MSNBC serves up second round of 'sandwiches' after controversy
June 19th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
9 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. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    imagine conservatives complaining about something being taken out of context. I bet FoxNews would not have played the full clip. Thank you MSNBC for doing the right thing.

    June 19, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Kris Craig

    The Republican fake outrage machine is alive and well. If this is what they're focusing on, it's no wonder Romney is losing in the polls.

    June 19, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Karen

    It should have been criticism from CNN and Wolfe Blitzer, but CNN and Wolfe Blitzer doesn't believe in being fair to republicans. CNN is MSNBC – same thing, political channels trying to curry favor with democrats. Odd how CNN doesn't label Andrea Mitchell or Chris Cillizza "liberals" but use the word "conservatives" when describing republicans outrage at the lying by MSNBC. CNN used to be against selective editing before they were for it.

    June 19, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. B Ri

    MSNBC: A class act.

    June 19, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. sayer

    OMG he's a dinosaur. Wait til you see what you can do with an iphone, Mitt.

    June 19, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. steve- fargo

    Wow! talk about being out of touch!!!! Sure, it's AMAZING!

    June 19, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. sayer

    And that is why the private sector is fine. They have learned to compete. They have also learned even though you arem aking record profits year after year, if your customers don't have money, you don't hire anyone and just sit on that cash.

    June 19, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. jake

    What happened Mitt, they didn't show part of the clip where your hair was all in place before the wind hit it? Such a damn baby. You have nothing new to say except whine and complain about everything this President does. How about a little whining about people who hide money from the goverment abroad...oh wait, that would be you.

    June 19, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. thinksome1

    Why can't the main stream media report the facts and leave it up to the individual to form the opinion? Unfortunately, the small minded people in this country seem to enjoy being led around by the nose. It's much easier and you don't have to work very hard to be informed. Who edited the video? Are they still employed? Why?

    Journalistic integrity? Human morals? The only perspective that works is the one of large spread outrage, which affects advertising dollars. For instance, the "shackle" tennis shoes that came out recently. Quickly pulled when the outrage was expressed. Andrea Micheall needs to be fired!! If not because what she did was wrong, then because it is going to cost NBC money.
    I am sick of the media with their "amazing" "shocking" "unbelievable" sensationalism. If one more talking head tells me what is "obviously" true, I will throw up. Don't you have any personal pride? Don't you remember what good journalism was?

    June 19, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Notalibitard

    Nothing new here, just another libitard making up the news to fit their aganda. I hope he sues them!!!

    June 19, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. ghtbad

    Andrea Mitchell is on the 'Obama Love Train'. Why would anyone expect her to be honest in her reporting?

    June 19, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    That's why I watch CNN. MSNBC has a lot of angry, unbalanced, tricky, deceiving people working their shows, they resemble Saturday Night Live, especially their comedian Rachel Maddow who thinks she's funny but she's not good at comedy. And they use the opinions of non-academics magazine writers. Andrea Mitchell is just old and angry, out of touch with today's times.

    June 19, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Jesus Christ Superstar

    So FoxNews has freedom of press and freedom of speech, but anyone who's not a republican doesn't get the same rights?

    June 19, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Dan j

    How is MSNBC a class act? If they had any class, they wouldn't hav edited the clip to begin with, after the damage had been done. Is Fox sleazy? Sometimes, sure. But so is MSNBC. Last I checked, two wrongs still don't make a right.

    June 19, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. rob

    Since almost nobody watches MSNBC except the diehard Michael Moore types, its not that big of a deal. I guess Andrea Mitchel wants to preserve some shred of Journalistic Integrity by airing the un edited version. This is what passes for "Journalism" at this horrible station. At least Fox hosts like Hannity declare their biases as opposed to CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC who pretend to be objective.

    June 19, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. concerned citizen

    Myviewis – I agree. I completely stopped watching MSNBC programs except Morning Joe and Meet the Press. To me, Rachel is very likable, but it is so unfortunate to see her wasting her talent.

    June 19, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. theTruth

    MSNBC and other liberal net works are starting to lie even more that usual. It is entertaining but very bad for me and many others to take them serious.

    June 19, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. soapboxshrink

    This is the third such incident in which MSNBC has purposely tried to cast the republican candidate in a bad light. Yet there are still those who say "What liberal media?" MSNBC and CNN are smootched up to Obama's rear end so tight, if he makes a sudden stop, he is going to need a surgeon to remove them. Before all you liberal wackos take off on me, FOX is their polar opposite, and a threat to Romney's sphincter! Bottom line is, there is no such thing as unbiased reporting anymore. All you can do is choose which flavor of propaganda you want. Of course, if you really want to think outside of the box, you could listen to all of them, cull out the b.s., and make your OWN decisions. Oooh, that's a scary thought.

    June 19, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. normajean @ verizon ,com

    MY VOTE CANNOT BE BOUGHT WITH A SANDWICH....particularly by Romney !! This man seems to think he can buy every one and everything......surprise Mitt....YOU WILL NOT BUY THE PRESIDENCY

    June 19, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    how reminiscent of the trayvon martin edit job that was a "mistake". nbc just has no integrity

    June 19, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Christopher of Oregon

    No wonder why MSNBC and CNN cable ratings are below Fox News for so many years now. I do like CNN and Fox News, yet, in my household we rate Fox News as #1 more honest and unbias.

    June 19, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. SayerFargo

    Steve and are the point of this article. He didn't say anything like what you think (and really really want) he said. MSNBC misleadingly edited the segment to provoke your uninformed reactions.

    June 19, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. normajean @ verizon ,com

    FOX HAS NO TROUBLE DECLARING THEIR BIASES BECAUSE THAT IS ALL THEY HAVE!!!! IT BECOMES DIFFICULT TO TELL THE TRUTH FROM THE LIES BECAUSE THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME ON " FAUX"..... Interestingly so many of you are taking potshots at individuals on other news channels...criticizing.....admonishing,..... .Oviously to acquire this much knowledge of their must spend more time than you'd admit watching them!!!!!.

    June 19, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. 2020

    It is time to throw Romney to Europe to learn how devastated these countries suffer due to severe cut on spending. To Romney, a lesson never learned. Should he becomes president, 99% of the people should move or dare to elect Romney, period.

    June 19, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

    Romney the clown proves it every day as the republican bafoon party canadate and how many other pledge have you signed and to who besides the one you signed to rover nitwitquest,disgraced to the USA!!!!

    June 19, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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