It’s almost as if NBC and MSNBC actively try to destroy any credibility they hold.
Just when you thought it was bad enough to have to see Rachel Maddow’s perpetually snarky face on TV, the news network goes one step further.
Friday afternoon, NBC debuted its latest hire, the disgraced ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
Page, you’ll recall, is famous for exchanging blatantly anti-Trump text messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok, whom she was having an affair with.
The text messages between the two occurred at the same time the FBI was investigating members of the Trump campaign for collusion with Russia.
Here’s the latest details from Fox News on NBC’s latest hire:
MSNBC announced on Friday that it has hired former FBI lawyer Lisa Page as an NBC News and MSNBC national security and legal analyst.
On Friday night, President Trump blasted MSNBC’s latest hiring decision.
“You must be kidding??? This is a total disgrace!” Trump tweeted.
Page made her debut as an MSNBC analyst during “Deadline: White House” alongside former Mueller probe prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who appears to have been rehired by the network after they severed ties after it was announced he was hosting a Biden fundraiser, which was ultimately canceled.
Both Page and Weissmann offered legal analysis on the ongoing feud between President Trump and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser over the presence of outside troops.
Page is best known for her publicized text exchanges with her lover, ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok, which revealed extreme animosity towards Trump during the 2016 election and created the perception that their political views fueled the Russia investigation.
The texts that sounded the alarm for GOP lawmakers was Strzok’s reference to an “insurance policy” that was discussed at Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s office. Page denied that meant the FBI had plotted to remove Trump if he won the election.
Last December, Page broke her silence and made her television debut on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” where she was asked about the “insurance policy” text.
“It’s an analogy,” Page explained. “First of all, it’s not my text, so I’m sort of interpreting what I believed he meant back three years ago, but we’re using an analogy. We’re talking about whether or not we should take certain investigative steps or not based on the likelihood that he’s going to be president or not.”
She continued, “You have to keep in mind … if President Trump doesn’t become president, the national-security risk, if there is somebody in his campaign associated with Russia, plummets. You’re not so worried about what Russia’s doing vis-à-vis a member of his campaign if he’s not president because you’re not going to have access to classified information, you’re not going to have access to sources and methods in our national-security apparatus. So, the ‘insurance policy’ was an anology. It’s like an insurance policy when you’re 40. You don’t expect to die when you’re 40, yet you still have an insurance policy.”
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow chimed in, “So, don’t just hope that he’s not going to be elected and therefore not press forward with the investigation hoping, but rather press forward with the investigation just in case he does get in there.”
“Exactly,” Page replied.
The love affair between Page and Strzok was previously mocked by President Trump at several of his campaign rallies.
MSNBC had seen a surge in viewership during the Russia investigation, but ever since Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his findings, the network has taken quite the tumble. Its most popular program, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” continued in May its extended nosedive in the cable news ratings. Maddow finished the month of May behind five different Fox News programs in total viewership, including non-primetime shows “The Five” and “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
Watch Page’s appearance on MSNBC right here:
So what does being a delusional conspiracy theorist who potentially planned to prevent the legitimate election of a Republican President?
A cozy spot on MSNBC!
It’s situations like this that call for President Trump to remind people that the mainstream media is fake news and doesn’t even pretend to hide its bias anymore.
The President even addressed Page’s new role:
Others quickly chimed in on Twitter pointing out the stupidity in hiring Page:
Here’s a previous report from the New York Times on the facts regarding the text messages between Page and Strzok:
Lisa Page, the former F.B.I. lawyer who became a frequent target of President Trump after criticizing him in text messages during his candidacy in 2016, ended nearly two years of public silence in an interview with The Daily Beast published on Sunday.
Since her text messages were made public in 2017, Ms. Page has often been singled out by Mr. Trump, who has brought up her name at political rallies and in dozens of tweets.
“It’s like being punched in the gut,” Ms. Page said in her interview last month with the writer Molly Jong-Fast. “My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”
Ms. Page, who worked for the F.B.I. on both the Clinton email and Russia investigations, criticized Mr. Trump during his candidacy in text exchanges with another bureau official, Peter Strzok, an agent with whom she was having an extramarital affair.
The texts were released in December 2017. In them, Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok had expressed fear that Mr. Trump could win the presidential election.
“This man cannot be president,” Ms. Page wrote in March 2016.
“She just has to win now,” she said in a July 2016 message, referring to Hillary Clinton. “I’m not going to lie, I got a flash of nervousness yesterday about Trump.”
In his texts to Ms. Page, Mr. Strzok referred to Mr. Trump as an “idiot” and a “douche.” Shortly before the 2016 election, he wrote that the prospect of a Trump presidency made him “scared for our organization.”
Intelligence agencies have determined that the Russian government carried out a multipronged attack on the 2016 presidential election with the ultimate aim of helping Mr. Trump get elected. But the text messages fueled suspicion among Republicans that the investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia was politically motivated, and that the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies — what Mr. Trump has called “the deep state” — were conspiring against the president.
Mr. Trump has mocked the relationship between Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok and accused them of being part of a “witch hunt.”