The Case of The Romney Ryan Chant…and MSNBC’s Apparent Selective Hearing…
The Blaze’s Becket Adams writes about a clip that aired on Morning Joe where much was made of a crowd apparently chanting Paul Ryan’s name but not Mitt Romney’s and included a graphic being flashed on the screen with the word “Ryan” as if to emphasize that the crowd was chanting Ryan’s name but not Romney’s. Writes The Blaze…
If you listen closely, it’s obvious the audio in the clip has been adjusted. However, that’s not uncommon — and that doesn‘t necessarily mean it’s MSNBC who did it. Sound technicians usually cut out the audience to ensure speakers aren’t drowned out (which you can do by simply turning the mics up and down — or you can do after the fact). However, where the controversy comes in is in the caption on the screen quoting the audience as chanting “Ryan!” Why is that controversial? Because people who attended the event say that’s not what happened, and that the MSNBC video grossly misrepresents what actually occurred.
During Thursday‘s edition of TheBlaze TV’s “Pat & Stu,” one caller gives her account of the campaign rally.
“The crowd was yelling,” caller Sherry recounts, “the crowd was screaming ‘Romney! Romney!’ and Romney, being the gentleman [he is], we can‘t get in his head because he’s so stinking nice, he stopped us to add ‘Romney-Ryan.’”
I listened to this clip many times and some things revealed themselves to me and some did not. I’m not convinced the crowd noise was deliberately adjusted. It could have been. It could be two separate audio sources…a crowd noise source and Romney’s mic source. But it may not have been edited at all.
Analyzing this gets very technical…you have to factor in the capabilities of the microphone recording the audio and the position of the microphone in relationship to the audio speakers. The Blaze used C-Span’s footage of the same event to try and shoot down the notion that the crowd ever chanted Ryan’s name and was only chanting Romney’s. There’s just one not at all insignificant problem with this line of reasoning…C-SPAN’s footage wasn’t from the same source. It was a different camera, located in a different location, and with different audio characteristics as a result. In other words, using C-SPAN’s footage as a counterargument can’t work because it’s not the same footage taken in the same location with the same same equipment as the footage MSNBC aired.
But back to MSNBC’s footage. After repeated listenings I definitely heard Romney’s name being chanted. But I also heard Ryan’s name at least a couple of times. Both were being chanted though I would say the Romney chants were a bit louder and more prominent than the Ryan chants.
So I have to call it a “push” on whether Romney’s name or Ryan’s name were chanted and I’m going to punt, for the moment, on whether anything was done to the MSNBC audio barring new information coming out.
That leaves us with just one topic that we can seriously ponder at the moment; why MSNBC thought it was just Ryan’s name being chanted to the point that they flashed Ryan’s name on the screen to emphasize it? I heard Romney’s name. Why didn’t MSNBC?
I’m think we haven’t heard the last of this story and MSNBC is going to have to put out a statement addressing the matter.