Newsbusters debunks Rachel's Big Lie.
Ethics-averse Rachel Maddow did exactly that on her MSNBC show last night. After disparaging Republican candidates for their gall in criticizing reckless federal spending and government-controlled health care, Maddow made this jaw-dropper of a claim --
MADDOW: Yes, this has happened to a smaller degree before. In 1994, in the first mid-term election after the last Democratic president was elected, we got a slate of candidates that included Helen Chenoweth of Idaho and Steve Stockman of Texas. These two were so close to the militia movement in this country that Mr. Stockman actually received advance notice that the Oklahoma City bombing was going to happen.
... and by that, Maddow implies, Stockman consigned 168 innocent people to death. Except that Stockman received no such prior, uh, "notice" (note how Maddow did not say "warning") , which explains why Maddow neglected to attribute this outlandish assertion to a source, any source.
There is no source, of course. Newsbusters easily debunked the claim. Truth be told, despite the "Narrative of 1995" and Madcow's most delirious imaginings, the militias had nothing to do with the Oklahoma City Bombing. That fault lies with an FBI sting on the Aryan Republican Army gone bad.
Now, if Rachel wants to name people who ACTUALLY had warning of the OKC bombing she could name Andreas Carl Strassmeier, the FBI snitch inside the Aryan Republican Army support base at Elohim City, Oklahoma, or the FBI agents who were out the night before with direction finding hoops on OKC's overpasses looking for a misplaced rental van, or the ATF agents who were told "not to come into work that day," or maybe Morris Dees of the Southern Preposterous Lie Center, who also had a snitch inside Elohim City.
"Shut the hell up, Rachel! Why did you have to bring up Oklahoma City?"
But, no, I doubt that Madcow is interested in the truth behind the mass murder of 176 Americans. The truth just will not do. So she prefers the Big Lie.