On Sunday, former White House Press Secretary and current MSNBC host Jen Psaki made a claim about Republicans that was patently false.
Psaki accused Republicans of pitting Muslim Americans against transgender people in an effort to gain political advantage. However, as SiriusXM podcaster Megyn Kelly pointed out on her Monday show, this is simply not true.
In her segment Psaki stated that “the right-wingers, the conspiracy theorists, the birthers…they now want us to forget the years they spent fear-mongering about Muslims and Islam” and continued by saying “Let’s be clear: This is the same old GOP playbook, another cynical ploy to tear at the fabric of our society and damage the idea that out of many, we are one, all because they want so desperately to regain the White House.”
Despite this statement being completely untrue and misleading – something Kelly noted – it was broadcasted on MSNBC without any sort of fact-checking or actual examination of why this could be a false accusation.
In response to Psaki’s comments, Kelly said: “It gets covered by MSNBC as ‘the white man is evil and manipulative’, noting that Muslims have never rejected transgenderism or LGBTQ movement in general.”
In addition to pointing out what she believed was a gross mischaracterization of Republican’s beliefs regarding these issues, Kelly also drew attention to a specific instance wherein Muslim parents are protesting school districts for forbidding them from removing their children from English courses with LGBTQ themes.
This protest stemmed from parents believing that there were inappropriate sexual messages within these English language arts curriculum lessons which conflicted with their faith’s values.
Kelly further noted that rather than examining whether or not these parents were justified in their protests or what messages were actually included in the curriculum lesson plans; MSNBC instead chose to focus upon painting Republicans negatively by suggesting they use demographic groups as tools for political gain – which is simply untrue.
The issue here isn’t whether one agrees or disagrees with either side’s opinion but rather how quickly accusations can be made without consideration for truthfulness – especially when those accusations are broadcasted within news outlets such as MSNBC who should strive for accuracy in reporting above all else.
It seems reasonable then that if news organizations wish to maintain credibility amongst their viewers then they must take proper steps towards ensuring accuracy before making claims such as those made by Jen Psaki which lack any real substance – no matter how politically beneficial it may seem at first glance.