Our Unserious Media: MSNBC Replayed Rubio’s Water Clip 155 Times

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This is just pathetic:

“Zero Dark Thirsty,” “Swing and a Miss,” “Parch Madness,” “Tough Swallow,” “Just Add Water,” and “Water Under the Bridge” were a handful of the phrases used on-air by MSNBC on Wednesday to mock Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for awkwardly pausing to take a sip of water while delivering the official Republican response to the State of the Union address.

Throughout the broadcast day, between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST, MSNBC showed a replay of Rubio’s swig approximately 155 times — 101 of which came during “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which played the moment on loop at the bottom of the screen for more than 13 minutes.

“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black in the New York Times vs. United States ruling. “The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the public. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.”

Does anyone really feel like the media is doing a good job of informing the public when a quick sip of water is allowed to overshadow the substance of what a US Senator says?

And to be fair, the right does it to what with their obsession over the President’s teleprompter and “57 states” gaffes.

It’s one thing to have a chuckle when a politician does something awkward. It’s quite another to dwell on some trivial gaffe to the point of distraction.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Thresherman

    So I called up George Orwell and asked him what he thought of how the media is fulfilling his predictions and he said, “I thought they would be more clever.”

  • Roy_Bean

    I’m missing something here, why are you discussing MSNBC and informing the public in the same post? One has nothing to do with the other.

  • chris

    You guys are guilty of even worse things, like derailing serious debate with “birther” and “deather” nontraversies, which in the end, is harmful to the democratic process. We don’t make up a bunch of nonexistent crap like you guys do. Besides, the glass of water incident is perfect fodder for comedy, just like Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women”, and all of Bush’s “undermisstatements”, and even Biden’s retro 80’s caricature.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I wrote, in the post, that the right is guilty of this as well.

      And I’d point out that I have been outspoken in my criticism of “birther” nonsense.

      • ‘Tom Crawford

        Still Rob, you would be remiss if you did not bring up and talk about subject such as birthers, truthers, ect. It is information, they are news stories, and they do have impact on the way people think – whether it be good or bad. So it should be reported.

        I always liked the slogan – “We report, you decide.”

        It leaves the decision on what and how to think up to the consumer of the news. When you purposely censor the news, so that you only report what you think others should know about, then you are not reporting the news, you are propagandizing it.

      • $8194357

        So how do you explain a “dual citizen” with a fake COLB
        getting a pass by the whole world into the POTUS chair?

    • JoeMN
      • chris

        Thanks for the post. I’m amused by the fact that it hasn’t been updated since 2009 and it looks like it has been written and organized by a high-schooler. Who really cares who’s pregnant and who’s the father of which child in the Palin family? I’m sure the girl who had originally posted this page had already graduated and is way over it. By the way, the part where it says “PART 3 COMING SOON”, obviously it never came. Fail.

        • JoeMN

          I could have posted a link from one of the more fringe elements of the leftist blogosphere, but they (as you advocate) like to send past indiscretions down the memory hole.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lee-stranahan/why-dailykos-embraced-the_b_122790.html

          The whole story is based on an insulting view of fundamentalist
          Christians; that they’d be so freaked out by a teenage pregnancy that
          they’d have the Governor — the most highly visible and public women in
          the small fishbowl of Alaska — fake a pregnancy to cover up the sins
          her of daughter Bristol.

          That diary got ‘rec’d’ — voted as one of the ‘Best Of’ on DailyKos.
          The diary is uncited, breathless, and spins a story that’s totally
          far-fetched.

          • Thresherman

            Of course there is the fact that many on the left blamed the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and others that day on Palin, even before the shooters motives were known. Nothing says you are reasonable like falsely accusing someone of being an accessory to murder.

            Let us not forget that Harry Reid falsely accused Romney of being guilty of felony tax evasion with no proof to back it up whatsoever. Or the charge that Romney was responsible for the death of a woman even though she had insurance that the left claimed Romney deprived her of.

          • chris

            It’s true that both sides are guilty of spreading false rumors of it’s political opponents, and most of these rumors are spread through the use of local political ads and internet blogs, such as the one where Romney is accused of being responsible for a woman’s death. However for the most part these rumors are quickly debunked and short-lived. The problem is when the general audience starts believing them to the point that no amount of evidence to the contrary will change their opinion. This is specifically where the GOP had gotten into trouble as of late. On the other hand, there have been legitimate criticisms, but of which people dismiss as cheep political attacks, such as the few examples that you cited.

