MS-NBC convention driver: Crowd questions rigged

posted at 5:15 pm on September 6, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Today on our NARN show, Mitch Berg and I interviewed Doug, a volunteer driver who worked for the Republican National Convention Committee in St. Paul.  His customers included the Washington Post, MS-NBC, and some of the McCain campaign.  According to Doug, this allowed him to peer behind the scenes in both media and politics, and he saw some very interesting things:

  • According to Doug, MS-NBC apparently took no chances on questions from the crowd.  Rather than get caught with a question that might make Republicans look good, their producer pre-screened questioners, and Chris Matthews pretended it was random.
  • Republicans were good tippers.  MS-NBC stiffed the drivers.
  • Media people talked in the cars about how effective the Republican convention turned out to be, while publicly saying something else entirely.

Compare this to MS-NBC’s promotion of their coverage before it started:

“MSNBC is dedicated to bringing its viewers the most comprehensive coverage of the Republican National Convention,” said executive producer Tammy Haddad.  “We are building upon our successful DNC coverage by giving people a chance to walk up and give their opinions of events as they are happening.”

As long as those opinions send a tingle through Matthews’ leg, that is.


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The Captain is not just commenting on the news, he’s breaking news.

D0WNT0WN on September 6, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Say it ain’t so, Chris!

bloggless on September 6, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Ed- when do you rest?

Les in NC on September 6, 2008 at 5:21 PM

I will admit to be shocked that the media are lying, cheap, two-faced jerks.

Shocked I tell you.

kybowexar on September 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN!

sven10077 on September 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM

be=being

Sort of a Descartes moment…I think…

kybowexar on September 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Sounds like an entirely objective source.

I’d like to know what questions were ‘rejected’ before believing that the anti-Fox news agenda was applied.

bayam on September 6, 2008 at 5:23 PM

so when does ge start shopping nbc-universal around to soros to at least make some money off the sale of assets?

/i’m serious …

Buckaroo on September 6, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Is anyone really surprised?

I just telling you i’m in SHOCK!

but seriously, when is the Owner of NBC going to do something?

Chakra Hammer on September 6, 2008 at 5:26 PM

Just Wow.

I know Andrea Mitchell had a lengthy Q&A with a “delegate from California” who said she was “unsure and uneasy” about Governor Palin.

rockmom on September 6, 2008 at 5:26 PM

“when is the Owner of NBC going to do something?”
the “owner” of nbc is jeff immelt, chairman of ge,and, by most accounts, a pretty bad lll …
:-(

Buckaroo on September 6, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Why is it that DEMS say they are for working people and THEN they TIP so terribly? Would they rather the service people be on welfare so the tip money doesn’t come out of their pockets?

originalpechanga on September 6, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Shocking!

JeffreyLloyd on September 6, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Can you make it not automatically play every time page is refreshed? Or it that on my end?

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2008 at 5:28 PM

My mom is a flight attendnedent on a Minniapolis-St Paul flight out with a lot of news people on board

CNN newsie was trashing Cindy McCain about a bunch of stuff – concerned they did not include Cindy’s forgotten step sisters in the bio video

(as if McCain is married to them but apparently cool Obama’s brother lives in a dirt hut on a buck a month and not featured on Obama’s bio video)

Topsecretk9 on September 6, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Imagine that, Matthews’ concocting the news rather than reporting it.

Maxx on September 6, 2008 at 5:30 PM

That “delegate” then changed clothes and tried to storm the stage during Maverick’s speech.

J.J. Sefton on September 6, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Wait, I thought MSNBC didn’t need to be vetted as serious news channel.

Rachel Maddow Show on hold in 3…2…1

econavenger on September 6, 2008 at 5:31 PM

I’m SHOCKED! SHOCKED I tell you! Wonder if GE just looks at MSNBC and NBC as a deliberate tax loss?

“We are building upon our successful DNC coverage by giving people a chance to walk up and give their opinions of events as they are happening.”

Hahahahahahahaha! This guy is even funnier than Bill Mahr or Al Franken.

