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MSM Special Treatment

When those in the MSM interview supporters of conservatives they get extra special treatment. Just watch as MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell grills, I mean interviews, a Palin supporter.

Here is O'Donnell's defense, via Newsbusters:

O'DONNELL: Well, her name was Jackie Seal and she voted in the last election, not 13 years old as some have suggested. And it is important to point out that when I walk and talk to a bunch of people up and down the line, I say "Who wants to talk on camera?" Some people say, "I don't want to talk." They're not ready to talk. Some people say, "I want to talk, So, I walked down and met that man who had the shirt that said Palin for president on it. And I said, "Is there a woman who will come and talk about Sarah Palin?" And he grabbed that woman and pulled her over. So, I did not choose that woman, it just so happens she had a shirt on and was confused about Palin's position on the issues. I think that is important to point that out. We do it with both sides of the aisle, sometimes people are connected to a politician or someone but know very little about them on the issues. This book wouldn't tell you about the issues, it requires reading. It requires examination. And so I think that that was a reflective moment in terms of finding out just how much people are either confused about the issues or didn't know about the issues. But, it is important to point out everybody we interviewed volunteered and that case, a previous voter and not 13 years old.

Jackie, the girl O'Donnell grilled has weighed in with the back story of the interview. She is 17 years old so those who identified her as 13 or 14 were wrong, but O'Donnell, who twice claimed she had voted in the last election, was wrong as well. Read her full detailed account. She definitely learned a valuable lesson.

In one day I met a role model, and met the liberal media and their crafty schemes. I fell prey to liberal bias, but I'd like to think I did an okay job. We always want do-overs, and I can assure you if I had a do-over with Miss O'Donnell you'd see a much more prepared (well rested) and ready to go at it side of this 17 year old. But unlike Norah I didnt have my note cards with me. I was forced to think on the spot and answer a gotcha question. Her goal was clear, make this teenager look like an uneducated Palin supporting buffoon. To liberals, and the 5 people who watch MSNBC she succeeded. To conservatives, she was the only buffoon during that interview.

I have no problem with a reporter asking the kind of question O'Donnell asked, as long as it is in context and is done equally on both sides of the aisle. I challenge O'Donnell to produce an example of her similarly questioning an Obama supporter. When I said "context" I was referring to the question fitting the type of interview. This was a reporter questioning a person in line to get a book signed. O'Donnell grilled this 17-year-old girl more vigorously than she does most of the liberal politicians she interviews. She regularly lets Democrats repeat their talking points on air without challenging or fact checking them. There are many instances when their talking points are demonstrably false, yet fail to even elicit a question from the "journalists" on MSNBC. Here's a bit of advice for those on MSNBC, start treating all your guests (including the liberal and Democrat ones) like Norah O'Donnell treated 17-year-old Jackie Seal and maybe the public will start taking you seriously. Who knows, if you did that maybe your ratings would even improve.


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Norah O'Donnell is wrong. S... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

Norah O'Donnell is wrong. Sarah Palin never said she was in favor of the bailout of GM and Chrysler. That was Obama using the bailout money for a different purpose. The bailout was written and passed by a Democrat controlled congress and signed by Bush because he felt he had to do something.

No one in the MSM ever notices when Barack Obama reverses one of his policy pronouncements.

Almost any tactic is justif... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Almost any tactic is justified when you see when Palin answering "Newsmax" as the first publication she cited when Sean Hannity asked Palin what she does read.


As Allahpundit might say, t... (Below threshold)
Hank:

As Allahpundit might say, the quote of the day.

"But unlike Norah I didnt have my note cards with me."

That was almost a coherent ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

That was almost a coherent sentence, AB.

Couldn't find anything snar... (Below threshold)
epador:

Couldn't find anything snarky to say in your index card file for the dollars and cents post that's next, Adrian, or do you agree with that one?

A notepad is a poor substit... (Below threshold)
914:

A notepad is a poor substitute for a teleprompter.

All the reporter did was sh... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

All the reporter did was show that conservative supporters of Sarah Palin don't know what they are talking about.

Granted, those of us who are up on politics knew that already. Still, there are some viewers who may not realize that.

It was a public service.

Vic

"It was a public service.</... (Below threshold)
914:

"It was a public service.

Vic"

Why dont You do us a public service and F off?

Fox News was <a href="http:... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

Fox News was just caught lying on air for the second time in a week.

All MSNBC did was tell the truth, and demonstrate that Palin supporters are misinformed.