            In the case of Palin’s connection to the Giffords shooting, I don’t think anybody accused Palin of purposefully participating in the shooting, but rather that her apparently violent rhetoric against her political opponents may have inadvertently encouraged nutcases to act out the impulse, such as putting crosshairs on the faces of politicians, saying “don’t retreat, instead, reload”, maybe other references to using guns. I understand that, by using gun references, she was getting out the message that she was a staunch defendant of the second amendment, but she went too far by symbolically targeting people. The criticism, which I still agree to, was the use of violent imagery in order to rial up and anger the base.

            In the case of Romney and the question on taxes, he had set himself up for that debacle by being reluctant to releasing his tax information of the previous few years. It’s common practice and also expected for a presidential nominee to show personal financial information, and Romney’s reluctance to do so had understandably aroused suspicion that he had something to hide. Once Romney released what was requested, the issue had quickly faded away. Romney had an uncanny ability to constantly shoot himself in the foot. It’s important to note, however, that there is a huge difference between requesting information on taxes of a nominee and demanding the birth certificate of the standing president. I don’t think any president in the history of the country had been subjected to such humiliation as to be forced to show two forms of his birth certificate and still have people doubting his citizenry, accusing him of forgery and falsifying documents. The whole thing stunk of closeted racism. However in the end, the joke was on you birthers.

          • chris

            It’s true that both sides are guilty of spreading false rumors of it’s
            political opponents, and most of these rumors are spread through the use of local political ads and internet blogs, such as the one where Romney is accused of being responsible for a woman’s death. However for the most part these rumors are quickly debunked and short-lived. The problem is when the general audience starts believing them to the point that no amount of evidence to the contrary will change their opinion. This is specifically where the GOP had gotten into trouble as of late.
            On the other hand, there have been legitimate criticisms, but of which people dismiss as cheep political attacks, such as the few examples that you others have cited.

            In the case of Palin’s connection to the Giffords shooting, I don’t
            think anybody accused Palin of purposefully participating in the
            shooting, but rather that her apparently violent rhetoric against her
            political opponents may have inadvertently encouraged nutcases to act out the impulse, such as putting crosshairs on the faces of politicians,saying “don’t retreat, instead, reload”, maybe other references to using guns. I understand that, by using gun references, she was getting out the message that she was a staunch defendant of the second amendment, but she went too far by symbolically targeting people. The criticism, which I still agree to, was the use of violent imagery in order to rial up and anger the base.

            In the case of Romney and the question on taxes, he had set himself up for that debacle by being reluctant to releasing his tax information of the previous few years. It’s common practice and also expected for a presidential nominee to show personal financial information, and Romney’s reluctance to do so had understandably aroused suspicion that he had something to hide. Once Romney released what was requested, the issue had quickly faded away. Romney had an uncanny ability to constantly shoot himself in the foot. It’s important to note, however, that there is a huge difference between requesting information on taxes of a nominee and demanding the birth certificate of the standing president. I don’t think any president in the history of the country had been subjected to such humiliation as to be forced to show two forms
            of his birth certificate and still have people doubting his citizenry,
            accusing him of forgery and falsifying documents. The whole thing stunk of closeted racism. However in the end, the joke was on you birthers.

          • JoeMN

            So the false accusation of Romney being a murderer, even when propagated by team O, is dismissed because it’s usefulness expired on Nov 6 ?

            You still suggest Palin’s use of a surveyors symbol lead to the shooting of Giffords, even though the act was actually carried out by a disgruntled leftist who (by the way) had been stalking her for three years prior.

            The Romney tax return debacle was dead BEFORE he finally released anything (and on tax records he had no legal obligation to release, and other wealthy Democrats also refused to) yet all the while he was accused of being a TAX CHEAT with NO evidence to back it up by mainstream leftists, including none other than lying Dirty Harry himself.

            Then for the finale, you attempt to disqualify me with the birther accusation, (and by extension racism) even though I made no reference to the birther issue, and to this day am despised by some birthers for my opposition that it was a distraction from the issues

          • chris

            First of all, like I said, both sides are guilty of ridiculous allegations, but normally these allegations are quickly debunked and eliminated. Remember the Larry Sinclair allegation that Obama was having gay sex and smoking crack, and somewhere in the story there was also murder? That obviously didn’t go very far. Secondly, it was an Obama Super PAC that had accused Romney of murder, not an official stance of Team Obama. Super PACs run independently of the campaigns and they are responsible for their own messages.

