Skip to comments.NBC Worried About Romney Hanging Around With NBC Star Donald Trump
Posted on 05/29/2012 2:55:11 PM PDT by Kaslin
In an astonishing display of hypocrisy, NBC News repeatedly decried Mitt Romney using celebrity businessman Donald Trump to fundraise for his campaign. This is the same Donald Trump who hosts NBC reality shows The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and who routinely appears on the Today show to promote those programs, including just last week.
On Tuesday's Today, correspondent Peter Alexander declared that Trump "causes heartburn for some in the Republican Party because of his insistence on renewing questions about where the President was born." He later wrapped up his report by parroting Obama campaign talking points: "The Obama campaign accusing Romney of failing to stand up against what they call the extreme voices in the Republican Party. And the Obama campaign says that includes Donald Trump."
On Sunday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Mike Viqueira touted how: "Some Republicans say the decision is a mistake." A sound bite followed of columnist George Will arguing: "The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me."
On Sunday's Meet the Press, host David Gregory invited liberal columnist E.J. Dionne to bash the GOP for daring to associate with Trump: "How much damage here, E.J., is there getting so close to the flame if you're Governor Romney, seeking an endorsement and a – and an ally that I think a lot of people have never quite understood?"
Dionne proceeded to rant:
Well, I think that if Governor Romney doesn't put out some very, very, very clear statement that he distances himself from this birther stuff, I don't know why he is hanging around with Donald Trump. But Governor Romney has not distanced himself from the right-wing on anything. He hasn't taken a step back from this new extremism in the Republican Party....I think that Mitt Romney has to step back from this at some point and he hasn't done it yet.
So when is NBC planning to "step back" from Trump? On May 21, Trump appeared on Today with comedian Arsenio Hall, winner of the latest season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Fill-in co-host Lester Holt helped promote the show by asking Trump what other celebrities he would like to have as contestants.
NBC has no problem using Trump to get ratings and make money.
Here is a full transcript of Alexander's May 29 report:
ANN CURRY: Mitt Romney's expected to officially lock up the Republican presidential nomination today as voters head to the polls in Texas. And tonight he'll be in Las Vegas for a fundraiser hosted by Donald Trump. NBC's Peter Alexander has the latest on the race and he joins us now. Hey, Peter, good morning.
PETER ALEXANDER: Ann, good morning to you. With a win in today's Texas primary, Mitt Romney will accomplish something that his father never did and something that no one in the Mormon church has ever done. He will clinch the Republican nomination, just in time for the grueling summer months of campaigning to begin.
Today the campaign revs up again, after both the President and Mitt Romney paused to pay their respects to America's veterans. In Texas, voters go to the polls expected to give Romney the delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination. How will he celebrate? At a pair of fundraisers in Las Vegas, side by side with Romney's highest profile celebrity advocate, Donald Trump. The campaign has been soliciting donations by offering a chance to "Dine With the Donald." Trump causes heartburn for some in the Republican Party because of his insistence on renewing questions about where the President was born. Monday night Romney said he doesn't agree with all of the people who support him.
MITT ROMNEY: I need to get 50.1 percent or more, and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.
ALEXANDER: Romney recently reflected on the last several months of his campaign in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, saying this comment...
ROMNEY: I like being able to fire people.
ALEXANDER: ...is the one mistake that makes him, in his words, "want to kick myself in the seat of my pants." Romney says he likes the game of politics because it's "like a sport for old guys." But the 65-year-old noted he keeps a journal on his iPad.
It's the first presidential race since 1944 where neither candidate is a military veteran. But both men recognize the importance of the veteran vote. Romney marked Memorial Day alongside one of the nation's most respected veterans, John McCain.
ROMNEY: Senator McCain, a national treasure. Thank you for being here and honoring all of our veterans.
ALEXANDER: The President, also surrounded by veterans, tried to emphasize his commitment to America's troops as more of them returned home.
BARACK OBAMA: You shouldn't have to fight for a roof over your head when you've fought on behalf of the country that you love.
ALEXANDER: And this morning the campaigns are going after each other once again. The Obama campaign accusing Romney of failing to stand up against what they call the extreme voices in the Republican Party. And the Obama campaign says that includes Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the Romney campaign is accusing the President of being hostile toward job creators. Ann, the summer campaign is just getting under way.
CURRY: Exactly, Peter Alexander. Thank you so much.
NBC seems to have no problem with “NBC star” Alec Baldwin shilling for Obama.
