In a dishonest and misleading attempt to defend yet another one of his unrelenting, arrogant, smug, anti-Romney attacks — but one that blew up in his face over the weekend – Scarborough claimed this morning that MSNBC did not doctor audio to make it sound as though a crowd chanting “Romney” was chanting “Ryan.” And what Scarborough committed in doing so was a lie of omission.
What Scarborough was referencing was a clip MSNBC broadcast all of last week that made it look as though an arrogant, hapless, and insecure Mitt Romney attempted to change a “Ryan” chant at a campaign rally into a chant that that included his name.
Because the media loves to use willing Republicans to undermine Romney, Scarborough’s reaction to the clip got the most media attention. You can watch it here.
Note: To emphasize the crowd was chanting “Ryan,” MSNBC added a subtitle that read: “Crowd: Ryan!”
A day or two after the clip aired and MSNBC had re-broadcast it endlessly, it was discovered that the crowd was not chanting “Ryan;” that in fact the crowd was chanting “Romney.” Numerous on-the-scene reports filed in real-time reported the crowd chanting “Romney,” including the New York Times.