There's a correlation there. Fox News lies and conservative bounce down the street misinformed.

Don't shoot MSNBC for pointing that out to the rest of the nation. It's a public service.

Vic

Fox News is a hypocrite and... (Below threshold)
Victory is Mao's:

Fox News is a hypocrite and should be in jail!

Like Sarah! Eek! Eek!

You wingers better STFU or SEIU will make you!

For example, speaking of MS... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

For example, speaking of MSM coverage, were you aware that Fox News also lied about the size of the crowd at a Teabagger's protest in D.C.? Boy, talk about "MSM special treatment"...

The controversy stems from an anti-health-care reform rally held last Thursday on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., which Rep. Michele Bachmann termed the "Super Bowl of Freedom." The Washington Post estimated that the rally drew roughly 10,000 attendees, but Fox News commentator Sean Hannity claimed on his show that the event drew 20,000 people, while Bachmann, appearing as a guest on Hannity's show, estimated that number to be much higher, up to 45,000. In the process of lauding the turnout "in the middle of the day on a Thursday," Hannity showed footage of scores of people assembled in protest, presumably at last week's rally.

But "The Daily Show" pointed out an oddity in the footage during their broadcast last night: The condition of the sky and the coloring of the leaves lacked consistency in some of the shots, leading Stewart to insinuate that Hannity incorporated footage from coverage of Beck's "9/12" rally into his show's segment on Bachmann's event, in order to bolster the perception of its turnout.

Ultimately Fox News apologized for lying.

Vic

"All MSNBC did was tell ... (Below threshold)
914:

"All MSNBC did was tell the truth, and demonstrate that Palin supporters are misinformed."

Im well aware Obama is a socialist. So I dont know what the hell You are sniveling about.

"Don't shoot MSNBC for pointing that out to the rest of the nation. It's a public service."

Who the hell watches MSNBC?

"There's a correlation there. Fox News lies and conservative bounce down the street misinformed."

You would see the opposite is true if You could but dislodge Your melon from Barry's bunghole long enough to take a breath.

"Fox News was just caught l... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Fox News was just caught lying on air for the second time in a week."

Yeah VIC, can you imagine that. LYING. And then admitting that they 'lied'.

Unlike some other 'news channels' that you probably subscribe to. Like the one where the reporter "grilled" Joey Biden while he pompously stated that FDR gave chats on TELEVISION in 1939. That most excellent reporter just nodded her head in agreement.

Since we're talking about l... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

Since we're talking about lies now:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704335904574496850939846712.html

In September, [Stephen McIntyre of Climate Audit] revealed that a famous graph using tree rings to show unprecedented 20th century warming relies on thin data. Since its publication in 2000, University of East Anglia professor Keith Briffa's much-celebrated image has made star appearances everywhere from U.N. policy papers to activists' posters. Like other so-called "hockey stick" temperature graphs, it's an easy sell--one look and it seems Gadzooks! We're burning ourselves up!

"It was the belle of the ball," Mr. McIntyre told me on a recent phone call from Ontario. "Its dance card was full."

At least until Mr. McIntyre reported that the modern portion of that graph, which shows temperatures appearing to skyrocket in the last 100 years, relies on just 12 tree cores in Russia's Yamal region. When Mr. McIntyre presented a second graph, adding data from 34 tree cores from a nearby site, the temperature spike disappears...

Prior to the Briffa graph revelation, he had also caught a statistical error that undercut another exalted "hockey stick" graph prominently featured by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC, this one by Michael Mann, head of Pennsylvania State University's Earth System Science Center... In 2007, Mr. McIntyre found a technical gaffe that forced NASA to correct itself and admit that 1934, not 1998, was the warmest year recorded in the continental U.S.


Thanks to Mark Steyn of NRO's The Corner blog.

MSNBC pounces on a highscho... (Below threshold)
Staylor:

MSNBC pounces on a highschool girl with gottcha questions at a Palin book signing and then LIES that the girl was in fact a voter and this is somehow a 'public service'.
Meanwhile FOX News has differing estimates (and yes all crowd size estimates from DC are in fact estimates) from the Washington post (who apparently has some crazy and highly secret way of measuring crowds which makes their estimate the TRUTH and not to deviated from) and then mistankenly shows footage from another Tea Party protest (something they quickly apologized for) and thus is the true villain here.
Now I suppose that Vic is at least is consistent in his crazyness and will say that when John Ziegler interviewed Obama voters after the elction and showed that many of them did not even know who controlled congress was also doing a 'public service'. Not to mention he will also insist that MSNBC and CNN lied when they said the 9/12 Tea Party protest numbered in the 'thousands' when conservative estimates placed at least in the hundreds of thousands range.
Surely Vic is consistent and will extend the standards he set today to these incidents as well?

