On April 20th, MSNBC showed why it’s the most irrelevant cable news network in television when a graphic on the Rachel Maddow Show included the phrase “conservative media outlet” to describe the Russian propaganda cable channel RT.
Maddow was commenting on how a story on President Obama skipping most of his daily intelligence briefings had “made its way into the whole universe of conservative media outlets.” While she spoke, a graphic appeared with headlines about the story from Breitbart, Newsmax, Hot Air and RT.
To place RT in the conservative camp is absurd. In 2012, my colleague Cliff Kincaid, who has been following RT for a number of years, wrote that shortly before the 2012 elections, the Moscow-funded channel aired a special program on how progressives in the U.S. can “Take Back the American Dream” by defeating Republicans. The program, Kincaid noted, was produced in collaboration with major liberal groups such as the Campaign for America’s Future, MoveOn.org and Demos, all funded by left-wing financier George Soros.
The Washington Free Beacon points out that RT has more in common with MSNBC, as they have featured the same guests spouting the same themes on more than one occasion.
Maddow wanted to make it appear as if the criticism of Obama came only from the right, but she blew it by including RT in the mix.