Incredible Lies, Piling On, and the Sad State of the Mainstream Media

The following is cross-posted here at MRC with permission by the author, Michael Bush. Michael runs the website Mitt: The Man aimed at showing the more personal side of Governor Romney that many don’t get to see. Michael Bush has also had the rare honor to be a companion to Mitt Romney in 1966 as they served missions for the LDS church in France. You can find Michael Bush on twitter at @Bush46 (retweet this post and give him a follow!) ~Nate G.


I had heard of the recent campaign event where Mitt had corrected a crowd who had supposedly been chanting, “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!” by telling them to change their chant to “Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan!”

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at recent campaign event

Knowing Mitt, I was incredulous. In fact, anyone who knows Mitt would know that he would never do what he was accused of doing. So I set it aside and went on to other of life’s pressing concerns. Earlier this afternoon, however, while listening to a recording of Rush Limbaugh’s program from yesterday, I heard a caller set things straight. Timmy from Columbus had attended the event in Ohio and told Rush about the report on MSNBC on the event To him it seemed to be an apparent attempt to achieve maximum embarrassment for Mitt.

Timmy described to Rush what he had actually witnessed, stating that the crowd had chanted “Romney! Romney! Romney!” Timmy assured Rush that it was very clear to anyone there that Mitt was seeking to extend the crowd’s enthusiasm to Ryan. Rush added that this would be more in keeping with the sort of person that Mitt is.

Wanting to know more, I searched out the MSNBC video and saw where the video editors had posted “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!” as a subtitle on the screen. You can see for yourself here as Mika Brzezinski introduces their version on Morning Joe. You can also see supposed conservative, Joe Scarborough react as described by Business Insider, which seemed to take some perverse delight in describing Joe’s reaction:

“Oh, sweet Jesus,” Scarborough said.

“Sadly, I say this about Mitt Romney: He’s a great man. He’s a great father. He’s a great husband. He’s a great businessman. He’s a great turnaround guy,” Scarborough continued.

“He’s just a horrible politician. One of the worst.”

How big of a deal is this? Jazz Shaw at says not so big:

If you really think Scarborough is trying to get Obama reelected, I honestly don’t know what to say to you. This was really a case of nothing to see here… move along.

Huh? Joe Scarborough does not need to be trying to get Barack Obama elected to be doing a crummy job! What Scarbough should be doing is to deliver news and commentary in a way that reflects reality rather than some perspective that he has arrived at by swimming in the partisan sewage that seems to be flowing through MSNBC these days. Conservative Joe? I don’t think so!

What Scarborough failed to see is that this is all absolutely bogus and is just one more attempt to make Mitt into a gaffe machine, all this to solidify that meme in the minds of American voters.

Finally, in addition to Rush Limbaugh’s caller Timmy, who was at the event, Dan Gainor at Fox News has also called out MSNBC for their faulty reporting. Gainor added in his analysis that a reporter who had been at the event had contacted Huffington Post, which had initially reported the event, and wanted to clarify that “the crowd was chanting Romney’s name, not Ryan’s, and that Romney added his running mate’s name to the chant, not the other way around.”

Update: Joe Scarborough doubles down on his assessment of what happened at the Romney/Ryan rally. As reported on Strokes of Candor:

See, the real version of the rally does not fit Joe’s narrative of Romney being a fool and a horrible politician, and since he tweeted Friday night those opposing MSNBC’s version of the events were liars before the embedded journalists came forward to clear the record, he stuck to his guns. The Blaze broke the story that MSNBC misled viewers with the video but Breitbart ran with it making Morning Joe the topic of conversation Friday afternoon by thousands on Twitter.

Update #2: Scott Johnson at Power Line describes the situation a bit more elegantly than I did. Where I wrote of Scarborough’s “swimming in the partisan sewage that seems to be flowing through MSNBC,” Scott describes Scarborough as “the predictable Stockholm Syndrome effect, as David Brooks’s tenure at the New York Times has had on him,” (Note: See Wikipedia, which describes the syndrome as “a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors”). Attorney and Power Line writer Johnson summarizes:

I think Joe Scarborough is less a perpetrator than a victim in this matter. He is a victim of MSNBC’s own shoddy partisanship and propaganda. He hangs around with a bad crowd. He wants to be liked.

But character is fate. His pathetic response to the controversy suggests that he needs some help. He needs the kind of friend who could pull off an intervention before he terminally embarrasses himself. Or does MSNBC mean never having to say you’re sorry?

Michael Bush has had the rare honor to be a companion to Mitt Romney in 1966 as they served missions for the LDS church in France. He’s currently a faculty member at Brigham Young University but is also a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren.


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7 Responses to Incredible Lies, Piling On, and the Sad State of the Mainstream Media

  1. AfricanforRomney says:

    Scarborough is a scumbag. That entire network is comical. I guess, their target audiences are Odummers.

  2. Druceymae says:

    Scarborough is a joke and doesn’t even realize it. He says he is a conservative, but I am left wondering what it is he conserves. Does he conserve water, gas, food, just what is it he is a conservative for. I’ve always been told if you lay down with dogs you will get up with fleas and old Joe sure hangs with some real MSNBC dogs. Scratch scratch.

  3. Ray Ford says:

    What does anyone expect from the scumbag media? Tomorrow night after the debate, it won’t matter whether romney kicked ass or if Ocommie says nothing. The bull—- media will say “Well, our Mr. Pres won that round”. Give us a break,

  4. Ann says:

    I wonder what prize or pay off the lamestreem media people have been promised by helping Obama so much….. We know Obama paid off the union bosses who contributed to his ’08 campaign, AND when he kicked $$$$ back to them on the “Government Motors” bailout…. I wonder if they are expecting some nice “goodies” from Obama too? Must be something, because they definitely trumpet news that HELPS Dumbama, and bury facts that don’t…. Like a basketball game when the referees call for their favorite team… GOD BLESS MITT ROMNEY!

  5. Cathy says:

    Excellent post Mr. Bush. You know Mitt well and know Mitt is a man of great character. Thank you for your insight and exposing people that don’t have Mitts best interests at heart. We are praying for the day when we can call Mitt, President Romney, Commander in Chief of the United States of America. We all will take a collective sigh of relief when that day happens…and it will.

  6. Tracey says:

    Scarborough took the criticism for his faulty reporting extra hard. I like having Joe on the Ropes mainly because that is where he seems to like Mitt Romney.

  7. Annette S says:

    I had heard this story, but just dismissed it. I know it is not in Romney’s character to say such a thing. I was sure it was another distortion from the media. Then I heard not too long afterwards that the story was false. I thought….I knew it! How do some of these characters from MSNBC look in the mirror. Don’t they feel a need to constructively criticize on policy rather than fabricated and made up gaffes such as this one.

    Joe Scarsborough…..with friends like these who needs enemies.

    BTW….If you listen closely to the footage….you can hear them say Romney.