More Proof: MSNBC Caught Doctoring Clip From Romney/Ryan Rally

The first reports I read on this were that Romney was graciously adding Ryan name into the chant of his name.  Later the below video surfaced alleging that the crowd was chanting Ryan and Romney was desperately trying to get the crowd to change their chant to insert his name.  God bless the Internet because I found where I read it first:

Ginger Gibson, originator of the tweet, is National political reporter at POLITICO covering the 2012 election on the trail with Mitt Romney.
Felicia Sonmez, who re-tweeted it, is Political reporter for The Washington Post.

Update: Adding to the list of reporters confirming the chant was “Romney, Romney, Romney” is Kasie Hunt of the Associated Press:

Mckay Coppins picks up on the controversy and writes the following:

BuzzFeed was present at the event, and took note that the crowd was actually chanting Romney’s name, before he encouraged them to add his running mate to the chant.

Coppins also identifies the New York Times write-up of the event confirming the above events and not the doctored video version:

After Mr. Ryan whooped up the crowd in Vandalia on Tuesday, Mr. Romney moved to the front of the stage. As the crowd began chanting “Romney! Romney!” he cut them off.“Wait a second,” Mr. Romney said, instructing the audience to cheer for “Romney-Ryan! Romney-Ryan!” They did.

Here is the doctored video, MSNBC giving it full airing complete with Fredo Scarborough in full defeatist crouch:

Remember the talking heads on TV are not independent people who vote Democrat, they are open advocates for one candidate.


  1. margaret
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You have to know right from wrong and have a sense of shame, and these MSM liberals don’t. They just hate it when they are caught but they are not ashamed after being caught.

  2. John Fisher
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    My God! Scarborough is one pathetic sap.

  3. No Tribe
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    No credibility at all. Only time I have to watch them is when someone is showing how gowdaful they are.

  4. David Weed
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I hope they are ashamed, guys. Thanks for pointing this out. For MSNBC to state that Romney was chanting “Ryan, Ryan” while while putting the words on the screen was dishonest and reprehensible. I’ll be watching the shows tonight to see if they offer a retraction.

    Mitt makes a lot of gaffes. It’s sometimes too easy for people on the left (and the right) to demonize other candidates. You may disagree, but both sides do it. I’ve never been a fan of the left’s usage of the “Corporations are People” soundbite, or the “I like to fire people” clip either. Even though I don’t agree with Romney’s positions, a candidate should never be defined by an inelegant phrase. I knew what Mitt meant in both instances.

    I also take issues, however, with the GOP constantly using the “You didn’t build that” theme throughout the convention and beyond. If you listen to the entire clip (a mere few seconds before the soundbyte) President Obama is talking about the roads and schools that help American businesses succeed. That THOSE things were built by all of us, and contribute to a successful America. Or the latest truncated clip about Obama and redistribution. Another example of a misrepresented quote.

    And now, feel free to say I’m full of shit, if you’d like.

    • John Smith
      Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink | Reply


      The quote is represented correctly

      Obama stated his belief that government built infrastructure is responsible for the success of businesses

      But it is the tax paid by those businesses that enables the infrastructure to be built

    • Crowfoot
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink | Reply

      The very word you’ve written in all-caps shows your mistake. (Irony.) Obama didn’t say “THOSE,” he said “THAT.” “Roads and bridges” are THOSE, “your own business” is THAT. To believe the Obama spin, we’d have to believe that the greatest orator since Cicero doesn’t know the difference between singular and plural.

  5. John fisher
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Key thing here is to listen to the CSPAN version — not the MSNBC tape which is not only doctored with subtitles but appears that the audio is doctored with as well. The CSPAN version CLEARLY reflects the crowd chanting Romney. How else to explain Ryan’s reaction to Romney… What about the reporters who covered the event who reported the chant was for Romney…or the people who were actually there?

  6. jeff
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Doesnt seem that MSM is all that confident that BO is really ahead and cruusing towards victory with such desperate moves.

  7. David Weed
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 9:46 am | Permalink | Reply

    You guys are funny. So, in regards to the “You didn’t build that” speech, you’re actually suggesting that while the ENTIRE speech was about how we’re all in this together, that President Obama went out of his way to suggest that business people didn’t build their own businesses, that the government did, and it was simply the rest of the speech that discussed education and infrastructure. And this is what the GOP convention was centered around.

    Also, please provide some proof that MSNBC actually edited the recordings. I’ve listened to the MSNBC version, and while they presented an incorrect and dishonest interpretation of what was being said, actually going through and editing the crowd noise would be a very different sort of lying. I seriously doubt that is what occurred. But I won’t try to convince the fine followers of this site.

    • Posted September 29, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink | Reply

      David just a heads-up. I deleted your other comment. Name calling will not be tolerated. You won’t last here long if that continues.

  8. David Weed
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    I noticed that, Keith. Of course you’re right. One of the things I admire about your site is that the conversation and debate is more thoughtful and considered than most of the other political conversations on the internet. My lack of civility was a mistake.

  9. David J
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It appears some “reporters” are so desperate to run negative Romney news they don’t verify any sources. MSNBC assumed the crowd was chanting Ryan they ran with the story and even put the caption “Ryan, Ryan” on the clip. I’ve heard the CSPAN clip and it seems most people are chanting Romney but a few may be saying Ryan. What isn’t disputable are reports from people and reporters who were at the event who agreed it was a Romney chant. I don’t think anyone at MSNBC spoke with any of those in attendance or they wouldn’t have run with the story (what a concept, interview those who were there). Even the New York Times, who actually attended the event for crying out loud, reported it was a Romney chant!

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