So let us compare and contrast two roughly parallel political segments on Andrea's show, and her different "approach" (to coin a Luke word) to them. Last week, as emphatically stated in a couple of posts, I said Andrea "silently" hosted right wing VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli following the President's speech to basically trash it while she couldn't "even properly articulate the argument to counter the wingnut's LIES. We're not asking you to repeat talking points; just THE FACTS, MA'AM, from reliable nonpartisan sources like, e.g., the CBO. Republicans LIE consistently. Every single time they're on with Andrea Mitchell. And she says nothing. Much less act like the shadow of a journalist."
Today, Andrea reverted to the same format, broadcasting an extended portion of a Romney stump speech in Pennsylvania. I actually wondered to myself, "who will Andrea call upon on the other side to even the Cuccinelli scales?" Just half-listening to Romney's speech, I caught two FAMILIAR, OFT-REPEATED LIES right off the bat. Andrea SAID NOTHING to correct them after she cut away from the speech, given roughly the same time frame she gave the President. HERE'S THE FIRST LIE, and MARTIN BASHIR'S (PROXY) SLAPDOWN OF ANDREA MITCHELL — because, unlike his colleague and/or her staff, Martin does his DUE DILIGENCE:
HERE IS THE SECOND LIE, in which Romney keeps insisting directly from this LYING AD, CAUGHT BY
HERE'S THE REAL STORY, FROM
My point is — and I get blue in the face repeating it, hence my anger and frustration at MSNBC — there is NO CREDIBLE EXCUSE for Andrea Mitchell, and her staff, to not just DO ROUTINE DUE DILIGENCE on the credibility of Mitt Romney's claims/LIES. Everyone, it seems, in the political world, KNOWS THE MAN IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, EXCEPT ANDREA MITCHELL. Like her, a lot of them behave as if Romney's LIES are par for the course, because he KEEPS REPEATING THEM. But then Andrea keeps broadcasting Romney's LIES to hundreds of thousands of people tuning in, WITHOUT THE LEAST REGARD FOR THE CANONS OF OBJECTIVE JOURNALISM.
WHAT I SAID. Not repeating it, there's no need. But SHAME ON YOU, Andrea. And Martin, Lawrence: You've done a GREAT JOB exposing Romney's LIES. WHY ON EARTH WON'T YOU HAVE A WORD WITH ANDREA and your so-called "news" team?! In case you haven't noticed, this disgraces your profession. SELF-RESPECT, at least, demands that you speak out. EMPHATICALLY.