Ever since President Donald Trump won election last November — and especially since he was inaugurated in January — Democrats and his opponents have accused his campaign of colluding with Russian operatives during last year's election to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign.
The dominate narrative in the mainstream media has been about the alleged collusion and all of the events in Washington surrounding it, including the recent Senate hearings and fallout over Trump's decision to fire James Comey as FBI director last month.
And while many prominent Democratic politicians have admitted that no evidence has been found to prove collusion between Trump and Russia, some members of the media continue to hound the narrative night after night.
So one writer for the conservative-leaning blog Legal Insurrection recently sat through one hour of Joy Reid's MSNBC show to count the number of times the word "Russia" was said during the broadcast. What was discovered was astounding.
During Reid's show Saturday morning, the word "Russia" was uttered 56 times. That means it was said more than one time each minute, considering most hour-long broadcasts only include 38-43 minutes of air time due to commercials.
Reid, who is a prominent liberal, and nearly all of her guests discussed "Russia" over and over and over.
So far, the FBI has said only that they are conducting an intelligence investigation into Trump's campaign, and Comey said during Senate testimony earlier this month that the FBI's investigation isn't of Trump personally.
The FBI said in October they had found no ties between Trump's campaign and Russia after a thorough investigation.
It's not clear how much longer the mainstream media will continue to latch onto the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. But it was reported over the weekend that the "Trump dossier" published by BuzzFeed in January was written and promoted by a pro-Clinton opposition-research firm.
Given that much of the Russia hysteria centered around that unverified intelligence report, if it can be proved that the dossier was created only as a means to damage Trump and try to draw connections between him and Russia that don't actually exist, Trump may soon be able to clear his name of any wrongdoing in the alleged meddling that Russia did in last year's election.