MSNBC’s Mitchell, WashPost’s Marcus Spin for Rosen, Polish Up Her Anti-Romney Argument

Posted on Sat 04/14/2012 by


The (Younger) Romney Family

By Ken Shepherd ~

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell has been a key player in pushing the network’s “war on women” meme, such as when she viciously tag-teamed with liberal senators to attack Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker to her misleading, biased coverage of the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas.

So it’s no surprise that Mitchell joined forces with liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus at the top of her program today to spin for Democratic activist and PR flak Hilary Rosen, who stepped in it earlier this week with her ill-advised attack on Ann Romney.

“Hilary Rosen’s comments on Ann Romney set off a firestorm,” Mitchell noted as she opened her April 12 Andrea Mitchell Reports program. But alas, “rather than starting a debate about women in and out of the workplace, Republicans, then Democrats, rushed to criticize Rosen.”

“Can we get serious, Ruth?” Mitchell complained after airing a montage of politicians slamming Rosen. “What was, I think, lost in the conversation was what Hilary Rosen was trying to say, inartfully, but trying to say.”

“I tried to sort of be her interpreter,” Marcus offered, pointing to a column she posted at on the matter:

MARCUS: Look, the mommy wars are like one of these sectarian conflicts or trash fires by the New Jersey Turnpike that never go out…. What she was trying to say was that the Romney campaign, which put, is using her as their emissary to women —

MITCHELL: She’s their bulletproof shield!

MARCUS: She’s their bulletproof shield. That’s fine. She seems incredibly likeable and has a terrific life story. But in many ways her life story is not the life story of many women.

Why, yes, Ms. Marcus. Not every woman has multiple sclerosis and survived breast cancer. Of course, I’m sure that’s not what Marcus meant, preferring to fixate on the Romneys’ wealth and all.

To her credit, Mitchell blasted President Obama for having thrown Rosen, a strong supporter of President Obama, “under the bus.”

“Oh, and then drove over her…. They took turns driving over her,” Marcus agreed of Obama acolytes.

“I just disagree with the president…. Perhaps [Ann Romney’s] life experience is not on a par with the life experiences of many women who don’t have the luxury of choosing whether to work or not,” Marcus noted.

Of course, by saying that “choosing whether to work or not” was a luxury, Marcus communicates that being a stay-at-home mom is something that’s workable only for the wealthy. Of course, that’s not only patently untrue but feeds into the class-warfare rhetoric that the Left is aiming to use as a cudgel against Romney.

Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters.

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