"All MSNBC did was tell ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"All MSNBC did was tell the truth, and demonstrate that Palin supporters are misinformed."

I could write an entire blog, making entries every ten minutes for years cataloging the remarks of misinformed Obama supporters.

So your point is.....

vic "All MSNBC did wa... (Below threshold)
Marc:

vic "All MSNBC did was tell the truth, and demonstrate that Palin supporters are misinformed."

Well, if "tell the truth" means not only lying twice about the girs age, but not admitting to it.

You did notice the difference between Fox and msnbc correct, I mean, at least Fox apologized for both MISTAKES... not lies as you claim. [You can prove they did it on purpose right?]

msnbc... not so much.

Vic is one of the hundred t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Vic is one of the hundred that watch MSNBC. The station that has an anchor that says "Is calling Al Queda a crime"? Now I know where Vic gets his lame ammo.

What Vic leaves out is the immediate apology that Fox put out as did Hannity. It is called integrity and class. Something the left knows nothing about.

Of course it was O'Donnel's "job" as an on the scene reporter to "enlighten" the people and/or "confront" people who do not believe like her. Norah didn't inform the customers that Sarah was against the stimulus until she joined the McCain team. (what did Biden believe before he joined the messiahs team)

Every one that has an ounce of intelligience and common cents knows O'Donnel was not reporting as much as making the news. ww

I'd like to see Nora do her... (Below threshold)
jvarden:

I'd like to see Nora do her interviews in the nude. Hope I'm not out of line.

"What Vic leaves out is ... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

"What Vic leaves out is the immediate apology that Fox put out as did Hannity."

There goes WiddleWillie, making up lies.

Fox did not put out an immediate apology. Fox didn't even acknowledge that they'd lied until 4 days after their report, a day after Jon Stewart aired a national report showing they'd lied about the crowd estimates and used footage from the 9/12 rally while pretending the 9/12 crowd was the crowd during the last protest.

Fox News never acknowledged that they lied about the crowd size - they only acknowledged that they'd lied by using 2 month old footage of another protest -- only after almost a week has passed -- and only after the report from Jon Stewart outed their lie.

Obviously WiddleWillie watches Fox News.

"FOX did not put out an ... (Below threshold)
914:

"FOX did not put out an immediate apology. Fox didn't even acknowledge that they'd lied until 4 days after their report"


Obama has not admitted His lies of a year ago yet? So shut Your face!!

vic "Fox did not put o... (Below threshold)
Marc:

vic "Fox did not put out an immediate apology. Fox didn't even acknowledge that they'd lied until 4 days after their report, a day after Jon Stewart aired a national report showing they'd lied about the"

Geesh dimbulb, do ya think there might, just might, be a connection between a 3 day old report and 4 day old apology?

Or do you think they ignored the "3 day" FLOOD of viewer complaints about the error?

Again asshole, you prove via some devine intervention, or Fox memo claiming what was done was done on purpose to misguide its viewership you GOT NOTHING but an honest mistake.

"Or do you think they ig... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

"Or do you think they ignored the "3 day" FLOOD of viewer complaints about the error?"

No, Fox News lied - then did nothing, hoping they wouldn't be caught.

They did nothing for four days.

Your infatuation with my ass notwithstanding, they stayed quiet, and did not "apologize immediately."

vic "Your infatuation ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

vic "Your infatuation with my ass notwithstanding, they stayed quiet, and did not "apologize immediately."

Yeah vic, you have a beautiful ass. Unfortunately the view of it is obscured by a pair of ears and a tuft of hair hanging out of it.

I note you still haven't proven your misguided point, where's your proof, where's the Fox memo, where's irrefutable evidence it was purposefully done?

You ain't got it and never will.

Jackie declares, "Her goal ... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Jackie declares, "Her goal was clear, make this teenager look like an uneducated Palin supporting buffoon."

Well, Jackie, with your help Norah succeeded. Another uninformed, idiotic conservative nailed.

Thanks, Lorie, for the funny video!

highlander "Well, Jack... (Below threshold)
Marc:

highlander "Well, Jackie, with your help Norah succeeded. Another uninformed, idiotic conservative nailed."

How soon we forget all those dweebs who could barely spell obama but had all types a hasty juices running down their legs at the sight of him




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