Lawrence O’Donnell apologizes for unverified Trump-Russia report
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Lawrence O’Donnell apologizes for unverified Trump-Russia report


BRIAN: IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO A STORY ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PROBABLY HAVE A SOURCE AND ANCHOR WITH SOME TYPE OF FACTS. LAWRENCE O’DONNELL WAS MISSING BOTH. HE CAME OUT AND BASICALLY ACCUSED THE PRESIDENT OF HAVING HIS LOANS COSIGNED FOR MAJOR PURCHASES BY OLIGARCHS IN RUSSIA. I’M NOT KIDDING. LISTEN THIS SINGLE COURSE CLOSE TO DEUTSCHE BANK HAS TOLD ME DONALD TRUMP’S LOAN DOCUMENTS THERE SHOW THAT HE HAS COSIGNERS, THAT’S HOW HE WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN THOSE LOANS. AND THAT THE COSIGNERS ARE RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS.>>WHAT? REALLY?>>THAT WOULD EXPLAIN, IT SEEMS TO ME, EVERY KIND WORD DONALD TRUMP HAS EVER SAID ABOUT RUSSIA AND VLADIMIR PUTIN, IF TRUE. AND I STRESS THE IF TRUE. KATIE: STRESSING IF TRUE IS PRETTY IMPORTANT. JUST 24 HOURS LATER, LAWRENCE O’DONNELL SOMEWHAT APOLOGIZED AND SAID THAT HE WAS WRONG TO REPORT THE UNVETTED STORY.>>LAST NIGHT ON THIS SHOW I DISCUSSED INFORMATION THAT WASN’T READY FOR REPORTING. I REPEATED STATEMENTS, A SINGLE SOURCE TOLD ME ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S FINANCES AND LOAN DOCUMENTS WITH DEUTSCHE BANK SAYING “IF TRUE” AS I DISCUSSED THE INFORMATION WAS SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I DID NOT GO THROUGH THE RIGOROUS VERIFICATION AND STANDARDS PROCESS HERE AT MSNBC BEFORE REPEATING WHAT I HEARD FROM MY SOURCE. HAD IT GONE THROUGH THAT PROCESS, I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PERMITTED TO REPORT IT I SHOULD NOT HAVE SAID IT ON AIR OR POSTED IT ON TWITTER. I WAS WRONG TO DO SO. STEVE: THERE HE IS APOLOGIZING AND MSNBC IS RETRACTING THAT LET’S BRING IN MOLLIE HEMINGWAY AUTHOR OF JUSTICE ON TRIAL. THE KAVANAUGH AND FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT. APPARENTLY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THREATENED LEGAL ACTION UNLESS WITHIN 24 HOURS THEY GOT APOLOGY AND RETRACTION AND THEY DID. WHAT ARE YOUR OBSERVATIONS ABOUT WHAT WE JUST SAW OVER ON THAT OTHER CHANNEL?>>JUST KIND OF HE A MINORED OF WHAT RE WHAT REMIHAT REMINDT REMINDERSEVERAL YEARS. BLOCKBUSTER STORIES WERE PROMISED SHOW DEFINITIVE LIVE THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS A TRAITOR WHO HAD COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA TO STEAL THE 2016 ELECTION. BASED ON ANONYMOUS SOURCES. VERY THIN SOURCING. STORIES ALWAYS FELL APART UNDER SCRUTINY MUELLER PROBE CONCLUDED NOT ONLY WITH NO INFORMATION ABOUT DONALD TRUMP COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA TO STEAL THE 2016 ELECTION BUT NOT A SINGLE AMERICAN. