Monday, August 13, 2012

CBS Edits Paul Ryan's Interview

This is beyond egregious - it's criminal.
CBS last night did about a 15-minute interview with Romney and Ryan. They left out something very interesting. Did you know this? They left out something that Ryan said. They edited this out. I think they actually did the interview on Sunday at a furniture factory in Hickory, North -- somewhere. But this is what did not air. It's been found, CBS website. Ryan said, "My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is, we need to preserve their benefits because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around. Now, in order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger, and we think these reforms are good reforms. They have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late nineties." Now, I want to go back, the three things every voter needs to know about Paul Ryan's Medicare reform plan in a hundred words, and number one is, no one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way. Ryan's mother lives in Florida. She's a senior on Medicare. He's not cutting his mother's Medicare. They didn't air this. They edited that out. Now, don't you think it's kind of important to put that in? CBS wanted to leave the impression that Ryan's Medicare cuts are Draconian and harmful. Don't you think if you've got the guy saying, (paraphrasing) "Well, my mom's on Medicare in Florida, and we need to preserve their benefits, government made promises to them, they've organized their retirements around this. We can't cut that." Don't you think it would be kind of important to air that if you really are trying to help America understand who the guy is? And don't you think that if you edit that out, which, I'm sure was just an oversight, right? Just like the NBC oversight of editing the 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case. Just like when CNN plays "Stupid Girl" when they're preparing an interview with Palin, or when Jimmy Fallon opens up with Lyin' Ass B-i-itch when he's gonna interview Michele Bachmann. These are just accidents, and I'm sure just an accident, right, that CBS somehow couldn't find room to leave in their 15-minute interview Paul Ryan telling the nation that his mom lives in Florida and is on Medicare and that we need to preserve their benefits. If you don't put that in, isn't that journalistic malpractice? Maybe not lying to the American people, but pretty close to it, when you're trying to portray Ryan as some guy cutting the program, when he said in your own interview he's not.

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