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17 Year-Old Girl Blogger 3, NBC’s Star Reporter Norah O’Donnell 0

November 21, 2009

You may have seen this video flying around the internet.  In it, NBC reporterette Norah O’Donnell ambushes a teenaged Palin supporter wearing a funny anti-bailout tee shirt, and confronts her on the “fact” that Sarah Palin “supported the bailout.”

On its face, there is a certain “gotcha” aspect to it, though it’s easy to say that Jackie Seal, the 17 year-old who was caught unawares—and who didn’t have a truckload of producers feeding things into her earpiece– ultimately got the better of the exchange.

But when you know… the REST of the stooo-ry, the cheapness of O’Donnell’s stunt, and the poise of Jackie Seal is rather amazing.

First, it’s a little over general– and overstated– to say that Sarah Palin “supported the bailout.”  WHICH bailout?  Palin has opposed every bailout since TARP. During the campaign, as Jackie notes in her very engaging and entertaining blog (more on that later) it would have been pretty extraordinary for even Sarah Palin to go so “rogue” as to oppose McCain on TARP.

Of course, had McCain opposed TARP, he might very well be President today.  He suspended his campaign to run back to Washington so he could vote the same way Obama did on a wildly unpopular trillion dollar measure.  Thus McCain showed the only difference between him and Obama that week was that Obama could focus on 2 things at once.

But of course, Palin was the reason McCain lost… right?

But back to Jackie and Norah.  MSNBC hosts chuckled all night long over this moment, while many on the right decried the tactic.  However, it was surprising how many pros on BOTH sides assumed that the scene played out as spontaneously as it appeared on tape.  Sometimes it happens that way; but in my experience national reporters don’t go on live television without knowing exactly what they are getting– like an attorney asking a question of a witness in open court.

It’s also hard to believe that anyone who’s watched Norah O’Donnell for more than 5 minutes would think that SHE was quick on her feet to battle a smart 17 year-old girl to a seeming draw.  That should have aroused some suspicions.

Fortunately, we have Jackie’s very entertaining and well written blog post to fill in the details and give us an inside look at how Big Media really works:

I was first approached by a New York Times writer who wrote what my shirt said and then asked me a couple questions. She asked me what it was I liked about Sarah Palin. I said, “As a young female she is someone I can look up to, before her the only prominent female in politics I had known about was Hilary Clinton, whom I respect don’t get me wrong, I respect her but when you don’t agree with someone it’s hard to really look up to them. I like how Sarah Palin will speak her mind, regardless of what the media will say about it.” After that I just stood in line eagerly waiting for Sarah Palin to arrive.

I then see Norah O’Donnell approach a man all decked out in Palin garb. She asked him a few questions (camera not rolling) then said she’d like to have a woman in the shot. She asked a woman who refused then pointed at me and said “Hey talk to her” So I walked over. I knew I was walking into hot water with MSNBC- thought I was prepared….Seconds later I met her… One of the many faces of liberal media bias. She asked me my name and then before going on air asked me why I liked Sarah Palin, I repeated what I told the NYT reporter. Norah didn’t seem to like that much. So what did she do? I mean she couldn’t ask me that question on television, heaven forbid her not have a biting response.. I noticed her look down at my shirt then, she turned around blackberry in hand spoke to a man, thumbs tapping the blackberry (I don’t remember if she called or not, she may have. But she was on her blackberry), then jotted down a quick note. Little did I know that note would be used against me.

She told us she’d be walking up to us. You know like she just stumbled upon us. The shot began… I kept telling myself answer her question  well, don’t freak out. Well, I thought she’d ask me the same question. She asked the man beside me (who by the way is NOT my dad) the same question she had before we went on air. Myself on the other hand, not the same story.

She had me read my shirt and then proceeded to ask me “Did you know Sarah Palin supported the bailout” to be 100% honest I was like, are you kidding me? She is trying to use my shirt against me. I was so shocked by the craftiness she had that I was truly stumped. I asked her where she got her fact and she read her little note. Then she asked me what I liked about Sarah, and I talked about the Constitution.

