Tuesday, February 20, 2018

RUSSIAN MEDIA BOTS: CNN, MSNBC Aired Hourly Celebrations of Russian-Funded Anti-Trump Rallies

by Craig Bannister

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:

"A check of their November 12 coverage showed both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally that day, with live reports every hour. Correspondents celebrated the idea that it was "a love rally," and repeated the marchers' anti-Trump mantras, such as: ‘We reject the President-elect.'"

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:

Courtesy of CNSNews.com . Craig is responsible for all CNSNews.com media relations, public relations, and marketing programs. Prior to joining CNSNews.com, he served as communications manager for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Craig has spent his career managing communications, public, media, and member relations for non-profit organizations such as the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and the Ethiopian Community Development Council.

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