Ex-MSNBC host Krystal Ball slammed her former network on Thursday for promoting “feverish Russian conspiracy theories,” comparing the far-left network to Infowars and saying they are “not journalism.”
Ball, who made the remarks while co-hosting The Hill’s “Rising,” launched the attacks against her former network after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s disastrous testimony on Wednesday in front of Congress.
“I can no longer avoid pondering a question which honestly gives me no joy to ponder: just how much damage has MSNBC in particular done to the Left?” Ball said. “Now this critique is not meant to be personal to the anchors and commentators there, many of whom I know, some of whom are actually close friends having worked at that network for five years, but nearly all of whom got swept up in the ratings bubble that was feverish Russian conspiracy theories.”
“I dare to say, some talent did drink more deeply of the Russian conspiracy waters than others,” Ball continued. “Rachel Maddow, you’ve got some explaining to do.”
Ball noted that MSNBC ruined any potentially damaging information that came out of the hearing because “for months MSNBC built segments after segments show after show on building anticipation for a big reveal when we would learn the true depths of Trump’s fealty and direct conspiracy with Putin.”
“In some of the most fevered speculation, primetime shows actually invited Jonathan Chait on to lay out his wild theory that Trump had actually been a Russian asset since 1987,” Ball continued. “Chait starts out his analysis … by acknowledging that Trump, as multi decade-long Russian asset, is ‘probably not true but it might be.’”
“Characters like conspiracy gadfly Louise Mensch were invited on. Mensch through her Twitter account often ‘reported’ things like the notion that Steve Bannon was getting the death penalty for espionage,” Ball added. “They had this person on MSNBC. Seriously, this is not journalism. It is Infowars conspiracy theory.”