Memo to ourselves: if we ever get invited by MSNBC to be on with Tamron Hall and "News Nation", we will try to just answer her questions. This Friday, Hall had The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney to discuss the issues of how the Romney campaign has been handling the spin on stories that talk about his past and also how he is handling questions that he doesn't want to talk about.
It got so heated that Hall basically just cut Carney's mic off. Don't mess with me. Damn. Next, please. Our take? Carney made his mistake by thinking an MSNBC appearance would make him look good. Also, dude, you got invited to her show. You gotta find your moments to make your points but once you get all Fox on Tamron, what do you expect? As for the FAUX OUTRAGE that Hall did this, people like Bill O"Reilly and Sean Hannity have been doing this for years. Now people will know: don't mess with Tamron Hall.
Below is a full video of the segment from The Daily Caller (the only outlet that captured the entire exchange in a bit more context). Here is a quick transcript of key exchanges that were made:
CARNEY: “[W]hat you’re doing here is a typical media trick. You hype up a story, and then you justify the second day coverage of the story by saying, ‘Oh well, people are talking about it. Here’s how Romney responded to it.’ No. Let’s move on to substantive issues.”
HALL: “Hang on, because you’re kind of in my house here. The problem is this: The story is out there. You’re right. I am not saying that we should belabor what happened 50 years ago. We’re talking about the response by the campaign and by the governor. Not just on this issue.”
CARNEY: “You are bringing up a meta story here, which is what is Romney’s response to this other nonstory? I’m trying to go ‘meta meta’ on you and say here’s the media treatment of the Romney response.”
HALL: “You don’t want me to ‘go’ anything on you because you’re actually irritating me right now. “I’m going to be honest with you … you knew the topics we were going to discuss. You knew them. You agreed. And we are not talking or demeaning — listen, 50 years ago I was a much tougher kid probably than Mitt Romney was in high school. I’m not talking about the issue of whether he was bullying or not. He said he doesn’t remember. To be fair, I cannot say that he does. What I’m asking you about is how the campaign has handled this decision, handled this situation, how he handled the Colorado reporter, how he handled same-sex marriage where he said he agrees with gay parents being able to adopt but he does not agree with same-sex marriage — just the handling of questions beyond the economy. If you’re not comfortable about that, I am A-OK, but you’re not going to come on and insult me. You won’t come on and insult the network when you knew what you were going to talk about. Done. Let me talk to Jimmy. I’m done."