It’s a closer call than what’s coming, but if you handicap this at all, it’s easy– Jackie 1, Norah 0

Immediately after the interview I said to my dad “Oh man, I have so many great responses now about my shirt” I could have said, well my shirt doesn’t say anything about Sarah Palin supporting the bailout or “Hey Norah, have you read the book? She talks about how during her debate prep she was handed a list of note cards that had questions and ‘non-answers’” Of course they told Sarah Palin to support everything McCain did. Call me crazy but it would have looked pretty bad had Sarah Palin been against something John McCain was against while they were running together.

Jackie takes a knuckleball on the outside corner and slaps a clean double to the opposite field–Jackie 2, Norah 0

Norah also claims I told her I voted (on her twitter). That is not true. She never asked my age or if I voted. I’m 17 I couldn’t have voted…and I don’t live in an ACORN district so I didn’t have a chance to even register illegally. Making that statement by Norah completely false.

Jackie slam dunks over the flat-footed defender.  In the NBA, they call this “posterized.”  Jackie 3, Norah 0

If this wasn’t pathetic enough, once Chris Matthews’s panel of mean white girls got done calling Sarah Palin a “mean girl” who appeals to white racists, they actually tried to do a little end zone dance over Norah’s supposed triumph over a teenager standing in line to get an autograph.

JOAN WALSH: Norah did great reporting, by the way.  I was watching when she interviewed these people who were wrong about TARP and who just started babbling about she will defend the Constitution, as though Obama won‘t.


WALSH:  So, I think you‘ve got that same kind of paranoid tea party, maybe even birther crowd that talks about the Constitution, without really understanding what they are talking about.  They love her.

Yes, anyone who thinks the U.S. Constitution does not provide for the Government taking over 2 out of 3 car companies, printing money to bail out states who overspend their budgets and calling it “stimulus,” and taking over health care with the threat of jail to anyone who doesn’t buy health insurance, typifies the crazed militia birther fringe.

It’s not surprising that Joan Walsh would be willing to savage a teenager that way, it’s hilarious that she would do it a minute and a half after throwing a Mean Girls reference in Sarah Palin’s direction.

All night on MSNBC, their classy lineup of  hosts crowed that Norah O’Donnell exposed the ignorance of the Palin support base.  But, like in most things having to do with Sarah Palin, the elite media revealed a lot more about itself than about the Americans in flyover country that they can’t even begin to understand.

If only other NBC reporters– like David Gregory– would put half as much thought and preparation into asking tough questions of Barack Obama as Norah O’Donnell did of a 17 year-old bystander.

  1. David Fletcher permalink
    November 21, 2009 3:22 pm

    Norah O’Donnell was reading from notes that she had gotten from her producer. One day there will be a person in Miss Seal’s position who will ask the idiot reporter what they are reading from. After the idiot reporter asks her what she is talking about, he/she will simply point to the 3 by 5 index card she is holding. The stammering from the reporter would be hilarious, as well as instructive.

    David Fletcher
    Denver, NC

    • betty boop permalink
      November 22, 2009 6:42 am

      This young lady is very indicative of the clear thinking I have seen in a number of teens that have not been brainwashed by popular culture (not to mention the schools). A friend always reminds me that when driving, young drivers have excellent reaction time and vision, which can help make up for lack of experience. Perhaps that kind of clarity helped this girl to expose this pompous airbag reporter for what she is (and Norah likely thinks of herself as a “young” reporter, too). Hahahaha- for once when I say “Her parents must be so proud”, I am not being sarcastic. I just hope that the whole leftist crowd and their ideas soon starts to look as dingy and dated as Norah did while standing next to Joan. The origins of our Constitution will always look fresh when placed against this filth. Joan was right to stick to our primary sources. Go girl!!

