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@maddow 1/ If YouTube were to recommend your show, it'd be recommending the leading purveyor of now debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, falsehoods & innuendo of the last 2+ years. Here's a sample:
@maddow 2/ Just recently you were caught in real-time lying to your audience. You claimed Barr was handling the redactions by himself. But the chyron -- on screen right below -- told viewers the truth, that Mueller was in fact "assisting" w/ the redactions:
@maddow 3/ There was that time in Jan 2017 when you speculated that Putin may use the pee tape & other kompromat to force Trump into withdrawing US troops near Russia. How did that one turn out?
@maddow 4/ BTW, just last week you falsely said that "the one thing I refused to let myself think about" was that Putin had tapes of Trump -- the very prospect you had previously floated to posit that Putin may blackmail Trump into withdrawing troops.
@maddow 5/ Who could forget that time this past winter when you seized on life-threatening cold temperatures to fear-monger that Russia could kill Americans by knocking out their heat?
@maddow 6/ There was that time when you explored the scenario under which Putin "gives orders" to his puppet Trump at an upcoming meeting. Do you think Putin ordered Trump to stage a coup in Venezuela/try to kill the German-Russia gas pipeline/nix the INF treaty?
@maddow 7/ How about that time when you speculated -- citing the Steele dossier -- that Cohen billed Trump $50k for "tech services" to pay off Russian hackers? It was actually to pay a US firm (wsj.com/articles/poll-…).
@maddow 8/ How about when you suggested that Putin has gotten Trump to "bleed out" the FBI? If Mueller and the FBI found proof of that, I missed that part of their report.
@maddow 9/ How about the time when you speculated that Putin installed Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State?
@maddow 10/ How about when you claimed that the White House edited out a key question from the Trump-Putin presser? The WP showed that to be false, and the result of live video/audio switching issue (washingtonpost.com/news/politics/…). Yet you never corrected it:
@maddow 11/ Then there was that time when you lamented the suspension of US war games in Korea, and speculated that it was the fault of Putin:
@maddow 12/ Have we ever gotten to the bottom of your "New Scrutiny on Russians at Trump's Inauguration" in Jan 2017 -- aka a Russian couple who posted video of their attendance?
@maddow 13/ Based on this sample alone, dare I say that your coverage of Trump-Russia very much amounts to the "deliberate trafficking in unreality":
@maddow 14/ Looking back, do you think maybe that declaring that a fake Bernie Sanders fan page run out of Albania amounted to "international warfare against our country" was perhaps a little hyperbolic?
@maddow 15/ How about when you speculated that Maria Butina may have played a role in a secret Russian government plot to funnel money to the NRA in order to influence the 2016 election? How did that one pan out?
@maddow 16/ How about when you said in 3/2017 that "if the American presidency right now is the product of collusion between the Russian intelligence services & an American campaign... we need to start preparing for what the consequences are going to be if it proves to be true." Did it?
@maddow 17/ or when you falsely insinuated that activity in a Wikileaks grand jury was related to the Russian probe, even though the WP article you briefly flashed on screen accurately noted it "is based on [Assange's] pre-2016 conduct, not the election hacks":
@maddow 18/ or when you recently claimed that the hashtag #Kids4Trump
was part of a Russian effort "to destroy American democracy." How much contempt do you have for American democracy to suggest that Russian trolls could "destroy" it?
@maddow 19/ Remember earlier where we saw you suggest that Russia chose Tillerson as Sec of State? How about also when you pondered the same about Paul Manafort? "I mean, take the view from Moscow. If you know a guy who needs a presidential campaign manager, how about our friend Paul?":
@maddow 20/ Speaking of installing Tillerson, remember when you also speculated that Russia was actively getting Trump "to weaken the parts of America that most annoy and that most undermine Vladimir Putin", and so that's why the State Dept. was "hollowed out, disappeared, and muted"?
@maddow 21/ We saw earlier that time when you speculated that Russia was responsible for Tillerson getting hired. How about that time a year later when you speculated -- citing the Steele dossier -- that Russia was now responsible... for Tillerson getting fired?
@maddow 22/ Here's more from your segment on why Tillerson may have been fired because "Russia allegedly believed they had veto power over who would be allowed to be secretary of state while Donald Trump is president":
@maddow 23/ How about when you falsely claimed that a Russian government-controlled bank agreed to finance the Trump Tower Moscow project -- by deceptively citing an NYT article & ignoring the parts of it that directly contradicted your claim? (I'll show how in next tweet)
@maddow 24/ To make your false claim, you isolated a sentence fragment from an NYT article: "lined up financing for the Trump Tower deal with VTB Bank." You omitted the full sentence which shows it to be a claim by Felix Sater -- & then ignored the part of the article that disproved it.
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