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MSNBC: An Unprofessional Excuse for the News

Written By : Warner Todd Huston
December 13, 2012

The violence that unions perpetrated in Michigan as the state legislature passed its new right-to-work legislation was hailed by lawless Democrats and union supporters alike showing that neither unions nor Democrats are much interested in morality of legality, but the incident also revealed yet another perfect example of how illegitimate MSNBC is as a source for reliable news.

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During the union thugs’ protest outside the state capitol in Lansing, union criminals beat up a pro-worker’s rights advocate and destroyed a tent set up by the conservative activist group Americans for Prosperity. Multiple videos show that it was a spontaneous, criminal action by the union members but MSNBC’s coverage tended to run counter to the truth.

On the evening of December 11, Ned Resnikoff took to the cabler’s webpages to “report” on the incident for MSNBC’s The Ed Show. But instead of observing journalistic practice, instead of doing his job as a reporter, Resnikoff outrageously lied through his teeth and claimed that the AFP tent was really torn down by its own people!

Resnikoff posted the mere claims of a biased union member pretending that he knew that the AFP folks had torn down their own tent just to get publicity out of it all.

“Conservative media have been circulating a video which appears to shows union members tearing down a tent owned by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity (AFP)” Resnikoff told Ed Show fans. Then he went on to tell what he was promulgating as the real story.

But one eyewitness tells MSNBC.com he thinks there may be more to the story. Thomas Duckworth, a Michigan resident and lifelong union member, said he’d been at the AFP tent earlier in the day, when he noticed a man in an NRA hat. Later, he said, he saw the man deliberately loosening the ropes holding the tent up. Duckworth acknowledged that labor supporters had cheered the tent’s collapse, but suggested that AFP had deliberately helped initiate the it, in order to depict their adversaries as an unruly mob.

Notice what Resnikoffdidn’t do. He didn’t offer any second witness corroboration, like a real journalist would. He doesn’t offer any quotes from anyone actually in the tent — again, like a real journalist would. He didn’t present any proof that the people “loosening” the tent ropes were members of AFP. Worse, he didn’t initially show any of the half dozen videos out there that seem to prove quite the opposite of what this union thug he quotes so positively claims happened. Lastly, Resnikoff offers no actual proof that this union thug was even at the event in question in the first place.

Resinkoff simply presents this union goon’s claims as true without telling Ed Show viewers about all the video proof that tends to make this guy’s fanciful story seem like an obvious lie.

What is clear here is that the union tough that Resnikoff so happily quotes simply didn’t tell the truth and that his job was to go before America and lie to protect his criminal union pals by creating a cover story that is so bad it cannot even stand up to close scrutiny.

But, none of this should surprise anyone where it concerns Ned Resnikoff. Because, despite that he was hired by NBC as a “reporter” for MSNBC’s The Ed SHow, Resnikoff is really nothing but a George Soros lackey from Media Matters, a far left-wing propaganda outfit that helps program the biased coverage of the Old Media establishment.

Ned Resnikoff is not a journalist. He is a Soros-supported, left-wing political activist that has been given a job as a “reporter” by a supposedly serious news outfit.

But, let’s face it. Resnikoff isn’t much different than the rest of NBC or MSNBC’s line up, is he?

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