Maddow Update Indirectly Acknowledges That Previous ‘Scoop’ Was Wrong

As we reported over the weekend, on her April 6 show Rachel Maddow claimed to have a breaking news report on a current legislative controversy in Michigan.

In the report Maddow falsely asserted Michigan Republicans were using an “unprecedented” power grab to pass an extensive number of bills with an immediate-effect clause without acknowledging that Michigan Democrats had previously used the same clause and voting procedures when they controlled the Michigan legislature by very similar margins.

On Maddow’s Monday program, she ran an update on the story in response to what she said was criticism from both sides of the isle and a decision by the Michigan Appeals Court to overrule a previous court order and side with Michigan Republicans. The Appeals Court ruled to allow several bills passed with the immediate-effect to become laws now.

In other words, the Appeals court saw nothing wrong with the process that was used to pass those specifics laws. Maddow did not outright acknowledge her factual inaccuracies or unfair contentions in the first report, but did finally concede that “both sides have done this.”

End of story, right? Nope. Not to be outdone, Maddow’s contention has now graduated from an unprecedented circumvention of democracy to the argument that Republicans should have requested a roll call vote in the Michigan House when the Democrats previously used the same exact procedure to pass laws with the immediate-effect clause.

So now, she is indirectly admitting that her big “scoop” is simply that Michigan House Republicans are using the same voting procedures that have been used for years.

She also used the segment, once again, to try to tie likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the “controversy” surrounding Michigan Republicans’ actions via his father George Romney, the former Governor of Michigan. George Romney presided over the convention where the state approved a constitutional amendment requiring 90 days to pass before a law could be enacted after it was passed by the state legislature unless an immediate-effect clause was attached.

The segment on Monday ended with Maddow saying that her program will continue to cover the story in Michigan.

“On a personal note, I have to say I am more inclined than ever to stay on this story,” she said. “One, because it keeps getting more and more interesting and more and more fraught all the time. I think something is going on Michigan that’s not going on anywhere else in the country, and it deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting.”

She also claimed she would not be discouraged from covering the story even as her “detractors” insulted her.

“But also, turns out your insults make me stronger Bring it on, keep shooting the messenger.”

The problem with that assertion is that her detractors are not actually insulting her or “shooting the messenger,” rather they are pointing out that she was pushing a dishonest, partisan message.

Let us hope her continued coverage will include more fact-based reporting and less false contentions focused on attacking Republicans.

 

Comments

0 Responses to “Maddow Update Indirectly Acknowledges That Previous ‘Scoop’ Was Wrong”

  1. William says:

    But, the republicans don’t have a two-thirds majority to pass these bills with immediate effect.

Leave a Reply

Tom Cotton objects to his SNL parody

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) had a problem with SNL’s spoof of him—but only because the actor selected to portray him was too short.

Maher tells PC liberals 'shut the f up'

Bill Maher's politics are not always the greatest. But when it comes to knocking down the liberal PC brigade, he is on point like no other.

SNL parodies Starbucks' race campaign

What if another company--say, Pep Boys (or Girls! Or Whatever!)--took on their own campaign to talk about gender and sexual identity?

SNL's "The Rock" Obama goes beast-mode

Dwayne Johnson hosted SNL last night, so naturally he had to play a muscled-up Obama, who can finally do all the things he really wants—like throw John Boehner through a window and rip of Tom Cotton’s hand.

Devo does not want Scalise to 'Whip It'
A founding member of the 1980s band Devo really does not want to see House Majority Whip Steve Scalise “Whip It Good.” Scalise has been using the bands hit song “Whip It” at events and his staff recently created a joint fundraising committee with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) to raise money for a 1980s-themed birthday party […]

White House

Carly Fiorina says there’s a ‘higher than 90 percent chance’ she’s running for president

Carly Fiorina’s 2016 campaign is all but certain now—and she’s making no secret as to whom she’ll be targeting.

White House promises not to use legal loophole to keep NSA spying alive if Patriot Act expires
If the Patriot Act expires, it will stop the National Security Agency’s bulk spying too. The Obama administration promised this week that it will not take advantage of a legal loophole to keep the NSA spying alive unless Congress re-authorizes the Patriot Act, Reuters reported. Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the NSA to collect data on […]
In honor of National Puppy Day, here are the top 10 cutest presidential puppies

Today is National Puppy Day! To celebrate, we give you the top ten cutest puppies to grace the White House Lawn.

Obama: ‘By hook or by crook’ I’ll push my agenda through
This is probably not the smartest phrasing to use. President Obama had an interview with Huffington Post over the weekend and while much of the interview was his oft-repeated lines about how Republicans are the reason nothing is getting done in Washington, he added a new phrase about his legacy that is bound to raise […]
Obama tells Prince Charles that Americans like the royal family better than their own politicians

President Obama has admitted what we all already knew: Americans far prefer the Duchess of Cambridge to Michelle.

Congress

Sen. Harry Reid will not seek re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms. Reid, 75, who shepherded key Obama administration initiatives including the president’s health care law, lost his role as majority leader — […]
Schock: Lincoln faced challenges too
Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock (R- Ill.) gave his farewell speech on the House floor Thursday, promising that it was “not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.” While his own trials are more of the “Downton Abbey” decor and Katy Perry concert variety, Schock likened this tough time to that […]
Boehner, Pelosi read mean tweets
Taking a cue from Jimmy Kimmel’s famous “Mean Tweets” series, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) got in on the fun and read some mean tweets about themselves in a video for the 2015 Radio & Television Correspondents Association […]
GOP blocks Warren's student loan plan
THE HILL — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an effort by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to attach an amendment aimed at lowering student loan rates to the budget. Senators voted 46-53 against Warren’s amendment to the Republican budget resolution. Warren’s amendment would have allowed people with college loan debt to refinance at interest rates from […]
Rand really liked those 'Stand with Rand' trolls

During Ted Cruz's big announcement at Liberty University yesterday--which students were required to attend--some Rand Paul supporters decided to troll Cruz with some "Stand with Rand" shirts: