Nunn camp protests that MSNBC edited interview on ObamaCare issue

posted at 12:41 pm on May 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

We noted this yesterday, when the panel on Morning Joe scoffed at Michelle Nunn’s answer to Kasie Hunt’s hypothetical on whether Nunn would have voted for ObamaCare if she had been in the Senate. Chuck Todd called her dodge on the question “terrible,” and that “it doesn’t come across as credible.” Here is the video as presented on MSNBC yesterday morning:

NBC’S KASIE HUNT: “Would you have voted for the Affordable Care Act?”

MICHELLE NUNN: “At the time the Affordable Health Care Act was passed, I was working for Points of Light. I wished that we had more people who had tried to architect a bipartisan legislation.”

HUNT: “So yes or no?”

NUNN: “So I think it’s impossible to look back retrospectively and say what would you have done if you were there?”

The Nunn campaign contacted Slate’s Dave Weigel and claimed that MSNBC had edited her answer to make it more ambiguous than it was. They provided a transcript from their own recording of the conversation — which most campaigns now do during media interviews for this very reason. Here is the amended transcript, with Dave’s bolding showing what MSNBC kept:

HUNT: But you’re not sure if you would have voted yes or no?
NUNN: When I look back at what they were doing when this was passed, I think, I wish that we had more people who had tried to architect a bipartisan legislation. And who had worked together across the aisle.
HUNT: So, yes or no?
NUNN: I think it’s impossible to look back retrospectively and say, “What would you have done if you were there?” Because I wasn’t there, and we now have hindsight. What I can do is say: Here’s where we are today, and here’s what we should do, which is move forward.
HUNT: So do you think it should be repealed?
NUNN: I do not.

The complaint about shaving the Q&A is quite valid, at least in one sense. The clip aired on MSNBC was very short, and the longer answer looks only a bit longer. Why not air the whole thing? It’s not as if Nunn filibustered Hunt in her response, and chopping her brief reply was unfair to her. That’s a poor editing decision for a network that has gained a reputation for them.

On the other hand, does this really change her answer? Nunn still didn’t answer Hunt’s first question, which was whether she would have voted for ObamaCare had she been in the Senate. She dodges this the way we saw in the original clip, with the only substantial addition being a declaration that hindsight negates the question. Actually, it doesn’t, and it undermines her firm position in opposition to repeal, which MSNBC for some reason left on the cutting room floor. If hindsight shows the law was a bad idea, why not say so and support repeal? If not, then why not claim that the law is still mostly a good idea and she would have voted in favor of it?

Noah Rothman believes the bad edit came from an attempt to save Nunn from herself:

Edits like those done to Nunn can be innocuous and may simply have been made in order to package the interview to meet broadcast time constraints. Even if this was true, however, the practical effect of those edits made Nunn seem slightly more in line with Georgia’s voters on the Affordable Care Act rather than the national Democratic Party. As the transcript that Nunn’s campaign provided Weigel shows, she is far more in tune with her party’s position on the ACA than MSNBC’s interview made it appear.

As Rothman also points out, Joy Reid challenged Nunn to answer on ObamaCare, and got the same dodge. Reid asked why Nunn doesn’t mention health-care issues on her website in a separate MSNBC interview. Once again, she refuses to answer whether she supports ObamaCare, even after given two opportunities by Reid to endorse or oppose it. This time, Nunn doesn’t bother to mention opposition to repeal, at least not in this MSNBC edit:

So yes, the edit on the original piece was poor. That doesn’t change the fact that Nunn doesn’t want to answer questions about ObamaCare except to oppose repeal only when directly asked about it, and would rather not discuss it at all, as her own website makes clear:

nunn-website

Even under “Strengthen Georgia Families,” there is no mention of health-care policy at all.


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the lady needs new do. she looks like her pop with a wig…maybe that’s the plan. she still looks like a librarian…a lonely one

gracie on May 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The question is, will Atlanta turn out for her.

rhombus on May 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Yeah, but she’s a Democrat, so she’s automatically brilliant.

ToddPA on May 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Gorgeous lady.

Forget about politics–she should be a supermodel!

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

She doesn’t like MSDNC’s edit, did she clarify her answer or continue to dodge? Thought so.

Hack

D-fusit on May 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM

She needs to sit at her father’s knee again. She obviously didn’t learn much the first time around.

platypus on May 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Pretty simple question to answer and I seriously doubt MSNBC would ever do anything purposely to harm a fellow Lib. Dems just can’t give a straight answer on anything.

major dad on May 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Gorgeous lady.

