MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow dismissed the highly anticipated John Durham report after it contradicted the Trump-Russia narrative she has been pushing for years on the network.
Fox News contributor Joe Concha slammed Maddow, saying she suffers from a “lack of a contrition gene.”
“A lack of shame. Their egos and myopia simply won’t allow for it,” Concha told Fox News Digital.
“And she’ll never be held accountable by those who allegedly cover media. Because they’re in the same ideological boat that she’s in, and therefore she is almost never criticized by so-called media reporters who only exist to criticize any media right of center.”
The Durham report was only released on Monday, giving Maddow plenty of time to figure out a way of downplaying it.
“The second thing we are keeping an eye on tonight is the reaction, particularly the reaction on the political right to the ‘long-awaited’ Durham report,” Rachel Maddow said.
“What? ‘The long awaited’ what?” the liberal host spurted.
“Well, the reason we’re watching for the right and their reaction to this is because the Durham report is only really long awaited by them, and they really, really have been awaiting this report,” Maddow told viewers.
Maddow, who became the face of the two-year investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, played clips of Republicans such as former President Trump expressing excitement over the report.
But the excitement was not without merit.
The 300-page report indicated the Department of Justice and FBI “failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law” when it launched the Trump-Russia investigation.
The Durham report further included that the Trump-Russia investigation was based on “raw, unanalyzed and uncorroborated intelligence, which totally goes against what Rachel Maddow has been spewing for year.
However, the cold hard facts were not enough for Maddow, who rolled her eyes at Durham’s findings.
“Boy, they have been excited about this for a long time, literally for years former-President Trump and his allies have invoked John Durham, or sometimes Bull Durham, as the man that would save them and smite all of Trump’s enemies,” Maddow said mocking conservatives.
“For years, they have been heralding the great revelations John Durham would soon reveal about Trump’s political opponents, and the deep state and all their evil ways,” she said. “It has really never worked out the way they had hoped. In sum total, what John Durham got out of his investigation was on guilty plea out of an FBI lawyer, an FBI employee, who admitted he made a misrepresentation in a single e-mail.”
Maddow appeared thrilled to inform viewers that the FBI employee, Kevin Clinesmith, was only sentenced to community service.
“That was kind of it,” Maddow said, adding Durham failed to convict Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman and Steele dossier source Igor Danchenko.
Maddow also cited the Associated Press report rather than the Durham report itself.
The AP headline read, “Prosecutor ends probe of FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation with harsh criticism, but no new charges.”
She went on to read the article.”
“The report Monday from special counsel John Durham represents the long-awaited culmination of an investigation that Trump and allies had claimed would expose massive wrongdoing by law enforcement and intelligence officials. Instead, Durham’s investigation delivered underwhelming results.”
“Nearly four years, more than $6 million in taxpayer funds, and today’s report… it’s just a rehash of stuff we already knew, with Durham criticizing the FBI for launching that investigation but presenting no new evidence that they actually did anything wrong,” Maddow said.
“It is worth keeping an eye on the reaction to this report today, on the right, because who knows how they’re going to react. They do seem kind of trapped in this ‘hype, letdown’ cycle.”
Maddow added, “That has to be a big disappointment because they really thought this was going to be the end of all of their enemies and the triumph of their eternal reign, right? So we are keeping an eye on how Republican reaction to that is going to go.”
Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. said Maddow and other liberals who have dismissed the Durham report are hypocrites after they spent years fawning over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report until it got debunked.
“They were all about getting the Mueller report; they wanted it from day one,” Blackburn told Fox News Digital.
“They felt like that was going to confirm to the world that Russia collusion had happened with Donald Trump. It did not,” Blackburn continued. “You have reporters on the left who will never accept the Durham report… because it contradicts the narrative that they were pushing, and they don’t want anybody or anything to mess with their narrative.”
In 2021, Maddow painted the Durham probe as a product of then-President Trump’s demands to support his claim that the Russia investigation was a “hoax.”
“You might not be aware of this; you may not have even heard of John Durham’s name if you don’t regularly consume right-wing media,” Maddow said.
“For years now, the Durham investigation has been this holy grail for Trump and his supporters, the thing that will finally expose the Russia investigation as some kind of crime against Trump that itself must be avenged.”
Maddow also failed to mention that Clinesmith was expected to plead guilty to making a false statement n 2020, which was prominent news as it was the first criminal case arising from Durham’s probe.
Maddow also appeared confused why Durham was tasked by then-Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia inquiry, dismissing the probe as a “frame job” and a “false flag operation” by Trump.
“That is the conspiracy theory that the attorney general of the United States appears to have been going around the world trying to prove,” Maddow said, later calling Durham’s probe “embarrassing.”
Maddow dedicated most of her broadcast to pushing the Russian collusion narrative and promoted the since-discredited Steele dossier.
The Liberal host spent much of 2017 and 2018 having meltdowns about whether Trump colluded with Russia.
Maddow once told viewers, “Above all else, we know this about the now-famous dossier — Christopher Steele had this story before the rest of America did. And he got it from Russian sources.”