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MSNBC Falsifies Transcripts, Again. For “The Ed Show.” Again.

November 25, 2009

MSNBC is at it again, editing its transcripts to make Ed Schultz sound less crazy. Leftists complained — falsely — for years that Republicans questioned the patriotism of anyone who opposed them.  On Monday’s edition of The Ed Show, Schultz called Joe Liberman a “traitor” yet again — so MSNBC changed this into a jovial reference to a grocer’s chain.

Schultz said Lieberman was one of the senators “cheating on the American public” by opposing a public option. After accusing the senator of economic adultery and playing a video clip of Lieberman saying the bill will not pass, Schultz used one of her favorite terms for Lieberman: “Traitor Joe.” (You can verify the audio/video here.) But according to MSNBC’s transcript, Big Ed said:  “Oh, yes. But Trader Joe is not alone.”

What’s that — with Ed’s Fargo accent, you can’t tell which phrase he used? Schultz took all guess work out of it earlier this month. On November 12th, he and Bill Press had an in-depth discussion about smearing a liberal Democrat who occasionally votes centrist:

Look, you know, what I call Joe Lieberman?  Traitor Joe.  And I’m not talking about the store where you guy [sic.] the good wine and cheese.  I mean “Traitor Joe.”

The following Tuesday, Ed Schultz used the phrase — and MSNBC transcribed it “Trader Joe.”

Not only is Schultz’s rhetoric polarizing and pejorative; it’s plagiarized. For all these reasons, MSNBC lies on.

  1. David Forsmark permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:04 pm

    This is just great stuff.

  2. Paul permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:05 pm

    It’s impossible to make Ed Schulz look LESS crazy. He’s off his rocker so much, his rocker just passed him running away from it around the world. He hates all Republicans and anyone who would ever vote with Republicans. I don’t know a more liberal guy in the news. Find me someone who hates Republicans, hates anyone who MIGHT vote with Republicans.

  3. Harmon permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:49 pm

    Unbelievable! I know Schultz said “Traitor Joe” but listening to him say it on the video, it sounds like Trador to me. So a transcriber who knows little about the context in which was said heard it that way, Big Deal. Too funny.

  4. November 25, 2009 11:01 pm

    As Johnny Dollar knows, having to occasionally deal with messed up Fox News transcripts and the blue blogs use of them to try and discredit Fox, transcripts aren’t handled by the networks themselves but by outside transcript houses. They are frequently riddled with errors and should not be considered as the final say in the matter.

    It sounds like someone was transcribing the “Traitor Joe” comment and thought they heard “Trader Joe” or accidentally wrote the wrong thing.

    In this case, if you looked at the bottom of the transcript you’ll see it wasn’t handled by MSNBC but by another company.

  5. November 25, 2009 11:29 pm

    So I decided to I decided to mentally challenge myself and watch as many Keith Olbermann clips as I could stand. After about thirty minutes of his animated rants that appeared to stem primarily from his personal insecurities, I notices a trend (other than the obvious). The majority of his air time is emphatically spent criticizing, defending, attacking, or belittling. Soon after I came to question the network’s credibility in having an ex-sportscaster, wanna be politico host his own program. Then came the transcripts…oh the transcripts.

    Is it any wonder you see a network attempt to manipulate what was actually said on a television broadcast? Hey BSNBC, the broadcast already occurred. The words have left the building. Details, details…

    I suppose the offense is less ridiculous than manipulating scientific data that pertains to our environment and the future of our planet right? I mean does it really matter where that pesky decimal place goes or if the graph goes up or down? Yeah, more details.

    See a trend? If you said stupidity, you would almost be correct. This is a plan. A plan to alter American’s ability to reason. Unfortunately, I believe these leftist kiss a*ses think they will be rewarded for furthering the propaganda somehow (you know kind of like helping someone get elected to office on the promise of being “taken care of” when he or she ‘arrives’?). BSNBC, you have attempted to discredit your big brother, FOX News by claiming they are not a ‘real’ news station and yet here we are. Altering transcripts? Really?

    It’s not a script. Its a TRAN-script. As a “news” station, fiction is your enemy. Shame on you.

    Goodnight BSNBC.

    Nathan R. Jessup

    • betty boop permalink
      November 26, 2009 5:05 am

      Semper Fi, sir. Well put.

  6. Lisa P permalink
    November 26, 2009 2:27 am

    I agree he said traitor, not that it matters. Your quote from the Bill Press interview clears that up. By the way, he has a distinct Southern accent, which is nothing like a North Dakota accent. I’ve seen Fargo, and I’ve lived in the South my whole life. Shultz may have worked there, but he was definitely not raised there.

  7. Marty Trout permalink
    November 26, 2009 8:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving. I heard that when we flip to MSNBC it counts for their ratings. I am going to try and not do it again. What is the point, we know it will be bad for us. I guess it is like watching a train wreck. I would love to see their ratings go down even lower if we all quit watching even for five minutes. The last time I flipped to it Keith was talking about FOX covering the “joke” that Anita Dunn said about liking Mao. I haven’t gone there since. As a new conservative I’m not sure if I would be defending Leiberman. I don’t care for RINO’s, Blue Dogs or Independents. You just don’t know what they are going to do, especially with important issues like healthcare, etc. My next Tea Party sign will say: RINO’s & Blue Dogs extinct 2012

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      November 26, 2009 5:43 pm

      Welcome Marty;

      The only good thing about MSNBC is the fact that most of the listeners who weren’t sure about party affiliations, find out soon enough that to be aligned with that crew is definetely a bad choice. They offer nothing but silly defensive comments to anyone who has a solution.

      I believe, at this point in time, the Republican party is experiencing a transformation from some poorly thought out decisions and those who allowed this catastrophic situation shall be extricated from further participation. No more butt kissers!

      We all must watch this process unfold and have our voices heard for a change. Business as usual has been a complete failure for too long.

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