Forget about politics–she should be a supermodel!

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

She’s the Miss America of the leftist set. Showing you how low the standards are.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Gorgeous lady.

Forget about politics–she should be a supermodel!

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

daywear, eveningwear or beachwear?

gracie on May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

When did answering a question with the word “So” become the norm?
Drives me nuts.

lowandslow on May 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Gorgeous lady.

Forget about politics–she should be a supermodel!

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Glove model.

portlandon on May 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

In the second clip, at 0:20, she looks sorta like the DNC Chairwoman DWS.

And throughout the same clip she’s doing the Nancy Pelosi hand gesturing/arm waving/puppeteering thing.

She should definitely be a supermodel.

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

A leftist dream candidate.Lies,dodges,and votes for everything left.

docflash on May 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

daywear, eveningwear or beachwear?

gracie on May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Well, if it’s the second or third choice, it might just be too much excitement at once. So I guess I’ll go with daywear, presuming it’s modest enough.

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Everyone knows that a Senator Michelle Dunn would have voted for Obamacare…just as former Senators Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson, as well as current Senators Mary Landrieu and Mark Pryor, did.

As Joe Biden would say, ‘Literally, everyone knows this. Everyone.’

Resist We Much on May 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Glove model.

portlandon on May 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

perfect

gracie on May 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Difficult to square “Accountability” with “Evasion”, really. Perhaps she and Hillary can get together soon on some sort of a “How To” for Democrats and Dummies.

Recon5 on May 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

A hedge so tall she will not be able to see the Senate.

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

She’s still incredibly hot, regardless of the interview…/

PatriotRider on May 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

No matter what I think of her, or her poitics, that was a bad edit. I remember watching couric interview Palin and I said while I watched it looked awkward and chopped. Then I read the transcript in full. That was a major hatchet job. This was minor, but still a bad edit.

KCB on May 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

She could be a Victoria Secret model…

PatriotRider on May 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

She’s still incredibly hot, regardless of the interview…/

PatriotRider on May 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Get a room.

She’d just murder your babies anyway. Assuming she still has a vagina and a womb that works.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Yeah, but she’s a Democrat, so she’s automatically brilliant.

ToddPA on May 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Smart and a model…

PatriotRider on May 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM

If I were running against her I would run the first clip and then ask:

Do you another politician that can’t answer a simple question?

jmtham156 on May 20, 2014 at 1:08 PM

She could be a Victoria Secret model…

PatriotRider on May 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

she should be a secret

gracie on May 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

As stunning as Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

As lovely as Nancy Pelosi.

faraway on May 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM

How doomed are Democrats? Nobody can run against the party official line, and even democratic voters do not like the official line.

They got Obamacare, just like Wile E. Coyote got the road runner once and now they have no idea what to do with it. They only know that they can’t let go. Voters are going to have to rip it from the rapidly cooling hands of a dead party’s body.

Mord on May 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM

We have the Bushes to thank for Nunn Jr.

MTF on May 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

…poor woman!…she got all the bad genes…didn’t she?
…I liked Sam Nunn.

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I realize she’s not perfect, but this is the best we Democrats can expect in a place like Georgia.

Occams Stubble on May 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I absolutely agree. It’s tiresome.

Ed Morrissey on May 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

In progressive America EVERYONE is supermodel.

jdpaz on May 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Yeah, but she’s a Democrat, so she’s automatically brilliant.

ToddPA on May 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Not just a Democrat. A Democrat with a birth canal! That’s the part that automatically makes her brilliant.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 1:22 PM

When did answering a question with the word “So” become the norm?
Drives me nuts.

lowandslow on May 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Ditto — it can’t have been too long ago. But then, at the end of the day, the optics — not to mention the atmospherics — will resonate among those who are against income inequality and talk around the issue before kicking the can down the road…. so we have yet another example of hackneyed diction in an increasingly hackneyed society. (Oops — are more than 140 characters allowed here? #save our language).

horatio on May 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I like how she puts her father front and center on her webpage. I guess people aren’t really voting for her.

NotCoach on May 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Bad day for the Guinea worms

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

As stunning as Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

As lovely as Nancy Pelosi.

faraway on May 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Ya’ know, you don’t have to point out these liberal ladies’(?) exterior looks. Their ugliness on the inside shines brightly through.

