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Comedian Russell Brand Shreds MSNBC As ‘Propaganda’ To Network Contributor’s Face

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Actor and comedian Russell Brand tore into MSNBC personality John Heilemann when the two appeared on the HBO show “Real Time” with host Bill Maher for being part of a “propaganda” network.

Maher was discussing recent revelations from the Dominion lawsuit against Fox News that alleged to show that some Fox News hosts said things on their shows that they did not necessarily believe.

The attack on Fox News as “propaganda” sent Brand into a frenzy as he accused the MSNBC host of hypocrisy.

“It is disingenuous to claim that the biases that are exhibited on Fox News are any different from the biases exhibited on MSNBC,” the comedian said. “It’s difficult to suggest that these corporations exist as anything other than mouthpieces for their affiliate owners in Black Rock and Vanguard.”

He spoke about his appearance on what he believed was “Morning Joe” and mocked it.

“It wasn’t morning. There was no one called Joe there. No one could concentrate. They didn’t understand the basic tenets of journalism,” he said as Maher laughed. “No one was willing to stick up for genuine American heroes like Edward Snowden, no one was willing to talk about Julian Assange and what he suffered trying to bring real journalism to the American people and I think to sit within the castle of MSNBC throwing rocks at Fox News is ludicrous. Make MSNBC better. Make MSNBC great again!”

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Heilemann snapped back at Brand, demanding a specific example of the propaganda that MSNBC peddles.

“You don’t actually know anything about the organizations you’re talking about. You’ve been on MSNBC once. Big fu***ng deal,” the MSNBC analyst said.

Brand brushed off his argument and blamed corporate media in general.

“We need new political systems that legitimately represent ordinary Americans so that we can overcome cultural differences and bickering about which propagandist network is the worst is not going to save a single American life, not improve the life of a single American child, not going to improve America’s standing in the world, and the world needs a strong America, I’ll tell you that,” he said.

Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity could be among the top stars at the number one cable news network who could find himself axed after a lawsuit by Dominion, which alleged that the network’s hosts promoted “election lies.”

The hosts set to be given the boot include Hannity, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro in order for the network to “save face,” Radar Online reported. What the publication dubbed “blood sacrifices” is also said to include Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.

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Radar Online said that the decision to make the cuts is an effort to not lose any of its massive audience, though it remains to be seen how getting rid of some of the most popular hosts and personalities would assist the network in keeping fans.

“They are totally f—–,” a media insider said to Puck this week. “[Murdoch] screwed himself and the company.”

“According to Murdoch’s testimony, which was released publicly earlier this week, the Fox News honcho himself indicated the Fox News talent that ‘promoted’ Trump’s 2020 election fraud claims should be ‘reprimanded’ or fired as a result of the ongoing multi-billion-dollar lawsuit scandal,” Radar Online said.

On Thursday a man who described himself as a “liberal from California” confronted Hannity on his radio show about the issue.

“You knew the election wasn’t stolen from Trump, and you guys lied about it anyway because you felt you had a good reason,” the person, who said his name was David, said.

But Hannity insisted that he never said that the election was rigged but said that he simply spoke about concerns he had regarding “integrity issues” and “partisan observers” at the voting booths on Election Day.

“No. If you listen to what I said on the air every day, what did I talk about? Let me remind you.” The host said. “I talked about laws being violated. Partisan observers, for example, most states have laws that partisan observers get to watch the vote count from start to finish.”

“In 2020, they were a hundred feet back. They were a thousand feet back,” he said. “They – there was no accommodation to uphold the law that allows partisan observers to observe.”

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