A Look Back at CNN and MSNBC's Giddy Coverage of the Russian-Sponsored Anti-Trump Rally


CNN and MSNBC gave extensive and very favorable coverage to an anti-Trump rally that was allegedly organized by Russia following Donald Trump’s upset win in November 2016 over Hillary Clinton.

On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges of conspiring to defraud the United States.

Among the revelations in the indictments is that the Russians organized rallies “to sow discord in the American political system,” Fox News reported.

“After the election, the defendants allegedly staged rallies to support the president-elect while simultaneously staging rallies to protest his election,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a Friday news conference.

Two of those rallies took place in New York City on Saturday, Nov. 12 — less than a week following the election — and both CNN and MSNBC gave full-throated coverage to the event titled, “Trump is NOT my President.”

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The Media Research Center’s NewsBusters compiled some of the coverage by both networks.

CNN’s Brynn Gingras enthusiastically reported from the streets among the protesters, “It is the most organized protest that I’ve seen here in New York City.”

Around mid-afternoon, Gringas 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.’”

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Likewise, MSNBC’s Morgan Radford stated, “I have to say that I’ve covered quite a few protests from the Black Lives Matter protests and this is something different. This is something unique. The energy here is electric.”

She reported a crowd of hundreds, which gathered at Union Square Park, had grown to thousands. “We’re shutting down 5th Avenue heading straight to Trump Tower,” Radford exclaimed.

The correspondent spoke of hearing chants of Trump being “racist, sexist, anti-gay,” as well as the phrase, “We reject the president-elect.”

According to NBC News, there were approximately 25,000 protesters on hand, based on New York City Police Department estimates.

Rallies were also held in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Miami, and Birmingham, Alabama, among other places.

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Fox News reported that among those attending the New York City rally was liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.

On Nov. 12, Moore tweeted a picture from the event with some of the protesters. The photo’s caption read, “At today’s Trump Tower protest. He wouldn’t come down.”

He also posted a Facebook Live video from the protest.

Last year, Moore called on Trump to step down, writing, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on: TRUMP COLLUDING WITH THE RUSSIANS TO THROW THE ELECTION TO HIM.”

The documentarian argued that Trump was elected by fraud and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions must immediately appoint a special counsel to investigate these “potentially treasonous acts.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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