GarandFan on September 6, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Hah! Chris Tingle caught in the act again.

Montana on September 6, 2008 at 5:31 PM

A couple of years ago, I had this vague impression of MSNBC being a slightly left-leaning cable network, and I would even watch it occasionally. In the past six months, that impression has completely changed. MSNBC is now the home of a spittle-spraying madman named Olbermann and a lefty suck-up named Matthews, who only plays “Hardball” with conservatives.

Why a network would allow its image to devolve into that of a leftist propaganda outlet is beyond me. Air America should have proved by now that there’s no money spewing leftie talking points. Does anyone even watch that editorial train wreck anymore?

Cicero43 on September 6, 2008 at 5:32 PM

How do you tightly screen questioners at a Republican Convention? I don’t watch MS-NBC so I don’t know what questions would be asked of Chris Matthews. “Why are you an ass?” Do they look for nervous RHINO types? Shocker about the tipping though.

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Noooo. Say it ain’t so!

Shocka!

pffft. And we were expecting what in this day and age? That they be unbiased and truthful? I gave up on believing 90% of anything I see and hear on the news a looong time ago.

SilverStar830 on September 6, 2008 at 5:36 PM

what TOOLS even watch this lame network…..I blocked it long ago….

SDarchitect on September 6, 2008 at 5:37 PM

OT: re: Rasmussen Balance of Power for Sat Sep 6, read through how the balance is shifting “right”.

The biggest changes came in Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado and Oregon.

Ohio—with 20 Electoral College votes–moved from Toss-up to Leans Republican following the second straight Rasmussen Reports telephone survey that showed McCain with a modest lead over Obama.

North Carolina—with 15 Electoral College votes—moved from Leans Republican to Likely Republican. This change was based on the latest Rasmussen Reports polling and changes in the RasmussenMarkets.com data.

Wisconsin—with 10 Electoral College votes—moved from Likely Democratic to Leans Democratic. That move was prompted by the latest Rasmussen Reports polling which shows McCain closing to within four percentage points of Obama.

Colorado—with 9 Electoral College votes–moved from Leans Democratic to Toss-Up, based primarily upon the latest Rasmussen Reports poll in which McCain holds a statistically insignificant two-point lead over Obama.

Oregon—with 7 Electoral College votes—moved from Likely Democratic to Leans Democratic. While the latest Rasmussen Reports polling shows Obama with a 10-point lead, the average of other polls and a national trends adjustment places the state in the leaner category.

South Dakota—with 3 Electoral College votes–shifted from Leans Republican to Likely Republican based upon Rasmussen Markets data and a national trends adjustment.

Emphasis mine.

Read it all at here.

Mr_Magoo on September 6, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Chris Matthews lost his tingle up his leg when Saracuda forced a dose of saltpeter down his throat and sent him for a cold shower.

txdoc on September 6, 2008 at 5:38 PM

MSNBC is so used to stacking the deck with one sided opinions that they just carried over that expertise to the Republican Convention.

SoulGlo on September 6, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Make sure you check out Eric Allie’s political cartoon here:
http://townhall.com/funnies/cartoonist/EricAllie/2008/09/1

The background shows Palin on TV. The foreground shows anchorman Chris saying “I felt a tinkle run down my leg.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 6, 2008 at 5:41 PM

I am not in the least surprised at this. It’s the same as what we see from the anchors on MSNBC and CNN with their “interviews” where they talk over,cut off and/ or become belligerent with anyone who does not give the answer that they want to hear.

Word of caution- this is a pretty sexy story, but could easily backfire. If I were to guess, most or all news agencies do this type of screening in an attempt to keep wackos off the air.

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Like I said, BSNBC.

I want them to keep it up. Just keep doing what they’re doing. They’re self-destructing before our very eyes.

When it’s all over, and nobody wants to buy ad space on their channels because, their credibility being totally shot, nobody will be watching, how will they ever be able to pay the big contracts for people like Matthews, or Olberman and regardless of what they’re paying Maddow, with no viewers, it really won’t matter anyway, she’ll be the equivilent of “dead air”, so I wonder where they’ll all go when this is over.

