Liberal commentator Krystal Ball, who now co-hosts The Hill’s “Rising”, singled out Rachel Maddow after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's disastrous testimony.
She said “After watching 7 hours of a spectacle that felt much more cruel than enlightening, I can no longer avoid pondering a question which honestly gives me no joy to ponder: Just how much damage has MSNBC in particular done to the left? Now this critique is not meant to be personal to the anchors and commentators there, many of whom I know -- some of whom are actually close friends -- having worked at that network for five years but nearly all of whom got swept up in the ratings bubble that was feverish Russian conspiracy theories. At MSNBC, as in all things, systems and incentives are far more important for analyzing any particular situation and individual personalities, however, I dare to say some talent did drink more deeply of the Russia conspiracy waters than others. Rachel Maddow, you've got some explaining to do”.
Ball noted that MSNBC ruined any potentially damaging information that came out of the hearing because "for months MSNBC built segments after segments show after show on building anticipation for a big reveal when we would learn the true depths of Trump's fealty and direct conspiracy with Putin."
She added “Characters like conspiracy gadfly Louise Mensch were invited on. Mensch through her Twitter account often 'reported' things like the notion that Steve Bannon was getting the death penalty for espionage. They had this person on MSNBC. Seriously, this is not journalism. It is Infowars conspiracy theory."