Video: MSNBC apologizes to Romney campaign for acting like MSNBC

posted at 8:40 pm on December 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

Mediaite has the full background but here’s the nutshell. A lefty blog published an item this morning noting that Romney had used a slogan that was once used by the KKK, and hey, if it’s okay to call Obama a socialist based on his class-warfare rhetoric, shouldn’t it be okay to call Romney a Klansman? The crack MSNBC news team, whose fingers are forever on the pulse of the liberal blogosphere, naturally picked up the item and tossed it in as a snickering aside during one of their quickie interstitial segments. Which, for reasons I don’t quite understand, apparently enraged the network brass:

An NBC insider tells Mediaite that NBC News President Steve Capus addressed this story this morning at an editorial meeting, and stressed the need for accuracy, fairness, and caution before proceeding. Capus is reportedly furious at the way the story was handled, and MSNBC is in the process of apologizing to the Romney campaign.

It was a toxic, racially charged cheap shot, completely unfair to Mitt Romney, and therefore seemingly perfect for MSNBC. And yet they did in fact apologize, farming the task out to Chris Matthews — a guy who’s done hour-long specials on this network smearing tea partiers along these same lines. I’m honestly baffled as to why they cracked the whip in this case. At first I thought maybe they were worried about alienating a prospective nominee before the general election campaign, when they’re going to want access for their political coverage. But that can’t be right; they’ll be crapping on Romney or Gingrich or whomever nonstop next year no matter what that means for their reporters. My best guess, then, is that it has to do with the timing. The KKK segment aired this morning during their, ahem, “news” programming, not during the endless bloc of left-wing talking-points shows in the afternoon and evening. Maybe Capus is trying to hold onto a shred of impartiality by leaving the liberal blog-crawl material for O’Donnell and Schultz at night or to the network’s contributors, who can launch the nastiest accusations at the right without fear of rebuke so long as it’s clearly marked as opinion.

Or maybe there’s no real rhyme or reason at all. Remember, they let Olbermann rail against right-wing fascists for years, but when he dared make a cash contribution to a couple of Democrats, that was a bridge too far. Click the image to watch.

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I’m hardly a fan of Mitt but calling him a Klansman? Erm, that’s a big stretch even for MSNBC. A very big stretch.

CorporatePiggy on December 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM

I keep hoping that that tingle in Chrissie’s leg will move into his left arm.

One day, my wish will come true.

MSNBC is a complete waste of DNA and protein. No one should watch them for any reason.

clayj on December 14, 2011 at 9:27 PM

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I don’t think that “tingle” can move into his left arm. (Stroke!)
I think the guy pisses himself alot, and the uric acid causes an itch as it starts drying…so what everyone “heard” as “tingle” was something complety different. (CM has always talked like he has soap in his mouth)…I think, he really said “tinkle” that time he was refering to PP!(President Present)
HE WENT “TINKLE” down his leg…Not tingle!
Gosh!

KOOLAID2 on December 14, 2011 at 10:58 PM

“NBC News President Steve Capus addressed this story this morning at an editorial meeting, and stressed the need for accuracy, fairness, and caution before proceeding”

Opposite Day on December 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Let me see if I can help clarify that a bit:

“NBC News President Steve Capus addressed this story this morning at an editorial meeting, and stressed the need for accuracy, fairness, and caution in staying on the Obama re-election plan before proceeding emphasizing the need to check with Campaign Central before using stories that have been prepared for the general election and closer to the November election date He emphasized the need to make sure that Romney is the candidate in order to keep the already prepared opposition research viable as well as the need to save the big arrows for the actual campaign. He closed by reminding everyone of how well this strategy worked during the 2008 campaign and urged people to stick to the playbook

AZfederalist on December 14, 2011 at 10:58 PM

First!

nukemhill on December 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Really?

Ugly on December 14, 2011 at 11:09 PM

How about MSDNC President apologizing to the Romney camp?

Does this nutjob’s apology,just a lame formality?

vpaddy123 on December 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

So, when is MSDNC going to apologize for all the rest of the dishonest crap their talking heads spew on a daily basis?

Stu Gotts on December 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

They’re apologizing because everyone knows that the KKK was primarily a Democrat-filled organization.

Senator Bob “Grand Cyclops” Byrd, et al.

profitsbeard on December 14, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Every time they put Chris “The Ass” Mathews on TV, they show not only a lack of judgement, but their state of mind. PMSNBC is the land of 60′s degenerates and the 12 people watching it are all burn outs. If it wasn’t for Hot Air, Drudge, and Rush…Who would even hear about these racist, homophobic, lunatics? I wouldn’t miss them!

