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NBC/MSNBC's Hidden Role As "The Rights, Left"

NBC/MSNBC's Hidden Role As
1. Phil Donahue on His 2003 Firing from MSNBC, When Liberal Network Couldn’t Tolerate Antiwar Voices
2. Corporate Media's Iraq War Coverup: Incontrovertible Proof Of Network News & The Beltway Media Covering Facts About The Iraq War For Their GOP Masters
3. How Media Silence Helps With Right Wing Hate: The Laura Ingraham Example Of Explaining Away A Hate Crime Against A Young Muslim Girl

NBC and MSNBC, as a whole, can't be trusted. Yes, a few good ones are there but if they weren't then a scam couldn't work because the left uses facts to decide things (where available - except for the Democratic Party's "Super Delegates" cause apparently that can't cause political momentum, afterall politics isn't a process its only the result that matters... isn't that right Trump?). When America is in deep trouble. When the terrorists are at the gate and the fascists have taken over... NBC WILL fall through. They always have and they always will. Lets begin with the most obvious proof that NBC only cares about ratings at whatever cost and not the character, history or past crimes (demonizing) of thier on air "talent".

VLADIMIR PUTIN & MEGYN KELLY: SLIMY PUBLIC MANIPULATORS 6/5/2017Megyn Kelly grills Russian President Vladimir Putin during her NBC News debut, but Michelle Wolf isn't buying the former Fox News host as a serious journalist just yet.

The following are stories and research with the goal of showing that, at its heart minus some outliers, NBC is a GOP ally and has helped them betray the country innumerable times and should be expected to betray the country in the future (probably when you least expect it... liberals prefer scientific facts which leaves them very little wiggle room... so silence is often used as a weapon of decit). GOP/Fox-people are on its board and the GOP are nothing if not dishonorable in every sense of the word. If you don't have a problem with a journalists past that includes demonization and hardcore lies then clearly you're part of the problem.

Research showing that NBC is compromised in a way that makes lies stronger (this isn't a debate about the pendulum swinging between right politics and left politics... this is a decades long debate about facts VS lies... a debate that should not exist in a country with Rule of Law based around scientific facts... if this is a pendulum of power then its how Christianity sometimes erupts into western society with a new form of Nazism, i.e. the psychological battle in the west is between liberalism/science and Nazism/lies);

Bret Stephens and MSNBC’s hiring spree: The network keeps moving right
Update: MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have agreed to part ways.
MSNBC is now a pasture for pseudo-intellectual conservatives. Climate denier and Iraq War booster Bret Stephens is just the latest right-wing hire at the network.
In recent months NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has overseen a hiring spree of right-wing pundits and former Fox News personalities. The stable includes Hugh Hewitt, Megyn Kelly, Charlie Sykes, Greta Van Susteren, and George Will. They join other conservatives at the network: Elise Jordan, Steve Schmidt, Michael Steele, Rick Tyler, Nicole Wallace, and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. This is to say nothing of NBC News contributor and Trump apologist Mark Halperin; and given their frequent appearances, it may be just a matter of time until David Frum, a speechwriter for then-President George W. Bush, former George W. Bush chief of staff Andy Card, and neocon Bill Kristol join the network as well.
Compared to CNN’s boorish Trumpists or the state media apparatchiks at Fox News, the common thread among MSNBC conservatives is a certain pretentious shine. They’re frequently just arguing that President Donald Trump is the wrong type of conservative, when in fact Trump is the apotheosis of everything conservatism has been careening toward for some time. (The exception is Hugh Hewitt, who is now just a huge Trump booster after vacillating during the campaign.) 
Many of these hires have direct, intimate connections to Bush, the most disastrous president in decades. Card, Frum, Jordan, and Wallace worked in the Bush administration, and Stephens, Kristol, Will, Scarborough, and Hewitt were all huge cheerleaders for the Iraq War. And that history matters. Two major media institutions, including a newspaper of record, are now paying Stephens essentially just to troll liberals with climate denial and to push America towards a war with Iran.
You can separate Lack’s hiring spree into two buckets: pundits and brands. Neither offer much value in the long run. In this media environment, opinions are cheap (including mine!). Everyone has one and most of them stink. There’s no long-term return on opinions (and no lack of people wanting to get on TV to share theirs).
Adding brands like Megyn Kelly or Greta Van Susteren is equally pointless. It’s no wonder that both of these shows have failed. There’s simply no audience for them outside the Fox News bubble. Particularly with Kelly, NBC News executives seem completely unaware that her entire show at Fox News was built around racial dog-whistling (with occasional moments of bucking the party line).
Also, as Ryan Grim noted, it is the progressive shows that Lack hasn’t touched that are succeeding the most.
Rather than spending all this money on right-wing pundits and big names, the true value-add for news networks now is reliable and aggressive journalism. That’s hard to do. It’s expensive. It’s time-consuming. But it’s ultimately what will define NBC News and MSNBC.

