Editing For Results – Does The Tea Party Audience Want People to Die?

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Here is the Headline:

Tea Party Debate Audience Cheers Idea Of Letting Sick Man Without Insurance Die

Translation… The Tea Party Are Monsters!!!!!

When presenting video or film, the editing process and decisions can have a huge impact on the emotion you want to evoke.  Today, we are provided with a perfect example. It’s politics, of course. Here is the set-up, compliments of TPM:

The last two Republican presidential debates have been some of the most macabre on record. Last time around, at the Reagan Library, the crowd gave the biggest applause of the night to the 234 executions that have occurred in Texas while Rick Perry was governor.

In Tampa, Florida at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate Monday night, the tea party-filled audience literally cheered aloud for the uninsured to be allowed to die.

The moment came during an exchange between moderator Wolf Blitzer and Ron Paul, whose libertarian views often make for good theater at Republican debates.

Blitzer asked if under Paul’s libertarian philosophy, a sick man without insurance should be allowed to die in the hospital rather than have the state pay his medical bills. Before Paul could answer that question, shouts of “yes!” and cheering bubbled up from the audience.

Here is the video they provide.

Note how it’s cut off. That’s important, because you only have a couple of “Yeah’s” and maybe five or six hand claps. But what happens after? Here is the full video:

The audience as a whole stirs with discomfort. They don’t show it, but you can hear it. TPM is being a bit disingenuous by suggesting the whole audience is agreeing with the few. It simply is not the case.

This isn’t an easy question, and I think both Blitzer and Paul handle it well. TPM? Not so much. You may not like Ron Paul’s answer, but he’s as steady as ever. They guy just doesn’t rattle easy.

PS. I am not a member of the Tea Party. i just don’t like misleading and dishonest video editing to score political points.

Hat Tip: Althouse.

1 Comment to “Editing For Results – Does The Tea Party Audience Want People to Die?”

  1. By Jeff Alberts, September 14, 2011 @ 5:19 am

    I feel the same way about dishonest advertising (which is about 99% of it). Unfortunately, no one involved in broadcasting said advertising wants to insult the gravy train. Whores all.

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