            Regarding Palin, there was no provable link between the crosshairs on Gifford’s district and the shooting, and Team Obama had never made such accusation. However, it was at the very least insensitive to use gun symbolism at a time when Giffords and other democratic lawmakers were receiving death threats, and Giffords herself had warned, right before the shooting, that violent messaging in political ads, especially the crosshairs, had its consequences. To me it was all strangely coincidental if not consequential. The fact is, whether or not there was a real connection, It’s just never a good idea to rial up the masses like that. Jared Lee Loughner was not a leftist, he was an anti-government conspiracy freak who thought he was being mind-controlled.

            Regarding Romney, the tax release debacle did not die out until he released at least four years worth. You’re right that he wasn’t legally obligated to do so, however as a presidential candidate it was unwise to refuse. Obama had released his tax returns of the previous 10 years, and so did Bush, and so did Clinton. The American people demand to see the tax returns of the presidential candidates for many reasons. It was especially important to have seen Romney’s, given that there were suspicions about his overseas accounts and donations, and whatnot. You may not like it, but it is what it is.

            If you weren’t a birther, then you were one of the few who weren’t pulling down the GOP. Congrats.

    • sbark

      “we dont make up a bunch of nonexistent crap”……….oohh you mean like the over 100 flat out lies about S.Palin that have all been proven dead arse false…..
      I wonder how SCOTUS Thomas would feel about that statement also?……or Judge Bork……..
      An overriding probelem with the Left is what they “make up ” about their own candidates in their own minds…………..they’e made Obama a messionic figure in their minds, Hillary was the smartest women in the world, obama is always the smartest man in the room…….
      “harmfull to the democratic process”………what?….appeasement and capitulation by the GOP for the last 75 yrs, as they attempted to slow the advance of Free stuff to those that now just vote for a living?………..

      • chris

        Which are the 100 lies about S. Palin? What did Thomas or Judge bork say? Who thinks Obama is a messionic figure and that he and Hillary are the smartest people in the world? Who votes for a living?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Oh, I’m sure the whole audience lost track of the narrative because of a sip of water…

      Or I guess you might have been stymied… but then a cocker spaniel could probably head-fake you.

      Dullard.

  • Game

    Look, I love when politicians (and normal folks) make gaffes and mistakes. I am the first to admit that from time to time my brain gets ahead of my mouth and I have had some classic gaffes as well. I loved both GW Bush and Biden because they are both good for a laugh with what they say.

    That being said, we have to put it in context. George W Bush does not think that the saying is “Fool me once, and you won’t fool me again” and Obama does not think their are 57 states or that it is the Marine Corpse. Marco Rubio taking a drink is unfortunate and a little funny, but it should not define him.

    We need to remember that gaffes are just proof that politicians are human, and laugh at them and move on. It is about perspective people.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I agree with this 100%.

    • awfulorv

      Where’s the gaffe? Looked for all the world to me he like simply needed a sip of water.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Only a Leftist would conflate whetting one’s whistle with some kind of “social faux pas”. Perhaps he wasn’t drinking a brand of H2O that was sufficiently snooty?

        Just goes to show you the PC nonsense the left subscribes to is utterly inchoate and subject to the whim of whatever they see fit to read into a given situation.

        Incidentally, Evian is a palindrome for NAIVE….

        • $8194357

          No “kool aid” in the glass upsets the leftist sensabilities, huh…

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Didja see the latest gop savior’s words in a side by side comparison to the failed gop presidential candidate’s words? Ya know, the guy who was defeated in an electoral landslide because of his words?

    Good luck with this one, gop.

    Why was Marco sweating like a Nixon?

    • two_amber_lamps

      RBB = A “special” kind of stupid.

  • chris

    Besides the comedy aspect of it, when you’re in the middle of a speech and you make sudden and unexpected moves, it naturally distracts everybody from the message. People turn their focus away from the speech and towards the incident, and therefore the speaker loses his audience. It’s just one of those things you need to avoid when talking in front of an audience.

  • SigFan

    Get over it. Rubio did a good job of countering Oblahblah and the left know it. Since they can’t refute what he said they have to try to use this to make Rubio out to be some type of incompetent – and he is very far from that whether you agree with him or not.

    • http://www.gravitysailor.com/ GravitySailor

      Agreed.

  • borborygmi

    silly, stupid utterly ridiculous.

    • two_amber_lamps

      By all means gurgle, elaborate. What do you find ridiculous? The sip of water or the carping media’s response?

      • $8194357

        That there was no “kool aid” in the glass for him to agree with…

  • Yogibare

    The time allotted to Rubio for a rebuttal speech was set ahead of time—that is my guess. That drink of water cost him precious seconds of time before the public. It looked “unreherarsed” to me.

  • Yogibare

    The SOTU speech left me with a feeling of despair for the future of our country. The stage is all set for the King to enter—-He then enters! The fawning subjects rush around Him to kiss his $ss.

