The hosts MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday apologized after selectively editing a clip of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to suggest that she had wanted President George W. Bush to invade Iraq.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the MSNBC morning show had on Tuesday played a series of statements showing how different politicians supported Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.
The segment included an out-of-context remark that Pelosi had made on the House floor as Minority Whip in 2002: “I applaud the President on focusing on this issue and on taking the lead to disarm Saddam Hussein.”
On Wednesday, co-host Joe Scarborough admitted that the clip “didn’t fit the story.”
In fact, Pelosi’s very next sentence had made it clear that she opposed the invasion of Iraq.
“It is from the perspective of 10 years on the Intelligence Committee that I rise in opposition to this resolution on national security grounds,” Pelosi said. “The clear and present danger that our country faces is terrorism. I say flat out that unilateral use of force without first exhausting every diplomatic remedy and other remedies and making a case to the American people will be harmful to our war on terrorism.”
“So Nancy saluted the president for working to disarm Saddam Hussein, but what clearly opposed to the war,” Scarborough explained. “In fact, seems like she had it just about right 10 years later.”
“So, we apologize for that mistake,” co-host Mika Brzezinski added.
Watch this video from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast March 20, 2013.
Watch this the original misleading clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast March 19, 2013.
(h/t: Media Matters)