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On MSNBC I’ve heard the word “blogger” used as a pejorative to dismiss us as factually challenged. How things change:
MSNBC aired footage today that inaccurately portrayed Mitt Romney’s remarks at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania.
When even Politico is coming down on you, that’s pretty bad,
The MSNBC clip feeds into the narrative, beloved by some on the left, that Romney is a 1950’s throwback. After the clip cut, Mitchell and MSNBC contributor Chris Cillizza broke out into laughter — which is understandable, given that they both had been led to believe that Romney was wowed by a simple machine. In fact, what Romney found so “amazing” was the discord between private sector innovation and public sector bureaucracy.
via Nice Deb Betsy’s Page notes what happened
Well, the joke is on them. It didn’t take the blogger at Sooper Mexican to find the entire video of Mitt Romney talking about the touch-pad ordering system at WaWa’s. And it turns out that he was making a point comparing the innovation of the private sector to come up with a faster and more efficient way to order the condiments on your sandwich with the over-regulation and lack of innovation in the public sector. He contrasts the innovation at WaWa with a doctor who told him he had to fill out a 33-page change-of-address form for getting Medicare payments.
What! you can find the real video on the internet? I know Andrea Mitchell is a bit older than she looks but she has heard of the net hasn’t she?
It’s as if MSNBC had no idea that anyone else could find the video of the moment shot by some guy with a camera who was waiting to hand his book about hemp to Mitt Romney and then a blogger could figure out how they misleadingly edited the Romney video. They forgot that there are conservative bloggers out there who are capable of finding out their editing chicanery and that the internet can be used to distribute the proof of their dishonest reporting. Soon the real story goes from conservative blogs to Politico and now there are questions that MSNBC will have to answer. Just as NBC News had to fire a producer for editing the George Zimmerman tape of his 911 call, someone will probably have to lose his or her job for this if MSNBC cares at all about even the appearance of journalistic integrity. Perhaps not.
I suggest MSNBC long stopped worrying about journalism and turned to advocacy but just remember every time you hear someone go after “mere” bloggers remind them that this deception was done with a full squad of editors, producers and all the power of the NBC news team behind them. As Ed Morrissey says:
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?
Yeah their video is a lot slicker than say mine from the Nashua Federated Republican Women’s Conference , but you can trust my video, and if you have a problem with it, you can ask me directly. How much of this do you think went on in the Bush (I), Reagan, Ford, Nixon et/al years before there was a net to “fact check your ***”?