Ahead of Megyn Kelly’s NBC Sunday Night debut, here’s the Fox News commentary she wants you to forget

Megyn Kelly is set to begin “kinder, gentler” NBC newsmagazine show on June 4

Megyn Kelly to anchor her own daytime news and Sunday evening shows on NBC. NBC News first announced on January 3 that Fox News host Megyn Kelly would join the network and “become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues.” She will also “anchor a new Sunday evening news magazine show and will become an important contributor to NBC’s breaking news coverage as well as the network’s political and special events coverage,” the network announced. The Sunday evening newsmagazine show, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, is set to debut on June 4. [NBC News, 1/3/17; USA Today, 5/31/17]
Kelly’s first NBC appearance was a botched Today report from Russia. In her first segment for NBC News, which aired on June 1 during the Today show, Kelly interviewed Sergey Brilev, described only as a “Russian broadcaster,” who criticized claims that the Russian government influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election. While Kelly’s viewers might have come away from the segment thinking that Brilev is an independent journalist, he’s actually a top executive at a state news agency who played a key role in one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda efforts. [Media Matters, 6/1/17]
Kelly on the new Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly: “People will really get to know who I am in this job.”In an interview with The Daily Beast promoting the premiere of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, the new NBC anchor explained that she hoped the Sunday program would allow viewers to see her “authentic self”:
Megyn Kelly—whose public fireworks with Donald Trump and, behind the scenes, with Roger Ailes, launched her into the mega-celebrity stratosphere—is embracing a kinder, gentler aura now that she’s the shiniest star at NBC News.   
“It’s allowed me to open up more and show more of who I am through my interview subjects,” Kelly told The Daily Beast in a phone chat to tout Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, her magazine show which premieres this Sunday at 7 p.m., in advance of Kelly’s weekday morning show planned for the fall.
“I just feel like people will really get to know who I am in this job,” the former Fox News anchor said. “It wasn’t that I wasn’t my authentic self when I was at Fox. I would say quite the contrary. But this just allows me to show a range of emotion and personality and sides of me that wasn’t possible when I was in prime-time cable news.” [The Daily Beast, 5/31/17]

  • Kelly frequently hosted hate group leaders and extremists on her Fox News show
  • Kelly often made race-baiting comments
  • Kelly repeatedly mocked and dismissed transgender people
  • Kelly fearmongered and pushed lies about Islam
  • Kelly used her Fox News platform to fearmonger about immigration
  • Kelly played host to climate science denial
  • Kelly criticized sexual assault prevention measures and minimized survivors
  • Kelly pushed harmful misinformation about reproductive rights
  • Bonus: More terrible Kelly commentary that defies all categories

