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‘Rubio Swig’ Replay Tally: MSNBC 155, CNN 34

From the Daily Caller:

Rubio water-swig replay tally: MSNBC 155, CNN 34, Fox News 12

By Jeff Poor | February 14, 2013

“Zero Dark Thirsty,” “Swing [sic] and a Miss,” “Parch Madness,” “Tough Swallow,” “Just Add Water,” and “Water Under the Bridge” were a handful of the phrases used on-air by MSNBC on Wednesday to mock Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for awkwardly pausing to take a sip of water while delivering the official Republican response to the State of the Union address.

Throughout the broadcast day, between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST, MSNBC showed a replay of Rubio’s swig approximately 155 times — 101 of which came during “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which played the moment on loop at the bottom of the screen for more than 13 minutes.

One MSNBC personality even used props to get a few extra jabs in.

“With the Republican’s savior [Marco] Rubio’s big night — and what a night it was,” MSNBC “PoliticsNation” host Al Sharpton shouted on-air at one point, before leaning sharply to his right and retrieving a small bottle of water. “OK, OK, where was I?” he asked incredulously, while drinking some of the water. “Sen. Rubio laid out the right-wing vision for America. And oh, what was I saying? Rubio bent the truth last night.”

After immediately pausing again to sip from a slightly larger water bottle, Sharpton exclaimed, “I’m hydrating just like the senator. Yep, we’re having some fun, like the rest of America, with Marco Rubio’s epic water fail. …” …

‘Resist we much!’ (‘Keep taking the bait,’ Reverend.)

MSNBC’s competitors replayed the video far less frequently. Taking second place with curious interest was CNN, which gave its viewers 34 plays of the incident from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST on Wednesday. Twenty of those came during Wolf Blitzer’s three-hour long “The Situation Room.”

Blitzer even suggested the incident could be a potential “career-ender” for Rubio. “So can a drink of water make or break a political career?” Blitzer asked. “A U.S. Senator, possible presidential candidate. We’re going to find out, whether he likes it or not.”

This is what passes for journalism at CNN.

However, if not for the cable news obsession with the water incident, the total replay count might not have even broken double digits on Fox News. The network’s viewers were treated to the replay 12 times from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, with the majority of those replays coming during “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity,” which critiqued the media for making a big deal over the incident.

Meanwhile, also from the Daily Caller:

Rubio’s PAC selling water bottles after State of the Union ‘sip slip’

By Alex Pappas | February 13, 2013

Marco Rubio’s political action committee is trying to capitalize on all the attention about his “sip slip” on Tuesday night by selling official Rubio water bottles to supporters.

“Send the liberal detractors a message that not only does Marco Rubio inspire you. … He hydrates you too,” Terry Sullivan of the Reclaim America PAC said in a Wednesday evening fundraising solicitation to supporters…

How dare Rubio try to capitalize on what should be a career-ending gaffe!

“If you’ve watched the media coverage since, you might think that Marco spent the entire time gulping gallons of water,” Sullivan wrote…

Added Sullivan: “Why would they be so focused on a man reaching for water instead of on what he said? Because they know they can’t effectively tear down his message.”

It was ever thus with Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “‘Rubio Swig’ Replay Tally: MSNBC 155, CNN 34”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    To be fair, the media replayed THE HOWARD DEAN SCREAM hundreds of times, and how did that work out for him?
    I didn’t think Howard Dean sounded crazy at all! I thought he did a good job of rallying his base, showed enthusiasm, let out a rebel-yell, what the heck is wrong with that? –nothing.

    It’s just the 2-party establishment that doesn’t want outsiders breaking in. The Republicans dumped all over Ron Paul and his fired up base, instead of making a powerful coalition. But that was Mitt Romney’s primary job: go in and make sure the voters had a “choice” of liberal democrat or liberal republican, even though 3/4 of the republican finalists were conservatives, and Romney attacked and burned the whole thing down for them. –Mission Accomplished!

    The media also ran Dan Quayle’s “potato(e)” incident no less than 10,000 times as well. Or how about “Read my lips! No new taxes!” Who said that one?

    “I can see Russia from my back yard!” Who said that? Not Sarah Palin, the non-funny hacks at Saturday Night Live, but everyone attributes that to her.

    I think you have to realize that the club is filled with only acceptable liberals, and everyone else must support them. Republicans and Democrats are all invited of course. Here is a snapshot of them yucking it up together, whereas if it was me, I would rather walk off the stage than be associated with this slime: https://www.google.co.kr/search?q=Ron+Paul+by+himself&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=ko&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=pTMeUcDiLoTmiwKYkYDIAg&biw=1280&bih=833&sei=qDMeUcOYOOreiALAn4EY#um=1&hl=ko&newwindow=1&client=firefox-a&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Ron+Paul+republicans+shaking+hands+Gulliani&oq=Ron+Paul+republicans+shaking+hands+Gulliani&gs_l=img.3…28034.32329.4.32519.…0.0…1c.1.3.img.j3Jb68CV93g&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42553238,d.cGE&fp=e37e11daad2418b6&biw=1280&bih=833&imgrc=ZvPf-irMbeb_IM%3A%3BJXUcMuhauEhoVM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fgraphics8.nytimes.com%252Fimages%252F2008%252F01%252F06%252Fus%252F06debate.xlarge4.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fthecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com%252F2008%252F01%252F05%252Flive-blogging-the-republican-debate-3%252F%3B533%3B304

    ….and a special thanks to Rudy Giuliani, for hand-picking his “conservative Republican” successor as Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. –Well done!

  2. imnewatthis says:

    I cannot for the life of me imagine why his taking the swig of water was even worth mentioning by media, let alone repeatedly. Why else have water at your side during a speech or interview if not to sip it when thirsty? I actually can’t stand it when someone’s mouth is audibly dry. I saw an interview on TV where the interviewee had a cup in front of him and never once took a sip in front of the cameras even though his mouth sounded so “sticky” I couldn’t even focus on what he was saying. It drove me crazy!

    • yadayada says:

      It is the only way to pull low infolks away from what he actually said. “nothing to see here folks, move along.” I’m surprised letterman, snl or some other clown car full of late night libs didn’t photo op a beer in there for some lame joke piece. You know, make him out to look like some kind of racist redneck or something. They need to somehow hang some type of albatross around his neck and so far this is the best they can come up with? There was absolutely nothing else they could latch on to. Maybe they were attempting to imply that he is easily distracted?

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