Right-wing blogs including Andrew Breitbart's website and Fox Nation are dishonestly editing comments made by CBS chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell to make up evidence that she is liberally “biased.” But the full transcript of O'Donnell's comments makes clear that she was asking the White House to comment on what she hears “Democrats saying,” not expressing her personal views.
CBS' Norah O'Donnell: “You Have Democrats Saying” That “We Got Nothing”
O'Donnell: “You Have Democrats Saying You Gave Them Everything They Wanted And We Got Nothing.” During the White House press briefing, CBS reporter Norah O'Donnell asked press secretary Jay Carney about the budget negotiations and referred to “Democrats saying you gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing.” From the White House transcript of the press briefing:
Q You talk about two weeks ago -- two weeks ago, the President talked a lot about shared sacrifice. He talked about ending subsidies for oil companies. He talked about ending tax breaks for corporate jet owners. He talked about that this was a very fair deal where he was offering three to one spending cuts, one in tax revenues. Where are the tax revenues?
MR. CARNEY: Well, Norah, I think we just addressed this, but I'll be happy to do it again. We did not get the grand bargain up front. And we all know why, okay? There were, as the Speaker himself said, $800 billion on the table in revenues, part of a grand bargain. There were tough choices made by both sides in that potential agreement that was not reached, and we did not get that done. The Speaker decided he could --
Q But you have Democrats saying you gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing.
MR. CARNEY: Norah, I feel like I've taken this question two or three times already. And I've been very clear about how that's not the case, and in fact, we had -- we got significant achievements -- let's step back also. The President of the United States believes that deficit reduction is important. It is a false setup to suggest that somehow a dollar in deficit reduction is a loss. It is a positive thing for Democrats -
Q Yes, but you believe deficit reduction has to be done with spending and revenues.
MR. CARNEY: Well, he does. And that's why he fully expects that the joint committee will include tax revenue as part of its consideration and its product. But as you know, throughout this process, there were cuts identified through the Vice President-led process in domestic spending and also in the presidential-led process with the Speaker of the House. And you see that embodied in the first tranche of spending cuts that are part of this deal. I mean, that is not a negative, that is a positive.
As the President made clear, progressives need to understand -- and we think most obviously do -- that deficit reduction is essential, done in the right way, because we need to get our fiscal house in order, in order to ensure that we can do the things we need to do to grow the economy and make the key investments we need to make. [WhiteHouse.gov, 8/1/11]
Poof! Right-Wing Blogs Make “Democrats” Disappear And Fabricate Proof Of O'Donnell's “Bias”
Fox Nation: “Biased” Reporter: " 'We Got Nothing'." From the Fox Nation website:
[Fox Nation, 8/1/11]
Breitbart.tv On O'Donnell: " 'We'? Who Is 'We'?" From Andrew Breitbart's website:
Hoft On O'Donnell: “Obamedia In Action.” Jim Hoft wrote on his blog:
The media lapdogs were visibly upset this morning with the debt deal that was announced last night.
CBS reporter Norah O'Donnell told White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, “You gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing!”
By “them,” of course, she means Republicans, conservatives and tea party activists. By “we” Miss O'Donnell means the entirety of the democrat media complex and fellow communists, socialists, and Alinskyites. [Gateway Pundit, 8/1/11, emphasis in original]
Media Research Center Headline: “CBS News' Norah O'Donnell: ... 'We Got Nothing'.” From the Media Research Center's MRCTV:
Drudge Highlighted Misleading Quote. From The Drudge Report:
[The Drudge Report, 8/1/11]