MSNBC masquerades as the gatekeeper of truth when it comes to disinformation and pledges to purge anyone on the right whom it says fuels false narratives. Radical, regular MSNBC contributors such as Sarah Kendzior, however, get away with promoting debunked conspiracy theories about former President Donald Trump colluding with Russia on air without consequence.
When asked this week to weigh in on the implications of America’s relationship with the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Kendzior claimed that Trump was “installed” in the White House in 2016 for the sole purpose of weakening the U.S. response to Vladimir Putin’s power grabs.
“Trump was installed as the president of the United States in order to weaken the alliances that were preventing Putin from achieving his goals,” Kendzior said. “Alliances like NATO, our relationship with our European partners, our relationship with Ukraine. Trump was put in as a bulldozer, and he was put in as a bulldozer to the Constitution, to our system of checks and balances, to our system of institutional trust.”
In addition to insinuating that Trump was not fairly elected, a widespread lie still peddled by Russia collusion hoaxers, Kendzior also claimed that the former president’s presence in the White House spurred on “the unwillingness of people in the United States to confront the brokenness of those institutions, whether through financial corruption in recent years, or age-old systemic problems like the endemic racism that holds our country up.”
MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross, who hosted the segment, didn’t stop to correct her guest. Instead, she also complained that Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson simply weren’t doing enough to condemn Putin because they are somehow allied with him.
“Tucker Carlson is now conveniently condemning Putin, saying this is his fault. But you can see clearly where he was initially,” Cross noted.
Kendzior, a self-proclaimed “journalist and scholar of authoritarian states,” shows herself to be more of a political hack who profits off of spreading lies about Trump and Russia. She hosts a podcast filled with misinformation clearly debunked by the Mueller report, special counsel John Durham’s findings, and other documents. Yet she still has the audacity to claim with her cohost that “there were all these people freaking out that Trump was a Russian asset, which has been evident for many years.”
More recently, Kendzior ranted without evidence that Republicans have deep ties to Russia and use “literal Kremlin agents” to accomplish their political agenda.
“The Republicans, to be clear, are much worse about this. We’ve gone over this a million times. They had oligarchs at Trump’s inauguration ceremony. They have literal Kremlin agents, like Paul Manafort — who, by the way, everyone should be asking where he is right now, what he’s up to right now — other agents like Michael Flynn, all of these people who are in what I continually call a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government. They are so deep into this,” she claimed.
It’s not hard to believe after hearing Kendzior’s crazed conspiracy theories that NeverTrumper and Russia collusion hoaxer Stephen Hayes, who claims he left Fox News last year due to Tucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge” investigative series, decided to join MSNBC’s parent network NBC.
“Fox News still does real reporting, and there are still responsible conservatives providing valuable opinion and analysis,” Hayes, joined by his Dispatch colleague Jonah Goldberg, wrote. “But the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible.”
Yet the same network that recently featured the left-wing Russia-hoaxer Malcolm Nance, who called for ISIS to bomb a Trump Tower, could now be a regular gig for Hayes who is promoted by NBC News political director and “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd as putting “truth and facts above emotion and sentiment.”
“Truth and facts,” however, aren’t MSNBC’s priority. The leftist network seems to have no qualms with allowing Kendzior or other lying contributors and pundits such as Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid to amplify their false narratives on-air. It is a deeply unserious network that, despite pledging to seek the truth, has a history of doxxing Trump supporters and others who disagree with the corporate outlet’s narratives.
MSNBC has stood by the false narrative that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the presidency in 2016, a reminder that the network is nothing but another corrupt corporate media pawn for Democrats.