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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