Russell Brand is the latest hot topic on Twitter this week after engaging in a fiery political debate on Real Time with Bill Maher. Speaking on the issue of journalistic credibility, Brand argued that John Heilemann should be more open about the biases held by MSNBC instead of solely attacking conservative outlet, Fox News.
It was quite the sight on Friday night as Brand turned his attention to the panellist, fueling a bitter exchange of words during the Overtime segment.
Brand specifically cited MSNBC’s coverage of alternate COVID-19 treatment as an example of when the news network had failed to report the facts.
“Do you want an example? The ludicrous, outrageous criticisms of Joe Rogan around Ivermectin deliberately referring to it as a horse medicine when they know it’s an effective medicine,” the Brit told Heilemann.
Russell went on to claim his experience on MSNBC show, Morning Joe was “propagandist nutcrackery”. Looking back at Brand’s interview, it seemed the comedian was more interested in moulding a viral segment for himself than really challenging the political bias of the anchors.
Rather oddly, the comedian cited the fact that the panel were not willing to spontaneously celebrate Julian Assange as a worthy example of engaging in propaganda.
Nevertheless, Russell has been widely praised on social media for his recent comments both on Real Time and his consequential appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience.
“This exchange between Russell Brand and John Heilemann is a perfect illustration of the seething disdain the “expert” class has for normal people,” one user on Twitter wrote in response to the segment.
Others however have taken aim at Russell Brand, comparing him to popular conspiracy theorists in the USA.
“It’s been quite a journey for Russell Brand hasn’t it. All the way from deeply annoying, self-regarding, phoney t*** – to dangerous, conspiracy theory spreading, deeply annoying, self-regarding, phoney t***,” another wrote.
Brand has very obviously leaned into a slightly more conspiratorial look at the world in recent years. His popular YouTube channel is now home to video titles such as ‘We’re Screwed’, ‘THEY ARE SPYING ON YOU’ and regular vaccine scepticism. Whilst Brand of course carries an impressive array of political knowledge, his more recently social media and television appearances seem so blatantly catered to clicks and sensationalism.
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