NBC is taking heat again for selective editing a day after presenting video
of Mitt Romney seemingly awestruck by the process of ordering a sandwich at a
During an afternoon broadcast of "Andrea Mitchell Reports," video of the GOP
presidential candidate seemed to show a politician out of touch as he discussed
ordering a hoagie at Wawa.
“It’s amazing," Romney said, as the Pennsylvania crowd appeared to laugh.
Then viewers saw Romney say, "You have a touchtone keypad, and you touch that,
touch this, go pay the cashier, there’s your sandwich.”
What viewers didn't see or hear was nearly three minutes of Romney discussing
the nightmare of paperwork faced by an optometrist he'd talked to in trying to
get the post office to change his address. He expressed mock amazement at Wawa's
efficiency to underscore how the private sector often runs circles around the
"We went to Wawas and it was instructive to me, because I saw the difference
between the private sector and the governmental sector. People who work in
government are good people and I respect what they do, but you see, the
challenge with government is that it doesn’t have competition,” Romney said in a
portion edited out of the segment.
A laugh track spliced in from another part of the speech allowed the
left-leaning news network to further mock Romney.
But Mitchell invoked an old perceived campaign stumble by George Bush, who
supposedly marveled at a supermarket scanner at a grocers' convention during his
failed 1992 re-election bid. Even though Bush was actually impressed not by an
ordinary scanner, but by a then state-of-the-art device that could weigh food
and read damaged bar codes, the anecdote was reported by The New York Times and
offered as evidence that Bush was out of touch with everyday Americans.
Representatives for the Romney campaign declined to comment, but officials
from the Romney camp had reached out to the Peacock Network, which promised they
would correct the issue.
At the opening of Tuesday’s show, Mitchell addressed criticism over the
“There’s been a lot of discussion about a conversation you and I had
yesterday, Mitchell said to MSNBC contributor Chris Cillizza, “We ran clips of
Mitt Romney in Cornwall, Pa., talking about his trip to a Wawa.”
“The RNC and the campaign both reached out to us saying that Romney had more
to say about that visit, about federal bureaucracy and innovation in the private
sector,” she added before playing the unedited clip from the rally.
Officials for NBC Universal, which owns MSNBC, did not immediately return a
request for comment.
Last August, Ed Schultz of MSNBC played an edited clip in which
then-presidential candidate Rick Perry described the national debt as a “big
black cloud that hangs over America” to make it sound like a racial dig at
President Obama. Schultz later apologized.
And in March, NBC was caught editing the audio of George Zimmerman's 911 call
as he watched Trayvon Martin in the minutes before he fatally shot the Florida
teen. On a tape edited and played on the “Today” show, Zimmerman was heard
calling Martin “suspicious” and volunteering that he was “black.” But the full,
unedited tape showed that Zimmerman only mentioned Martin’s race when asked by
the dispatcher. The result made it sound like Zimmerman was racially profiling
Martin. The network fired three people after getting widespread