Andrea Mitchell: We can’t air Obama’s “redistribution” audio because, um, we haven’t authenticated it yet

posted at 4:01 pm on September 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Washington Free Beacon, two flavors of stupid. Flavor one: Chuck Todd, the guy she’s talking to here, actually did air the redistribution audio this morning — grudgingly, with disdain for Drudge for posting it, natch. Flavor two: As far as I know, no one, including the White House, has disputed that the voice on the audio is Obama’s or claimed that the clip’s been surreptitiously edited to change his meaning. On the contrary, both Jay Carney and campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt confirmed that it is indeed The One speaking. They’ve barely even tried to spin it; their argument is simply that O’s point had to do with making city government run more efficiently and that the redistribution stuff was a footnote. It’s perfectly fine and appropriate for NBC to have called the White House and the campaign before airing it to see if there was another side to the story, but once there wasn’t, what was the hold-up? Are MSNBC’s standards of what constitutes a “fair attack” on Obama now actually higher than … Obama’s?

Oh, by the way: Why is Jay Carney commenting on this in the first place? The audio was recorded 10 years before Obama was elected president. It’s a campaign football, not a matter for the executive branch. Why is he flacking for candidate Obama instead of simply deferring these questions to LaBolt?


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This is just to good. RNC or any other conservative group, here is your commercial ad for the next week, at least.

DDay on September 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

There is no way this race should be even close with the state of the economy the way it is.

Ric on September 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

It’s interesting when things get accidentally admitted. More interesting still to know it won’t change a voting pattern.

Sad and Sort of pitiful, but still interesting. Heaven’s Gate-ish, really.

rogerb on September 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

The corrupt media knows that they are corrupt, and they know that we know they are corrupt. They believe that we cannot do anything about that.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I’ve thought this for a while. However, what more can we do that we’re not already doing?

8 weight on September 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

White House has confirmed that it is Obama. Now they can tell us what “have a shot” means. Normally it would be opportunity to have employment. But it seems to mean actually have wealth handed over in the context.

pat on September 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

What does this say about Alan Greenspan?

lilium479 on September 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

THEY ARE RUSSIA PRAVDA for sure

FlaMurph on September 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I apologize FlaMurph. :) My post taking issue with your “Pravda” was meant to be lighthearted, in the spirit of “Well, now you are just insulting Pravda.” But re-reading my response, I see it reads much heavier than that. Could have used some smileys, maybe some sarc tags — something. :)

My bad. I’m ironing my fingers at the moment — won’t happen again.

Axe on September 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

MSNBC really ought to add a laugh track to their news.
Might help their ratings if people thought it was a comedy show.

gordo on September 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Andrea Mitchell: We can’t air Obama’s “redistribution” audio because, um, we haven’t authenticated it yet

That’s o.k. Andrea…..you can go back to resting
your face under a Steaming Camel Pie now.

ToddPA on September 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

The corrupt media knows that they are corrupt, and they know that we know they are corrupt. They believe that we cannot do anything about that.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I’ve thought this for a while. However, what more can we do that we’re not already doing?

8 weight on September 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

If every conservative media including talk show hosts, FOX NEWS, HOT AIR, Michelle Malkin, GLENN BECK’s The BLAZE, and so on decided to not bother ever mentioning the corrupt media…..

Don’t mention their name….their network….the reporters…

No invites for them onto your shows…

No mentions….Total *silent treatment* then I’d wonder what their ratings would look like in a year from now?

Varchild on September 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I’ve thought this for a while. However, what more can we do that we’re not already doing?

8 weight on September 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

As for me, I am no longer silent when I am in the presence of others watching MSNBC, ABC, CBS, etc. I simply laugh and casually point out a couple of their most egregious examples and finish with “you cannot trust a word they say”

It may not sit well with the woman next to me on the treadmill watching Matt Lauer, but I’m hoping just maybe their antennae will be a bit more tuned to the bias

chigger76 on September 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Oh and this includes BLOCKING them from advertising on your network/shows as well.

Varchild on September 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Oh, by the way: Why is Jay Carney commenting on this in the first place? The audio was recorded 10 years before Obama was elected president. It’s a campaign football, not a matter for the executive branch.

Because every action by Obama until now has confirmed that he is operating under a redistributive philosophy.

Socratease on September 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Oh, by the way: Why is Jay Carney commenting on this in the first place? The audio was recorded 10 years before Obama was elected president. It’s a campaign football, not a matter for the executive branch. Why is he flacking for candidate Obama instead of simply deferring these questions to LaBolt?

My guess is because that would require knowing something about how government is supposed to work. Jay Carney is just another in a long line of former journalists turned flacks talking to former flacks turned journalists. It is a very inbred group.

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

What does this say about Alan Greenspan?

lilium479 on September 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

…that an overdose of Viagra AND Cialis…wouldn’t do him a bit of good!
If he had to call a doctor after a 4 or 5 hour ‘severe reaction’…it would have to be a shrink!

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

journalists turned flacks talking to former flacks turned journalists. It is a very inbred group.

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

…and it shows!…that’s why we can’t marry 1st cousins.

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

The audio was recorded 10 years before Obama was elected president

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aka… Proof that Obama has believed this for a long time…/what msm should be saying about the tape…
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RalphyBoy on September 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

aka… Proof that Obama has believed this for a long time…/what msm should be saying REPORTING about the tape…
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RalphyBoy on September 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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FI to stress the reality of the BSMSM

RalphyBoy on September 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

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