    • lee permalink
      November 22, 2009 7:11 am

      but sadly that exchange wouldn’t make it onto TV….not much is live these days.

  2. John Davidson permalink
    November 21, 2009 3:34 pm

    Mind control at its worse: It is too apparent for anyone to even consider these clowns to have anything relevant to report.

  3. JustPlainBill permalink
    November 21, 2009 3:36 pm

    Every one seems to miss the point that the quotation Norah read said nothing about supporting the bail out plan. It only said she supported the elected leaders meeting to discuss what to do about the financial meltdown.

  4. Anthony permalink
    November 21, 2009 3:38 pm

    Jackie did a fantastic job. Not only did Norah O’Donnell come prepared with notes in hand, but she also lied later on MSNBC that Jackie had voted for John McCain in last years election. A straight faced lie from the liberal media, I know it’s hard to digest…

  5. David Forsmark permalink
    November 21, 2009 4:51 pm

    This would be good background music for this post…

  6. November 22, 2009 5:26 am

    It appears to be all too common.
    The Media, who has been inculcated in Socialism, aggressively confronts what appears to an ordinary public-schooled citizen, and cross-examines them on their beliefs.
    Remember Susan Roesgen in Chicago at the Tea Party telling the crowd what they were supposed to believe, and getting nasty when they asked for freedom instead of hand-outs?

    Their problem is an old adage I learned in childhood, and was confirmed several times in my thirty year career as a law enforcer:


    Conclusion: The Reporter is the one who has a script and can’t explain their beliefs in a logical manner as to why we all should be socialists.

  7. November 22, 2009 5:26 am

    i like when norah o’donnell and chris matthews do their horsr laugh together, makes you wonder where they come from!!

  8. Jem permalink
    November 22, 2009 12:02 pm

    Chris Matthews looks out on a crowd of people who think and believe differently than himself, and he sees their color! He sees racism.
    Doesn’t he realize how foolish he looks and sounds? He is on screen with two other white people saying there is an absence of color at the Palin event. There is an absence of color on his show! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!!!

    When they know they cannot win the debate, they defend themselves by hurling insults and name calling.

    God bless Jackie for standing firm in her beliefs! She didn’t need a note card or preparation, just the truth.

    This incident is similar to the story of young David and Goliath,
    Tall Norah O. came to the Palin event looking for a fight that she believed she was going to win. She came prepared for battle with a camera crew, a microphone, a Palin quote on a note card that she had to read because she could not remember the words, and a bad attitude toward Palin supporters.
    But young, petite, unsuspecting Jackie wins in the end. She answered Norah’s argumentative questions by simply speaking the TRUTH. She had honest reasons she supported Palin. One that every American should agree with is Palin’s desire for upholding the Constitution. She put the media giants on defense!
    Norah O., Chris Matthews, and Joan Walsh defend themselves by hurling insults of bigotry and name calling when they describe Palin supporters as racist and mean girls. Goliath, also, hurled insults at young David and the Israelites. At least Goliath was brave enough to say it to their faces. These bigots say it on a televison show giving the Palin supporters no chance to speak for themselves.

    Jackie wins in the end! And she didn’t look like a mean girl or a racist. In fact, she shines like a star. And she is receiving an abundance of positive media coverage and respect and adoration from so many Americans–who most likely are comprised of many different colors. (Norah O. dies for that kind of adoration but she ain’t getting none of it.)

  9. robert permalink
    November 23, 2009 12:45 am

    chris mathews and asnd his disgusting communist fellow reporters will soon be reporting to each other. after listening to their biased one sided unfair attacks on oll thingsmiddle of the road or conservitive, it is apparent they are becomming meaning less. they have turned our tradition of a fair an unbiased press into a creul communist joke

  10. Wayne permalink
    November 23, 2009 11:15 am

    Very intelligent comment coming from a 17 year old girl and she kept her cool on camera. Good for her!

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