Video: MSNBC as apologetic as you’d imagine for deceptive editing on Romney WaWa visit

posted at 1:25 pm on June 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I’ll assume everyone has already read Allahpundit’s post from last night, which linked to SooperMexican’s explanation of how MSNBC deceptively edited the video to make it look as though Mitt Romney was somehow blown away by “touchtone screens,” when in fact he was making a salient point about the nature of innovation in the private sector as opposed to the public sector.  If not, go to both posts and watch the MSNBC edit, and then the raw video.  Quite obviously, MSNBC owes its viewers an explanation.

Today, Andrea Mitchell provided one.  Apparently, NBC’s news division has time to edit videos but not run them properly, or something (via The Right Scoop):

Wow.  Thank goodness Andrea Mitchell is an honest-to-goodness journalist, instead of just a talk-show host on an occasionally-watched cable channel … or worse yet, just a blogger.  So, we can now assume that NBC News enforces no standards on truth or ethics on its own correspondents, and doesn’t just exempt the MSNBC opinion-show hosts, right?

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She still left out the context, that it was the second half of a comparison to the post office.

Heywood U. Reedmore on June 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I would rather die a blogger than live as an MSNBC “journalist.”

BigAlSouth on June 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

She truly is an evil person. This assessment comes from witnessing her on air tactics for decades now.

FireBlogger on June 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

In her second attempt, Andrea STILL didn’t show the entire clip, or provide any explanation about the original insult or offer any semblance of apology. Plus, she seemed irritated and annoyed. Why? Did someone dishonestly, selectively edit a clip of her to try to make her look like a moron?

limmo on June 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I think you could drop a bomb on those guys and they wouldn’t notice. Did anyone else think that just looked sleepy? Lifeless? Pointless? Empty?

Can’t find the word so I’m trying to circumscribe.

It didn’t look like anything was there.

Axe on June 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM

If MSNBC selectively-edits a Romney video and no one is around to watch it, is it still media bias?

McNinja on June 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Addled Andrea said that in the interest of maintaining balance she’d go back to stalking Sarah Palin for a few weeks.

viking01 on June 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’d never call for anyone at MSNBC, or anywhere else, to be fired, except for the worst malfeasance. Viva free speech! They lean left. It’s a free country. No problem. Plus, every time a so-called mainstream oracle goes so blatantly in the tank for Obama while denying their leftist bent and claiming objectivity, the old media sinks a bit further toward oblivion while the “just bloggers” who expose them pick up credibility and steam. Thanks to Soopermexican for being just.

limmo on June 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Angria Mitchell, NBC news.

jukin3 on June 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Low lifes all. Not even second rate.

StevC on June 19, 2012 at 7:14 PM

it was a half ass nonapology attempt to explain away msnbc’s caught out right lying and complete in the tank support for obama

Beastdogs on June 19, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Why do we really care. All 33 people saw it. They are as irrelevant as the Obumbler. This will be the biggest Presidential land slide in American history. And the demotards will be cheating, ain’t that a bitch?! Rommeny 68% Obumbler 23% No Choice 9%. I figure the minority vote will still pull the switch for their “black” president.

Tbone McGraw on June 19, 2012 at 7:29 PM

At least we can be thankful that this kind of stuff cannot go unnoticed or unremarked on any longer. Thank God for the new media, long may it thrive.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I think you could drop a bomb on those guys and they wouldn’t notice. Did anyone else think that just looked sleepy? Lifeless? Pointless? Empty?

Can’t find the word so I’m trying to circumscribe.

Axe on June 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Blah, meh, apathetic :)…

jimver on June 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

SOopermexican goes viral! Loving this.

ConservativeLA on June 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM

“Do you get your hoagies at Wawa s ?”
(Mitt Romney)

FIFY. Whoever prepped him should be fired.

LevStrauss on June 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

apathetic

That’s it. Even the word that best describes it is kinda flat. :)

Axe on June 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

MSNBC beclowns itself.

BHO Jonestown on June 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I wonder if Juan Williams would consider Andrea Mitchell a Real Journalist™, as apposed to, say, the lowly blogger at SooperMexican who exposed Mitchell.

Juan Williams to Michelle Malkin: I’m a Real Journalist, Not a Blogger

hepcat on June 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM

If this were only limited to MSNBC.

