Politics: MSNBC busted doctoring Romney clip

Published by: Dan Calabrese on Friday September 28th, 2012

Dan Calabrese

By DAN CALABRESE - Facepalm, all right, but not for Romney.

Hat tip to my buddy Alex Lara here. This is about as blatant as it gets. It's a little confusing and I had to watch it twice, but here's the gist of it: Romney introduces Ryan and the crowd starts chanting, "Romney." Romney then implores the crowd to yell "Romney/Ryan" thus including his running mate in the adulation.

Here's how MSNBC altered it: When the crowd starts yelling "Romney," MSNBC inserts a false subtitle indicating they are yelling "Ryan." It's just unclear enough that you could believe it's either one, so those watching on TV would probably believe what the subtitle is telling them. Thus, when Mitt implores them to yell "Romney/Ryan," it makes it appear he is saying, in essence, "Hey, what about me?" In fact, he was doing exactly the opposite. They already were chanting for him and he was asking them to remember Ryan as well.

So once MSNBC shows the doctored clip, all the talking heads around the table start with the facepalms, as if Romney has just embarrassed and humiliated himself. The caller to the Blaze, who was at the event, sets straight what really happened.

Here's the clip, via TownHall:

This one of the most maddening things about campaigns, but especially presidential campaigns. The media obsesses over "optics," and because it has the ability to doctor, edit and alter video, it can take a situation in which the optics are entirely unobjectionable, and manipulate them to create the impression they want. This has nothing whatsoever to do with how good or bad a president Romney would be. It's just designed to make him look like he got embarrassed in a public setting, when in fact he did not.

If there are any serious people working at MSNBC, I don't know how they can show their faces in public with the way their network does things.