On Friday's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Russell Brand called out MSNBC commentator John Heilemann for "throwing rocks at Fox News" while his network participates in "propagandist nut-crackery" and gave examples after Heilemann refused to acknowledge his liberal bias, leaving the pundit unable to articulate a comeback except repeating "nonresponsive… nonresponsive."
"It's disingenuous to claim that the biases they've exhibited on Fox News are any different from the biases exhibited on MSNBC," Brand said. "It's difficult to suggest that these corporations operate as anything other than mouthpieces for their affiliate owners in Black Rock and Vanguard."
"We have to take responsibility for our own perspective," Brand said, and later added, "I've been on that MSNBC, mate. It was propagandist nut-crackery." In 2013, Brand appeared on Morning Joe on a day when Joe Scarborough was absent. As Brand wrote on his website, Mika Brzezinski and the co-hosts only talked about the "shrill, white noise of dumb current affairs."
On Real Time, Brand recounted to Heilemann how none of them were "trying to bring real journalism to the American people."
Brand finished by saying "Within the castle of MSNBC, throwing rocks at Fox News is ludicrous" and "Make MSNBC great again."
Heilemann then said, "I'd like to hear a specific example—approval—specific example of an MSNBC correspondent or anchor, being on television saying something they knew was false and were saying behind the scenes to people this is, 'I'm about to go out' and 'we know, that we know that the election wasn't stolen, but I will go I will go out on television and say the opposite.'"
"I think it's a false equivalency," Maher said, agreeing with Heilemann, who finished by claiming Brand does not "actually know anything about any of these organizations."
"You've been on MSNBC once, big f*cking deal," he said.
Brand replied, "Do you want an example? The ludicrous, outrageous criticisms of Joe Rogan around ivermectin, who were deliberately referring to it as a horse medicine when they knew it was an effective medicine."
Heilemann started repeating "nonresponsive" as Maher interjected, "that's not a bad example." Brand mentioned how MSNBC hosts said "if you take this vaccine you're not going to get" Covid, and Heilemann continued with "nonresponsive."
Brand told him "you have to listen" and said "you're participating in the same game" as Fox News.
Join and support independent free thinkers!
We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.
Remind me next month