Tbone McGraw on December 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Frankly, I hope the Obamamedia keeps this up. It’s good for the voters to see what absolute lunatics Obama supporters are. No one wants to belong to a gang of complete whackos.

Rational Thought on December 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Jump off a tall building.

You-Eh-Vee on December 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Head-first.

Ugly on December 14, 2011 at 11:44 PM

I just took my weeekly stroll throught the Huffpuff and Daily Kook and I didn’t see any mention of this. It’s like it never happened.

Roymunson on December 14, 2011 at 11:48 PM

TPTB have spoken – Romney is to be the GOP nominee.

myiq2xu on December 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Chris Matthews apologizing to a Republican? Both of MSNBC’s viewers must have been wondering if they were being Punk’d.

WhoDat on December 14, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Wait until the Republicans have their nominee. There will be slander with no apologies. Wish I could sympathize with Gingrich or Romney, if it happens to be either one of them.

rickv404 on December 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Apparently the tingle didn’t make it all the way upstairs this time.

8thAirForce on December 15, 2011 at 12:27 AM

I think it IS all about timing, but for a different reason than Allah stated. This is John McCain all over again. The media, including MSNBC, WANT Romney as our candidate because they know as a big RINO he won’t flame passion in Conservatives to get out the vote; much the same as McCain in 2008. It’s important they keep Romney’s image clean so he’ll win the primary… THEN attacks such as these can begin. Someone jumped the gun at MSNBC too early. It’s not quite time to slander Romney just yet.

JenBee on December 15, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Who cares what Matthews thinks or says? The man is despicable.

racquetballer on December 15, 2011 at 1:04 AM

They’re just afraid that if a real Republican conservative gets into the White House, the new FCC chairman will shut their little communist propaganda mill down.

TexasJew on December 15, 2011 at 1:05 AM

They’re just afraid that if a real Republican conservative gets into the White House, the new FCC chairman will shut their little communist propaganda mill down.

no chance…
Wouldn’t want it censored anyway. Who’s next? Hannity? Miller?

Most Americans see through the acidic bile the MSNBC loons put forth anyway. They’re probably an asset in the long run.

litebeam1 on December 15, 2011 at 1:53 AM

“[We] showed an appalling lack of judgment.”
Past tenths Chris, really?

jones on December 15, 2011 at 1:54 AM

Being a semi noob, what’s the big deal about being first? Some kinda prize?

angrymike on December 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

..nothing really; just shows which commenters don’t have a life.

The War Planner on December 15, 2011 at 2:50 AM

sorry, MSLSD was blocked on my tv awhile ago. I didn’t get to see it.

D.Mockracy on December 15, 2011 at 3:54 AM

I’m honestly baffled as to why they cracked the whip in this case.

Because Romney’s major financial backers are JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Bak of America. He is the Corporate, big money GOP candidate and the corporate, big money guys who run our news media are protecting him just as they protect Obama.

Simple really.

Liam1304 on December 15, 2011 at 4:13 AM

What unadulterated crap. Mittens is their boy. They sure wouldn’t apologize to a conservative. They would double down on it.

Mr. Grump on December 15, 2011 at 4:33 AM

What unadulterated crap. Mittens is their boy. They sure wouldn’t apologize to a conservative. They would double down on it.

Mr. Grump on December 15, 2011 at 4:33 AM

I must be getting old … this new batch of commenter dopes is already tiring me out.

Hey, dumb-a$$ … it’s MSNBC. They think half of the Democrats are too conservative for prime time, much less Romney. Anyone with an R by their name gets labelled as a racist. Get it?

If you can’t comment properly while drinking, stop commenting.

Jaibones on December 15, 2011 at 6:32 AM

My take.

kingsjester on December 15, 2011 at 6:49 AM

The only klansman in government recently was Democrat Senator Robert Byrd. Not to mention that the KKK was created by the Democratic Party in the old South. MSNBC intended to go with this story; the apology is not real.

BBReggie on December 15, 2011 at 7:04 AM

Well, unless someone gets suspended for this one, I’m just not interested regarding MSNBC…

Khun Joe on December 15, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Does anybody really watch MSNBC?

GinSC on December 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM

I swear, Chris Matthews acts like a petulant little girl. Bet he didn’t get a tingle up his beta male leg that time! LOL

Conservchik on December 15, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Did anyone else notice the MSNBC historically ignorant claim the 1920′s KKK had “a campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews”? Gayness in the 1920′s was heavily supressed. The KKK would not have been able to find gays to intimidate back then.

thuja on December 15, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Libtards are basically a bunch of drama queens (or frustrated actors). Things were dull at MSNDC that evening and this “crisis” came about haphazardly. Hissy Mathews has been talking out of both sides of his butt for years, and he relished the prospect of making this “apology”–probably even thought his “performance” Oscar(R)-worthy.

