MSNBC Pulls A Romney On Romney, Runs O’Keefe-Like Edited Video
In what is a shockingly disappointing act of journalism malpractice, MSNBC joined the ranks of Fox News yesterday when they ran a selectively edited video of Mitt Romney which had the result of making the GOP presidential candidate seem out of touch with modern day life. In fact, thanks to the Breitbart/James O’Keefe-like editing, the MSNBC video misrepresented the comments Romney made — much like the candidate did in his first campaign video, when they ran a spot that showed President Obama saying if he talks about the economy he’s going to lose. In that video, Obama was quoting John McCain.
Politico notes Andrea Mitchell, who first aired the video, will address it on her 1:00 PM ET show today. That’s a sign of journalistic integrity you’ll never, ever see on Fox.
UPDATE:Â 1:02 PM — Mitchell addressed the issue at the top of her show, but disappointingly, did not properly provide before and after context of the clip they showed yesterday, just the “after.”
The juvenile, radical right wing blog Sooper Mexican broke the story:
His speech begins at about 40 seconds in:
â€œBy the way, where do you get your hoagies here, do you get them at WAWAs?â€¦ Well I want to a place today called WAWAs, have you ever been to WAWAs?Â I know some people havenâ€™tâ€¦. We went to WAWAs and it was instructive to me,because I saw the difference between the private sector and the governmental sector.Â People who work in government are good people and I respect what they do, but you see, the challenge with government is that it doesnâ€™t have competition.â€
â€œSo we find ways to do things better or we lose jobs to each other.â€
He goes into a story about how an optometrist has to send in 33 pages of pages.Â The Atlantic described it as:
Romney on the stump, at a historic iron furnace in Cornwall, near Lebanon, using the hoagie-ordering experience at the WaWa as a parable for whatâ€™s right and wrong in America. (Wrong: a doctor told him that he had to fill out a 33-page change-of-address form, several times, to get the post office to send his mail â€” including reimbursement checks â€” to his new location. That is what happens with government-run organizations where you have â€œno competition.â€ Right: at WaWa, great hoagies. Also, very efficient touch-pad ordering system. This is what you get with competition.)
Mitt continues in the video at about 2:45:
â€œAnd then I was at a WAWAs and ordered a sandwichâ€¦ you have a touchtone keypad, and you touch that, touch this, go pay the cashier, thereâ€™s your sandwich.Â Itâ€™s amazing!â€
This is where the media cut the video to distort the truth. GOTCHA, you slimy little maggots!!
â€œPeople in the private sector have learned to compete and itâ€™s time to bring some competition to the Federal Government and to get it smaller, and have them respond to the customers, which are YOU!!â€
Will they correct this? NO. Doesnâ€™t fit into their plan to destroy any Republican running for office.
You’ll have to forgive the hysteria from theÂ right wingÂ blogger.
Of course, when it comes to misrepresentation and just plain lying, Fox News is king. Like whenÂ Fox News â€˜Misrepresentedâ€™ Its Own Gay Marriage Poll.
Like when Fox News reported that President Barack Obamaâ€™s new campaign video that previews his new slogan, â€œForward,â€ has â€œhistorical ties to Marxism, Socialism.â€
Like Â when aÂ Fox affiliate in Orlando, Florida ran a story online and on air about Neo-Nazis but titled the piece, â€œCivil rights group patrolling Sanford.â€
Like when Fox News contributor Sandy Rios said that Americaâ€™s embrace of Ellen DeGeneres will bring â€œthe complete eradication of the traditional family.â€
Like when Fox Newsâ€™ Andrea Tantaros said on â€œThe Five,â€ that Barack Obamaâ€™s State of the Union speech will be a â€œvery divisive, very evilâ€ speech.
Like whenÂ Fox Newsâ€™s Eric Bolling didnâ€™t like the comments a spokesperson for an atheist group was making, and kicked him off the show.
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Trump Desperate to Keep Any Possible Criminal Evidence From Supreme Court: Legal Expert
Donald Trump’s decision to allow one of his lawyers to speak before a grand jury on Friday morning, instead of appealing all the way to the Supreme Court, may have been made out of fear of what the justices on the nation’s highest court might see if they reviewed the case.
According to MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin, under normal circumstances, the former president would have dragged out a legal fight over attorney-client privilege that would have kept attorney Evan Corcoran from testifying under oath about Trump’s possession of government documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort that led to the FBI showing up with a warrant.
As Rubin notes, the fact that Trump let Corcoran testify over three hours raised eyebrows.
“For one, yes, it is indeed unusual, if not unheard of, for a lawyer to be litigating against a party one day and then testifying under court-ordered examination by that same party the next one,” she wrote before suggesting Trump and his legal team were looking at the long game when he might need the predominantly conservative Supreme Court to lend him a helping hand.
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Writing, “Trump has made clear he believes this Supreme Court — controlled by conservative justices, three of whom he appointed — owes him one,” she added, “My hunch is that Trump’s team let Corcoran’s testimony happen because of what’s likely involved in any request to pause, much less, review a crime-fraud-related ruling: the evidence.”
