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Out to Embarrass Bush Over Alleged Video Stunt, Today Show Gets Caught in one of Its Own
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 10/14/2005 4:50:52 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

October 14, 2005 - 07:10.

In a deliciously ironic twist of fate, shortly before airing a segment aimed at embarrassing the Bush administration by suggesting that it had staged a video conversation between the president and soldiers in Iraq, the Today show was caught in staging . . . a video stunt.

In the Bush/Iraq segment, Today screened footage indicating that prior to engaging in a video conversation with President Bush, soldiers on the ground in Iraq were given tips by a Department of Defense official.

But the only advice that the official was shown as giving was a suggestion to one solider to "take a little breath" before speaking to the president so he would actually be speaking to him. It was also stated that some of the soldiers practiced their comments so as to appear as articulate as possible. But there was no indication, or even allegation, that the soldiers were coached as to the substance of their comments or in any way instructed what to say.

Today's timing couldn't have been worse. A preceding segment focused on the incessant rains and ensuing flooding in the northeast. For days now, beautiful, blonde - and one senses highly ambitious - young reporter Michelle Kosinski has been on the scene for Today in New Jersey, working the story. In an apparent effort to draw attention to herself, in yesterday's segment she turned up in hip waders, standing thigh-deep in the flood waters.

Taking her act one step further, this morning she appeared on a suburban street . . . paddling a canoe. There was one small problem. Just as the segment came on the air, two men waded in front of Kosinki . . . and the water barely covered their shoe tops! That's right, Kosinski's canoe was in no more than 4-6 inches of water!

An embarrassed Kosinski claimed the water was deeper down the street but that her producers didn't want to let her go there for fear she'd drift away. But Katie and Matt, perhaps peeved by her attempted scene-stealing, couldn't resist ribbing her.

Matt: "Are these holy men, perhaps walking on top of the water?"

"Gee, is your oar hitting ground, Michelle?" inquired Katie, as she and Matt dissolved into laughter.

Moral of the story: people in canoes in four inches of water shouldn't throw video-stunt stones.

Finkelstein has degrees from Cornell University and Harvard Law School.He lives in Ithaca, NY where he hosts "Right Angle," a local political talk show. Finkelstein specializes in exposing liberal bias at NBC's Today Show.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: backfire; ccrm; disinformation; enemywithin; fifthcolumn; kosinski; leftistbias; leftistlies; mediabias; michellekosinski; nbcnews; todayshow
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1 posted on 10/14/2005 4:50:53 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show/NewsBusters ping.


2 posted on 10/14/2005 4:51:57 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
the water was deeper down the street but that her producers didn't want to let her go there

Blame it on the producers.

Yeah, THAT's a good career move...

3 posted on 10/14/2005 4:53:14 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bump


4 posted on 10/14/2005 4:53:50 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Just as the segment came on the air, two men waded in front of Kosinki

Freepers?

5 posted on 10/14/2005 4:53:59 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

LoL.
And let's not mention NBC's exploding gas tanks rigging on GM trucks


6 posted on 10/14/2005 4:56:36 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

>>An embarrassed Kosinski claimed the water was deeper down the street but that her producers didn't want to let her go there for fear she'd drift away.<<

Fake but accurate?


7 posted on 10/14/2005 4:57:15 AM PDT by SerpentDove (Oooo! Oooo! Pick me!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

LOL. Ooops. And thanks for the information on the "scripted" video conference. If I was going to be in national tv with the President, I would hope and pray that someone would give me a heads up on some questions so I wouldn't sound like a compete idiot and a few tips on conducting a televised dialogue. They are making even greater fools of themselves with this nonsense.


8 posted on 10/14/2005 4:57:39 AM PDT by Bahbah (This is a no Miers zone)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bump!


9 posted on 10/14/2005 4:58:06 AM PDT by sport
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To: Izzy Dunne

Freepers?

I wouldn't be surprised!


10 posted on 10/14/2005 4:58:35 AM PDT by airborne (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The water is not that deep.

11 posted on 10/14/2005 4:59:10 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
As the Dinosaur slowly slips below the surface of the Tarpit....

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters

12 posted on 10/14/2005 5:00:04 AM PDT by bray (Islam IS a terrorist organization)
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To: SerpentDove

"Fake but accurate?"

You got it!


13 posted on 10/14/2005 5:00:37 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Izzy Dunne
Just as the segment came on the air, two men waded in front of Kosinki

Freepers?

LOL. We'll probably never know who they were or why they chose that moment. But I have a theory.

