Russian stooges? CNN, MSNBC promoted Russia-backed anti-Trump rally

As we and others reported, Friday’s indictment against 13 Russians indicated that pro- and anti-Trump rallies which took place after the 2016 elections were started by Russian trolls seeking to sow discord.  But, Rich Noyes said at Newsbusters, both CNN and MSNBC gave “enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally” on November 12.

Noyes observed: “Correspondents celebrated the idea that it was ‘a love rally,’ and repeated the marchers’ anti-Trump mantras, such as: ‘We reject the President-elect.’”

The report adds:

While the two liberal anti-Trump networks offered heavy coverage of the anti-Trump rally throughout the day, a check of coverage between noon and 5:00 p.m. Eastern found that the Fox News Channel offered only a short re-cap (66 seconds) at the start of their 4:00 p.m. Eastern hour.

Of course, none of the networks were aware of who was allegedly behind the march, but CNN and MSNBC reveled in the inflammatory messages of the march. At one point, MSNBC anchor Alex Witt credulously responded to the ridiculously alarmist rhetoric: “That woman, when she’s saying she’s concerned that black people will be shot in the street….Is that a legitimate concern for her? Because, that’s scary.”

Correspondent Morgan Radford cheerfully played along: “Alex, it’s not only a legitimate concern for her, it’s a legitimate concern for a lot of people I’ve spoken to….They’re wondering if this [Trump’s election] is almost a license to carry in terms of hate.”

Noyes further said that Witt asked Radford: “Hey, Morgan, can you tell who has organized this rally?…Is there someone in charge here?”

“Right now, this is lots of different groups of people who have come together,” Radford said, “with no, necessarily, official leader, and that’s been some of the criticism.”

Noyes wrote:

An hour later on CNN, correspondent Brynn Gingras said the rally had been organized by “a 20-year-old student from St. John’s University here in New York….We’ve seen him several times shaking hands with police officers….It is the most organized protest that I’ve seen here in New York City.”

A little after 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Gingras marveled at the crowd size, saying she had been “texting with the person, a 20-year-old college student here in New York City who organized this protest. I’ve been texting with him, and I asked, ‘Are you impressed with the size,’ and he says ‘It’s amazing what the collective voices can spread.’”

Mueller’s indictment, by the way, notes:

In or around November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally in New York through one ORGANIZATION-controlled group designed to “show your support for President-Elect Donald Trump,” held on or about November 12, 2016. At the same time, Defendants and their co-conspirators, through another ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York called “Trump is NOT my President” held on or about November 12, 2016.

And guess who attended that Russian-organized rally?  None other than Michael Moore, who posted this on Facebook:

The Daily Caller noted: “Moore’s Facebook page is littered with charges that Trump and Republicans are Russian tools and enemies of the American people.”

Meanwhile, here he is at a Russian-organized rally which was promoted and cheered by CNN and MSNBC.

Here’s video, provided by MRC:

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