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY AMERICAN DOING. THIS AND, YET, THIS IS WHAT THE NARRATIVE WAS. IT WAS SO SAD TO SEE IT FOR YEARS, THIS DAILY DRUM BEAT BEFORE THE MUELLER REPORT ENDED TO SEE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL DOING IT MONTHS AFTER IS EMBARRASSING AND SAD. BRIAN: MOLLIE, THE AMAZING THING IS THE MOMENTUM WAS SO GREAT THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THE BLIZZARD OF INFORMATION. UNVERIFIED, RUMORED, BATTERED AROUND, EXPERTS BROUGHT IN. WHAT IF, NEXT THING YOU KNOW THE APPROVAL RATING GOES DOWN AND MAJOR DISTRACTION FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT POLICY. THIS HAS BEEN THE STORY FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS. NOW IT’S STANDING OUT VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE BIG THE RUSSIA NARRATIVE.>>WELL, I WISH THAT WERE TRUE ACTUALLY POLLS HAVE SHOWN THAT A MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS BELIEVE FALSE THINGS ABOUT RUSSIA’S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE U.S. ELECTION. NOT THAT RUSSIA DOESN’T MEDDLE THEY DO THAT AND HAVE DONE THAT FOR A VERY LONG TIME. SPECIFIC STORIES ALLEGING TREASON ON THE PART OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OR DONALD TRUMP OR PEOPLE CLOSE TO HIM. THERE IS NOT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS AND YET THE STORIES HAVE BEEN HAPPENING AND IT’S NOT JUST MSNBC. YOU HAD MULTIPLE FAILURES AT MULTIPLE MEDIA OUTLETS AND RATHER THAN SEEING ANY SELF-EXAMINATION OR LOOKING AT WHY THEY WERE ABLE TO FALL FOR SUCH A RIDICULOUS STORY, PEOPLE GOT AWARDS FOR THEIR ROUTEING. AND THE MAIN STORY, WHICH IS HOW THIS TREASONOUS COLLUSION NARRATIVE GOT STARTED HOW IT WAS WEAPONIZED AND FED THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT IS A STORY EVERY MEDIA OUTLET. KATIE: LAWRENCE O’DONNELL TALKS ABOUT THE VIGOROUS VETTING PROCESS THAT THEY HAVE RUSSIA WENT AROUND THAT PROCESS. BASED ON EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID, IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE A NUMBER OF THESE MEDIA OUTLETS WHO RUN WITH THE STORY HAVE A INVESTIGATED SYSTEM AT ALL AND WILL ANONYMOUS SOURCES AS YOU SAID WITH A ALASKA EVIDENCE.>>NOT JUST THE RUSSIA NARRATIVE. I THINK BACK. I JUST THIS BOOK ON THE KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION. DURING THAT PROCESS YOU HAD PEOPLE AGAIN AT MSNBC READING UNVERIFIED ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JUSTICE KAVANAUGH FOR WHICH THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT, JUST READING THEM ON THE AIR. AS IF IT DOESN’T CAUSE PEOPLE HARM TO SMEAR SOMEONE’S REPUTATION. THAT IS A REAL HARM. AND, AGAIN, NO ONE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR DOING. THIS. BRIAN: RIGHT.>>IT’S ACROSS MANY DIFFERENT STORIES. AND THERE SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN. THESE ERRORS ALWAYS SEEM TO GO ONE WAY. THAT CAN’T BE COINCIDENCE. STEVE: IT’S ACROSS A NUMBER OF OUTLETS AS WELL AS YOU SAID EARLIER. STEPHANIE GRISHAM THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY TWEETED THIS OUT I BELIEVE IT WAS YESTERDAY. CNN IS SO BIASED AND DISHONEST THEY JUST USED ONE OF MY QUOTES OUT OF CONTEXT FROM ANOTHER STORY TO TRY AND FURTHER