  • joe mauer

    155? In reality that number pales in comparison to the number of rants you post about Heidi every week.

    • two_amber_lamps

      155 pales in comparison to the number of joe mauer’s insipid and frankly asinine comments…..

  • awfulorv

    Oh to be a fly on the wall in numerous coffee houses in the Bay Area this morning. Someone will be bursting to tell of Rubio’s sip of water episode, another is busily engaged in collections for the Christopher Dorner monument and, of course, all will spend time embracing the full sized effigy of Prince Obama.

    Still Another peers furtively at the insidious, conservative, contrails in the sky, whilst another bemoans the proposed Republican tax cut for those making more than $50.00 per week.

    Still another is noting the racism inherent in the Holy See proposing anyone, other than a black Cardinal, as the new pope.

    On the back burner is the matter of taxing successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs for the 300 billion dollar high speed train, as well as the new 24 billion dollar 49er stadium, and shopping center In other words a typical morning in “The City That Knows How”.

  • Hellboy

    Democratic petty RACIST comments by the left. Wow…. that felt good……
    Turnabout is fair play….

    • two_amber_lamps

      You need to work on that delivery….

      The correct method of accusing another of such is with the “written shriek” of RAAAAAAAAAAA-aaaaaaaacist!

      (Think of the ululations made by the pod people a la “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”)

      • picture_of_2_amber_lamps
        • two_amber_lamps

          Hiya there Gusty McDoucher!

          I see you’re placing pictures of your Mom on the internet again, must I add, they’re not particularly flattering but hell, you must be proud of her so carry on!

          Hey, there’s been a question nagging at me and I was hoping you might explain why do you impersonate 5 year old girls on area hockey blogs? Seems a bit of a cowardly thing to do, and some might think you were up to something unseemly… perhaps trying to attract the attention of other 5 year old girls? Seems a little perverted to me. What exactly is your intent by passing yourself off as a 5 year old girl? Is this common behavior for 3M employees? Does your management know you’re impersonating 5 year old girls on area hockey blogs?

          These are the questions we have… clear the air Gusty! God knows, you certainly move enough with your foul-mouthed emanations. Do something useful with yourself… or you can always go take a nice cold shower… just make sure when you slit your wrists you take plenty of aspirin beforehand and make the cuts vertically along the veins under your wrists/forearms. That horizontal crap across the wrists is just a “cry for help.”

  • 1911bullseye

    Racists, making fun of the son of Cuban immigrants. oh wait that’s us.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Is Marco Rubio even an American Citizen?

      • jl

        Yes, fool. But Obama shouldn’t be.

      • Pat

        Don’t you know?

  • http://genelalor.com Gene Lalor

    The SOTU and the MSM

    Virtually everything President Barack Hussein Obama said in his
    fifth State of the Union speech to Congres and to the American people was
    predicted by both liberals and conservatives although no one on the Right
    reacted as orgasmically as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz who thought the
    SOTU was maybe only a tad less impressive than the Gettysburg Address.

    Obama was as predictable as his lackey Dave Letterman in mocking the
    parched Sen. Marco Rubio for grabbing a drink of Poland Spring during the
    Republican SOTU rebuttal.

    Something not nearly as predictable were two of the president’s prime
    MSM allies, the Associated Press and the Huffingtonpost.com, contradicting him
    and correcting his lies, distortions, and misrepresentations by fact-checking
    his speech. It must give pause for a lame duck to see his own media finally
    reporting somewhat accurately after his extended honeymoon of 4+
    years.

    In an article titled ”State of the Union Fact Check: Obama’s Big
    Speech Scrutinized” (reprinted in its entirety by Huffpo) the AP points out that
    the president’s claims of creating 6 million new jobs, doubling the gas mileage
    of new cars, reducing health care costs with Obamacare, forcing illegal aliens
    to the back of the immigration line, touting the benefits of the Head Start
    program, and saving the planet with executive actions are all either exaggerated
    claims or outright lies, although the AP would or could never use that
    pejorative noun when discussing its former Anointed One. . . .

    (Read more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=30092.)