Kelly frequently hosted hate group leaders and extremists on her Fox News show

Megyn Kelly hosted anti-LGBTQ hate group leader Tony Perkins at least 34 times on Fox News’ The Kelly FileKelly regularly invited anti-LGBTQ hate group leader Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council (FRC), to speak as a “captain of the religious right” on her Fox News program. FRC was labeled an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2010, a designation given to anti-LGBTQ organizations that either intentionally spread misinformation to advance their agenda or have worked to criminalize LGBTQ people. Perkins has called pedophilia “a homosexual problem,” claimed that gay men “recruit” children into homosexuality, and endorsed a Uganda law that would have imposed the death penalty for homosexuality. Kelly has described FRC as “a group whose mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and culture from a Christian worldview.” Kelly has also peddled Perkins’ talking points that “Christian beliefs and Christian rights” are being trampled as LGBTQ rights increase, lamenting that it must be “alienating” for him to be criticized for his anti-LGBTQ beliefs. Kelly also hosted Perkins to promote his book No Fear. According to a Nexis search, Kelly hosted Perkins at least 34 times on her show The Kelly File. [Media Matters, 4/11/16, 9/10/15; Nexis, accessed 1/3/17]
Kelly gave anti-immigrant extremist Ann Coulter a platform at least 13 times. Ann Coulter, whom SPLC refers to as a “white nationalist in the mainstream,” repeatedly appeared on The Kelly File to promote her extremist anti-immigrant views. According to SPLC, Coulter’s quotes are “strikingly similar” to “things [that] have been uttered by neo-Nazis and hardcore white nationalists.” In one of Coulter’s appearances, Kelly laughed off Coulter’s suggestion that then-presidential nominee Donald Trump should arrest undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. According to a Nexis search, Kelly hosted Coulter at least 13 times on The Kelly File. [Southern Poverty Law Center, 5/27/15; Media Matters, 7/23/15; Nexis, accessed 1/3/17]
Kelly hosted numerous other leaders from anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant hate groups on her Fox show. Media Matters analysis found that Megyn Kelly also hosted leaders from “virulently anti-gay” extremist group Focus on the Family, and other SPLC-designated hate groups, including the anti-LGBTQ Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel; the anti-Muslim ACT for America; and the nativist, anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies multiple times each on The Kelly File. [Media Matters, 1/6/17; Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed 6/2/17]

