This network, I tell you. Yes, they have their moments of clarity; even a blind squirrel finds a nut. But to say that NBC News or MSNBC don’t have a political point of view is just ridiculous. We all know it. Well, anyone who isn’t a snowflake progressive knows this. Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Budget and Management, surely knows this, with him calling out some of the questions during Sunday’s Meet the Press broadcast, where he plainly hinted at NBC’s slant on the issue. It was something that guest host Andrea Mitchell was not keen about, saying they’re not taking a point of view, merely citing nonpartisan groups. The two were discussing the Republican tax reform package, which Democrats say is a giveaway to the rich. On the allegations of sexual misconduct involving Roy Moore, the Republican Alabama Senate candidate, Mitchell asked Mulvaney if he believed the accusers. Mulvaney noted that he was the OMB director, but that he had no reason to doubt the accusers credibility. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner had the transcription. The Media Research Center clipped the exchange.
Mick Mulvaney: “So I laugh every time I come on networks like this, they accuse us of cutting taxes on the rich. Every time I go on different networks, and you may understand who those are, they accuse us of raising taxes on the rich. So I think it looks — depends on how you want to look at it.”
Andrea Mitchell: “We’re not taking a political point of view here. We are actually going by nonpartisan groups like the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, all the impact on the exploding deficit which will impact future generations.”
Mitchell: “Do you believe that the women who’ve come out against Roy Moore are credible?”
Mulvaney: “I believe they’re credible. I don’t know who to believe. Again, I'm at the Office of Management and Budget–”
Mitchell: “You don’t believe them?”
Mulvaney: “No, I said they’re credible. I don’t know who to believe. And I do think, as the president said, that voters should decide.”
Mitchell: “If they’re credible. Why wouldn’t you believe them?”
Mulvaney: “Andrea, I run the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. You work for NBC News in Washington, D.C. My guess is we’ve not spent that much time looking at the specifics of these allegations. You’ve arrived at a certain conclusion because of a certain political persuasion. We’re simply–”
Mitchell: “Not because of a political persuasion at all. I’m -- I am simply asking whether you believe that they are credible. They have been out in public. They have spoken on the record. Some were brought; some stories were brought out by Alabama journalists in the local newspapers down there, not just by the Washington Post. And I have no political axe to grind here other than to ask you whether you believe they are credible.”
First, this is laughable. NBC, CBS, or ABC doesn’t have a political axe to grind or a certain tilt. Just be honest, folks. ABC News has a former Clinton operative, George Stephanopoulos, as one of the faces for its network. The fact is there is a bias and now we have an administration that’s calling it out. Trump supporters, even Republicans who don’t even like the man, are probably not opposed to this pushing back, even from the OMB director of all people. It’s the reason why Trump won’t stop tweeting. He sees it as a direct line of communication to his supporters who see him delivering uppercuts to the news media pervasively. After eight years of Obama, yeah—it’s time to go on offensive a bit. One last thing, it’s also nice to see other members of the GOP lobbing heavy punches back at Democrats over this tax reform push. Sen. Orrin Hatch wasn’t having any of Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) nonsense on how this package is a giveaway to the wealthy; something that Hatch found incredibly offensive and made it known—big league.