Lib websites picked up the bogus video. HuffPost has two stories on it. Neither one has printed a retraction.

I emailed one of the authors asking her to retract and apologize. As a reply, she sent me this link to her twitter page:

https://twitter.com/andreastonez/status/215160353284292608

Andrea Stone ‏@andreastonez

Update on Romney Wawa moment @mitchellreports didn’t apologize & neither will I. Still plenty other gaffes http://huff.to/KK0yWq

The bogus video is still posted in both stories. HuffPost was always bad, but now they’ve descended to the level of MSNBC. They’ve hit bottom.

hepcat on June 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Pic of the Day: The REAL War on Women

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/pic-of-day-real-war-on-women.html

M2RB: Roger Daltrey

Resist We Much on June 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Pic of the Day: The REAL War on Women

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/pic-of-day-real-war-on-women.html

M2RB: Roger Daltrey

Resist We Much on June 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Dang, I missed Obama’s presser condemning these atrocities in china…and the MSM’s reaction to it…

jimver on June 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

That’s OK Andrea – I didn’t have a chance to get around to watch your show for oh, the past forever.

poppieseeds on June 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM

That certainly was heartfelt and sincere…

I cried

deedtrader on June 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

“Fake but accurate.” ~ Dan Rather

“We edit so that you can know the truth as we see it.” ~ MSNBC

The Ministry of Truth is on the march.

Freelancer on June 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Wow, the local ABC affiliate here in Grand Rapids, MI is committing a random act of journalism. They are reporting on the malpractice of MSNBC.

Who knew that a major network affiliate knows how to report the news accurately? Wow.

karenhasfreedom on June 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Andrea, I see you Obama ass kissers got caught lying again! When are you going to learn? I think you need a nice rest. You should fly to a nice island paradise for a long rest. I understand there is a broom leaving JFK nightly for Nassau. You should be on it!!!

Jersey Dan on June 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM

..good to see that this is not a dead thread as yet. It will allow me to offer a comment I believe to be the equivalent of MSNBC’s journalistic ethics:

“Andrea Mitchell, do you still fellate dead rhinoceroses?”

The War Planner on June 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM

She truly is an evil person
Low lifes all
What a colossal bunch of d0uchebags
SKANK!
What the low life scum liberals still do not understand….
Mitchell has become a total moonbat.
And we expected what from this scum ?
When I see Andrea Mitchells face I throw up. She is your stereotypical ugly liberal woman.
Wow. Big mistake by Acne Mitchell
That is a lot of ugly there.

…come on people, surely you can come up with a few more? Those kinds of adhoms are 8th grade level.
What I find ironic is that in Ed’s post he credits Romney for recognizing innovation in the private sector (as compared to public), but fails to mention that touch-screen technology was invented by CERN (a European/SOCIALIST! GOVERNMENT organization).
…oops.
Sad…indeed.
But I’m sure he knew that…right?

greataunty on June 20, 2012 at 6:39 AM

“Andrea Mitchell, do you still fellate dead rhinoceroses?”

Now THAT is what I’m talking about!

greataunty on June 20, 2012 at 6:40 AM

I’m glad I’m living in history: the years the MSM crumbled and became obsolete.

Go away, Andrea Mitchell. You’re no longer wanted or needed.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Andrea who?

Galtian on June 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

How old is Mitchell now? 70, 75, 80? She’s running out of facelifts & ran into senility. Decency she never had.
These people are crazy, even when caught red handed they show no shame, the mark of a psychopath.

arand on June 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Watch for the networks to act more fair in the next three months. They will then let Mitt have the whole load.
The MSNBC gang would be very comfortable working for a communist party or government.

IlikedAUH2O on June 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

So Andrea Mitchell selectively edits a clip to make Mr. Romney appear foolish(as if editing is needed?), Ed M. writes a post about the lack of standards at msnbc, and the faithful pile on with vicious insults about her face, hair, complexion, age, etc..
Got it. A little (lot) over the top, IMO.
The next day Hannity does the exact same thing on Fox (selective edit)…and strangely not a word about it here?
I’m shocked! I expected people to be lining up calling him all sorts of vile names, and accusing him of performing fellatio on dead rhinos.
Hmm…this site is very confusing.I expect this type of behavior over at the DC, but I always thought this place was above it.
Why the double standard?

greataunty on June 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

greataunty on June 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Where’s the link to Hannity’s selective edit?

hepcat on June 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

It’s not just MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell. There are two articles up at HuffPost that use the same bogus edited video of Romney. It’s been over two days and no retraction or apology has been issued.