“Put another way, if Trump had petitioned the Supreme Court to stay Corcoran’s testimony and document production, the justices would have seen some, if not all, of what Judge Howell and the three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit have already reviewed: proof that Trump misled Corcoran and engaged in criminal conduct,” she elaborated.
Rubin went on to note that Trump would likely appeal any conviction to the Supreme Court, writing, “And for someone whose one last hope, if he is ultimately charged or tried by any of the multiple entities now investigating him, is that same Supreme Court, letting the justices see evidence of his alleged crimes now would be a bridge too far.”
“Trump can’t afford to lose the Supreme Court yet,” she suggested.
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No TX Congressional Republican Will Say If They’re Attending Trump’s Rally in Waco – Will He Have Trouble Filling Seats?
Donald Trump‘s Saturday campaign rally in Waco, Texas, falls during the 30th anniversary of the 51-day siege that community is known for, when 86 people died after a failed ATF raid on an anti-government religious cult suspected of illegally stockpiling firearms amid allegations of sexual abuse, statutory rape, and polygamy.
Experts have been warning for a week that Trump’s choice of Waco, synonymous with violent anti-government extremism, was no accident. His rhetoric this week, including most recently Friday when he warned of “potential death & destruction” should he be indicted, has been seen as encouraging violence.
NCRM was among the first news outlets to report experts’ concerns over Trump’s choice to hold a rally in Waco during the 30th anniversary of the deadly siege.
Not a single congressional Republican from Texas will say they are attending, nor has the town’s GOP mayor, according to a report from Insider, which contacted over two dozen Republican lawmakers and other elected officials.
“None of the 30 Texas Republicans Insider contacted about the event said they were going,” Insider reveals.
“Most of the 30 GOP members contacted about Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to the site of a 30-year-old standoff between cult leader David Koresh and federal authorities did not respond to requests for comment about whether they intended to rally with the scandal-plagued candidate and perhaps say a few kind words,” Insider reports.
“Rep. Pete Sessions, a Waco native who now represents the surrounding 17th congressional district, praised Trump for shining a light on his hometown but said he’d have to miss the spectacle,” Insider adds. “Aides to Rep. Troy Nehls, one of the four House Republicans from Texas who have formally backed Trump’s 2024 run, told Insider he wouldn’t be heading to Waco because of a prior commitment in Washington, DC, this weekend.”
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Meanwhile, in addition to guest list challenges – the campaign refused to tell Insider who the guest speakers will be – Trump may have trouble filling seats.
Mary Trump, the ex-president’s niece who opposes him, has been running a campaign to get anti-Trump Americans to “sign up” for tickets to the Saturday rally, in the hopes of being able to turn away supporters.
Let’s fill this venue with empty seats.https://t.co/3tGSfan5iw
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) March 24, 2023
“Donald has a rally in Waco this Saturday,” she also said via Twitter. “It’s a ploy to remind his cult of the infamous Waco siege of 1993, where an anti-government cult battled the FBI. Scores of people died. He wants the same violent chaos to rescue him from justice.”
“But we can stop him. If we book the 50,000+ venue, we can make sure most of the seats are empty when the traitor takes the stage,” she said. “We can no longer fail to hold powerful men accountable for their crimes against our country.”
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‘Utter Cowardice’: Jim Jordan Blasted for Telling Reporter He Can’t Read Trump’s Violence-Threatening Post Without Glasses
Countless GOP lawmakers over the years have professed ignorance over Donald Trump’s tweets as reporters ask them to respond, often claiming they hadn’t read them, but House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan took that performance to a whole new level Friday afternoon.
NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur asked the Ohio Republican congressman to weigh in on Trump’s social media post threatening “potential death & destruction” if he gets indicted.
“Jordan said he hasn’t seen Trump’s post,” Kapur said via Twitter. “When I showed [it] to him on my phone, he said he can’t read well without his glasses.”
“He added he’s reviewing DA Bragg’s letter,” Kapur added.
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Jordan, who didn’t need glasses to appear on Fox Business just two days ago (photo) is getting blowback.
VICE News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich explained the progression.
“The stages of ignoring incitement,” he tweeted. “2016: I don’t respond to tweets —> 2018: I havent seen the tweet —-> 2023: I literally can’t see the tweet.”
“Utter cowardice,” declared former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh. “Not at all the @Jim_Jordan I knew & served with in Congress 10 yrs ago. Or…maybe it is.”
“The sheer dishonesty and cowardice of these people,” lamented MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, echoing Walsh’s remarks.
Government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics said the “extent to which Trump’s backers in Congress are going to not condemn [his] calls for violence are ludicrous.”
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Some tied Jordan’s inability to see the post to his apparent inability to see or remember all the Ohio State wrestlers who say they complained to Jordan when he was their assistant coach, about being sexually harassed or assaulted by the team doctor. To this day despite numerous reports and people publicly coming forward, Jordan denied it ever happened.
“Apparently, Jim Jordan is unable to see wrestlers being sexually abused or Donald Trump social media posts,” attorney and Republican turned Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted.
“Well, @Jim_Jordan has shown before that he has trouble seeing threats right in front of his nose, so this checks out,” tweeted historian Kevin M. Kruse.
But Jordan’s Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may have served up the best response: “Why do you need your glasses to condemn violence @Jim_Jordan?”
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