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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