Andrew Mitchell on MSNBC yesterday claimed she couldn’t play the Obama redistribution video from 1998 because they ‘couldn’t verify’ it’s authenticity. Maybe Andrea should have asked the Obama spokesperson she was interviewing when she made this claim - because he himself had earlier confirmed the video was indeed Obama!
"Let's explain this redistribution issue because we have not authenticated this 14-year-old tape from Loyola College when Barack Obama was a state senator. So because we have not independently at NBC news and MSNBC authenticated it, we're not airing it," Andrea Mitchell told her viewers yesterday.
"But the basic issue is they're accusing President Obama, as John Sununu said to be yesterday, of class warfare. That is trying to change the subject," she added.
The weird part, however, was that earlier in the day Obama's own spokesperson admitted it was the President on the tape.
“Fourteen years ago, then-Senator Obama was making an argument for a more efficient, more effective government – specifically citing city government agencies that he didn’t think were working effectively,” said Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt in a statement. “He believed then, and believes now, that there are steps we can take to promote opportunity and ensure that all Americans have a fair shot if they work hard. Unlike Governor Romney, he doesn’t believe that if you’re a student who applies for a loan you’re looking for a handout.”
Press Secretary Jay Carney later told reporters that the emphasis on Obama's comments is a desperate attempt to change the conversation in the media. He told reporters, "I would say that all of us who follow politics and policy, whether we’re on this side or your side of the podium, have seen circumstances like this where a campaign is having a very bad day or a very bad week. And in circumstances like that, there are efforts made, sometimes desperate efforts made to change the subject.”
Wait, so did Jay Carney just give the same argument that Andrea Mitchell gave for why Romney is focusing on the tape? Is the MSNBC reporter just spouting off the talking points of the administration? Or is that really the only answer the have to hit back at the Romney campaign when they discuss hard evidence that President Obama is in favor of Socialist policies?
"That's all they have, " Pat said. "He said this, 'Yes, he is in favor of redistribution.' The only thing they have is 'Oh you're trying to change the subject.' Wow."
Earlier in the show, the radio crew was discussing the tape and why MSNBC might really be refusing to air it, and Glenn thought it might have to do with the fact that it shows Obama arguing for class warfare.
"They won't play it because they're accusing him of class warfare," Glenn said. "We get it, you think that the rich hate the poor mainly because all of your Country Club snobs, all of the people that live on the Central Park South and Central Park West and they all hate the poor. They hate them. You hate the poor. You want us to believe that our rich hate the poor. No matter what you say about it we're not going to hate the poor. We're not going to hate the poor. We have compassion. We actually do things about it," Glenn said.
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