Podcaster Discusses MSNBC Coverage
News outlets were abuzz on election night after MSNBC censored Donald Trump’s victory speech following the Iowa caucus. But one person who didn’t tune in to the network’s coverage was actor and podcaster Russell Brand, who has now taken the clips of Rachel Maddow’s meltdown and turned them into comedic gold.
Brand’s reaction to Maddow’s explanation for censoring Trump’s speech was scathing. “Can you not say his name?” Brand quipped, mocking the network’s reluctance to acknowledge the president’s victory. “Suddenly liberals are putting down their coffee cups and they’re putting down their comfortable view. They’re embracing the idea of emergent populism.”
Brand then played a clip of Maddow explaining the rationale behind their decision to not show Trump’s speech, citing the need to not spread misinformation. “It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen,” Brand joked. “But why are they so afraid of just a simple speech?”
MSNBC and CNN REFUSE to air Trump’s victory speech in Iowa🇺🇸 We took a closer look and unpicked their HYSTERIA🚨 pic.twitter.com/5oFQVC5w5r
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) January 16, 2024
The answer, according to Brand, lies in the fear that Trump’s words might resonate with viewers. “When people watch that stuff, people kind of like him,” Brand said. “It’s very difficult when we have as our own candidate a waxen, cadaverous zombie…shoved from the tomb and into the voting booth.”
But Brand didn’t stop there. He played another clip of Maddow claiming that the network has a responsibility to not air misinformation, even if it comes from someone like Trump. “This is extraordinary,” Brand responded. “It’s not an absolute of misinformation. It’s a condemnation of information that may lead to you losing trust in the establishment.”
Brand then mocked the network’s decision to “monitor” any news that Trump may make in his speech rather than airing it live. “They make him sound more and more powerful,” Brand said, imitating Maddow’s dramatic tone. “Like some vibrating orb of pure consciousness… ‘We can’t show him! There’s just too much truth!'”
The overall message in Brand’s commentary was that MSNBC, and the liberal establishment in general, fears Trump’s words because they may challenge their narrative and potentially sway voters. By censoring him, they are only amplifying his message and making their own audience curious about what they are trying so hard to suppress.
Brand’s roasting of Maddow and MSNBC is a prime example of the Streisand effect, where attempts to censor or hide information only make it more sought after. In this case, the network’s decision to not show Trump’s speech only heightened interest in what he had to say.
This self-defeating move by the network highlights a larger issue – the lack of critical thinking skills among liberals. Rather than engaging in open and honest discourse, they would rather censor and silence opposing viewpoints. But as Brand points out, this only serves to undermine their own credibility and make Trump appear more powerful.