Russell Brand, a famous comedian and actor, ripped into an MSNBC host about the “propaganda” network he works for. Appearing on Bill Maher”s Real Time show on Friday, Brand lambasted MSNBC commentator John Heilemann for “throwing rocks at Fox News while working for a “propagandist nut-crackery” biased media outlet himself.
Brand called it “disingenuous” for Heilemann to refuse to recognize MSNBC’s biases. “It’s disingenuous to claim that the biases they’ve exhibited on Fox News are any different from the biases exhibited on MSNBC,” Brand explained before recognizing the power Black Rock and Vanguard hold over MSNBC.
“It’s difficult to suggest that these corporations operate as anything other than mouthpieces for their affiliate owners in Black Rock and Vanguard.” Brand equated all mainstream media outlets to being merely corporate “mouthpieces” before recalling a 2013 appearance he made on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show.
“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 before defending Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Brand called these individuals “genuine American heroes” that the mainstream media refused to defend.
“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,” he concluded. After Brand’s impassioned dialogue against MSNBC, a visibly angry Heilemann responded “you don’t actually know anything about the organizations you’re talking about,” adding “you’ve been on MSNBC once, big f*cking deal.”
Brand ignored Heilemann’s defense and went on to call for an overwriting of U.S. media networks. “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,” the comedian explained.
These complaints will not “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.”
MSNBC’s John Heilemann LOSES IT after Russell Brand calls out his network’s biases.pic.twitter.com/6gKWNy0cAV
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