Kelly often made race-baiting comments

After Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a police officer in 2016, Kelly hosted a discussion on her show about his unrelated criminal record. In the fall of 2016, Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a police officer in North Carolina. In the wake of protests about the death of another unarmed black man, Kelly hosted an entire segment devoted to reporting on Scott’s criminal record, which was unrelated to his death. [Media Matters, 9/28/16; NBC News, 11/30/16]
On The Kelly File, Kelly and Mark Fuhrman agreed that black people’s grievances with police are overblown. In a July 2016 discussion on The Kelly File with former Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mark Fuhrman (who was revealed to have repeatedly used the N-word on duty during the O.J. Simpson trial), Kelly and Fuhrman agreed that black protesters’ grievances with police officers are overblown, and that “a lot of these folks paint with a very big brush” based on a “couple of shootings.” [Fox News, The Kelly File, 7/8/16]
Kelly questioned why Philando Castile’s girlfriend didn’t do more to help him. In another July 2016 segment of The Kelly File, Kelly questioned the actions of Philando Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was seated in a car next to Castile and filmed the aftermath of his shooting by police in Minnesota. A guest reminded Kelly that Reynolds was in fact held at gunpoint by an officer at the time. The night before, Kelly had hosted Fuhrman to comment on the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of a police officer in Louisiana. Fuhrman concluded on the show that Sterling “has to take responsibility” for his own death. [Fox News, The Kelly File, 7/7/16, 7/6/16]
Kelly questioned whether it was “appropriate” for a black protester to glare at a cop during a peaceful protest. On the November 24, 2015, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly denounced a young African-American protester photographed glaring at a police officer during a peaceful protest in Chicago following the announcement of charges against a police officer for the first-degree murder of an African-American teen. When guest Richard Fowler questioned why the young man’s actions were a problem, Kelly commented that it was “not a question of what [the protester’s] constitutional rights are. It’s a question of what’s appropriate.” [Fox News, The Kelly File, 11/24/15]
Kelly questioned whether education, marriage, and employment are “valued in the black communities.” During The Kelly File’s September 4, 2015, “Black Lives Matter Protests” special, Kelly questioned whether education, marriage, and employment are “valued in the black communities, in the inner cities.” Kelly also bemoaned the “anti-cop,” “them versus us” culture where “it’s cool” to “be somebody who doesn’t necessarily prize being there for your family.” [Fox News, The Kelly File, 9/4/15]
Kelly on incident where police officer violently manhandled a black teen: "The girl was no saint either." On the June 8, 2015, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly questioned whether a white Texas police officer's excessive use of force while arresting a 14-year-old black girl at a pool party was a "race thing,” asking, “What is the evidence that it is a race thing, as opposed to excessive force thing?" Later, despite calling the police officer’s takedown “brutal,” Kelly partially faulted the 14-year-old, claiming, "The girl was no saint, either." [Fox News, The Kelly File, 6/8/15]
Kelly on Sandra Bland's arrest: "Even if you know the cop is in the wrong, comply and complain later."On the July 23, 2015, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly and Fox regular (and now potential Trump Department of Homeland Security official) David Clarke found fault with black motorist Sandra Bland's response to the white police officer who pulled her over, with Kelly saying, "Even if you know the cop is in the wrong, comply and complain later." [Fox News, The Kelly File, 7/23/15]
Kelly warned that Obama planned to force communities that are "too white [and] too privileged" to embrace diversity. On the June 11, 2015, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly warned that the Obama administration plans to force "too white [and] too privileged" communities to embrace diversity "whether the communities want it or not":
MEGYN KELLY (HOST): They don't want, quote, “unequal neighborhoods.” Unequal neighborhoods. They think too many communities are too white, too privileged, with too many big McMansions. And they want to diversify the communities whether the communities want it or not. [Fox News, The Kelly File, 6/11/15]
Kelly claimed racist emails circulate at most companies in an attempt to downplay DOJ's Ferguson report. During the March 9, 2015, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly downplayed a Department of Justice (DOJ) report that found racial bias and stereotyping in the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri. Kelly said it is unfair to "tar the entire organization" as racist because "there are very few companies in America" where "you won't find any racist emails [or] any inappropriate comments." [Media Matters, 3/10/15]
Kelly: "I'd like to know the proof" that the police murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner had “anything to do with race.” On the December 4, 2014, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly discussed nationwide protests in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown with National Urban League president Marc Morial, asking several times for "evidence" that the deaths of Garner and Brown had "anything to do with race”:
MEGYN KELLY (HOST): All right. So, let's start with this, what is the evidence that what happened to Eric Garner and what happened to Michael Brown has anything to do with race?
KELLY: I get that. You're entitled to your opinion on that and to push for an additional investigation. And that's absolutely your right. But to say that this is a racist situation as Al Sharpton has suggested, as Mayor de Blasio has suggested, as many others have suggested, requires evidence.
MARC MORIAL: What would it take for you to acknowledge -- what would it take for you to acknowledge that race is an issue? Maybe you don't want to acknowledge that race is an issue.
KELLY: I'd like to know the proof. [Fox News, The Kelly File, 12/4/14]
Kelly: "Santa just is white" and "just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change." During the December 11, 2013, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly infamously insisted that Jesus and Santa Claus were "white," brushing past then-Fox host Jedediah Bila's suggestion that a non-white Santa Claus figure makes non-white kids feel included in holiday celebrations. Kelly continued, “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change,” adding, “Jesus was a white man too.” [Fox News, The Kelly File, 12/11/13]
Kelly devoted 45 segments over two weeks to pushing a conspiracy theory that the Obama administration was intentionally allowing voter intimidation. During the summer of 2010, Kelly repeatedly tried to scandalize an investigation about a New Black Panther Party member who stood outside a polling station on Election Day 2008, allegedly intimidating voters. Kelly devoted 45 segments, totaling more than 3.5 hours, to the investigation in a two-week time frame. Kelly claimed that her sources would shed light on the Obama administration's "decision to not pursue serious charges against members of the New Black Panther Party" and said that "politics and race" were potentially to blame. [Media Matters, 6/30/10, 7/16/10, 7/22/10]
For more on Kelly’s history of race-baiting comments, click here and here.

