MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was exposed for promoting fake news… by The Washington Post.
Philip Bump wrote an article for The Post Wednesday debunking Maddow’s erroneous claim that the White House edited out the portion of the Putin summit where the Russian president was asked if he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
“We can report tonight that the White House video of that exchange has also skilfully cut out that question from the Reuters reporter as if it didn’t happen,” Maddow claimed on her MSNBC show Tuesday night.
White House edits video to remove question about whether Putin wanted Trump to win. pic.twitter.com/ExlsHNlgF8— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) July 25, 2018
But as Bump explains, the White House did not intentionally edit out the question on the 2016 election. What actually happened was a complication with the feed for not just the White House, but for the media as well.
“At some point in the middle of that question, there’s a switch between the feed from the reporters and the feed from the translator,” Bump writes.
“This is not a conspiracy from the White House. While the White House certainly has a track record of misrepresenting facts, this would have been a remarkably futile revision of reality to attempt. As it turns out, they didn’t,” he concludes.
Maddow was not the only MSNBC host to promote this fake news. Joe Scarborough tweeted the conspiracy out, but deleted it and issued a correction after Daily Caller News Foundation reporter Peter Hasson pointed out the mistake.
Thanks for the heads up, bruh. Correcting now. https://t.co/NxDKAjAw1r— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) July 25, 2018
Turns out the White House DID NOT edit out the Putin question, based on this updated analysis of the audio and video feeds by the WPost. If you can’t follow the technical parts, just read the concluding line. Now maybe he can drop Putin’s foreign policy. https://t.co/dWr6RkMWkD— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) July 25, 2018
Just another day in the MSNBC studio.