MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell is not happy with how the media has covered the presidential race so far. Yes, the same person behind "WaWa-gate" who was caught airing a selectively edited clip of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is calling on her colleagues in the mainstream media to step it up and start covering the real campaign issues.
On Friday, Mitchell joined fellow MSNBC host Rachel Maddow to discuss the topic, and the consensus between the two was this: the media isn't calling out Romney enough for his flawed policies.
But don't worry. MSNBC and NBC "come hell or high water" will be the standard bearer in the mainstream media, according to Mitchell. "We will have that debate," she said.
“I think that we have to force the issue -- we in the media, as well. We have to start talking about things other than polls, and the horse-race and what’s on Twitter. With all due respect, that we have to get beyond the, sort of, social media content," said Mitchell.
"...The moment to moment stuff and get to the policy,” Maddow interjected, agreeing with Mitchell.
So, in the spirit of getting straight to "policy," Mitchell and Maddow immediately shifted the conversation to Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage claims, bashing Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for continuing to bring up the issue.
As Mediaite's Noah Rothman observes, "The immediate pivot to the 'issue' of Warren’s supposed Cherokee heritage lacks virtually every quality Mitchell had just defined as being essential to the health of the political dialogue. Self-awareness was never the press’ strong suit, but this exchanged elevated the practices of navel-gazing to an art form."
Watch the hard-to-get-through segment via Mediaite/MSNBC here:
Just in case you missed it, below is Mitchell's edited version of Romney talking about a WaWa convenient store to demonstrate the difference between the public and private sectors. She claimed that his comments prove that he is "wildly out of touch."
Now watch the unedited clip here:
Is this what MSNBC considers getting straight to "policy?"
Front page image via AP.