Hollywood actor Russell Brand tore into MSNBC for pushing "propagandist nutcrackery" about COVID-19 during a televised exchange that has gone viral.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor crossed a bright red politically correct line by comparing MSNBC with Fox News, saying both networks mislead their viewers to pad their bottom lines.
“I’ve been on that MSNBC, mate — it was propagandist nut-crackery on there!" Brand, who appeared on Morning Joe in 2013, said.
Brand's comments came during a heated exchange on Bill Maher's HBO program with one of MSNBC's in-house "analysts," John Heilemann, who vigorously protested Brand's accusations.
Heilemann insisted that Brand was drawing a "false equivalency" and challenged the comedian to cite a case of MSNBC lying to viewers.
Brand, somehow, restrained himself from erupting in laughter and responded by listing some of the false orthodoxies that MSNBC helped enforce during the pandemic, such as the "ludicrous" claim that ivermectin, a prize-winning drug that is used to treat disease in humans, is "horse paste."
Russell Brand Calls Out MSNBC's Hypocrisy on COVID
"Do you want an example? The ludicrous, outrageous criticisms of Joe Rogan around Ivermectin deliberately referring to it as a horse medicine when they know it's an effective medicine!"@rustyrockets @billmaher @joerogan pic.twitter.com/5J0e0hkpSh
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) March 4, 2023
Brand also mentioned the misleading claim, aggressively promoted by journalists like MSNBC's resident conspiracy theorist Rachel Maddow and President Biden to demonize the "unvaccinated," that people who take the COVID-19 vaccine are protected from transmission.
"And what of Rachel Maddow turning up on the TV saying, ‘If you take this vaccine, you’re not gonna get it’ when it hadn’t been clinically trialed for transmission?” Brand asked.
If he wished, Brand might have mentioned Maddow's deranged obsession with "Russian collusion" or the smug dismissal of the COVID lab origins theory from MSNBC's stable of unimaginative midwits, including Heilemann, who dismissed it as a "conspiracy theory" on Morning Joe in 2020.
With government agencies like the FBI now saying President Trump's "conspiracy" is likely the truth, Heilemann blamed Trump for the lack of judgment demonstrated by the mainstream media (supposing it wasn't sheer malice) during Trump's re-election campaign.
"Because like everything else in COVID, Donald Trump politicized it from day one," he said.
See how that works? Even when Trump is right, he's still wrong. And vice versa for the media: they're never wrong.
Trump doesn't call them the "enemy of the people" for nothing.