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MSNBC Defends Choice to Refrain from Broadcasting Trump’s Speech After Iowa Win

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow provided viewers with an explanation on Monday night regarding the network’s decision to refrain from airing former President Trump’s speech following his decisive victory in the Iowa caucuses. Maddow asserted that the choice was driven by a commitment to avoid broadcasting “lies.”

Concern for Truth

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Maddow began by addressing the fact that the projected winner of the Iowa caucuses had initiated his victory speech.

“Anything Newsworthy”

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Without directly mentioning Trump by name, she noted, “We will keep an eye on that as it happens. We will let you know if there is any news made in that speech, if there is anything noteworthy, something substantive and important.”

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A Firm Stand

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Maddow emphasized that MSNBC and other news outlets prioritize delivering accurate information.

No Unfiltered Live Platform To Trump

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She elaborated, “The reason I’m saying this is, of course, there is a reason that we and other news organizations have generally stopped giving an unfiltered, live platform to remarks by former President Trump.” She clarified that this decision is not rooted in spite, is frequently reconsidered, and is not an easy one to make.

MSNBC’s Credibility At Stake

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The anchor pointed out the dilemma of broadcasting Trump’s “untrue” statements live on television and how it can affect MSNBC’s credibility.

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The Cost of Falsehoods

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Maddow stated, “But there is a cost to us, as a news organization, of knowingly broadcasting untrue things. That is a fundamental truth of our business and who we are. And so, his remarks, tonight, will not air here live. We will monitor them and let you know about any news that he makes.”

CNN’s Take

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Meanwhile, on CNN, host Jake Tapper interjected during Trump’s speech. As Trump discussed sealing the border and his concerns about immigration, Tapper provided context, saying, “Donald Trump declaring victory with a historically strong showing in the Iowa caucuses.”

Impressive Nature of Victory

He mentioned the impressive nature of Trump’s victory if the numbers held and noted the subdued tone of the speech.

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Trump’s Perspective

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Following his win in the Iowa caucuses, Trump spoke with Fox News, where he expressed feeling “honored” and “invigorated”.

Trump’s Highlights

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Trump highlighted achievements from his administration, such as U.S. energy independence, military strengthening, and a robust economy. Trump also mentioned plans to address border issues swiftly.

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