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MSNBC Should Fire Norah O’Donnell

John on November 20, 2009 at 9:16 am

This is a case of grade A media bias. It’s so blatant that only MSNBC could pull something like this and not be ashamed. Remember this video?

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Susan Roesgen, the CNN reporter in that clip, was fired three months later. Kudos to CNN for not allowing this blatant display of bias to define their network.

Now have a look at this clip (just watch the first 20 seconds):

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What you don’t see just before the clip starts is a long roving shot of Norah just walking down the line of people waiting to see Palin. Norah just happens to stop and ask this particular 17 year-old girl about her t-shirt. And Norah just happens to have this johnny-on-the-spot response which leaves the girl flummoxed.

Here’s what really happened as told by the girl in that clip:

I was first approached by a New York Times writer who wrote what my shirt said and then asked me a couple questions. She asked me what it was I liked about Sarah Palin. I said, “As a young female she is someone I can look up to, before her the only prominent female in politics I had known about was Hilary Clinton, whom I respect don’t get me wrong, I respect her but when you don’t agree with someone it’s hard to really look up to them. I like how Sarah Palin will speak her mind, regardless of what the media will say about it.”

.Seconds later I met her One of the many faces of liberal media bias. She asked me my name and then before going on air asked me why I liked Sarah Palin, I repeated what I told the NYT reporter. Norah didn’t seem to like that much…I noticed her look down at my shirt then, she turned around blackberry in hand spoke to a man, thumbs tapping the blackberry…then jotted down a quick note. Little did I know that note would be used against me. She told us she’d be walking up to us. You know like she just stumbled upon us.

The shot began I kept telling myself answer her question well, don’t freak out. Well, I thought she’d ask me the same question. She asked the man beside me…the same question she had before we went on air. Myself on the other hand, not the same story. She had me read my shirt and then proceeded to ask me “Did you know Sarah Palin supported the bailout” to be 100% honest I was like, are you kidding me? She is trying to use my shirt against me. I was so shocked by the craftiness she had that I was truly stumped. I asked her where she got her fact and she read her little note.

Sarah Palin oppo-researcher impersonates journalist on MSNBC, film at 11.

Actually, this is much worse than Susan Roesgen. Susan Roesgen, biased as she was, was at least speaking off-the-cuff. Norah O’Donnell actually set up this little gotcha moment as if she were Michael Moore. She didn’t know the facts (or wasn’t sure of them), so she had to check them on her blackberry, but then she made it look as if it were all spur of the moment.

Of course Norah O’Donnell knows that a VP never disagrees with the head of the ticket and McCain supported the TARP bailout. But, hey, it’s all in a day’s work at MSNBC. If you can embarrass a 17 year-old on camera at a Sarah Palin event, you go for it.

Susan Roesgen deserved to lose her job. CNN chose not to let blatant on-air bias define them. What Norah O’Donnell did is worse. MSNBC should fire Norah O’Donnell. Until that happens (I won’t hold my breath) some enterprising reporter should ask Robert Gibbs if this is why MSNBC is the White House’s favorite network.

[HT: Hot Air headlines for the link to the 17 year old blogger]

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