This is the twitter comment from one of the HuffPost writers who posted the bogus video:

https://twitter.com/andreastonez/status/215160353284292608

Andrea Stone ‏@andreastonez

Update on Romney Wawa moment @mitchellreports didn’t apologize & neither will I. Still plenty other gaffes http://huff.to/KK0yWq

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hepcat on June 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Hmm, not sure..ever hear of the gogle, or google…or something?
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-skewers-fox-news-for-using-edited-obama-video-to-criticize-immigration-policy/
Just sayin…where’s all the (phony) outrage?

greataunty on June 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Hmm, not sure..ever hear of the gogle, or google…or something?
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-skewers-fox-news-for-using-edited-obama-video-to-criticize-immigration-policy/
Just sayin…where’s all the (phony) outrage?

greataunty on June 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

It’s legal, as Obama said, to not prosecute individuals because of limited resources. But it is not legal to designate an entire class of people out of the reach of law enforcement because of “limited enforcement resources”.

Think what this could mean. If the next president wanted the capital gains tax eliminated and congress didn’t go along with it and voted his legislation down, the president could tell the Justice Department and the IRS, both of which are in the Executive Branch, not to prosecute individuals who don’t pay their capital gains taxes.

Would that be okay with you?

Would that be considered not prosecuting individuals, or would that be considered not prosecuting a whole class of people?

If Bush had tried something like that, you would have screamed your head off.

Hannity should have played the whole clip.

Does that excuse what MSNBC did? No. A tu quoque argument is just an attempt to change the discussion. What MSNBC did was wrong.

HuffPost and other left blogs have picked up the story. Two days later they know what the real story is. HuffPost still has two stories with the bogus video.

This is all standard operating procedure for MSNBC.

They did the same thing trying to prove Rick Perry was a racist.

Ed Schultz Edits Rick Perry to Falsely Accuse Him of Making Racist Remark About Obama

And they did the same thing to Zimmerman.

MSNBC Fixes False Report Which Made Zimmerman Look Racist, Doesn’t Acknowledge Error

hepcat on June 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM

wow, a cogent reply. Thanks, now where to begin?
Selective editing is wrong.
Period.
No matter who does it. (As is attacking people personally and vulgarly)
My initial post (vaguely) addresses that point. Why the double standard? IOW, why is it ok when Fox, or Breitbart, or O’Keefe does it (the edit)…but when Andrea Mitchell, or Schultzee, etc does it the thread quickly becomes just red meat and insulting and disparaging?
Now, to answer your question; H*ll no I wouldn’t be O.K. with it.
But I believe your example is a poor analogy, if not false equivalency.Any sitting president would be committing political suicide by doing what you suggest. It simply would never happen (IMO). I would appreciate the tax cut, but the majority of Americans (and Congress) would certainly be up in arms.
What Obama did here was politically outmaneuver Romney on the immigration issue. By Obama ordering this quasi-dream act, Mitt is boxed into a corner. He can’t agree that it’s a fair move (I would argue that it is), it would piss off his base. But, he can’t oppose the move because he needs the Hispanic vote (whatever small part he has). Did you see the Schiefer interview? Mr. Romney was asked four (5?) different ways about this and he ducked, dodged and avoided answering at all costs. Obama beat him to the punch.
It’s election year pandering, nothing more. Thanks for the feedback.
BTW, I voted for George Bush…three times.

greataunty on June 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

One more irrelevant point.
Obama’s move in no way grants anyone citizenship,residency, or change the law (as some argue), nor does it grant amnesty to anybody.
Not a single one.
Unlike like patron conservative Saint Ronald Reagan did for three million illegals in 1986.
Could you imagine the RW explosion that would occur if that happened today? Reagan wouldn’t make it through a primary (and i voted twice for him too). The tea-party would all but dismember him.

greataunty on June 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM

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