Maddow can go back to school, I suppose. Either that or she’ll get a minority hire tossed to her from NPR.

Chrissy…if he’s no longer a credible journalist, he can kiss being considered a credible candidate (at least by his standards) good-bye.

Olberman…think ESPN’ll want him back? Y’know, after alienating most of the public, it may be tough for ANYONE to hire the Oberdouche. It’s not like he can just put in at Fox Sports or something…expect him to write a crappy book about how Bush and the GOP and “stupid Americans” ruined his life…and made him impotent.(if the rumors are to be believed…)

SuperCool on September 6, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Isn’t there an ethical body for journalists? Where are the investigations?

marklmail on September 6, 2008 at 5:53 PM

That interview was rich. I listened to the whole show this afternoon, and Doug really hit the nail on the head. Imagine that, those EVIL Republicans are pleasant to be around and good tippers, while the MSNBC people are cheapskates. Typical Liberals. Not only are they dishonest on the air, they are only generous with other people’s money.

Great show today, Mitch and Ed.

simkeith on September 6, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Incidently, MSNBC would like you all to please watch Keith Olbermann’s hard-hitting (but fair, of course) Palin investigation: “OlbyGyn.” His co-host is Ahmadinejad (whose credentials can be seen at http://www.nypost.com/seven/09062008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/ahmadinejads_new_enemy__women_127724.htm.)

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 6, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Great scoop Ed. First hand confirmation that PMS-NBC, like CNN and their democrap handlers, uses plants to ask “random” questions.

Zorro on September 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Again, I think we should hit them in their pocket books.

Ed, I don’t watch NBC or MS-NBC, so if there is anyone out there that has a list of their advertisers, it might be prudent to list them…………. let’s say……… here?

Then, maybe we can all get in the habit of after posting our comments at HA, we can send a little e-mail to the advertisers of the propaganda wing of the Democratic party, saying something to the effect:

“Dear (so and so)……. By supporting the liberal bias political agenda of the Democratic party using the federal airwaves, I can no longer support your company….”

Then don’t….

Let’s fight back from our own legion of wallets, and see how things turn out. The left, love protests and boycotts, let’s see how it feels when it is pointed at them?

Sarah and John are on point, let’s attack the left’s flank.

Seven Percent Solution on September 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM

“Props-aganda”

Steve McCullough on September 6, 2008 at 6:09 PM

MSDNC “unfair and imbalanced”

saved on September 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Just spit out democrat talking points as your question, and MSNBC will give you a microphone. Then ask a tough question for liberals when the discussion is live to make Chris Mathews lose it.

This could be useful for Code Pink Operation Chaos activities in the future, if anyone wants to reach their 35 viewers.

Right_of_Attila on September 6, 2008 at 6:21 PM

a new dan rather moment is out there….I sense it coming.

The egos in the liberal media make mt rushmore look like a bump in the road. It’s only a matter of time…

we should start a pool about which blowhard will implode this election cycle.

wildweasel on September 6, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Heh, just like in Venezuela and Russia.

Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Again, I think we should hit them in their pocket books.

Ed, I don’t watch NBC or MS-NBC, so if there is anyone out there that has a list of their advertisers, it might be prudent to list them…………. let’s say……… here?

Then, maybe we can all get in the habit of after posting our comments at HA, we can send a little e-mail to the advertisers of the propaganda wing of the Democratic party, saying something to the effect:

“Dear (so and so)……. By supporting the liberal bias political agenda of the Democratic party using the federal airwaves, I can no longer support your company….”

Then don’t….

Let’s fight back from our own legion of wallets, and see how things turn out. The left, love protests and boycotts, let’s see how it feels when it is pointed at them?

Sarah and John are on point, let’s attack the left’s flank.

Seven Percent Solution on September 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM

This needs to happen. I’ll start working up a list.

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

feigned shocked………..Ghast!!! Oh my! NOOOO! Huh?

azcop on September 6, 2008 at 6:34 PM

It’s like Rush says, they manage the news, they don’t report it.

