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MSNBC deceptively edits Dave Brat interview to claim he dodged questions

MSNBC deceptively edits initerview with Dave Brat.
MSNBC deceptively edits initerview with Dave Brat.
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On Wednesday, Newsbusters' Ken Shepherd reported that edited a June 11 phone interview with Republican Dave Brat in order to portray him as someone who dodged questions from Chuck Todd. Brat, an economics professor, defeated Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., in a stunning upset on Tuesday.

"Virginia primary winner and Tea-Party member Dave Brat joins Chuck Todd to discuss his primary win – and it appears that’s all he wanted to talk about," reads the subtitle at the MSNBC link, leaving the viewer with the impression Brat did not want to discuss anything further.

But a transcript obtained by Newsbusters indicates that Brat said much more than MSNBC wanted its viewers to know.

While it is true that Brat said he wanted to discuss the celebratory nature of his upset victory, he also addressed a number of issues like the minimum wage and immigration, but viewers would never know it watching MSNBC's clip.

For example, Brat told Todd he would love to see everyone in sub-Saharan Africa make $100 an hour. But, he explained that wages cannot be arbitrarily set by law.

"I would love to just assert that that would be the case. But you can't assert that unless you raise their productivity. And then the wage follows," he said.

"The Left sometimes just thinks you can mandate" wages, he explained when Todd suggested he was making the case against a federally-mandated minimum wage.

"I'm just making the case I just made," Brat said. "Which is that you cannot artificially make up wage rates, they have to be related to productivity."

Citing Adam Smith, he also told Todd he is against anything that distorts the free market and argued for more competition in the market rather than less.

"Right now we have too many mini princes up there in D.C.," he said. "We need more competition, not less."

Again, MSNBC's viewers would never know this if all they relied on for information was the clip used by the network.

This isn't the first time MSNBC has been caught using edited material to push an agenda.

During the 2012 election, MSNBC was caught using edited video to make it appear as though Paul Ryan was overshadowing Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio. In July 2012, the network also used edited video to portray Mitt Romney as out of touch and unfamiliar with machines that automate the ordering of sandwiches.

These are just two of several instances we have reported in the last four years highlighting MSNBC's skewed reporting. Newsbusters has documented many more.

On Tuesday, Mediaite reported that a poll released by the Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute shows that MSNBC is now the least trusted news source in the country, falling behind the "Daily Show" with Jon Stewart and public television. Fox News, the network liberals love to hate, came in at number one, followed by broadcast news networks and CNN.

"Among all Americans surveyed, only 5% identify MSNBC as their 'most trusted' TV news outlet, while Fox (25%), broadcast networks (23%), and CNN (21%) make up the top three," Mediaite said.

Incidents like this illustrate why so few Americans trust MSNBC.

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