THEIR OWN PARTISAN POLITICAL AGENDA. WEAPONIZING JOURNALISM IN AN EFFORT TO UNDERMINE THIS PRESIDENT AND THOSE WHO WORK FOR THE ADMINISTRATION, AND COUNTRY, MUST STOP. YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD POINT OUT THERE ARE PEOPLE ON TELEVISION WHO ARE JOURNALISTS AND THEN THERE ARE PEOPLE ON TELEVISION WHO ARE PUNDITS OR COMMENTATORS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. BUT, THESE DAYS IT’S KIND OF HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE IN MANY CASES.>>IT’S INCREDIBLY HARD TO TELL. WHETHER THAT’S PRINT MEDIA OR TELEVISION MEDIA BECAUSE SO MANY REPORTERS ARE SO OPEN ABOUT THEIR EXTREME BIAS. BUT USING QUOTES OUT OF CONTEXT IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY TOOLS THAT JOURNALISTS HAVE USED IN A WAY THAT IS OBVIOUS TO PEOPLE IS UNFAIR. THE WAY THEY FRAME STORIES THEIR SELECTIVE USE OR MISUSE OF INFORMATION. TAKING QUOTES OUTS OF CONTEXT OR SNIPING THEM TO SAY ONE THING. THIS IS WHY POLLS INDICATE THAT CREDIBILITY IS JUST VERY BAD FOR THE MEDIA THAT SO MANY PEOPLE DO NOT TRUST THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE SEEN WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR A LONG TIME. IT IS NOT A HEALTHY SITUATION. BRIAN: BY THE WAY, TWO STORIES OUT THERE THE PRESIDENT HAS PUSHED BACK ON RIGHT AWAY. THAT HE WANTS TO NUKE HURRICANES. HE SAID NEVER ONCE SAID I WAS GOING TO SEND A NUCLEAR MISSILE INTO A HURRICANE. AND THE NUMBER TWO STORY THAT HE WAS GOING TO SAY IS ANYBODY WHO BUILDS A WALL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT, I’M GOING TO PARDON YOU. SO IF YOU BUILD THAT WALL, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. HE SAID I NEVER SAID THAT NEXT THING YOU KNOW SIX HOURS WORTH OF DEBATES AND PUNDITS WEIGHING IN ON WHY THE PRESIDENT IS SUCH AN OUTLAW PRESIDENT. NO ONE EVEN ASKED ME IF THIS WAS TRUE OR NOT.>>IT SEEMS IT’S GETTING WORSE INSTEAD OF BETTER OVER TIME. THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO SEX EXTREMELY DIFFERENT THAN PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS. THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN ENOUGH REAL THINGS TO TALK ABOUT IF PEOPLE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT HOW IS HE DIFFERENT OR OPERATES DIFFERENTLY THAN PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS. THERE IS NO MAKE THINGS UP. IT IS VERY DAMAGING AND HARMFUL AND, AGAIN, IT MAKES PEOPLE UNABLE TO TRUST THEIR MEDIA FIGURES. BRIAN: I DO ASK THE PRESIDENT IF HE IS GOING TO SHOOT OFF A NUCLEAR MISSILE DO IT BEFORE IT HITS FLORIDA TO STOP THE HURRICANE. KATIE: NOT GOING TO USE NUKES AGAINST HURRICANES. STEVE: NOT GOING TO DO IT. KATIE: MOLLIE HEMMINGWAY THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT.>>THANK YOU. KATIE: BE SURE TO CATCH PRESIDENT TRUMP ON BRIAN’S RADIO SHOW AT 9:34 NOT 9:35. 9:34. THEY HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. BRIAN: GET EARLY AND HEAR A COMMERCIAL AND THINK OKAY NOT TODAY. STREAMING ON FOX NATION. IT’S LIKE A TELEVISION SHOW. SO IF YOU DON’T GET THE

