On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe kicked off a discussion about Mitt Romney’s reliance on running mate Paul Ryan to excite supporters by airing footage of an Ohio rally the evening before.
In the clip, Romney is shown taking the stage with Ryan as supporters inaudibly chant. According to the subtitle provided by MSNBC, the crowd is chanting, “Ryan!” — before Romney interjects and leads them in chanting, “Romney! Ryan! Romney! Ryan! There we go, alright, that’s great!”
Host Joe Scarborough’s exasperated reaction to the footage, which made Romney look hapless and a bit desperate, went viral.
“Oh, sweet Jesus!” Scarborough said, burying his face in his hands. He added, “What do the Catholics say? Holy mother of God, we pray for our sinners now in their hour of peace?”
But the subtitle in the clip misrepresented what actually took place. BuzzFeed was present at the event, and took note that the crowd was actually chanting Romney’s name, before he encouraged them to add his running mate to the chant.
The New York Times story that MSNBC displayed before the clip noted the same thing. Reporter Ashley Parker wrote:
After Mr. Ryan whooped up the crowd in Vandalia on Tuesday, Mr. Romney moved to the front of the stage. As the crowd began chanting “Romney! Romney!” he cut them off.“Wait a second,” Mr. Romney said, instructing the audience to cheer for “Romney-Ryan! Romney-Ryan!” They did.
“There we go,” he said, pleased.
Read the rest for him doubling down on the stupid over the clip, including this laughable tweet:
I won’t even dignify the site that is fanning this false controversy but I will take note of those who link to the lie.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 28, 2012
Apparently he trusts the infamously dishonest video editors at his own network over two reliable popular conservative websites that both took the time to actually get the full story and video. You know, actual “real reporting. “ Greg Hengler from TownHall has more on what actually happened at the Romney/Ryan rally:
During Thursday‘s edition of TheBlaze TV’s “Pat & Stu,” one caller gives her account of the campaign rally.
“The crowd was yelling,” caller Sherry recounts, “the crowd was screaming ‘Romney! Romney!’ and Romney, being the gentleman [he is], we can‘t get in his head because he’s so stinking nice, he stopped us to add ‘Romney-Ryan.’”
I stitched together the MSNBC clip and the clip of The Blaze caller with Pat and Stu’s reaction to her claim–and their reaction to the rally footage as they play it again without the MSNBC-added text. I also stitched together the original Romney/Ryan clip that I pulled from C-SPAN.
What appears to be an unpopular Romney seeking appreciation and attention from a Paul Ryan-infatuated audience is really a man who is generously deflecting attention away from himself onto his VP nominee. [VIDEO]
In other words, what actually happened at this rally was NOTHING like what the Morning Joe show described it to be.
Not only that, but the actual NYT clip they referenced noted what really happened at the rally. Guess Joe and his liberal sidekick Mika don’t even read the news clips they put on air, either!
Joe Scarborough has lost it, and his employer NBC has become nothing more than a poor excuse for mainstream “journalism.” I was speaking with Facebook friends yesterday online and we all talked about how once upon a time MSNBC’s weekday programming was worth watching and was mostly reliable – sometimes I even found it better than Fox News. And Joe Scarborough’s show, which used to air in the evenings, was thought-provoking and interesting to watch rather than what it is now, which is little more than political tabloid sensationalism with little basis in reality, mixed in with a lot of thoughtless “commentary” designed to advance popular false narratives established by the left wing intelligentsia. He changed for the worse, and his network changed for the worse as well the moment they decided they had to engage in an idealistic war with Fox News – a battle which they are losing badly, I should note.
I’m sure he could care less about my opinion but the best way for him to start earning some of his “street cred” back with conservatives like myself who used to enjoy and respect what he had to say is to leave NBC. Not sure where he would go, but that network’s credibility has gone to hell in a hurry, and so has his. It’s a real shame that the guy who loves to call out other conservative commentators for their so-called “knee-jerk reactions” to the daily news has become that which he claims to abhor.
Wake up and walk away, Joe, before it’s too late.