Contessa Brewer of MSNBC learned a tough lesson while interviewing Republican Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama. During the discussion on the debt situation and the debate taking place Brewer said that without the bailouts we would have been in a depression. When Brooks responded that we would not have been in a depression Brewer asked him if he had a degree in economics.
The question was designed to take validity away from anything he said. It was designed to show he was not any kind of expert and that he had no special knowledge of the subject. There are two funny things involved here. Brewer asked the question in a manner that would have the viewers believe that his arguments had no validity because he is no expert but that they should agree with her views on the situation even though she is no expert. She has a journalism degree.
The second funny thing is that he answered her that he did have a degree in economics and that he graduated with top honors. Yes, Brooks has two degrees, one in law and one in economics and they come from Duke University.
Brewer was open about it one her Facebook page stating that she just learned why lawyers are taught to never ask questions they don’t know the answer to. Some of the comments were vile but most of them just laughed at what happened to her. In a similar posting her supporters claimed that Brooks was lying (one indicated he committed perjury and we let people like that vote) and that his degree does not matter.
The same types of people who tell us Obama is the smartest man in the world (and certainly smarter than Bush) because he has a degree from Harvard dismiss another person’s degree because the message does not agree with them. While I am the first to admit that a degree does not make a person smart I also realize that if you are going to claim Obama is a genius because of his degree you have to afford that to everyone with a degree. I might mention here that George W. Bush had a degree as well (several I believe).
It was fun to see the gotcha moment happen against the reporter instead of the politician. Reporters are always looking for a gotcha so when it happens to them I love it. Normally I would just say she had a bad interview and got smacked but Brewer is a partisan hack who has made very partisan remarks and deliberately manipulated the news to paint Republicans as racists. It was she who reported, as a cropped picture of a man carrying a rifle over his shoulder was displayed on screen, that a man of color was in the White House and the white people show up with guns strapped to their hips and legs. The person carrying that weapon was black and MSNBC cropped the picture in order to mislead people. She knew it was a lie.
This is not the only thing she has said as a member of the media wing of the Democrat party so she was not just having a bad day today, she got what she deserved.
It might turn out to be good for her. I did not know who she was or that she was the one involved in the lies previously discussed. I had to look around to know who she was and what she had done (I knew about these incidents I just did not know who was involved). This is because she is a nobody on a network that no one watches. Her gaffe today probably gave her more recognition than she could ever hope to get at MSNBC.
In any event, I am glad it happened to her and I am sure that she will have many more of these moments because she is not a journalist, she is a political operative for the Democrats. She is cut from the same cloth as Matthews, Olbermann, and Schulz.
You can see the video at Real Clear Politics.
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