After MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s refusal to air former President Trump’s victory speech following the Iowa caucus, claiming that she couldn’t air “untruths,” a clip went viral on X showcasing a few of Maddow’s own “untruths,” clipping together several of her debunked on-air narratives, while conservative voices reminded her that her own network has platformed her misinformation multiple times.
On Monday, immediately following the results of the Iowa caucus, Maddow told her viewers, “There is a cost to us, as a news organization, of knowingly broadcasting untrue things.”
“That is a fundamental truth of our business and who we are. And so, his remarks, tonight, will not air here live. We will monitor them and let you know about any news that he makes,” she added.
However, the compilation of Maddow’s most infamous lies stood in direct opposition to the host’s claim that the channel couldn’t air “untrue things.” The clips included claims that Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election and asserted that the COVID-19 vaccine prevented the virus’ transmission from person to person.
The first two clips featured Maddow claiming on two separate occasions that Trump colluded with Russia. In one instance, on March 7, 2017, she told viewers, “The Trump campaign didn’t just benefit from Russia interfering in our presidential campaign, the point of this is they colluded, they helped, they were in on it.”
In the second, which aired on October 29, 2021, she claimed that there is a “real story” about “covert communications” between the Trump team and Russian institution Alfa-Bank that both parties were “trying to hide” ahead of the 2016 election.
Both of these claims were debunked in special counsel John Durham’s 2023 300-page report, which found that there was a lack of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and that the establishment of an investigation into it was based on “raw, unanalyzed and uncorroborated intelligence.”
While Maddow simply wrote off the report when it was released, that didn’t stop it from being true, nor undermining claims she had made since at least 2017.
Similarly, the third clip showed Maddow in 2021, claiming, “Now we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person. A vaccinated person gets exposed to the virus, the virus does not infect them, the virus cannot then use that person to go anywhere else.”
That also turned out to be an untruth, as medical professionals, including former White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted in 2022 that COVID-19 vaccines “don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death.”
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