Accuracy in Media

Rachel Maddow, whose anti-Trump tirades have propelled her show to the top of the ratings rankings, went a little too far for the HuffPost, which said her latest conspiracy theory “was so flimsy that it could be debunked by a quick glance at a map.”

On Thursday, Maddow spent 25 minutes tying the ambush that killed four Green Berets in Niger to the inclusion of Chad in President Trump’s latest travel ban.

Maddow tried to make the case that Chad withdrew its troops from Niger as a direct result of the travel ban and that the pullout “had an immediate effect in emboldening ISIS attacks.”

Colby College Department of Government assistant professor Laura Seay told the HuffPost that “any expert” would have said that Maddow’s theory about Chadian troops battling ISIS was “crazy” and that everyone she knew was “appalled” by it.

While Maddow called the attack “absolutely baffling,” Seay said it was actually “almost inevitable,” because even though American special forces are operating in an “advise-and-assist role” they are on patrol with local military and wind up in the line of fire.

Andrew Lebovich, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations told HuffPost that violence in this area and nearby areas has been increasing for more than a year and that the overall security situation has been getting worse.

The Rachel Maddow Show declined to comment to HuffPost, but Maddow addressed the situation Friday night.

“Over the course of the day today, lots of people have been very upset with me for reporting that last night, which is fine. I didn’t know you cared. But the upset over my reporting doesn’t mean that anything I reported wasn’t true,” Maddow said. “Everything I reported was true.”

“Now, this doesn’t mean that Chad withdrawing their troops was necessarily the cause of what happened to those U.S. troops who were ambushed. That ambush is being described by the Pentagon as a shock.”

What’s a real shock is that a liberal called Maddow out for her nonsensical conspiracy theory.

“Maddow reduced the story so thoroughly that it lost any semblance of the larger truth,” HuffPost writer Willa Frej said.

As President Trump would say, more evidence of “fake news.”



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  • Leonard Carpenter

    This “reaction story” reads like a reactionary “hit piece.” It dismisses Rachel’s theory without providing any analysis or detail. Maybe there was a cause-and-effect relation between the travel ban, and the Chad pullout, and the ambush. Or maybe it was just a coincidence, we’ll never know. But the Chad story in itself seems to be a damning indictment of Trump’s gutted State Department.

  • samo war
  • Ray Taylor

    Even huffpo gets it right occasionally.

  • AndRebecca

    Why on earth would anyone give Maddow’s theory any credence? Did she become a military expert at some point in time? You Lefties are brainwashed into believing anything which goes along with your idiotic agenda.

  • mioahu

    Or maybe there is a connection between that weed you smoke, the liberal indoctrination you suffered, and seeing conspiracy theories everywhere. I bet you believe Russia influenced the election 🙂

  • Teresa Nazareth

    Who listens to this maddow woman she is not competent to analyze any subject, turn her off. Listen to Hillsdale College, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Breitbart news and other reputable Institutions, you will learn and enlighten yourself.


    When are these newsy types going to realize that they know nothing about the military and its operations. To guess about what happened during this operation form this newsy type is beyond hilarious. My take is that it waas supposed to be a simple meet and greet by the new A Team on the ground. What it lacked was basic OPSEC….they had travelled the same route many (?) times and used the same timeframe (?). A sure fire menu for an ambush….

  • parthenon1

    I think I might faint ! Huff Po hs not jumped in with both feet to support the far left marxist loon Maddox may at one time been the #1 but she’s not anymore !

  • Leonard Carpenter

    You angry birds just dismiss any criticism of our petty oligarch Trump, without providing any facts. When this BLOTUS won’t even mention the loss of our troops for days, we have to look for reasons. It was on his watch, but he wasn’t watching.

  • dave pool

    if there ever was a meaning to the word CUNT its that bitch Rachel and her twisted mouth. I really believe she is a he. talk about one ugly transvestite ever notice that most liberals have physical impairments. who would believe anyone who talks with a twisted mouth

  • Chris Castleberry

    Who watches this garbage anyway,and if she,it,or whatever gender she claims to is top rated this country is in even worse shape then we can ever fix.MAGA!!!


    Anyone with half a brain would dismiss the garbage that comes out on MSNBC shows. MSNBC should be changes to FAKENBC!

  • Doris Will

    If you demagogues had ever demanded all of the facts on even one of Obama’s pronouncements, we wouldn’t be waist deep in the swamp now. So far as the military goes Obama certainly didn’t watch any thing. He showed up when bodies
    arrived at Dover, with a full camera crew even when the Gold Star Families asked him not to. Everything to Obama was a photo op.

  • Craig Newton

    Great cerebral report! Ms. Maddow, this is pitiful.