Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald said Monday night that he was banned from appearing on MSNBC due his skepticism regarding the charge that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to sway the 2016 election, which was championed by much of the network’s on-air talent for the past two years.
“Let me just say, [MSNBC] should have their top host on primetime go before the cameras and hang their head in shame and apologize for lying to people for three straight years, exploiting their fears to great profit,” Greenwald told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “These are people who were on the verge of losing their jobs. The whole network was about to collapse. This whole scam saved them. Not only did they constantly feed people for three straight years total disinformation, they did it on purpose, Tucker.”
“There was a whole slew, not just me, of left-wing journalists with very high journalistic credentials, far more than anyone on that network, like Matt Taibbi and Jeremy Scahill and many others, including myself, who were banned from the network because they wanted their audience not to know that anybody was questioning or expressing skepticism about the lies and the scam they were selling because it was so profitable,” he continued.
Greenwald is one of a small number of left-leaning journalists who was vindicated Sunday when attorney general William Barr released a summary of the Mueller report that exonerated Trump and his associates of colluding with Russian operatives.
Barr’s summary of the report also indicates that Mueller did not make a determination with respect to whether Trump obstructed justice, as was alleged in the wake of his firing of former FBI director James Comey, but Barr determined independently that insufficient evidence existed to bring that charge.
MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.