Name That Party: 'Chocolate Milk' Oil Spill Edition

Hosting a debate segment this morning between  Republican strategist Alex Conant and Democratic strategist Mo Elleithee that examined the political dimensions of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, MSNBC's Tamron Hall played soundbites from two politicians with rather divergent views on offshore drilling.

The first was liberal Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) opposing expanding offshore drilling to California, the second was conservative Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), who gave a rather dopey comment where he downplayed the devastation of the oil spill by comparing its appearance to "chocolate milk."

After playing those clips back-to-back, Hall asked for Conant's reaction, mistakenly referring to Taylor as a Republican.

We at NewsBusters quickly tweeted Hall about her error and she promptly issued an on-air correction, albeit mistakenly tagging Taylor as a "Michigan Democrat" [MP3 audio available here]:

I want to make a correction. We talked about some of the political debate happening regarding offshore drilling a few minutes ago and I misidentified Congressman Gene Taylor as a Republican. He is not. He is a Democrat of Michigan [sic], and  I greatly apologize for that mistake. He is the congressman who referred to the oil spill as chocolate milk.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters