does she think her show isn’t a conspiracy theory program? She led with a hoax story every night based on lies and media fabrications until the Mueller report turned out to be a complete dud.
MSNBC has lost all credibility as any sort of serious news outlet.
Thank you, Krystal Ball, for reminding us of that.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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