Shocker: Boston Globe misrepresents Brown statement on Tea Parties

posted at 12:55 pm on January 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Give Greg Sargent credit over at the Plum Line blog for a good catch here.  Read the following exchange, for which Sargent will have audio shortly, and see what it means to you:

QUESTION: “Scott, what do you think about the Tea Party movement and what they are trying to do?”

SCOTT BROWN: “I am not quite sure what you are talking about, what are they trying to do?”

QUESTION: “The anti-smaller government, sort of anti-establishment organization that is trying to take over the country.”

SCOTT BROWN: “Taking over the country. I think that is a little bit of an exaggeration.”

QUESTION: “Well, they are all over the place and they are trying to take down moderate Republicans. . .”

SCOTT BROWN: “All I know is that. . . “

QUESTION: “Are you completely unaware of that organization?”

SCOTT BROWN: “I’m not quite sure what you are referring to. But let me just say that this is a big tent campaign. I have people who are Democrats, I have people who are Independents, Republicans, young, old, liberal, conservative, moderate involved in this campaign because people are looking past the letter behind my name and they are looking at my 30 years of military service. They are looking at the fact that I have been a municipal and legislative leader with over 6000 votes, and more importantly they are looking at the stark differences between Martha and me on health care on cap and trade, on the expiring tax cuts, on the war tax, on how we treat people who are trying to kill us, on the fact that Afghanistan has a very real and vital national interest. They’re looking at those issues, and I welcome everybody’s support, because, literally, it’s me against the machine.”

How did the Boston Globe report those remarks?

Republican State Senator Scott Brown toured a medical device company in Chelmsford, using the event to again blast Democratic efforts to overhaul health care and tamp down Democratic efforts to paint him as a Republican in lock-step with the national GOP.

“The allegation that I vote 96 percent of the time with Republicans is inaccurate, but I’m proud of the fact that I’ve stood up against out-of-control spending and taxation in Massachusetts,” he said.

He also claimed that he was unfamiliar with the “Tea Party movement,” when asked by a reporter. When told that different people labeled him a conservative, moderate and a liberal Republican, he responded “I’m a Scott Brown Republican.”

Clearly, Brown meant that he was unaware of the assumptions built into the rather biased question coming from the reporter, ie, “trying to take over the country.”  Brown even called that an exaggeration, which would indicate to most people that Brown was well aware of the movement — as is obvious, since he reportedly spoke at a few Tea Party rallies.  Opponents tried to hang a charge of dishonesty on Brown using the poor reporting of the Globe, but as the transcript shows, the biggest problem here is the reporter who had a huge axe to grind in his or her questioning.

However, not all of the Globe’s reporting has been bad in Massachusetts.  Martha Coakley’s opponents are having a field day with this bon mot:

Despite that, there is a subdued, almost dispassionate quality to her public appearances, which are surprisingly few. Her voice is not hoarse from late-night rallies. Even yesterday, the day after a hard-hitting debate, she had no public campaign appearances in the state.

Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.

“As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’’ she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that. “This is a special election. And I know that I have the support of Kim Driscoll. And I now know the members of the [Salem] School Committee, who know far more people than I could ever meet.’’

“This is about getting people out on a cold Tuesday morning,’’ she says.

Coakley has not been a good candidate, and her choices on campaigning strategy have been in question during Brown’s remarkable rise in the polls.  Instead of retail campaigning after the last debate and with only a week to go before the election, Coakley disappeared to DC to meet with lobbyists rather than meet Massachusetts voters.  Brown has no trouble pressing the flesh, even in the cold at Fenway Park.  Coakley’s revulsion at “shaking hands?” makes her seem perhaps even more imperious than the Kennedys whose seat she wants to win for herself.

An I-know-important-people attitude is not likely to impress the hoi polloi, not even in a state used to political royalty.  And to the Globe’s credit, they reported it straightforwardly.

Update: I misunderstood what I had read earlier; I thought it was a quote from Curt Schilling, but it was something from Cassy Fiano (which also appears in a Green Room post) that Schilling quoted approvingly on his blog.  I apologize for my error.


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Go to Ace’s site. He’s got a sarcastic smoking skull post up now about HuffPo pushing a story that Brown owns timeshare in Aruba worth *gasp* $10,000.

Oooooh! There goes the Holloway vote.

Pablo on January 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Joe Kennedy (a third party tea-partier) needs to pull out of this race. He’s sucking a few percentage points that could put Brown over the top. This is the compelling argument against a third party…it will only benefit the Democraps.

orlandocajun on January 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM

If Joe Kennedy thinks he’s the best candidate, he should run. It’s up to Scott Brown to convince MA voters that he’s a better candidate than Joe is. I don’t begrudge anyone their right to run for office.

hawksruleva on January 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Oooooh! There goes the Holloway vote.

Pablo on January 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Way too funny.

Cindy Munford on January 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Yellow journalism at its finest.

Badger40 on January 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Another stellar report by the totally trustworthy MSM…

Dick Turpin on January 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Brilliant move on Brown’s part to record the exchange with Jayson Blair Matt Viser.

