Wawagate: MSNBC/Andrea Mitchell Smear Romney With Edited Video

-By Warner Todd Huton

Once again the left-wing media edits a video to misrepresent what a Republican is saying in order to make him look the idiot. This time on June 18 at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell edited the context right out of a video of what Romney said about eastern U.S. chain restaurant Wawa’s in order to make it seem as if he was out of touch with reg’lr Americans.

Mitchell likened her heavily edited video to George H.W. Bush’s “grocery scanner moment,” when, in his run for reelection in 1992, he was portrayed by the Old Media as never having seen a price scanner at a grocery store (though this characterization was untrue). The media used that moment to smear Bush as an out of touch elitist that simply couldn’t understand the common man. Mitchell used her current dishonest video to promulgate the same smear against Romney.

MSNBC edited out all the things that Romney said in connection with Wawa’s in order to make Romney into a person that was “amazed” by the technology of using a touchscreen system to order his food as the Wawa restaurant. MSNBC portrayed Romney as someone who had never seen such technology, systems with which regular Americans throughout the east coast are well familiar. Mitchell made Romney into an elitist that had never had to deal with something the rest of us use every day.

But the truth is that Romney wasn’t saying he was amazed at the technology as if he’d never seen it before at all. Romney’s real point was that the technology was an example of the private sector competing and making all our lives better. He then noted that government isn’t innovative like Wawa and its touchscreen ordering system.

How MSNBC and Mitchell portrayed Romney was absolutely nothing like what he actually said. The leftwing cabler simply edited out everything around his mentions of Wawa’s sandwich shops in order to smear him as an out of touch elitist. MSNBC simply lied.

Interestingly, not all members of the left media seemed to be as interested in pushing the false narrative as Andrea Mitchell is. Former MSNBC host David Schuster took to his Twitter account to praise a conservative blogger for helping to expose MSNBCs hatchet job. Obviously Mr. Schuster was tickled to be able to take a shot at his former employer but credit where credit is due, there, for sure.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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