MSNBC's Stengel Compares Trump's Treatment of the Media To Stalin

NewsBusters | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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As MSNBC got ready for day two of the impeachment trial, former editor of Time and former Obama Undersecretary of State Rick Stengel joined an panel led by Chris Matthews where he compared President Trump's treatment of the media to Joseph Stalin.

The context for the panel was whether or not Republicans were being truthful in their allegations that they were denied access to the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) during the House's investigation. Not only did the panel conclude that they were not being truthful, but this was a part of a larger, more sinister Trumpian strategy against the media.

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Matthews declared, "And this is why the president said a couple years ago to Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, “I call them fake news so when they catch me, it won't count.” It should be noted that the only evidence of this off-camera claim is Stahl's own account and it's not like NBC and MSNBC have never engaged in the propagation of fake news.

Matthews then tossed the conversation over to Stengel who declared that, "He's trying to discredit the media because the media can call him out and he wants to be able to say, “well, they...
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