As mentioned, Kosinski comes across like a big self-promoter and scene-stealer. Yesterday she turned up in hip waders, and tried to outdo herself this morning with the canoe stunt.P>I can imagine that she forced her producers and crew to go ahead with the stunt, against their wishes.

So perhaps to extract revenge, some guys from the crew, or locals the crew recruited, decided to "rain on Michelle's parade" so to speak, by revealing the fraud.

14 posted on 10/14/2005 5:00:57 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: SerpentDove

LOL. I guess we can expect Dan Rather to steal Michelle away from Today!


15 posted on 10/14/2005 5:01:35 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Workplace accidents. I.E.D.'s, Internal Enemies Devices, blow up in their faces.


16 posted on 10/14/2005 5:03:25 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But there was no indication, or even allegation, that the soldiers were coached as to the substance of their comments or in any way instructed what to say.

Well, there were certainly "allegations" flying furiously last night -- and that on Fox. I figured it would turn out to be something like what you describe (shades of the Thanksgiving turkey!).

17 posted on 10/14/2005 5:05:39 AM PDT by maryz
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To: All

Incredibly, Michelle doesn't seem to have learned.

In the 8 AM news roundup, Michelle was once again out there in her canoe. She emphasized that she was now in "deep" water, 3-4 feet deep, or "up to your waist." But it really seems her producers hate her, because in the background, a man was shown walking down the street, and once again, the water was no more than shoe-top high!


18 posted on 10/14/2005 5:05:48 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: SerpentDove
BWhahahahahaha. Delicious.
19 posted on 10/14/2005 5:07:05 AM PDT by Texas WOP
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

LMAO.. great!!!!!


20 posted on 10/14/2005 5:07:18 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; hellinahandcart

This is hilarious. But I would've preferred Katie and Matt being the ones embarrassed.


21 posted on 10/14/2005 5:07:31 AM PDT by sauropod (Polite political action is about as useful as a miniskirt in a convent -- Claire Wolfe)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Claiming that a rehearsal and staging is somehow fraudulent, is another attempt to downplay any progress in Iraq.

And diss the soldiers and the President.

Will someone get these propagandists off the air? How was "Stalin Radio" killed?
22 posted on 10/14/2005 5:09:16 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What a delicious twist.


23 posted on 10/14/2005 5:10:14 AM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: sauropod

The greatest disappointment is how Fox News is joining the MSM. Oh well, there are many other news sources now.....Fox can begin to attrack the Whine and Cheese crowd while us Red staters go elsewhere.


24 posted on 10/14/2005 5:10:49 AM PDT by armydawg1 (" Amierca must win this war..." PVT Martin Treptow, KIA, WW1)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Taking her act one step further, this morning she appeared on a suburban street . . . paddling a canoe. There was one small problem. Just as the segment came on the air, two men waded in front of Kosinki . . . and the water barely covered their shoe tops! That's right, Kosinski's canoe was in no more than 4-6 inches of water!

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25 posted on 10/14/2005 5:11:03 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They should have called Al Gore to have waters released up stream so the boat would float better.


26 posted on 10/14/2005 5:11:08 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: maryz
I take it this is the same story: Yahoo
27 posted on 10/14/2005 5:11:19 AM PDT by elc
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yeah, but she is pretty darn cute. A fraud, perhaps, but a pretty fraud.


28 posted on 10/14/2005 5:12:25 AM PDT by FreeLiability (Charge Criminals with crimes; Detain indefinitely enemy combatants until the WAR is over.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
LOL! This now goes down the Today blackhole.

Someone should send this to Brut Hume, instead of the Leno clips he plays at the end of his show, he should play this one.

29 posted on 10/14/2005 5:13:03 AM PDT by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: ICE-FLYER
They should have called Al Gore to have waters released up stream so the boat would float better.

LOL - I had forgotten about that one. Or maybe taking a cue from Kerry , she could have thrown someone else's paddle over the fence ;-)

30 posted on 10/14/2005 5:13:48 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Excellent! Puts matters into perspective beautifully, and fairly.


31 posted on 10/14/2005 5:14:47 AM PDT by Alia
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To: Bahbah

And what is worse is that the administration allowed the news to cover the preparation, to PROVE that they weren't scripting what people said -- and the media has USED that access to put together misleading reports to give the suggestion that the administration was afraid of what they would say and was telling them what to say.


32 posted on 10/14/2005 5:15:24 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This made me spew my coffee.
Wish I had seen it!


33 posted on 10/14/2005 5:15:31 AM PDT by Muzzle_em (I'm an island awash in a sea of stupidity)
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To: armydawg1

I know. Very disappointing.