MisterElephant on December 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM

BSNBC occasionally uses appalling judgement??

Who knew???

dissent555 on December 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM

It’s because they want Romney to be the nominee.

dmn1972 on December 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

It is interesting that MSNBC reported, as background, that the KKK targeted “blacks, Jews, and homosexuals.” This is historically inaccurate. The primary targets of the KKK were poor black people, Jews, and Catholics. It is probably safe to assume that the KKK would have targeted homosexuals, had gay people been publically declaring their preferences at the time, but I am intrigued at the motivation for rewriting history. Is it sloppy journalism, or is the idea of Christians being persecuted, instead of driving the persecution, repugnant to leftist scribblers?

wchambers on December 15, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Capus is reportedly furious at the way the story was handled, and MSNBC is in the process of apologizing to the Romney campaign.

That’s what the Daily Worker had to do 1926!!!!!11!1!

Caper29 on December 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Jaibones on December 15, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Look who’s calling me a dumbass. You’re thinking with the wrong head again.

Mr. Grump on December 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM

This is easy from a legal stand point. It is difficult for the Tea Party to sue for Libel or slander. They are a large group and all they need to do is find one racist sign at one tea party rally to defendthemself. Now Saying an individual is a part of an organization that he probably hates is much easier to prove libel or slander. Their lawyers told them they went too far.

huskerthom on December 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

If figures of speech equal full scale endorsement/affiliation with toxic groups or noxious political organizations… whew, that is the new low in standards of free speech.

It takes Cultural Marxism into the netherworlds of double think, an unbelievable jump for the American Mind and Freedom of Expression.

The left just can’t resist the Orwellian Tendencies…

I am glad MSNBC apologized. It is refreshing to think someone, albeit an attorney concerned about the network being sued for slander and libel, understands how far over the line that pushed the network.

JennyHatch on December 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Matthews has a voice like a squeeling pig(lette), O’Donnell is always pissed, and Special Ed Schultz, who knows. MSNBC, a collection of near do wells at best.

StevC on December 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

This constant name-calling is really getting tiresome. If these people really want to “reach across the aisle” as they claim, you’d think they would put a little effort into it.

Kingfisher on December 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Just imagine if anyone on the republican or conservative side or someone from FOX News had muttered anything even remotely close to what Axelrod said earlier in the week. Referring to Gingrich, he stated “the farther a monkey climbs up a tree, the more you can see his butt.” No just imagine changing one word in the statement. Just change Gingrich to Obama and you would never hear the end of it.

j bo on December 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

MSNBC’s mea culpa makes perfect sense when you consider that Romney (outside of no-chance Huntsman) is the MSM’s preferred Republican. Despite always being in first or second place, most of the media scrutiny has always focused on Romney’s more conservative challengers. This is the same playbook the MSM used on McCain: Help the moderate Republican win the primary then savage him like nobody’s business during the general election. The brass at MSNDC are angry because of an early misfire. Should Romney be the nominee, they won’t be the least apologetic for whatever vile non-sense typically spewed forth by their pathetic show hosts

Dave135 on December 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

We apologize for making a reference to you beating your wife. Now tell us, when did you stop again?

“Better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission”

Pathetic. Might as well watch TMZ

kjvlv on December 15, 2011 at 11:16 AM

“We apologize, we really do“.

We mean it this time…..

No, we are serious.

Pinky swear, with ah, with spit on it.

Cross my heart.

Really, really we ah mean it, this time…….

Ufdaubet on December 15, 2011 at 11:49 AM

I’m honestly baffled as to why they cracked the whip in this case.

This was no “mistake”. This was the first salvo in the MS full frontal attack against Romney’s religious beliefs. There’s a trove of original documents and the sacred secrets are out.

The MS media, including old icons like the Washington Post, reported on Todd Palin’s fathering a child with his daughter. And then the blogs really got into the gutter.

Al Sharpton has already sharpened his weapons, and Harry Reid is not going to be able to stop the barrage when it hits.

Karma. Mitt Romney’s is waiting in the wings.

Portia46 on December 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Tingles and company will be in total shock when their liberal leader is defeated next year. It was fun watching them ‘cry’ last November. November 2012 can’t get her fast enough.

Redford on December 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Then fire the idiot who made the comment. But noooooooo! He’s a protected class.

rjulio on December 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I’m honestly baffled as to why they cracked the whip in this case.

Could it be possible that they got a call from the WH telling them to knock off any disparaging remarks about Romney because they want to make sure he wins the nomination and they can run against his Wall Street, born with a “golden spoon in his mouth” pedigree? Huh?

chickasaw42 on December 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

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