CNN and MSNBC cheered and praised an anti-Trump rally that has now been revealed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to be the work of Russian operatives seeking to meddle in American politics.
The protest, held mere days after President Donald Trump's victory in the November presidential election, enjoyed enthusiastic, hourly coverage by MSNBC and CNN, analysis by Newsbusters.org documents:
MSNBC framed the rally as a protest against Trump's alleged racism, sexism, homophobia and hate. "The energy here is electric," MSNBC Correspondent Morgan Radford proclaimed, adding that the protesters were fighting against the "license to carry in terms of hate" prompted by Trump's election.
CNN's constant coverage also described the protest in glowing terms, calling it "the most organized protest that I've seen happen here in New York City, and that's good news," and a rally delivering "messages about stopping the hate."
CNN reported that the rally was organized by an idealist 20 year-old student from a nearby university.
But, as Newsbusters notes, the rally was actually sponsored by Russian operatives seeking to turn Americans against one another in the wake of the election:
"One of the revelations in Friday's indictment handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was that alleged Russian attempts to sow disunity in 2016 included the organization of both pro- and anti-Trump rallies in New York City on the Saturday after Election Day."
Watch the following montage of CNN and MSNBC gushing over the Russian-organized anti-Trump march between noon and 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 12, 2016:
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