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  • Radiant Mind

    Even if that’s true, it’s irrelevant. Obviously, if you’re going to do business in Russia or anywhere else, you’re going to negotiate and form partnerships with local people of influence. As far as why the POTUS speaks respectfully about the Russian leadership, hasn’t it occurred to anyone that it might be a good idea to have good relations with the other main nuclear power in the world?

  • hansboofer

    Here's something where "if true" is truly applicable: Lawrence O'Donnelll is a bum. And a loser. Both are irrefutably, incalculably true.

  • Louis

    I sincerely hope the president does not accept the opology. The left does this bs continually, they put the damaging information out there then opologize. Too late, info is out there. Hope president sues him and msnbc into oblivion. Lawsuits can go a long way in curbing the runaway mouths and actions of the left, use it, attack their wallets till they finally get the message.

  • Phyllis Sinopoli

    There's a special place in hell for these pseudo-journalists. They don't give af about this country. They would rather see decline because Trump hurts their wittle feewings. Wah,wah😰

  • CC Rider

    There was a single American colluded with Russia 🇷🇺 Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia to start this whole Hoax against Donald Trump!!!!

  • Joyce Jameson

    Lol this is a Dumb and Dumber look. The apology is not enough they need to pay and pay threw the nose. The stupid look on her face was so fake and he's a piece of cow dung

  • Rick Cook

    This is a major slander, but still nothing new for O'Donnell. This guy lives to insert lies & half-truths against Trump. Imagine if I was paid big bucks to do my job, and followed up with the presentation- IF TRUE!! I see this type of deceitful behavior ramping up as we get closer to 2020. A big ole law suit might put a lid on it.

  • Sophia

    MSLSD=💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

  • Jeffrey Binder

    This was a dirty trick, what does Lawrence do for an encore ? Throw spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks ?

  • RiskFactor

    You know those annoying posts that just spam "HAHAHAHAHAHA" over and over again? This reply is one of those.

    And LOL at Richard Maddow's fake surprise at the announcement in the clip. That was hilariously bad acting.

  • jmack619

    A single source.. STOP THE HAMMERING!!! tells me.. WHO IS HAMMERING!!! that LAWRENCE, STOP THE HAMMERING!!!! is a ranting raving lunatic that should be in a padded room, and fed with a sling-shot!!!.
    Make that MULTIPLE sources!!! STOP THE HAMMERING !!!!!!!!!

  • Connie Klein

    I believe he absolutely knew it was fake. It was an opportunity to say something bad about President Trump. I'm sure he had the apology written before he ever spoke. Fake Fake Fake!

  • Josephine LB

    I no longer watch channel 2,4 and channel 7 because they refused to air SALUTE to America, neglecting Americans all over the nation who are patriotic who care about this country and want to celebrate America's greatness, goodness, success,and patriotism! To share the love we have for a military and a sacrifice they make every day! That is what America is and these new stations dist Millions upon millions of Americans who would have liked to have watched it on any of their channels. They missed a great opportunity I can no longer support these channels as an American.

  • D U

    One source close to the intergalactic cosmos has stated that President Donald Trump is an Alien is disguise, if true people need to wrap their heads in tin foil immediately!!!!!

  • Just Another Brother

    Lies, lies, lies

    All media sources lie, at the least, spin…

    Oddly, POTUS is the biggest liar of them all. How do you know Trump is lying? His mouth is open…

    Fox has some nerve to emphasize lying. Lmao

  • B. Glynn

    Lawrence O'Donnell should be publicly tarred, feathered, drawn and quartered along with the likes of don lemon, fredo, et al…

  • To bad so sad

    MSNBC and CNN are both filled with mouth breathing, marginal human being asshats. In fact its a requirement in order to work there.

  • Bernard Martinez

    "THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT LIE" IT IS THE FALSE REPORTING AND FAKE NEWS MEDIA AND THEIR NARRATIVES THAT ACTUALLY SPIN THE TRUTH AND LIE" THE BIGGEST LIE CNN AND MSNBC PUSHED WAS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CONSPIRED AND COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA IN THE 2016 ELECTION, WHICH ROBERT MUELLER FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF!!! THAT WAS A LIE!

  • neal ruth

    My Lord. The decline of the Fourth Estate during my lifetime has been one of the most disturbing aspects of the trip. No Honor…Sociopaths that take every chance to make a extra dollar that they will never benefit from. Shame on them.

