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MSNBC Cuts Away from IRS Hearing To Interview Dem Congressman Slamming Hearing

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 17, 2013 | 12:21

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For a brief period on the morning of May 17, MSNBC was actually acting like a real news network. Starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Friday, MSNBC carried live coverage of a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Obama IRS scandal, but apparently actual news coverage can only last so long before the network breaks out in hives from objective journalism.

Following an hour of live coverage, MSNBC felt it necessary to cut from the hearing to interview Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) to dismiss the entire proceedings as political partisanship. MSNBC was the only cable news network to cut from the live coverage to conduct a meaningless interview with a Democrat to slam Republicans.

During the 10:00 hour, host Chris Jansing began her interview by asking the Congressman about Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) questioning, giving Crowley a platform from which to launch his attack:

I think I would more describe his questioning as badgering. I think what we really need to do Chris is to get the answers. And right now unfortunately what you are seeing is a break down on the process. It is about partisanship once again and trying to somehow link this to the White House. It’s the same old same old exactly what people are really angry about what is happening in Washington today.

Jansing continued to ask leading questions aimed at questioning Republicans’ motives:

Do you believe that he [Dave Camp] and some of the other Republicans if not all of the other Republicans are more interested in going after the White House than they are in getting to the bottom of this?

This allowed Crowley to slam the validity of the entire hearing:

If I had the opportunity to go through my opening statement I was applauding chairman camp for his bipartisanship. And instead, his opening statement made me change my questioning because it clearly was a very partisan statement that he led with.

After Jansing spent several minutes allowing Crowley to slam the GOP, she finally got into substantive questions regarding the scandal itself, but made to allow Crowley to fire off a parting shot at the House GOP:

Well, I think at this point in time we should let Congress do its work right now. The one thing we haven’t had is a Congress doing its job. We have been bogged down in partisanship.

MSNBC should have followed Fox News and CNN’s example by simply running uninterrupted coverage of the hearings rather than needing to cut out for periods of time to slam Republicans for supposed “partisanship.” Once again, MSNBC shows it is more a Democratic mouthpiece than an actual news network. 

 

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2013/05/17/msnbc-cuts-away-irs-hearing-interview-dem-congressman-slamming-hearin#ixzz2U2N9t2oJ

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