Mueller Madness: Sanders Shares Bracket of 'Trump Haters' Who Were Wrong on Collusion Claims
Concha picks Maddow, Brennan as worst offenders.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared on Twitter an NCAA Tournament-style bracket of pundits, reporters and celebrities who ended up missing the mark on the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
Called "Mueller Madness," the bracket was created by the New York Post and appeared in the paper Tuesday. The bracket split 32 personalities into four groups: cable news, network news, print reporters and "Twitterati."
"Which of the angry and hysterical @realDonaldTrump haters got it most embarrassingly wrong?" Sanders wrote.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 26, 2019
Among the "competitors" were Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, John Oliver, Alec Baldwin, Joy Behar, Bill Kristol, Robert de Niro, Kathy Griffin and Alyssa Milano.
Responding on "Fox & Friends," The Hill media reporter Joe Concha pegged MSNBC's Maddow and former CIA Director John Brennan as his worst offenders for spreading faulty information about Trump and Russia.
He said Brennan, who now works as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News, spoke with "gravitas" because of his background in the U.S. intelligence community. Brennan suggested a few weeks ago that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would hand down indictments against the Trump family as his "final act."
Brennan issued a mea culpa on MSNBC Tuesday morning.
"I don't know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was," he said.
Concha said Maddow "covered Russia more than any other topic combined" and the collusion narrative "was very good for business for her."
Attorney General William Barr released the "principal conclusions" of Mueller's probe in a four-page letter to lawmakers Sunday, which stated definitively that Mueller did not establish evidence that Trump's team or any associates of the campaign conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 election.
According to Barr's letter, however, Mueller's report did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, and left that decision to Barr and officials at the DOJ -- who determined there was insufficient evidence of obstruction.