Nothing pwns a third rate Journalism School graduate more, than an actual recording.

MNHawk on January 14, 2010 at 1:48 PM

PLEASE SEND SCOTT BROWN A CONTRIBUTION. ANYTHING YOU CAN! Thanks, and God Bless!

OmahaConservative on January 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

jeanneb on January 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Schilling’s conservative and a stand up guy, and good for him for Slamming the Attorney Generalette. It will resonate, because of what he means to the Red Sox and Boston.

I’ve always admired him and why I root for the Sox, except when they play my Astros or the Rangers.

TXUS on January 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I just think this needs to be said: Yankees suck.

Thank you.

kalel666 on January 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM

JUST NEEDS TO BE SAID…CHAMPIONS!!!!

NJ Red on January 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM

BREAKING NEWS (of intrest to some)

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,583027,00.html?test=latestnews

SCOTT RITTER CAUGHT IN A CHILD SEX STING.

YES THAT SCOTT RITTER.

sonofdy on January 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Ritter, “this is your weapon , this is your gun, your weapons for killin your guns for fun”

Ritter, “hands off your gun!”

Busted! Hahahahahah!

dhunter on January 14, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I seem to remember Gibbs stating that the president was unaware of the tea party demonstrations also.

bbordwell on January 14, 2010 at 1:59 PM

sonofdy on January 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM

LOL boy does Proud Rino have egg on his face!

daesleeper on January 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Err, why is this a surprise? I mean the Boston Globe Democrat is also the same source for that lie about Brown preventing rape victims from getting emergency contraception. Oh, and they’ve endorsed Coakley even though they have no idea why. (One of the comments points out the Globe Democrat would endorse Hitler if he ran as a Democrat.)

Dave_d on January 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM

sonofdy on January 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM
LOL boy does Proud Rino have egg on his face!

daesleeper on January 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM

EGG?

dhunter on January 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM

The reporter has clearly not gotten enough information from Daily Kos and the New York Times to ask an intelligible question about the Tea Party Movement. Twice s/he calls it an organization; thirty seconds on Google should underscore the grass roots, un-coordinated, dis-organization that is the Tea Party Movement.

Taking over the country? You mean by trying to elect candidates we agree with? Racist gun-totin’ bitter clingers!

motionview on January 14, 2010 at 2:04 PM

If Joe Kennedy thinks he’s the best candidate, he should run. It’s up to Scott Brown to convince MA voters that he’s a better candidate than Joe is. I don’t begrudge anyone their right to run for office.

I didn’t say he didn’t have the right to run. The guy is supposedly a Tea Partier and the votes that he sucks from Brown (he surely won’t take any votes from Coakley) will only hurt he conservative cause. If the guy’s really a conservative, then I contend that he should pull out for the good of the country. His staying in the race serves zero purpose to him.

orlandocajun on January 14, 2010 at 2:07 PM

BREAKING NEWS (of intrest to some)

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,583027,00.html?test=latestnews

SCOTT RITTER CAUGHT IN A CHILD SEX STING.

YES THAT SCOTT RITTER.

sonofdy on January 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Dead girls or live boys….it’s getting closer all the time….which one of Obama’s “only person for the job” picks will get caught?

BobMbx on January 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Burt:

Ever since seeing the viral video of the same name, my sister has been wanting to change the name of the Tea Party to…

AMERICA RISING.

I like it.

jeanneb on January 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM

TPM is also pushing a video of Brown at one of the Tea Party rallies, using this misreporting by the Globe to claim that it has caught Brown lying. Unfortunately, this kind of hit can take effect quickly and the Brown camp has little time to set the record staight.

rockmom on January 14, 2010 at 2:19 PM

WHAT ELSE IS TO BE EXPECTED FROM THE GLOBALIST RAGSHEET OF MASS. THE BOSTON GLOBE???

BobAnthony on January 14, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Brown should tell the Boston Globe….in future….”Kiss my ass”.

GarandFan on January 14, 2010 at 2:27 PM

ED:

I apologize for the misunderstanding about sourcing on the Curt Schilling quote.

Though the words were someone else’s, he DID post them on his blog. So I’m still stoked about it!

JeanneB

jeanneb on January 14, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Calling Captain Renault…

dogsoldier on January 14, 2010 at 2:34 PM

TPM is also pushing a video of Brown at one of the Tea Party rallies, using this misreporting by the Globe to claim that it has caught Brown lying. Unfortunately, this kind of hit can take effect quickly and the Brown camp has little time to set the record staight.

rockmom on January 14, 2010 at 2:19 PM

TPM has already redacted this, blaming faulty reporting from the Boston Globe for their story.

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/01/brown_framed.php?ref=fpblg

Pretty apparent that Matt Viser is a complete fraud, as a so-called journalist. Even his “friends” are bailing on him.

MNHawk on January 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Anyone who reads the Boston Globe regularly deserves to be lied to. It’s open propaganda, not news.

Django on January 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Ever since seeing the viral video of the same name, my sister has been wanting to change the name of the Tea Party to…
AMERICA RISING.

