MSNBC serves up second round of 'sandwiches' after controversy
June 19th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
11 years ago

MSNBC serves up second round of 'sandwiches' after controversy

(CNN) - MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell aired a longer cut from a Mitt Romney stump speech on her Tuesday program after facing criticism from conservatives that the clip, which aired on her Monday morning program, took his remarks out of context.

The first cut suggested Romney's remarks focused somewhat vacuously on sandwiches. But what was cut from the clip which aired was Romney's actual explanation for telling the story of ordering sandwiches at a Quakertown, Pennsylvania WaWa.

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"People in the private sector have learned to compete," he said after describing the touchscreen ordering system at the lunch counter. "It's time to bring some competition into the federal government and to get it smaller and to have it respond to the customers which are you."

Mitchell said on Tuesday that both the Romney campaign and Republican National Committee reached out to her show after the original segment aired. She then aired a longer version of the video, and said the program "didn't get a chance to play that" on Monday.

In the shorter version which aired Monday, Romney said, "I was at WaWas, I went in to order a sandwich. You press the little touchtone keypad. Right? You just touch that, and you know the sandwich comes.

"Touch this, touch this, touch this," he continued, gesturing. "Go pay the cashier, there's your sandwich. It's amazing."

The original clip ends and Mitchell repeats, "It's amazing," sharing a laugh with her guest, Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Fox's Meghan Kelly just owned up to the lie drones were being used to track EPA violations that she said on June 5.

    Better late than never for that "fair and balanced" news.

    June 19, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Really?

    @Vote the Tparty out – Why? The TParty just wants less government control and less spending of taxpayer $$. If you have a problem with that move to Cuba.

    June 19, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. valwayne

    NBC/MSNBC did't just edit the clip. What they did was to doctor/edit it in such a way that it gave a totally false account of what Gov Romney said and did. Just like they did with the Zimmerman tape. This was no accident they stopped the clip at just the right spot to completey change the meaning of Gov Romney's comments, and then they, Ms Mtichell and Mr Cellizza, went through this little act of reacting to their doctored tape to make it look even more like Gov Romney had said something he did't say! NBC/MSNBC has gone all out to help Obama, but this was an outright falsehood. NBC/MSNBC should have its llicense to use the public airwave pulled, and neither of these two phony sleazy people should ever be able to work in anything even remotely connected to journalism again!

    June 19, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    " Romney's actual explanation for telling the story of ordering sandwiches at a Quakertown, Pennsylvania WaWa"

    Thanks for the great knee slapper, you old cut up!!!!!

    June 19, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. Ins1te

    The point of the clip was to show how out of touch Romney is with ordinary things. His "amazed" reaction was not surprising. People who think this man understands you are fooling themselves. Romney cannot relate with his car elevators. Think about it.

    June 19, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    To "think some !"...........Yes....I certainly don't like it when someone lies to me which is why I could never be a Republican....they even lie to their party.,....their friends.... and best of all them selves!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  7. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Can anyone say it isn't a form of lieing when a party conspires to put down a president even before he is inaugurated???THIS IS AS BIG AS IT GETS!!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  8. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Please excuse spelling error...I do know better.............."lying"!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  9. DixonIV

    I will take the republicans more seriously when they expect that from the FOX news also. Like FOX, MSNBC is telling the other side of the story... Neither has much credibility with the average American. Unfortunately, it is tough to find any news show where the comments and statements are checked for accuracy. FOX and MSNBC have an agenda, while others only hype the nastiness of the wing nuts.

    June 20, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. DixonIV

    By the way, I wonder who the customers will be in a Romney America. No workers, no customers.

    June 20, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. R.I.P. Damon

    WAAH BUT FOX NEWS DOES IT TOO! Far be it from me to think that the left would actually acknowledge a blatant mischaracterization by MSDNC. Fox News is straight down the middle compared to that putrid excuse for a network.

    June 20, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. soapboxshrink

    To all of the liberals accusing Romney of being "out of touch". Do you really believe that Obama, who has NEVER held a real job, who has gone on record as saying that the private sector is "doing just fine", and who has flip-flopped on EVERY campaign promise he made (the exception being ObamaCare, which more than half of the country opposes) is "in touch" with middle class America??? The man is the consummate Chicago politician. He cannot make a decision before testing the waters, and he is a pawn of the labor unions. (By the way, if you need union thugs to protect you from being fired, then you probably need to be fired.) His flip-flop on gay marriage? Pandering to the gay vote. His flip-flop on immigration? One of many efforts to pander to the Hispanic vote, along with the frivolous lawsuits against Arizona, and Florida. Blocking Boeing's efforts to relocate a plant to the Carolinas? Pandering to the Unions. He has done more flip-flopping in 3 1/2 years than Romney has done in a lifetime, yet as long as he is giving gays the right to marry, taking my money and giving it to slobs too lazy or stoned to keep a job, protecting the union mobsters, and letting illegal immigrants invade America, and take more of my tax dollars, then you liberals conveniently overlook, ignore, or just outright condone these flaws. And now, Emporer Obama has decided that he, and he alone, knows what is best, and that we no longer have the right to have our elected representatives create laws. Mark my words, you haven't seen the last of his Dictates. There is a pretty good chance that before the election, he will try and give Puerto Rico statehood. Just think how many votes that would buy him. This idiot needs to go away, even if we replace him with a different idiot!

    June 20, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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