Mojave Mark on September 6, 2008 at 6:59 PM

According to Ace’s site, the MSM are also underreporting McCain crowd numbers.

andycanuck on September 6, 2008 at 7:00 PM

When Sarah Palin walked out on stage, that tingle turned into a tinkle.

indythinker on September 6, 2008 at 7:05 PM

what TOOLS even watch this lame network…..I blocked it long ago….

SDarchitect on September 6, 2008 at 5:37 PM

We must know our enemies.

PaCadle on September 6, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Word of caution- this is a pretty sexy story, but could easily backfire. If I were to guess, most or all news agencies do this type of screening in an attempt to keep wackos off the air.

My guess is that un-biased news agencies do indeed want to keep the wackjobs off the air, but in the case of MSNBC (Pravda-USA), they use it to propagandize their DNC message.

Disgyusting.

ex-Democrat on September 6, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Time to start fighting back. Here is a partial list of MSNBC advertisers with email addresses. Email them your dipleasure or email me for the full list in MS Excel- [email protected]

Toyota http://toyota.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/toyota.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_sid=ZWT-8ddj&p_lva=&p_sp=&p_li=&p_accessibility=

Verizon http://www22.verizon.com/customersupport/contactus/index/

Nutrisystem [email protected]

Avis https://www.avis.com/AvisWeb/customerservice/InvokeFeedback

AIG Term Life https://securecontent.aig.com/contact-aig_20_19050.html

Coldwell Bankers http://www.coldwellbanker.com/home/contact/contact_form.jsp

Gillette http://pggillette.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/pggillette.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_sid=cmx2bddj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD0xNzYsMTc2JnBfcHJvZHM9MzE4LDQ4Miw0ODMmcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PTMuNDgzJnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9YW5zd2Vycy5zZWFyY2hfbmwmcF9wYWdlPTE*

Geico http://www.geico.com/about/contactus/email/

O’lay http://olay.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/olay.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_sid=u9qs6d4j&p

Lawyers Weitz & Luxenburg, NY [email protected]

Sudafed https://www.brands2liveby.com/contact.aspx

Video Professor http://www.videoprofessor.com/contactus/contactinformation.html

Purina https://offers.purina.com/ContactUs/ContactUs.aspx?SOURCEBRAND=18

Kraft Foods http://kraftfoods.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/kraftfoods.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php

Infiniti http://www.infiniti.com/iapps/contactus

Vonage http://vage.client.shareholder.com/contactus.cfm

Dyson Vacuum [email protected]

Eharmony [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Hyundi Car [email protected]

Boeing [email protected]

Progessive.Com https://www.progressive.com/contact-us.aspx

Direct TV http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageIF.jsp?assetId=P4560006

Colonial Penn Life Insurance http://www.colonialpenn.com/Web/Common/CustomerServiceEmail.aspx

HSBC Direct Financial Inst https://www.banking.us.hsbc.com/HICServlet?cmd_GeneralContactUsCaller=&accept-language=en-us

Chemistry.com http://www.chemistry.com/help/contactform.aspx

Bayer Products http://www.investor.bayer.com/en/funktionsnavigation/kontakt/e-mail/

Old Mutual Investment [email protected]

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 7:23 PM

The Republicans have to know that a national network is openly trying to inflict as much damage to their party as possible. MSNBC makes no effort to hide their bias and their total diregard for the truth would make Joseph Goebbels look like a whiner. “Repeat the same lie enough times and it becomes the truth.” MSNBC follows the Nazi pattern as no one else.

volsense on September 6, 2008 at 7:42 PM

txdoc on September 6, 2008 at 5:38 PM

That was good!!

Static21 on September 6, 2008 at 7:50 PM

This needs to happen. I’ll start working up a list.

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

I await eagerly.

fossten on September 6, 2008 at 7:53 PM

The media is corrupt. They are danger to the long term health of the Republic. Wealthy Republicans better get off their asses and start some news organizations of their own and/or clean house in the ones they own. They don’t need to be biased to the Right, just objective and even-handed.

