Over the last month, the subject of "fake news" has sent mainstream media into a defensive tailspin. But MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle had no problem concocting her own version of the truth about Fox News on Friday morning.
As she discussed President-elect Donald Trump's use of his own campaign funds to pay his business expenses, Ruhle pondered if this kind of "conflict of interest" would continue into his presidency.
Republican strategist Brad Smith defended Trump, reminding Ruhle and her other guest of federal law.
"Legally he had to reimburse his company. If he takes that plane, if he hadn’t reimbursed the company, we’d be on this show talking about him having had a violation of federal election law," Smith said.
“Without a doubt, but did he need to be eating only in Trump restaurants, staying in Trump hotels?” Ruhle shot back.
She then decided to interject with a completely false statement she attempted to pass off as fact as she brought up Trump's brand new D.C. hotel.
"Think about the hotel in Washington right now. The [Republican National Committee] is having their Christmas party there. Fox News had their Christmas party there. That doesn’t feel a little hinky?” Ruhle asked.
The only problem? Fox News told Mediaite that not only has their annual Christmas party not even taken place yet, it is scheduled to take place at the Liaison Capital Hill in D.C., a venue Trump is not associated with at all.
Mediaite reached out to MSNBC for comment and is awaiting a response.