Soon you and your media propagandists will lose all credibility forever.
Sadly, that includes Bill O'Reilly as well.
The beauty of this dust-up is that either Romney or Trump or both, can just tell NBC to pound sand with no consequences.
I don’t know what Ann is so worried about. It was Obama’s own publisher and biography which he himself submitted. Trump had not even talked about the issue in a while until the pamphlet surfaced. Hey Ann - trump is not stupid and we’re not stupid. I don’t even think you’re that stupid. You Just play dumb to protect your minority president. It’s really getting tiresome.
Of course not, probably not with Bill Maher either
Maybe its time to form a sub network dedicated to insulating NBC from charges of leftist ideological preference. A network under the NBC umbrella that is ostensibly separate but actually connected. Where the most vile assclowns on the planet can speak out and not tarnish the image of NBC. Maybe they can even partner with Microsoft.
Maybe the Donald can go to that magical place and be free to speak his mind without tarnishing the journalistic integrity of NBC. Maybe?
Al Gore got 50.1 % of the popular in 2000. He needs to get 271 EV.
Anyway, I like to watch 60 Minutes since some of it is apolitical.
I'm not going to boycott CBS until they distance themselves from David Letterman.
The Leftist Media types should be rubbing their hands with glee as they watch Romney commit political suicide. But instead they are giving him “advice” on how to save his campaign.
Seems odd doesn’t it? That’s because it is odd. And these jerks in the MSM expect us to buy it. The fact is they are scared to death of Trump and “The Birther Issue”. It is a potential deal killer and they know it.
” The fact is they are scared to death of Trump and The Birther Issue. It is a potential deal killer and they know it.”
They will all be made into horses asses if it turns out that Moochelle, Hilterly, Obama and his grandma were right -Obama was born in Kenya.
That is what has the afterbirthers in a tizzy. In addition some big wigs in both parties will face legal problems with their Dear Reader.
Trump is not an ignoramus. Bloviating, yes, but not an ignoramous. That title goes to BOR.
Let's bring it back for old time's sake:
I ain't broke out these babies in a while...
Will's right. Trump is fun [sometimes] to listen to, but he's radioactive and a New York liberal who happens to hate Obama to boot. Romney should beware, though not for the reasons given by the NBC intelligentsia.
“It is a potential deal killer”
I think the college transcripts are the real deal killer.
The Stasi stenographers can laugh at and ridicule the birthers, but they got nothing when it comes to calls to disclose collegiate records.
Of course, the birth certificate issue is just as legitimate as the college records, but calls for unsealing his transcripts have a lot less incoming leftist flak. They have no defense or fall back position in calling for open disclosure - one of their favorite talking points.
That would be all the extremists - including Islamic jihadists and black racists and assorted terrorists - that Obama has hung out with from the beginning of his political career, in fact from the beginning of his life! Bill Ayers? Bernadette Dohrn? Rashid Khalidi? Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Al Sharpton? Khalil al-Monsour? The three brothers from Gaza (think Hamas) who contributed to his 2008 campaign? Frank Marshall Davis? Samantha Power? Robert Malley? Alice Palmer? The SEIU thugs? The OWS crowd? The Saudi prince to whom he bowed down? That's just for starters.
Donald Trump may have his warts, but he's not a bigot and he doesn't deliberately act against the interests of the United States and he doesn't support "transformative change" to tyranny. In chiming in on the issue of where Obama may have born, he's merely contributing to a legitimate constitutional debate.
Tea Party extremists, Republican extremists and.....are you ready? MUSLIM EXTREMISTS! They love to use the word to tie conservatives in with terrorists.
I'm so concerned about what NBC (aka, "rejects from the onion, because the lies are too big and not the least bit funny") says "causes heartburn for some in the Republican Party."
Are you kidding? NBC "news" has been publicly faking news for DECADES! If NBC reports that the sky is blue, I would have to confirm it myself, because of their long history faking stories (one of the best known being the "exploding pickup trucks" series of made up stories.)
Please take me off of your ping list.
Trump is a self serving glory hound but he is most of all a Capitalist. I believe he is also a patriot who loves his nation. The very fact Spinmeisters want Romney to ditch Trump is proof enough that they fear what Donald can do. They fear he will give new legs to the Birther Movement and push it back onto the front of the campaign. This is the one issue the DNC can not cover up—if its get out (and it will at some point) It can destroy Obama like a bucket of water to the wicked witch.
Precisely. Donald Trump is an extremist of the very worst kind./sarc