During her Monday evening broadcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow went about making her usual unfounded attacks on Republicans while simultaneously dropping this jaw-dropping accusation:
In 1994, in the first mid-term election after the last Democratic president was elected, we got a slate of candidates that included Helen Chenoweth of Idaho and Steve Stockman of Texas. These two were so close to the militia movement in this country that Mr. Stockman actually received advance notice that the Oklahoma City bombing was going to happen.
Without providing any source for her outlandish accusations, Maddow doesn’t flinch in accusing a member of the United States Congress of willingly participating in the senseless murder of 168 innocent men, women and children. So where does get the evidence to prove such a claim? She doesn’t.
Media Research Center explains:
[O]n April 25, 1995, six days after the destruction of the Murrah federal building, the Dallas Morning News ran this story under the headline, “Fax referring to bombing sent by ex-GOP Texas official, party aide says” –
Mr. Stockman on Sunday denied reports that his office passed the fax to the National Rifle Association and failed to give it to the FBI. Yesterday he released a letter to the FBI confirming his version of events.
Mr. Stockman also said that a staff member had given the fax to the NRA without his permission. He said he was considering whether to discipline the aide.
Telephone toll records indicate that the fax was sent about 50 minutes after the bombing , a federal official said.
With further examples, MRC proves that Maddow knowingly ignored the facts and smeared Stockton and Chenoweth-Hage:
Maddow’s mention of late congresswoman Helen Chenoweth-Hage is even more gratuitous than her attempt at character assassination of Stockman. Chenoweth and Stockman “were so close to the militia movement,” Maddow says, that he, Stockman, but not she, Chenoweth, received “advance notice” of the bombing. Chenoweth-Hage, killed in a 2006 car accident, is no longer able to defend herself. Maddow didn’t give Stockman the chance.