The mainstream media attack apparatus is engaged at full throttle, vacillating between assassinating FBI Director James Comey's character and perpetrating bald-faced lies, like the one delivered by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday.
Mitchell propped up a key Clinton talking point Thursday, claiming Hillary Clinton is "not under criminal investigation." This has been a lie repeated by Clinton surrogates. The very purpose of the FBI is to investigate crimes. The bureau's investigation into Hillary's mishandling of classified information is, by definition, a criminal investigation.
But in MSM La-La Land, there isn't even an investigation going on at all. Full stop.
Mitchell disgraced herself yet again when she interrupted coverage of a Donald Trump campaign rally to "fact check" the candidate for addressing Comey's recent announcement that he'd re-opened the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.
"She's [Clinton] not under criminal investigation," Mitchell lied. "In fact, it's not an investigation."
"It's just a review of the e-mails. She did not lie to the FBI, according to James Comey. There was no grounds to prosecute her. So there are no lies, there’s no criminality.” She fretted: “I don't know even where to start....but I mean, we have to put it in some context."
Mitchell's series of bald-faced lies are egregious, even for her.
Not surprisingly, MSNBC correspondent Peter Alexander backed up Mitchell, disparaging Trump's comments on the Comey investigation thusly:
"In the simplest of terms, you can't let the facts get in the way of a good story."
"And for Donald Trump that's been what he's been focused on over the course of the last several days."
Newsbusters notes that while MSNBC continued its attempt to debunk Bret Baier's recent interview of FBI sources who insist an "indictment" is very likely in the Clinton Foundation case, MSNBC covered that very story twice earlier Thursday morning, thus giving it credence. They can't even get their own narrative straight anymore. Newsbusters provides the video and transcript -- that is if you can stomach watching such malice and willful deceit in action:
ANDREA MITCHELL: Donald Trump going after both President Obama now and Hillary Clinton. Peter Alexander, you're there in the room. Just a lot of fact-checking to do. She's not under criminal investigation. In fact, it's not an investigation. It's just a review of the e-mails. She did not lie to the FBI, according to James Comey. There was no grounds to prosecute her. So there are no lies, there’s no criminality. I don't know even where to start, but let's just review the bidding here in what Donald Trump is saying on the campaign trail. It is what he's been saying frequently on the campaign trail, but I mean, we have to put it in some context.
PETER ALEXANDER: Well, I think, Andrea, in the simplest of terms, you can't let the facts get in the way of a good story. And for Donald Trump that's been what he's been focused on over the course of the last several days. Obviously taking what we do know to be the facts, the review that is taking place behind closed doors by agents within the FBI, and sort of extrapolating that based on some unsubstantiated reporting, some of it most recently from Fox News, about this criminal investigation. Anonymous sources suggesting that an indictment is likely and even suggesting that the State Department was interfering with the investigation right now.