Accuracy in Media

Yesterday, on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, the veteran reporter tried to downplay President Obama’s remarks last week when he said that the “private sector is doing fine.” Mitchell asked Romney senior campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom,  “How big a deal do you people plan to make of this?” in reference to the Romney campaign’s ads attacking Obama for being out of touch. This brought to mind H. Ross Perot’s much criticized speech to the NAACP in 1992 when he referred to the audience as “You, your people…”

Mitchell told Fehrnstrom that “we know” [Who is “we?”]  that Obama “meant that the private sector was doing better than the public sector,” signaling that she thought the Romney campaign was making too much out of the President’s gaffe.

Fehrnstrom responded by saying that he didn’t know what Obama meant, only what he said, and what he said was wrong.

I don’t know what he meant. I only know what he said. He said the private sector is doing fine. That’s not the case; not when GDP growth has been revised downward in the first quarter. You need time-lapse photography to detect any movement at all in this slow-growing economy. I think the big problem here is that the first rule of a turn-around is to recognize the magnitude of the problem you’re facing, but if the President thinks the private sector is doing fine, as he says, then he’s not going to take the steps necessary to lead a real economic recovery.

Mitchell went on to tell Fehrnstrom that people misspeak, pointing out that in his case it was the “etch a sketch” remark and that MSNBC didn’t focus on it very much because they have larger issues to talk about.

She must have forgotten about this tweet from March.

The “etch a sketch” comment by Fehrnstrom was unfortunate and the liberal media seized on it to bolster their contention that Romney is a flip-flopper. Yet when the President misspoke, the media have come rushing to his defense and have been pooh-poohing the idea that it is an example that Obama is out of touch on the economy.

Long live the double standard at MSNBC.

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  • Ted

    So … what’s the problem here?

    Republican campaign advisors aren’t “people”?

  • Extj1

    andrea mitchell  and all of nbc    are all “you assholes”   most becomming

  • Princeton67atCoxdotnet

    It’s the condescending tone and intonation.

  • Ted

    Well, haven’t Rush Limbaugh, Sean hannity and Bill O’Reilly and others of their ilk established that “condescending tone and intonation” are perfectly acceptable elements of free speech?

  • audieho

    Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are pundits – paid to express their opinion.  Andrea Mitchell is supposed to be a journalist and unbiased.  Apparently, like many of her contemporaries, she must have been sleeping off a doozy of a hangover the morning that part of journalism was taught.  There is supposed to be a difference between journalists and pundits.  If you read the newspaper, you wouldn’t ignore the front page and head straight for the opinions, would you?  Let me retract.  In your comparison of Rush Limbaugh, Sean hannity and Bill O’Reilly to Andrea Mitchell, apparently you do.

  • Gold_rule

    The stretch that Mitchell has performed to edit the WaWa video is staggering.  Does she not know what Romney REALLY said.  The story he gave was a funny and informative contrast of government and business.  
    Andrea Mitchell tries to edit out the story and just leave the WaWa portion.  How about we just edit out her monologue and just leave the part where she says her name and then closes.  How can MSNBC say they are anything but liars!