  • nick benning

    not even a real excuse. but here too in europe people are working with the same tactics on the people.
    Love the USA ❤️👍🇺🇸
    Greetings from Holland 🇳🇱

  • Stupid Durr

    I have a great many major source voices I my head. This as well Seems the case at MSNBC. Some times the major source voices keep me up at night perhaps this fellow is just fatigued. Yes MSNBC is a great mental patient major source news network

  • ha222ha222

    He had a source. But only one source. Journalists usually verify info with ANOTHER source.

    Commentators like Hannity, Piro, Ingraham and Carlson are NOT journalists. They do NOT verify their sources.

    The Russia story still continues because of the evidence. Collusion WAS proven. Even the late Fox analyst Charles Krauthammer said of the tower meeting, "Bungled collusion is still collusion." Mueller was investigating if there was a criminal conspiracy.

    Barr's summary took many things "out of context". This president's advisors said the pardon story was a "joke", NOT that he didn't say it. As for harm, didn't Fox go through 8 years of Obama bashing. How soon we forget.

  • The Next Chapter

    They knew exactly what they were doing. It's about money and clicks. Tim Pool has already reported on the media admitting to this. They just come right out and say it because no one holds them accountable and they get paid.

  • Citizen EU

    President Donald Trump wondering why nobody asks him if the news about him is true or not, well that is because he lies more than he speaks. And none of the White House aides have denied the nuke hurricane and/or the pardon stories.

  • Ron Hagelstein

    O'Donnell, take you apology and put it where the sun does not shine your Leftist scum bag. Your a liar and you don't do any investigation if it can be used to defame a sitting president.

  • laksh nayyar

    President trump has openly takes the racist line to attack women leaders of colour, and seems to be banking upon it for his 2020 election bid.

  • DF USA

    These lefty loonies remind me of the cop in Le Miserable… never able to move on , always miserable, ultimately destroyed his own life

  • jeff lockaby

    Well…the IG finally confirmed exactly what sane people had already known from the facts…that Comey never disclosed classified information…now crooked LYING donald scumbag trump & his poor little idiot brainwashed cult members all have egg on their LYING faces BAHAHAHAAAAA… listen closely, you can hear their teeth grinding in frustration 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Tanya Ryland

    First of all it’s a lie right off…. President Donald J Trump doesn’t need any co-signer hahaaaaa not just because he’s the president he just wouldn’t need. Co-signer how stupid n pathetic are these news outlets

  • Marta LeFave

    MSNBC has no standards process. if it is anti-Trump, they just go with it. This is our fake media today. Throw anything at the wall, and see if it sticks. In the meantime, you have done the damage. Disgraceful…..not professional journalism….just trash!!!!

  • Old Daze

    LITTLE LARRY O'DONNELL LIKES KIDDY PORN AND R. MADCOW IS A MAN SOURCES RELIABLE SOURCES SAY THAT IT'S TRUE,AND LITTLE BRIAN STELTER IS REALLY A DICKHEAD I'M JUST REPORTING RELIABLE SOURCES ???

  • D. Paul Sikand

    I guess if you are funny looking it makes you do stupid things…..
    Trump derangement syndrome goes deep and is hard to cure….
    How will this guy survive 5 1/2 more years of Trump. ..?

  • Bill Ridge

    This does not shock or surprise me I thought well we were taught the media was not supposed to be bias apparently we were wrong maybe they're not supposed to be but they are and I suspected it so none of this is shocking to me disappointing absolutely But not surprising

  • Kent Lawson

    "rigorous verification and standards process" WHAT A FREAKING LAUGH! oooooooH MY GOSH! ROLLIN ON THE FLOOR , CANT CATCH MY BREATH ! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! OH IT NEVER ENDS! WHAT PIECES OF GARBAGE! IS THERE NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THESE PUKES? HAHAHAAHA!

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