Andrea Mitchell’s Wawa-loo: The NBC Edit of the Week

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and whatever staff were involved were obviously going for another “George H.W. Bush and the grocery store scanner” opportunity, and it backfired badly.

Yeah, everybody’s used to NBC’s deceptive edits, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t still be called out.

Mitt Romney was in Pennsylvania speaking about the Wawa convenience store chain and making a broad point about the public and private sectors. First, here’s what Romney said in full context:

Here’s the MSNBC edited version where Romney’s description of the store’s ordering system makes him come across like a hominid from the “dawn of man” scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey overwhelmed by the sight of the monolith:

Earlier today, Mitchell showed the part of the Romney video she “didn’t have a chance” to air yesterday — the boring context part. Nice try, Andrea.

And now, straight from “Andrea Mitchell’s reporter’s notebook,” here’s a flashback to a classic: Ronald Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech…

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace .General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
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Side note: When I heard about the “Wawa” stores I couldn’t help but picture this.