MSNBC, which frequently accuses its critics of spreading foreign propaganda, saw one of its own prime time hosts share a Chinese government “news” agency’s image intended to denigrate the U.S. as it celebrated Independence Day.
Chris Hayes, who anchors “All In” during the 8 p.m. Eastern time slot opposite Tucker Carlson, retweeted an image from Xinhua News Agency that presented American constitutional liberties as the gateways to mass violence.
Xinhua tweeted a message on July 5, the legal observance of Independence Day this year, saying, “How a gun-happy nation spends its #FourthofJuly weekend.” The accompanying editorial cartoon shows two well-to-do men toasting while a wild-eyed street thug stands on a blood-spattered grave firing an AR-15 with one hand and a semiautomatic pistol with the other. The caption reads, “To Freedom … Of Shooting!”
Hayes seemed to take that example of state-run media at face value, indicating that it could help Americans understand what the rest of the world genuinely believes about the