Re: “Objective” MSM
John, it seems I was originally a little too kind to Chuck Todd when I called his original Nightly News Repot “straight reporting” for the most part. The Heritage Foundation posted a scathing fact check of Obama’s New Hampshire Townhall Meeting. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Any doubts that President Barack Obama’s “townhall” in Portsmouth, New Hampshire yesterday was a complete farce were dispelled early on when the hand picked crowd broke out in a chant of: “Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!” at the close of his opening remarks. Recognizing his campaign’s signature slogan, the President responded: “Thank you. I remember that.” Comforted knowing he was surrounded by a room full of die-hard supporters, President Obama then want on to make a number of misleading and outright false statements about the health care legislation still working it’s way through Congress.
I can only assume that the cameras were not functioning during the “Yes we can!” chant and that Chuck Todd arrived at the meeting late. Otherwise, what Chuck reported as far as the deck being stacked was deliberate misinformation. Read all of Heritage’s Fact Check here.
H/T to John Kranz at Three Sources for the Heritage piece.