NOMOBO on May 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

They got Obamacare, just like Wile E. Coyote got the road runner once [snip]
Mord on May 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM

When did the Coyote ever catch the Road Runner? I’m a huge fan of Mr. Runner (and Mr. Coyote, for that matter).

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

kids are generally off limits

nonpartisan on May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Don’t pick on obama and the D-latrine-rats.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Actually the transcript leads me to believe that she is all in for the Obamamcare train wreck.

Johnnyreb on May 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

When did answering a question with the word “So” become the norm?
Drives me nuts.

lowandslow on May 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Drives me nuts too. I think I first started noticing it around 2011, but that was more in email and social media. Spoken, it’s a more recent development.

Missy on May 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I realize she’s not perfect, but this is the best we Democrats can expect in a place like Georgia.

Occams Stubble on May 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Well Georgia also has Jason Carter running for his granddad’s old job in Atlanta. Dems down there are so out of choices they’re running sequels! I miss Democrats like Zell Miller.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Looks are very, very important. Give me a pretty dim, and I’ll sing her praises in that regard.

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

to architect

She should be disqualified for that alone.

rbj on May 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Well Georgia also has Jason Carter running for his granddad’s old job in Atlanta. Dems down there are so out of choices they’re running sequels! I miss Democrats like Zell Miller.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I was trying some satire about how we sound when a blue-state Republican is not perfect. I guess it didn’t work.

Occams Stubble on May 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Also, the only thing worth discussing about dims is their looks. There’s no use discussing their politics as they are uniformly unprincipled and intellectually dishonest hacks.

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

When did the Coyote ever catch the Road Runner? I’m a huge fan of Mr. Runner (and Mr. Coyote, for that matter).

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

There was one episode….he chased RR into a pipe that grew progressively smaller. When they came out, Wile E was an inch tall but RR was (of course) regular size. RR stops and Wile E runs up and grabs his ankle. He looks at the camera and holds up a sign that says “Now What?”. I thought it was hilarious. I can’t remember how old I was.

Mord on May 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Nunn, Prior, Bush, Gore, Kennedy…ad nausea.

Could we stop with the children of politicians running for Daddy’s and Mommy’s office. Cripes!!!

patch on May 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Mord on May 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

OK, I do remember that sequence.

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Looks are very, very important. Give me a pretty dim, and I’ll sing her praises in that regard.

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Looks are important, but only women get away with complaining about jokes at their expense. For good reason, IMHO, when they have nothing else going for them. “Wow, she is stupid AND ugly” is just a bridge too far.

Mord on May 20, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

…because we had to look?

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Sarah Palin

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Lugar, the pig, supports Nunn.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

You people with all these attacks on her looks…

Don’t you know she’s one of those table Models?
I’ve seen better legs on a table.

ToddPA on May 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

But Mayo-head Wasserman and Nanzi Pelosi said democrats would be running on Obama-democrat Care.

jukin3 on May 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Lisa Murkowski MK 2 MOD 1

BigWyo on May 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

So Dick Lugar’s pet Democrat got a two-fer. The piece was edited to make her look better to Georgia voters, and when her answer was still viewed as utterly lame, the editing gave her an opportunity to cry foul.

novaculus on May 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The only “health care policy” Dems want is the dismantling of what we have in their totalitarian takeover of their new Amerikka. Sieg Heil! Goosestep, goosestep!

russedav on May 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Still dodging the question

AND

Still batsh*t ugly

txdoc on May 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM
I absolutely agree. It’s tiresome.

Ed Morrissey on May 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Ah guys, lighten up. These threads have been hilarious. Her politics suck we know that. Just looking beyond politics to find some redeeming part.

Not so much. Both inside and outside pitiful.

txdoc on May 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Gorgeous lady.

Forget about politics–she should be a supermodel!

MisterElephant on May 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

daywear, eveningwear or beachwear?

gracie on May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I’m thinking gasoline-powered lawn tractors.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

don’t like the woman’s politics. But why so darn many attacks upon her looks?

SC.Charlie on May 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I absolutely agree. It’s tiresome.

Ed Morrissey on May 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

It’s not like ugly men get a pass. See: Henry Waxman, Plugs Biden, Michael Moore, Rachel Madcow, Alan Grayson, John Kerry, Stuart Smalley, et al.

pain train on May 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM

So HA pays attention to the edit for Nunn, but ignores the edits done to the interview with Cliven Bundy to make him sound racist! Go figure. HA – you suck.

earlgrey on May 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM