MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell compared President Trump’s rhetoric on the media to the rhetoric of former Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin while she was a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah on Monday night.
“This is something that we first heard from Joseph Stalin. This is very dangerous. It undercuts democracy,” Mitchell stated. “And for years and years, I’ve covered the State Department where we’ve tried to teach and help, advocate with new democracies how to train journalists and how we do journalism.”
While she did make the comparison, Mitchell also pushed back on a different question posed by Noah suggesting the president was somehow responsible for the Capital Gazette shooting. (RELATED: Journos, Leftists Blame Trump For Maryland Newsroom Shooting)
“It is our value system, and I do think that by talking about fake news, fake news is what Russia did to our election, the propaganda that we see from Russia invading our social media, to say nothing to have the hacking. That’s fake news,” she continued. “Propaganda is fake news, not what my colleagues at the White House and covering other beats in Washington do every day, sometimes around the world at great peril to their lives.”
Mitchell was on the show to discuss the president’s relationship with the media and how it differs from previous administrations that she covered as well.