While Rachel Maddow was casting suspicion on the Mueller report redaction process during her show Friday, her producers put up a chyron that directly contradicted her entire premise, Hot Air reported.
What was she talking about? Maddow was questioning why it was taking so long for classified information or information related to open cases to be redacted from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation. The report will not be released publicly until those redactions are complete.
"This is a thing that Mueller's team does in its sleep," Maddow said. "It's hard to believe that they'd leave the newly-appointed, 68-year-old Attorney General William Barr to himself personally pick through the report to try to figure out what mentions in this 400-page report might pertain to open cases.
"They wouldn't leave that to Barr to do that," Maddow continued. "Mueller would've done that."
What are the facts? Maddow's entire rant was based on the premise that Barr, alone, was responsible for figuring out what should be redacted from the Mueller report. Of course, that's not true at all.
Even MSNBC producers knew that, and relayed that to the audience with a chyron that read: "Barr: Special counsel is assisting with redactions."
Tip for @Maddow: if you're going to keep misleading your audience, make sure your producers aren't correcting you i… https://t.co/N6uvReR32Y— Aaron Maté (@Aaron Maté)1554130466.0
When will the report be released? Barr told Congress he plans to have the redactions complete and the report issued to them by mid-April.
"I share your desire to ensure that Congress and the public have the opportunity to read the special counsel's report," Barr told leaders of the congressional judiciary committees, according to The Wall Street Journal. "We are preparing the report for release, making the redactions that are required. Our progress is such that I anticipate we will be in a position to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner."