During MSNBC Interview, Democratic Rep. Thanks Network for ‘Speaking Truth to Power’

While appearing on MSNBC for an interview today, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) ended up giving the network an unsolicited plug when he heaped tons of praise upon the cable news channel for their coverage of President Donald Trump.

Speaking to host Ali Velshi about Trump’s interview last night with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in which the president said he put wiretap in quotes when accusing Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, Lieu labeled Trump “ridiculous.”

“He could have just asked his intel folks about wiretapping instead of making stuff up because of stuff he saw on the news,” Lieu exclaimed. “We know that President Trump is basically lying about this. That’s what [FBI Director James] Comey is going to testify to next week.”

After some more discussion about the upcoming hearing and Lieu’s recent House resolution to combat fake news, the fierce Trump critic proceeded to give MSNBC a free advertisement.

“The best way to oppose fake news is for people to watch outlets like MSNBC where you report real news all the time,” the California lawmaker said. “Keep in mind, the president is scared that people will watch MSNBC so you must be doing something right. Thanks for speaking truth to power.”

Velshi pointed out that he wanted to be clear to the viewers that they didn’t offer “any enticement for that little plug.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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