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“I don’t play requests”

posted at 11:44 am on January 8, 2014 by

We linked to John Hinderaker’s ruthless take-down of Rachel Maddow as a headlines item yesterday, but it deserves additional attention.  During a broadcast last week, Maddow and her team engaged in specious, shoddy journalism for the purpose of attacking the Koch Brothers (right-leaning billionaires with whom the organized Left is utterly obsessed).   MSNBC’s flagship program falsely attributed a welfare-related legislative effort to the ‘Kochtopus,’ knowing full well that their report was deeply misleading.  In short, the Kochs donated a paltry sum of money to a group called the State Policy Network, a single member organization of which became involved in a controversial legislative initiative in Florida.  The Kochs had no affiliation with this particular group, gave them no money, and had zero involvement in the political issue in question.  Click through for all the gory details.  It’s caught-red-handed stuff.  Hinderaker concludes by flaying the flimsy “evidence” upon which Maddow concocted the entire premise for her segment:

A final level of deception remains to be revealed: one of the many companies that have contributed to the State Policy Network isComcast, which owns MSNBC and is Rachel Maddow’s employer. So in her Thursday broadcast, Maddow could equally well have said that MSNBC “ha[s] been promoting forced drug tests for people on welfare,” and that FFGA is an “MSNBC-affiliated group.” She didn’t do this for obvious reasons. She knew that she was addressing a stupid audience that would never know the difference.

Beyond this core (and ironic) dishonesty, the show’s producers also emailed Koch Industries for their side of the story just minutes before the show began.  This perfunctory contact allowed Maddow to inform her audience that the Kochs hadn’t responded to a request for comment, which sounds incriminating.  When confronted with the truth, Maddow doubled down, declining to furnish the Kochs with the on-air correction they’ve been seeking. “I don’t play requests,” she sneered.  This smarmy, unapologetic embrace of mendacity was met with giddy hosannas around the lefty blogosphere, further burnishing the Left’s self-bestowed “reality-based community” credentials.

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Dishonesty, o what a shocker coming from MSNBC that bastion of fair reporting.

Imrahil on January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Isn’t it interesting how we didn’t hear much about the Kochs until Soros’ purchasing of the American presidency became well known? The left has an insatiable need to project their own misdeeds onto the right. If the Koch’s didn’t exist they’d have to invent them.

Kataklysmic on January 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

That guy Maddow is such a db.

neyney on January 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

That guy Maddow is such a db.

neyney on January 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

And he didn’t look good in that onesie either….

dentarthurdent on January 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“I don’t play requests” ~Maddow

Sure she does… but only when the request… or order… comes from the LEFT.

thatsafactjack on January 8, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Arent corrections usually requests? I she telling us that she never plays corrections? Interesting.

Valkyriepundit on January 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Beastly behavior, positively beastly!

ExpressoBold on January 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Damn, and I just sent in my request for her to shut up too.

Flange on January 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM

And he didn’t look good in that onesie either. . .
dentarthurdent on January 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I think I read somewhere that he’s gay.

Saverio on January 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Journalism, 1954: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

Journalism, 2014: “I don’t play requests.”

cbenoistd on January 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I think I read somewhere that he’s gay.

Saverio on January 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

He’s a male lesbian?

22044 on January 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

And this is why leftists think 2014 is “going to be their year”. They’re idiots being preached to by idiots.

Cyhort on January 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Excuse me MSNBC, could we get some truth on *insert story here*?

“I don’t play requests”

Ukiah on January 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

He’s a male lesbian?

22044 on January 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The “male” part is questionable.

dentarthurdent on January 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Isn’t it interesting how we didn’t hear much about the Kochs until Soros’ purchasing of the American presidency became well known? The left has an insatiable need to project their own misdeeds onto the right. If the Koch’s didn’t exist they’d have to invent them.

Kataklysmic on January 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Exactly.

Dems in general can be summed up in 2 words:
1) LIES
2) PROJECTION

ITguy on January 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

This is what has become of NBC News. Taken over by far left radicals.

faraway on January 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Has anyone reminded that [wo]man that [s]he works for a (GASP!!!) corporation???

And don’t forget, Maddow is that network’s ideological leader – their secular version of an imam, if you will: [s]he interprets their religious tenets as [s]he goes along.

-Wanderlust

Wanderlust on January 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM

He’s a male lesbian?

22044 on January 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

He’s not, but I certainly am.

;)

stvnscott on January 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Okay, so MSNBC sucks and Maddow’s a lying d-bag. What is wrong with drug-testing welfare recipients? Is she saying that drug use is good for families/children? Is she saying that being drug-addled makes it easier to move from welfare to work? Is she saying that drugs are so wonderful and beneficial that they should be subsidized by the taxpayers?

Maddie on January 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

“Smarmy” indeed. But the only audience Maddow wants to entertain are…other “smarmy” liberals. This is the kind of “journalism” they practice…throw out the accusation, if it’s wrong, who cares? It’s already out there for the liberals to scarf up as truth because she’s their mouthpiece and no one holds her up to any sort of journalistic standards. She apparently thinks she’s going to be the goddess of MSNBC the rest of her career and not the least bit worried about her reputation elsewhere.

scalleywag on January 8, 2014 at 5:08 PM

She knew that she was addressing a stupid audience that would never know the difference.

Ding-ding!

JetBoy on January 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

John Hinderaker’s ruthless take-down of Rachel Maddow

I don’t think you mean ruthless, Guy. It wasn’t ruthless; it was factual and surgical. This is ruthless:

Maddow has the ethics of a snake and the morals of a dog. She’s not stupid, that I can tell. She’s just a gutless skank liar. Her story was a perversion of the facts and contained far more lies than truth. The basic premise of her idiotic rant was both factually wrong and bizarre.

In a just world, she would be out of a job and ineligible to work in her present industry again. Ever.

Jaibones on January 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

“I don’t play requests”

…Madcow should be declaring that….from prison!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I can only hope one of the Koch’s has an adopted black grandson pictured on their family Christmas card.

NoPain on January 8, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I have a feeling she plays requests for her significant other.

I wonder if the curtains match the carpet.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20358360,00.html

Yikes!

NoPain on January 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM

You also don’t do fair and balanced, either.

John the Libertarian on January 8, 2014 at 10:02 PM

“I don’t play requests” ~Maddow

Sure you do, Rache, and so does your MSNBC buddy Mika.

onlineanalyst on January 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM

This story does deserve more attention. Not that many people watch MSNBC, but the channel is a leader of the cult, and Maddow is their main pundit. She really needs to be discredited as the smirking lying liar she is. It’s disgusting that the left in general cheered her on for this. They are constantly accusing Fox of lying, when Fox has never been caught doing anything nearly this bad. If Fox had done something like this, we would call them out for it. I don’t even watch Fox much anymore, but when any journalists and bloggers on our side lie or refuse to correct an error, they lose my respect and all credibility.

It truly is as we always say–they accuse us of doing what they are actually doing.

juliesa on January 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM