Did MSNBC Doctor Another Video to Trash Romney?

MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell got caught in June selectively editing a video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make him look like an out of touch moron.

As the Blaze reported Thursday, Morning Joe aired a video this week that has aroused similar suspicion.

Our story begins with the same Morning Joe clip David Letterman played Thursday night as part of his "Joe Scarborough: Sweet Jesus" segment.

In it, a chyron came on the screen reading "Ryan, Ryan" drawing attention to a crowd's chant at a Romney/Ryan event.

Romney then instructed the crowd to chant, "Romney/Ryan, Romney/Ryan" eliciting harsh criticism from Scarborough - "Sweet Jesus" - as well as derision from Mika Brzezinski.

Yet if you listen to the video without looking at the screen, it sounds like the crowd was initially chanting "Romney, Romney."

The Blaze noted:

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.’”

The folks at Townhall took this a step further creating a video to drive the point home:

Townhall observed, "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."

That's clearly not what Scarborough and Brzezinski depicted, is it?


Ace weighed in Friday:

If you are given a chyron of text telling you what the speaker is ostensibly saying you will hear the speaker saying it, even if he is not in fact saying it at all.

It's an interesting demonstration of suggestibility.

Assuming the callers into the "Pat and Stu" show were correct, one has to wonder if Scarborough and Brzezinski were similarly duped or somehow a part of the canard.

Regardless of the answer, that's one fine "news network," isn't it?

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.