34 posted on 10/14/2005 5:15:39 AM PDT by sauropod (Polite political action is about as useful as a miniskirt in a convent -- Claire Wolfe)
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To: FreeLiability
Yeah, but she is pretty darn cute. A fraud, perhaps, but a pretty fraud.

No doubt.


35 posted on 10/14/2005 5:18:50 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I get many laughs from the Today Show, today was no exception. Good catch on the comparison of two "staged" stories...It makes Water-girl even funnier by adding hypocrisy, and includes Matt and Katie.

I think that will be the last NBC Water-girl story for a while, she's been in the same NJ water for the same story for at least two days now.
36 posted on 10/14/2005 5:19:24 AM PDT by soloNYer (My state needs to be dragged to the woodshed for a severe beating.)
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To: soloNYer
I think that will be the last NBC Water-girl story for a while, she's been in the same NJ water for the same story for at least two days now.

I would certainly have thought so, but see #18.

37 posted on 10/14/2005 5:22:04 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I hope those hip waders were not to high, would not want her to chaf anything important.


38 posted on 10/14/2005 5:23:38 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: armydawg1

The greatest disappointment is how Fox News is joining the MSM. Oh well, there are many other news sources now.....Fox can begin to attrack the Whine and Cheese crowd while us Red staters go elsewhere.

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I wonder what the net result of their numbers will show. I certainly watch very little on Fox now.


39 posted on 10/14/2005 5:24:30 AM PDT by maica (We are fighting the War for the Free World --Frank Gaffney)
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To: FreeLiability
Cute enough


40 posted on 10/14/2005 5:28:10 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Lord, help me with me, I ask so little of you...really..)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Finkelstein has degrees from Cornell University and Harvard Law School.He lives in Ithaca, NY where he hosts "Right Angle," a local political talk show. Finkelstein specializes in exposing liberal bias at NBC's Today Show.

Exposing liberal bias at NBC's Today Show does not require degrees from Cornell and Harvard. It is shooting fish in a barrel. :-)

Don't get me wrong--I am glad someone is willing to suffer through watching that tripe day after day to report how biased they are...as long as they remember to boycott all products of the shows advertisers. :-)
41 posted on 10/14/2005 5:29:05 AM PDT by cgbg (Need Katrina funding? Sell the airwaves.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hilarious!

I hope someone snags a screen capture.


42 posted on 10/14/2005 5:31:06 AM PDT by maggief
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
As mentioned, Kosinski comes across like a big self-promoter and scene-stealer.

Geraldo's long lost daughter???

43 posted on 10/14/2005 5:31:18 AM PDT by silent_jonny (Why are the RINOs afraid of Miers?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

All news is staged. Their fake teeth. Their fake breast. Their fake hair. Their fake eye color. Their fake tans. Etc. All fake, all staged.


44 posted on 10/14/2005 5:31:45 AM PDT by Ron in Acreage (It's the borders stupid! "ALLEN IN 08")
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To: FreeLiability
Yeah, but she is pretty darn cute.

Yeah . . . maybe . . . but to compare her to the other yack-yackers go here. She's just one of many who count on their looks to get them by . . . when their total neurons can oftentimes be counted on one hand.

Our conservative gals are much prettier, beaufitul even, and they've got enough sense to not try such theatrics. Image and reputation mean a lot to us conservatives. Libbers think a reputation is like a sweater . . . you can change daily and the audience is expected to forget what you wore the previous day.

45 posted on 10/14/2005 5:33:46 AM PDT by geedee (Most people don't really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility and courage.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Even if they are not, maybe they should be nominated as honorary?


46 posted on 10/14/2005 5:34:25 AM PDT by Sensei Ern (Now, IB4Z! I would rather visit Rwanda on a bad day than France on a good day.)
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To: maggief
Hilarious! I hope someone snags a screen capture.

By coincidence, I just emailed NewsBusters asking them to include a screen capture in my original article there.

47 posted on 10/14/2005 5:36:28 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: Bahbah

Very good point.


48 posted on 10/14/2005 5:40:48 AM PDT by no dems (43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, 2 to pull a trigger: I'm lazy and tired of smiling,)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Too funny.

As an avid canoer, it's like finger nails on the chalk board when people say OAR instead of PADDLE. You paddle a canoe, you row a boat.


49 posted on 10/14/2005 5:41:17 AM PDT by PjhCPA (Are we having fun yet???)
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To: armydawg1

"The greatest disappointment is how Fox News is joining the MSM."

Can you give me some examples of this? I've been out of the loop as a Hurricane Rita evacuee for three weeks now. Whassup with Fox News?


50 posted on 10/14/2005 5:44:08 AM PDT by no dems (43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, 2 to pull a trigger: I'm lazy and tired of smiling,)
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