Kelly repeatedly mocked and dismissed transgender people

Kelly: Accepting transgender children causes "confusion" for other students. After a Texas school reportedly fired two staff members for refusing to recognize the gender of a transgender boy in November 2015, Kelly questioned whether there was “any consideration given to the confusion this was going to cause the rest of the children.” Kelly continuously misgendered the child throughout the segment, asking, “With all sympathy and empathy for that child and what she is going through, was there no consideration given to what this would put the other children through?” [Fox News, The Kelly File, 11/10/15]
Kelly misgendered a transgender prison inmate and trivialized her plea for necessary medical treatment. On the April 4, 2013, edition of Fox News’ America Live, Kelly repeatedly misgendered an incarcerated transgender woman and suggested that taxpayers shouldn’t be required to cover the costs of her “elective surgery.” Kelly also mocked the suggestion that the inmate should be housed with other female inmates, lamenting that she would get “a get-out-of-male-prison-free card.” Transgender inmates face high rates of sexual assault and violence when not placed in appropriate facilities. [Media Matters, 4/4/13] 
Kelly and Bill O’Reilly mocked a transgender inmate’s appearance. During the January 11, 2013, edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Kelly and host Bill O’Reilly mocked a transgender inmate’s appearance and repeatedly misgendered her. Kelly laughed at O’Reilly’s criticism of the inmate’s looks, adding, “I bet he looks pretty good” being “in a male prison.” She continued, “The surgery hasn’t been performed yet. … He only has breasts and the hair now.” [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 1/11/13]
For more on Kelly’s history of disparaging comments about the LGBTQ community, click here.

Kelly fearmongered and pushed lies about Islam

While moderating a Republican presidential debate, Kelly pushed for profiling Muslims. While moderating the January 28, 2016, Fox News Republican presidential primary debate, Kelly pushed then-candidate Chris Christie to change his stance against Muslim profiling. Kelly asked, “You have said we should not profile. How do you square that with the San Bernardino case?” After Christie rebuked the idea of profiling, Kelly doubled down on the question, asking whether seeing Muslim people entering a garage with packages is “enough to call the cops.” [Fox News, Republican Presidential Primary Debate, 1/28/16]
In 2016, Kelly called Muslim civil liberty organization CAIR “an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist trial.” On the January 12, 2016, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly asked Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz if it was a “mistake to allow” Democrats to “show up with representatives of [the Council on American-Islamic Relations] at the State of the Union tonight.” Although CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberty group in America, Kelly identified the group as “an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist trial.” [Fox News, The Kelly File, 1/13/16]
Kelly on immigration by Muslim communities: "Is Germany over as we know it? Is Europe?" On the January 7, 2016, edition of The Kelly File, Kelly asked whether Germany and Europe were "over as we know it" because they allowed an influx of immigration from predominantly Muslim countries. Kelly suggested that "the culture there is being forced to conform to the refugees," asserting that Germany has "large groups of Muslims who have no desire to assimilate." [Fox News, The Kelly File, 1/7/16]
In 2015, Kelly responded to breaking news of a shooting at a movie theater by baselessly speculating about connections to ISIS or “radical Islam.” Responding to breaking news that a gunman had opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater, Kelly baselessly speculated on whether there was “any reason to believe there might be a connection to ISIS, or radical Islam” on the July 23 edition of The Kelly File. Initial reports described the shooter as an “older white man,” and he was later determined to be a man from Alabama described by Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft as “kind of a drifter.” [Fox News, The Kelly File, 7/24/15]
For more on Kelly’s past comments about Muslims, click here.

Kelly used her Fox News platform to fearmonger about immigration

Kelly: Jeb Bush can't be "hostile" toward immigrants because he is "married to a Mexican immigrant." On the July 7, 2015, edition of The K

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