I like it.

jeanneb on January 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I second that motion. I like the positive ring to it.

Now, if it causes the left to drop the “tea bagging” slur, one can only guess what they would replace it with if we become America Rising. -_*

TXUS on January 14, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Re: Joe Kennedy.

With Kennedy polling in the single digits with three full days between now and when voting starts, there are two options: Martha Coakley and Scott Brown.

Kennedy is not going to win. He’s not going to Capitol Hill, not even if Scott were to drop out and endorse him. At this point, there’s two options, no matter how many people are on the ballot. You can help to send Coakley or Brown to Washington.

That’s reality. If you can’t deal with reality, we’ll put you up for a White House cabinet position.

Roxeanne de Luca on January 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM

TXUS: LOL!

jeanneb on January 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM

This guy Scott Brown is good. He is one to watch regardless of the outcome of this race.

Decider on January 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I am sure that there are some dumb sh*t dems who will see the Kennedy name and vote for him… That will peel some votes from Croakly, I think a Kennedy in the race is a win-win for Brown.

reshas1 on January 14, 2010 at 3:07 PM

This shows how detrimental the Tea Party movement is to the GOP. No sane GOP politician will want to be associated with a bunch of uneducated, screaming nut jobs. If they do associated themselves with them they will lose.

Decider on January 14, 2010 at 3:22 PM

This shows how detrimental the Tea Party movement is to the GOP. No sane GOP politician will want to be associated with a bunch of uneducated, screaming nut jobs. If they do associated themselves with them they will lose.

Decider on January 14, 2010 at 3:22 PM

wow. that’s an awful powerful assertion. I’m certain you can back it up with some evidence. thank you

ted c on January 14, 2010 at 3:32 PM

The nutroots is harping on this like it was Macaca 2.

Speedwagon82 on January 14, 2010 at 3:40 PM

This shows how detrimental the Tea Party movement is to the GOP. No sane GOP politician will want to be associated with a bunch of uneducated, screaming nut jobs. If they do associated themselves with them they will lose.

Decider on January 14, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Well said and reasoned as usual, Chris Matthews, welocome aboard!

dhunter on January 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

MNHawk on January 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Good! Another nutroots bubble burst. Those comments at the Plum Line are hilarious! Lefties sounding like this is a death blow to Brown. LOL

rockmom on January 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Vote Brown! Do it for Mary Jo!

BHO Jonestown on January 14, 2010 at 5:01 PM

TPM just issued a correction. The Boston Globe will get this memo on Wednesday when the election is over.

Correction: State Sen. Scott Brown did not use the word “unfamiliar,” that was how the Boston Globe characterized his remarks. But after watching video of the press conference where Brown was asked about the tea party movement, it appears he actually was unclear about the premise of the reporter’s question, not the tea party movement itself.

D’uh. Memo to TPM and Globe: We know you think Republicans are stupid, but you’re stupid to think we’re that stupid.

Buy Danish on January 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM

This shows how detrimental the Tea Party movement is to the GOP. No sane GOP politician will want to be associated with a bunch of uneducated, screaming nut jobs. If they do associated themselves with them they will lose.

Decider on January 14, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Um, what? GOP politicians are going to look at a guy who’s raised a million dollars a day and think “Wow, don’t want to imitate that guy.” Did you think through that clearly?

Of course you didn’t. The act of thinking would negate your positions.

Animator Girl on January 14, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Neo-neocon has floated the idea of asking 3rd-party candidate Joe Kennedy to drop out of the race. Apparently, according to Massachusetts law he can’t drop out, but he could endorse Brown. She writes:

Third-party candidates tend to be purists who don’t think the perfect is the enemy of the good. But Kennedy got into this race when he didn’t see himself as a spoiler. Brown didn’t seem to have a chance back then, and Kennedy probably saw the campaign as a way to get his own message heard in a larger forum.

But now things have changed. And if there’s even a miniscule chance of getting Kennedy to withdraw endorse Brown, it’s worth a try.

Here’s the contact info. And here are some of the most important addresses and phone numbers:

Joe Kennedy: joe@joekennedyforsenate.com

His campaign manager Dave Galusi: dave@joekennedyforsenate.com

Press and events: Press & Events: 617.899.0846

Fund Raising: 907.250.5503

Address: Committee to Elect Joe Kennedy
P.O. Box 368
Needham Heights, MA 02494

Here’s Kennedy’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Kennedy-For-Senate/141067507133

And Twitter: http://twitter.com/joek4Senate

YehuditTX on January 15, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Joe Kennedy (a third party tea-partier) needs to pull out of this race. He’s sucking a few percentage points that could put Brown over the top. This is the compelling argument against a third party…it will only benefit the Democraps.

Neo-neocon floated the idea of starting a campaign to ask Kennedy to withdraw, but apparently according to Massachusetts law, he can’t. But we can ask him to endorse Brown. Neo-neocon’s post has all the contact info to pass this request along to the Kennedy campaign.

YehuditTX on January 15, 2010 at 12:38 AM

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