TheBigOldDog on September 6, 2008 at 7:56 PM

It wouldn’t be a surprise to find that those interviewed by the MSM were not only sifted for leftist promotion but were back-up staff members of the press corp.

maverick muse on September 6, 2008 at 7:59 PM

This is why I take Frank Luntz’s focus groups with a grain of salt.

SouthernGent on September 6, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Keep movin’,nothing to see here.

Fuquay Steve on September 6, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Is this what’s known as “making the news”?

OldEnglish on September 6, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Lying liars and the lies they lie about, or something like that. I wonder when Smalley will write a book, maybe after he looses the campaign.

29Victor on September 6, 2008 at 9:29 PM

I’d never dreamed that Matthews could make me think Olberman was a more honest person. But he does, now.

Dusty on September 6, 2008 at 9:51 PM

When the liberals run out of ammo, they throw their empty guns. Whoops. Sorry for the 2nd amendment reference.

saved on September 6, 2008 at 9:53 PM

I can’t think of a better definition of treason than trying to influence a Presidential election through lying to the citizens.

Captain Hate on September 6, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Isn’t there an ethical body for journalists? Where are the investigations?

marklmail on September 6, 2008 at 5:53 PM

They did. CNN and MSNBC have done an investigation, and according to their ‘reporters’ – They don’t see any liberal bias in their coverage.

Sir Napsalot on September 6, 2008 at 10:55 PM

“Repeat the same lie enough times and it becomes the truth.”

Goebbels stole that line from Lenin.

A lie told often enough becomes truth.

was the original. Vladimir also said:

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

which in turn leads to the MSM’s belief in another Lenin maxim that:

Sometimes – history needs a push.

celtnik on September 6, 2008 at 10:59 PM

Put a great big OBVIOUS tag on this story. Sheesh.

Neo on September 6, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Well, thankfully, there were never that many watching MSNBC at any one time.

petunia on September 6, 2008 at 11:18 PM

Let’s bring back Connie Chung and Maury. They had more news cred than the morons they have on the air.

flytier on September 6, 2008 at 11:27 PM

Thanks Damiano, I’ve contacted every one of those advertisers.

If anybody wants to borrow my text for contacting the advertisers, here it is:

Dear Sir or Ma’am,

It has come to my attention that your company advertises on the cable news network MSNBC. This network has, in general, been exposed as showing blatant, explicit bias towards the Democrats during this entire election cycle, and specifically, has been exposed deliberately screening out questions that would have been favorable toward Republicans during the Republican National Convention. This is unacceptable behavior for an ostensible “news” network, and the fact that you advertise with MSNBC makes you equally culpable.

If you continue to advertise on MSNBC, I will not ever purchase or use your products or services, and I have instructed everyone I know, via phone and email, to follow suit.

fossten on September 6, 2008 at 11:48 PM

I can’t wait to see Chris the bed wetter pop a vain on election night.

TheSitRep on September 7, 2008 at 12:46 AM

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Thanks Damiano…………. I……… am ……… ON IT!!!!

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2008 at 1:34 AM

“Isn’t there an ethical body for journalists? Where are the investigations?”

There is an association but i forget the name. A couple of years ago I purchased a book sponsored by the association. The book outlined the values and ethics (one and the same I suppose) that journalists should follow.

I returned the book to the bookstore when I got to the part which stated that, and I am paraphrasing here, journalists didn’t have to be impartial.

davod on September 7, 2008 at 5:57 AM

MS-NBC convention driver: Crowd questions rigged

Somehow pissy Chrissy, those tingling feelings going up your leg, just doesn’t garner any interest. Suggestion: Make friends with OBlowme’s old pal, Larry Sinclair!

byteshredder on September 7, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Oh, THAT media bias…

Wyznowski on September 7, 2008 at 5:46 PM

MSNBC gives Olby and TingleLeg the boot – click for HotAir story.

electric-rascal on September 8, 2008 at 12:07 AM