“I don’t play requests”
posted at 11:44 am on January 8, 2014 by Guy Benson
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.