Once again a false report by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell has been quietly edited to make the false stuff magically disappear.
Worse, NBC made the edits without bothering to tell anyone obviously in hopes no one would notice. No bias here. Move along, nothing to see.
During a report on May 19, Andrea Mitchell was extolling the virtues of her hero Bill Clinton, and at one point said rape charges filed against Bill by Juanita Broadderick were “discredited” charges.
Mitchell brought up the rape charges in connection with something Donald Trump said on the campaign trail. Here is what Mitchell said during the segment (emphasis added):
Donald Trump using that word [rape] unprompted during an interview last night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, bringing up a discredited and long-denied accusation against former President Bill Clinton, dating back to 1978 when he was Arkansas attorney general.
Of course this is an incorrect characterization of Broaddrick’s charges. Her charges of rape against the former president have never been “discredited.”
But recently folks have discovered that Mitchell’s words were suddenly and without notice edited out of the piece that has been maintained by NBC online, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
This month, it was realized that the word “discredited” had mysteriously vanished from the show.
Here is what the new version says (emphasis added):
Donald Trump using that word unprompted during an interview last night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, bringing up long-denied accusation against former President Bill Clinton dating back to 1978 when he was Arkansas attorney general.
The edit is obvious and clumsy sounding on the “new” video. Here is video of the two segments back to back…
Not long ago, Broaddrick tweeted about her experience with Bill.
I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016
The Free Beacon noted this isn’t the first time Mitchell has aired false accusations as “news.”
“Mitchell’s very long career has been damaged by deceptive edits before. In 2012,” the Beacon wrote, “Mitchell altered Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s remarks at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania to make it appear that he did not know how to order a sandwich from WaWa.”
Twitter exploded in slams on NBC for the stealth edit.
@FreeBeacon Speaking of “discredited” … I give you Andrea Mitchell
— George Briden (@gebr71) August 2, 2016
— Iam Deeza (@iamdeeza2) August 3, 2016
— ANGELA HUTCHISON (@amdshutch) August 3, 2016
— karen tweets (@karenstweet1) August 3, 2016
— Keith Feehley (@Kef1024) August 2, 2016
— Shana Lin (@ShanaLin4) August 2, 2016
Interestingly, after this stealth edit made news, NBC relented and added an editor’s note to the piece. But this only occurred after people caught them making the edit without notice in the first place.
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