Russel Brand schools MSNBC journalist John Heilemann over standards at his network
Russell Brand has said MSNBC is also ‘propaganda’ just like Fox News.
Brand made his views known towards MSNBC journalist John Heilemann, as he appeared on HBO’s Real Time on Friday night.
Heilemann who often appears on both NBC News and MSNBC was discussing with Brand how several Fox News hosts have been accused of deliberately reporting on election fraud conspiracies, while knowing them to be false.
But Brand questioned the effectiveness of condemning Fox News without acknowledging MSNBC’s participation in the exact same game noting how both networks display biases and act as mouthpieces for their affiliate owners, BlackRock and Vanguard.
Brand emphasized the futility of bickering over which network is worse with the comic and podcaster suggesting that instead of attacking other networks, efforts should be refocused on improving MSNBC to make it a better and more effective platform.
‘Make MSNBC better. Make MSNBC great again!’ Brand declared, echoing former President Trump’s oft-repeated chant.
Comedian and podcast host Russell Brand, right, argued with journalist John Heilemann, left, that MSNBC is no less biased than Fox News calling both networks ‘propaganda’ mouthpieces for their owners.
Brand argued that Heilemann, for one, should be more open about the biases held by MSNBC instead of solely attacking the conservative outlet.
‘It’s difficult to suggest that’s because these corporations operate as anything other than mouthpieces for their affiliate owners in BlackRock and Vanguard,’ Brand told Heilemann. ‘We’ve have to take responsibility for our own perspective.’
‘I’ve been on that MSNBC. Man, it was a propagandist nut-crackery over there,’ Brand added as he referred to his own experience on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show.
‘No one could concentrate, they didn’t understand the basic tenets of journalism,’ Brand shouted.
‘No one was willing to stick up for genuine American heroes like Edward Snowden. No one was willing to talk about Julian Assange and what he’s suffered – trying to bring real journalism to the American people.
Brand argued that Heilemann, for one, should be more open about the biases held by MSNBC instead of solely attacking the conservative outlet
‘You don’t actually know anything about any of these organizations you’re talking about,’ Heilemann responded. ‘You’ve been on MSNBC once, big f***ing deal! You don’t have a single actual fact.’
‘I think to sit within the castle of MSNBC throwing rocks at Fox News is ludicrous,’ Brand stated.
‘Just spiritually, mate—if I may use that word in your great country—we have to take responsibility for our own perspectives,’ Brand said.
Heilemann was finally able to get a word in to rebut some of Brand’s accusations.
‘It’s not about bias, it’s a false equivalency because you don’t actually know anything about any of these organizations you’re talking about,’ he started. ‘You’ve been on MSNBC once, big f***ing deal! You don’t have a single actual fact.’
Brand appeared on MSNBC in June 2013.
During the panel discussion in which Bill Maher stayed uncharacteristically quiet, Brand attempted to come up with ‘evidence’ to support his argument and pinpointed MSNBC’s coverage of alternative COVID-19 treatments as an example of the network’s failure to report the facts.
Brand described MSNBC’s putdown of Joe Rogan’s championing use of the drug Ivermectin as ‘ludicrous, outrageous’ accusing the network of ‘deliberately referring to this as a horse medicine when they know this an effective medicine.’
Brand then brought up MSNBC host Rachel Maddow who he claims told her audience: ‘If you take this vaccine, you’re not gonna get it.’
Brand did not elaborate as to why he believed such incidents were comparable to Fox hosts repeatedly airing conspiracy theories about President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win over former President Donald Trump. Pictured above, a protest outside Fox News last month in NYC
Heilemann batted away Brand’s examples as simply overblown conservative ‘talking points.’
Brand continued to rant arguing for ‘new political systems that genuinely represent ordinary Americans so that we can overcome cultural differences.’
Brand did not elaborate as to why he believed such incidents were comparable to Fox hosts repeatedly airing conspiracy theories about President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win over former President Donald Trump.
Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch has admitted in a deposition that some of the station’s top shows ‘endorsed’ baseless allegations, which now form the basis of a $1.6 billion defamation suit that Dominion Voting Systems has brought against the conservative channel.