Was I dreaming, or was Andrea Mitchell once a relatively trustworthy journalist? Was it working at MSNBC that rotted her professionalism away completely, as with poor Chris Matthews?
Because this is disgusting.
Last week, on her pompously titeled show “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Mitchell asked Kamala Harris, “What does Governor Ron Desantis not know about black history and the black experience when he says that slavery and the aftermath of slavery should not be taught to Florida schoolchildren?” Florida’s governor never said that, not has he advocated that, nor has any other Republican official or pundit not now residing in a padded cell. That’s a deliberately dishonest Democratic, anti-DeSantis, pro-Critical Race Theory talking point designed for consumption by lazy, gullible and uninformed citizens.
Harris might have won a bit of respect had she corrected Mitchell, but she’s an unethical hack too, so naturally she acted as if it was a fair question.Or she didn’t know it was nonsense: with Harris its hard to tell.
DeSantis’s press secretary was on the job, tweeting,
Indeed it does. From the state requirements, guidelines DeSantis supported and approved:
…Instructional personnel may facilitate discussions and use curricula to address, in an age-appropriate manner, how the individual freedoms of persons have been infringed by slavery, racial oppression, racial segregation, and racial discrimination, as well as topics relating to the enactment and enforcement of laws resulting in racial oppression, racial segregation, and racial discrimination and how recognition of these freedoms has overturned these unjust laws….
Students shall develop an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping on individual freedoms, and examine what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purpose of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions.
Thus Mitchell’s statement to the Vice-President was either deliberate lie or incompetent misrepresentation. That’s not opinion, as Marissa Tomei told Fred Gwynn in “My Cousin Vinny,” it’s fact. Yet neither Mirchell nor her Dark Lords at MSNBC thought it necessary to correct their falsehood, probably because they were doing their job as anti-Republican operatives well.
After days passed without a correction or an apology, Griffin tweeted,
Well, that’s a bit of fiction: it’s certainly too late for the truth to cleanse the obvious perfidy and journalistic disgrace practiced by MSNBC and Mitchell. Finally, Mitchell deigned to tell viewers that what she had said wasn’t exactly accurate, and lied again. This time DeSantis’s Deputy Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern “pounced”:
Thus did Mitchell add deceit to her outright lie. Stating X as fact when the truth is Not X isn’t being “imprecise,” and after that misrepresentation, Mitchell resorts to the tactic of representing some “historians and teachers”—those dedicated to an anti-white, anti-US “1619 Project” distortion of U.S. history— as most or all historians and teachers. It was neither an apology or a correction. Mitchell doubled down on her lie.
That’s “advocacy journalism” for you! It’s also partisan propaganda, flagrant hackery, and the kind of biased and deliberately misleading journalism that led Donald Trump to conclude that the 2020 election was stolen…for which there is “no evidence,” as Mitchell’s colleagues at the Post and the Times will say until the stars turn cold.
No evidence but Andrea Mitchell and her ilk, every day, in myriad articles, news stories and broadcast news reports…
DeSantis, through Griffin, reacted the way the Trump administration should have once it became clear that the news media had abandoned journalism for partisan warfare:
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“Or she didn’t know it was nonsense: with Harris its hard to tell.”
I was wondering if anyone else saw that. Had I not been a captive audience (my lovely and long suffering career Lefty wife was tuned in) while prepping my (arguably) World Class Parmesan Crusted Salmon, I wouldn’t have either.
My takeaway was just how painfully inept Harris came across….and that DESPITE the slow lobs from an unctuously fawning interviewer.
This is another episode that supports the opinion that the political left and their Pravda-USA media outlets think that “the ends justify the means”, it’s all about propaganda narratives. Throw their shit on the walls and see what sticks.
“The political left has shown its pattern of propaganda lies within their narratives so many times since 2016 that it’s beyond me why anyone would blindly accept any narrative that the political left and their lapdog media actively push?” Steve Witherspoon 2022
I concur. There is no reason to put yourself through a partisan wringer for people who are not committed to the truth. Not a single Republican office-holder has even suggested that slavery or racial discrimination in the post-Civil War period not be taught in public schools. It is solely a Democratic Party Talking Point that is repeated ad nauseum to the point that social media is full of fully-propagandized leftists who post it as a knee-jerk reaction.
And this is not incompetence, this is willful deception. I can believe that someone graduating from journalism school these days would be incompetent enough to not understand the distinction, but Andrea Mitchell is old enough to have gotten at least some journalism schooling before things went full-tilt insane.
They know they are lying. They also know their supporters either don’t recognize it or don’t care.
Bryan Griffin’s response is indeed a model for responding to the lying media. Why play the game when the “rules” are fixed against you?
Jim Hodgson wrote, “Why play the game when the “rules” are fixed against you?”
There’s an unfortunate consequence to this, if you refuse to play the game across the board with all the left’s Pravda-USA media outlets then you risk not getting your message out to half of the voting public.
How do you reach those that are not reachable via ethical media outlets?
I’d say switch to social media with a blitz campaign every time you are misrepresented. Maybe, the minute controversial legislation is being considered, jump on Twitter and explain specifically what the legislation says and what it does or does not do.
Then again, it would just be called disinformation, wouldn’t it?