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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Barack Obama and Fake Interviews

The video below is of Hardball with Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell from NBC, speaking to Matthews from Iraq. although she is what many would call a liberal reporter, it looks like her ethics overrule her party preference and she doesn't seem all that happy with Barack Obama's message managing.

Text is provided by NewBusters:

MITCHELL: Let me just say something about the message management. He didn't have reporters with him, he didn't have a press pool, he didn't do a press conference while he was on the ground in either Afghanistan or Iraq. What you're seeing is not reporters brought in. You're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military, and what some would call fake interviews, because they're not interviews from a journalist. So, there's a real press issue here. Politically it's smart as can be. But we've not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before.

MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about access to the troops, Andrea. A lot of African-American faces over there, very happy, delighted faces. Is that a representation of the percentage of servicepeople who are African-American, or did they all choose to join someone they like, apparently? What's the story?

MITCHELL: I can't really say that. Being a reporter who was not present in any of those situations, I just cannot report on what was edited out, what was, you know, on the sidelines. That's my issue. We don't know what we are seeing.

Good for Mitchell for standing on principle.

Americans are only seeing what the Obama campaign wants them to see.