Andrea Mitchell Interview…

In what is sure to be talked about relentlessly in the Red blogosphere, Andrea Mitchell is interviewed by Christina Bellantoni…

The culture wars have gotten intimate. For months, female voters of both parties have been stirred up by political battles over such issues as funding for birth control and a proposal to make transvaginal ultrasound a prerequisite for abortion—and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell has been asking the provocative questions. First, she interviewed Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, after the group decided to defund Planned Parenthood (a position Komen later reversed). Next, Mitchell was moments from interviewing Sandra Fluke when the Georgetown law student—who had been labeled a slut by Rush Limbaugh for wanting health plans to pay for contraception—received a call of encouragement from President Obama. And Republican megadonor Foster Friess was on air with Mitchell when he remarked that birth control was no big deal because in his day a Bayer aspirin between the knees did the trick. Christina Bellantoni asks Mitchell what she makes of it all.

Q: What is happening in America?

A: We seem to be relitigating the question of contraception, which has not been an open issue since the 1960s. It has been a consciousness-raising experience for a generation of young women who always took these rights for granted. I have never had so many women approach me—it just seems to have galvanized them.

And then there’s this…

Q: Have you ever seen anything like this?

A: It takes me back to the Clarence Thomas hearings. Some of the most liberal senators behaved miserably because they did not stand up for fair treatment of Anita Hill. I remember when the hearings ended and I was wrapping it up from the Senate. Tom Brokaw said, “What have we learned?” and I said something like, “I think we learned that the United States Senate is the last plantation.” I can’t believe I said that on network television!

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7 Responses to “Andrea Mitchell Interview…”

  1. Oh yeah, she’s totally conservative. ;-)

  2. FNC is so hated because, as Howard Kurt explains reviewing the new Walter Cronkite bio, there was no voice to criticize the liberal monopoly of the news narrative in his day. Now a FNC byproduct results in the worst of the liberal propagandists being corralled at MSNBC where they are forced to plant their flag. Mitchelle a prime example.

  3. imnotblue Says:

    Spud… what is your opinion of it? Is this the evidence the right finally needs to confirm Mitchell’s bias? Or is it overblown?

  4. paminwi Says:

    imnotblue: there is nothing to see here. Just move on, move on. There is no liberal media bias, You are just a delusional nut for believing there is. Don’t you know, Andrea is a REAL journalist. And because her show is in the middle of the day that proves it. Don’t you know that MSNBC does news during the day and opinion starting in the late afternoon? Really, you must pay attention more!

  5. Spud… what is your opinion of it? Is this the evidence the right finally needs to confirm Mitchell’s bias? Or is it overblown?

    It’s pretty close to a smoking gun. I had hedged when Mitchell did that Lean Forward POV ad. But this interview shows more of the same and it’s not an MSNBC orchestrated ad she’s following. This is all her. In my opinion she just comprimised her legacy.

  6. paminwi Says:

    And the angels sing!

  7. erich500 Says:

    “Is this the evidence the right finally needs to confirm Mitchell’s bias?”

    I’d say, emphatically, “No.” What’s the “evidence”?

    The revelation that she has left-of-center views doesn’t prove that her reporting has been similarly slanted. Like most of us, I’ve watched her straight news reporting on NBC for at least a decade and I could never see much bias seeping through.

    Show me where her reporting had a liberal slant and you’d be right. But simply showing that she personally has a liberal POV proves mostly nothing. At least to me (sure, reporters aren’t robots; their personal views affects their reporting, consciously or not).

    Now does she show bias on her cable show? Yeah, she’s mostly a liberal but she did give Axelrod a tough time about the Bain Capital issue the Obama campaign is using.

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