MSNBC is facing some criticism for the way they went about their coverage of this year’s Republican National Convention. Specifically, people are none too pleased about them interjecting during a speech from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Criticises Democrat-Run Cities
Noem was talking about the various protests that have been happening around the U.S. in demand for justice. She claimed that the Democrats and their radical supporters were disregarding the rule of law. “From Seattle and Portland, to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs,” she said.
“The violence is rampant. There’s looting, chaos, destruction and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled, but the people that can’t? Good, hard-working Americans? Are left to fend for themselves,” she added.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Provided A Fact-Check On Governor Noem’s Speech
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow took issue with the factual accuracy of these statement during her coverage. She mentioned that they were going to interject when they found that they needed to correct one of the speakers. Maddow said that this was a way for them to feel responsible for their coverage of the RNC.
So, to provide some clarity on Governor Noem’s comments, she spoke to Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan. Mayor Durkan did agree with part of Governor Noem’s statement. “She’s very right about one thing, and that is, our values are at stake. Equality, freedom and opportunity,” she said.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Responds To Governor Noem
Durkan then slammed Noem’s portrayal of cities across America as inaccurate. “Her caricature of the great cities America is not only wrong, it is also purposefully wrong,” she said. Mayor Durkan then invited Governor Noem to Seattle to see it for herself.
She then cited various statistics which painted a picture that was different from that in Governor Noem’s comments. “Our violent crime is down 5% this year,” she said. She also mentioned that Seattle’s housing prices are going up and that the people moving to the city are young families.