A conservative watchdog group says Rachel Maddow peddles conspiracy theories and wants advertisers to dump her show
After Bill O’Reilly was fired in the wake of a boycott — and a similar boycott effort has targeted Sean Hannity — one conservative group is going after the best-rated liberal commentator: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
The conservative media watchdog group Media Research Center and a new organization Media Equalizer are pressuring advertisers on Maddow on the grounds that she spreads conspiracy theories and personal attacks against conservatives, Politico reported. The groups cite as one example Maddow’s coverage of alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
“We’re trying to show [that] if you’re going to play this game, live or die by this sword,”Brian Maloney, a conservative commentator leading Media Equalizer’s anti-Maddow movement, told Politico. “I don’t think the left is used to the right firing back on this.” He added that Maddow “has created a cottage industry out of linking every oligarch in Russia to Trump. It’s more conspiracy mongering than Alex Jones could ever imagine but it’s mainstream because it’s on MSNBC.”