  • awfulorv

    Childish imparts a degree of intellectualism unwarranted by these talking heads, Wombish seems more descriptive…

  • $8194357

    Ya…

    They (MSM) will make this into a major career breaker while Hagle and

    Barrys crowd plays footsie with the muslim brotherhood and hamas……

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/12/obamas-friends-of-hamas/

    Last week, 25 Republican senators wrote a letter to a former member of their caucus and the man President Obama wants to lead the Defense Department, demanding full disclosure of his financial dealings. To date, Sen. Chuck Hagel has demonstrated afresh his contempt for the legislature by declining to do so.
    To their credit, the senators, including the Republican leadership and every member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have thrown down the gauntlet. They warned Mr. Hagel: “Your refusal to respond to this reasonable request suggests either a lack of respect for the Senate’s responsibility to advise and consent or that you are for some reason unwilling to allow this financial disclosure to come to light.” The signers added: “Until the Committee receives full and complete answers, it cannot in good faith determine whether you should be confirmed as Secretary of Defense.”
    It may be that the Hagel appointment has been effectively checkmated. Should the nominee continue to stonewall, even Democrats — who are under immense pressure to hew to the party line but were privately appalled by his performance during a confirmation hearing two weeks ago — get a face-saving way to disassociate themselves from this loser.
    Mr. Hagel may have, as a practical matter, no choice but to try to brazen it out. Breitbart.com last week quoted Senate sources as saying that among the requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is one listing “a group purportedly called ‘Friends of Hamas.’” At this writing and absent the requested disclosure, it cannot be determined whether Mr. Hagel is literally associated with the “friends” of a designated terrorist organization. The mere fact, though, that it seems entirely plausible — given the nominee’s record of hostility toward Israel and his affinity for its enemies (including Hamas‘ longtime sponsor, Iran) — his refusal to make the sort of disclosure expected of all Cabinet appointees should be the last straw for Senate Republicans and Democrats alike.
    What is incredible is that Mr. Obama’s candidate to lead the Central Intelligence Agency could reasonably be considered a friend of Hamas as well. After all, he has been among the Obama appointees to engage with a group called the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). No fewer than four federal judges have, in connection with the 2008 federal prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation on terrorism financing charges, concurred that CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood front.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    There’s no question about it, Rubio is the GOP’s waterboy. He had to rush so fast to grab that cup so he didn’t miss the teleprompter telling him what to say.

    Just another water carrier of no substance parroting what his handlers are telling him to say.

    • guest

      What a petty piece of crap you and your kind are. Criticizing someone for drinking water.

      “Just another water carrier of no substance parroting what his handlers are telling him to say.”

      A perfect description of you, tiny smallwillie bonilla

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        It’s not that he just drank water, it’s the weird odd way he did it, and the obvious flurry he was in not to miss his teleprompter telling him what to say.

        As far as Rubio’s rehearsed speech, it was canned and rehearsed, it doesn’t matter what the president said, Rubio would have made the same speech regardless. He’s just the water boy for the GOP.

        • guest

          I’m sure you also make fun of kids with down syndrome and other handicaps too.
          As far as obama’s rehearsed speech, it was canned and rehearsed, and read off a teleprompter. It
          doesn’t matter what he said, he’s just the water boy for the dem/lib/communists

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Are you saying Rubio is a handicapped with down syndrome? Weird.

            Is Rubio even an American citizen? That was one of the weirdest moments I have seen in a long time.

          • guest

            I’m saying that you more than likely make fun of kids with down syndrome and other handicaps, just like obama did when he made his “special Olympics” remark.

            Considering you’re a documented tax cheat, who deliberately didn’t leave a forwarding address in an attempt to cheat the government, no one cares what you consider weird.
            Did Rubio sneak into the country the way ol’ Len and Yolanda did?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It’s clear you implied Marco Rubio is handicapped with down syndrome.

            Other than that, who knows what you are babbling about, you are mentally deranged and make no sense what so ever.

          • guest

            Besides that empty space between your very large ears, the only thing that’s clear to everyone is that you don’t understand English very well.
            On the other hand, smallwillie, if in your mind it’s clear, then obviously something made sense to you.

            You dope.

          • LenYol

            Marco Rubio was born is Miami, Florida. He is, therefore, a natural born
            citizen of the United States. Per the Constitution, the citizenship
            status of his parents (or grandparents or anyone but himself) is
            irrelevant.
            You dope.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Have you seen his birth certificate?

          • LenYol

            Why don’t you entertain us and prove he’s not a citizen. Then produce your birth certificate to prove you’re a natural born citizen.

          • $16179444

            i believe you trying to come across as some clown that is self sufficient in Hawaii is weirder.

  • Snarkie

    It’s like Dean’s yell. Will Rubio recover?

  • $16179444

    ho hum….

  • Snarkie

    LULz

  • banjo kid

    What brain cells were floating around the CNN office has left the building I was shocked that they would actually try and make something of a human being drinking some water , when they have meetings at any concern what do we see on the table , WATER it is the life blood of existence . these idiots are just that idiots . will never watch CNN even if I want to see what the Obama news agency is up to.

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