Wednesday brought the revelation that House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff lied to Sam Stein on MSNBC's Morning Joe on September 17. Naturally enough, Thursday on another MSNBC show, MSNBC Live, host Hallie Jackson decided to play up the "Republicans Seize" angle with NBC's Ken Dilanian. At least they didn't pounce.
In the wake of multiple news reports that a secret CIA asset close to Vladimir Putin was spirited away in 2017 over fears Russian intelligence had uncovered him, NBC News decided to act on claims Russian officials made about the man’s identity and tracked down the asset themselves. The visit from NBC national security correspondent Ken Dilanian apparently prompted the U.S. government to move the asset and his family. It was something the network seemed proud of during Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News.
It hasn’t been a good week for NBC. First, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell had to retract a bombshell claim that Donald Trump’s taxes showed loans co-signed by Russian oligarchs. Now, MSNBC has backed down on an assertion that “children born to U.S. service members outside of the U.S. will no longer be automatically considered citizens. Parents will have to apply for citizenship for their children in those situations.”
Over the past couple of weeks the media has told us it is beneth all standards of common decency to question the patriotism of one's political opponets, unless that opponent is a Republican. On Tuesday's MSNBC Live NBC national security correspondent Ken Dilanian declared that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has nobody but to blame for himself when people call him "Moscow Mitch" or a Russian asset.
While discussing the possibility of Robert Mueller’s upcoming testimony before Congress being delayed for a week, on Friday’s MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin, NBC News national security reporter Ken Dilanian laughably claimed that it has “not been easy” for Democrats to draw attention to the former Special Counsel’s report on the Russia investigation.
On July 4, The Wall Street Journal posted an article headlined "Trump, Social Science, and Media Bias." Richard Hanania, a research fellow at Columbia University, asserted "The media’s desire to delegitimize the 2016 election has created an extremely high demand for questionable work that can confirm reporters’ prejudices under the guise of science."
Following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s press conference on Wednesday, NBC News national security correspondent Ken Dilanian repeatedly took to MSNBC to complain how “very frustrating” it was that Mueller failed to find President Trump guilty of a crime. At one point in the coverage, he even proclaimed: “We expected a verdict from Mueller.”
The liberal media had their hopes raised of seeing President Trump jailed raised by the recent dubious reports by The New York Times and The Washington Post claiming that members of the Special Counsel felt Attorney General Barr mischaracterized their findings. Few in the liberal media would dare to admit the questionable nature of the sourcing of their reporting, but that’s what MSNBC host Chuck Todd did during Thursday’s MTP Daily.
While many of his colleagues have spread conspiracy theories about the Mueller report and even called it racist, MSNBC’s Ken Dilanian seemed open to self-reflection; declaring that “those of us and members of the public who placed stock in the idea that this was a criminal case…we have to acknowledge today that what Robert Mueller found on collusion and conspiracy was a complete vindication of the President.”
Perhaps no single reaction Friday night to the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation rivaled that of MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews, who was apoplectic, inconsolable, and irate at the notion the Mueller team will not offer any further indictments in hopes of criminal charges concerning Russian collusion. And even his most adored guests couldn’t avoid his scorn.
According to an NBC News exclusive that first aired during the 10 o’clock hour of Tuesday morning’s MSNBC Live, both Republican and Democratic sources on the Senate Intelligence Committee admitted they had not found any direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Despite the fact the exclusive was filed by NBC News intelligence and national security reporter Ken Dilanian, NBC Nightly News hid it from viewers. Meanwhile, ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News also turned a blind eye.
President Trump offered another example on Tuesday night of how he’s become quite the troller-in-chief, tweeting a 53-second excerpt of a segment from that morning’s MSNBC Live in which NBC News Intelligence and National Security reporter/liberal bureaucratic mouthpiece Ken Dilanian revealed that “the Senate Intelligence Committee has not uncovered any direct evidence” of Trump-Russia collusion.