In another edition of 'MSNBC Keeping It Classy," anchor Andrea Mitchell aired an edited video of Mitt Romney at a campaign stop in Cornwall, Pennsylvania. In the full-length YouTube video of the speech, Romney jokingly plays on the state divide over convenience stores, Wawa and Sheetz, and discusses how they are examples of how the private sector creates competition and efficiency.
Romney then went on to tell the story of a doctor who wanted to change his billing address but had to deal with a bureaucratic process that lasted months, highlighting the inefficiency that government creates. He compared this experience to his own at Wawa, where he was able to use a touch screen computer to quickly order his hoagie, to show how the competition of the private sector results in the most efficient ways of providing service and doing business.
However, this message was not suitable for Andrea Mitchell or the folks at left-leaning MSNBC, as it didn't quite fit their 'Romney is out of touch' message. Throwing the ethics of journalism out the window, Mitchell and her team edited the video to completely remove Romney's comparison of the private sector experience at Wawa to the nightmarish government one. The video now made it look like Romney was shocked that touch screens could be used to order food at a local convenience store. It was an obvious attempt to make it look like President George H.W. Bush's 'supermarket scanner moment' that harmed his campaign.
After this blatantly manipulated tape aired, the Romney Campaign and the RNC contacted the show, ultimately forcing Mitchell to address the edited video on her show today. Yet, she refused to apologize and instead blamed it on timing. She then showed some of the footage that was missing from the video the network aired.
To see the comparison of the edited video that aired on MSNBC and the real version, click here