Sept 2012: The New York Times and MSNBC pushed the faux tale that Romney is campaigning with Ryan, because Ryan is more popular.
In the MSNBC version of this fairy tale, these Never-Honest-Purveyors-of-News ADDED a big subtitle saying, “RYAN”, on to the video, to present the idea that the crowd was yelling, “RYAN RYAN RYAN”, which made it appear Romney was somehow needing to insert himself on to the ticket, when he says, “Romney/Ryan. Romney/Ryan. Romney/Ryan.” If you listen for yourself, it is clear that the crowd was actually chanting “ROMNEY ROMNEY ROMNEY”, and that what Romney was really doing was emphasizing that they are BOTH important to the Republican ticket.
It’s hardly the first time MSNBC has pulled this kind of stunt.
June 2012: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell aired this “Richie Rich Romney is out-of-touch with the common folks” story [:49]
Mitchell introduces it saying: “I get the feeling–take a look at this– that Mitt Romney has not been to too many Wawa’s along the roadside in Pennsylvania,” Romney says: “I was at Wawa’s, I wanted to order a sandwich. You press the little touch tone keypad, alright, you just touch that, and you know, the sandwich comes at you, touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier, there’s your sandwich. It’s amazing.” Her guest breaks into sharp laughter.
Too bad for American voters who NEED the fourth Estate to actually EDUCATE them, rather than act as an in-kind campaign donor to the Democrat of the moment, the clip above was carefully edited by MSNBC to make Romney look dim-witted.
His actual point was about the difference between private and public sector efficiency. After telling a story where his friend had to fill out a 33-page form twice to complete a change of address with the government, Romney presents touch-tone sandwich-ordering as an example of private sector efficiency.
“People in the private sector have learned to compete and it’s time to bring some competition to the Federal Government and to get it smaller, and have them respond to the customers, which are YOU!!”
Unedited version of Romney’s remarks [3:28]
The next day, Mitchell unapologetically aired a very slightly longer (by seven seconds!) clip, claiming they hadn’t had “time” to air the whole thing the day before. She made absolutely NO admission that the original clip and her introduction of it had been deliberately slanted to make Romney look ridiculous.
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell refuses to acknowledge they misled their viewers over Romney’s Wawa [:56]
If anyone should be getting laughed at, it’s MSNBC. Check out where they are on this list of cable news viewership for Sept 27, 2012:
- FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,841,000
- FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,511,000
- FOXNEWS BAIER 2,185,000
- FOXNEWS GRETA 2,080,000
- FOXNEWS FIVE 1,960,000
- FOXNEWS SHEP 1,857,000
- CMDY DAILY SHOW 1,832,000
- CMDY COLBERT 1,295,000
- MSNBC MADDOW 1,284,000
- MSNBC SCHULTZ 1,235.000
- MSNBC O’DONNELL 1,204,000
- FOXNEWS FOX/FRIENDS 1,149,000
- CNN PIERS 670,000
- MSNBC MORNING JOE 552,000
- CNN COOPER 477,000
P.S., In the longer version of the MSNBC “Sweet Jesus” clip, Scarborough used a sacred Catholic prayer to ridicule the Mormon-Catholic Republican ticket. That is very offensive to this devout Catholic; however, I will not be encouraging my co-religionists to chuck rocks at Joe. Just sayin’.
Joe Scarborough reacts to Romney clip – ‘Sweet Jesus’ [1:29]