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UPDATE: MSNBC defends fraudulent Rand Paul transcript as "technically correct", makes no apologies

I've noticed a few recent news articles are reporting Rand had the following exchange with Rachel Maddow.

Maddow: Do you think that a private business has the right to say, "We don't serve black people"?

Paul: Yes. I'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form...

If you go to the video however, Rand obviously never said the word "yes". Here it is, cued up to the exact moment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VGdP2mNPeo#t=8m1s

It was merely some sort of insignificant vocalization to maintain the flow of conversation that was already made difficult by the satellite delay. Now he WAS laying out what the arguments would be for "yes", but he never actually said "yes". It makes a BIG difference to insert that word there.

Here are some of the major media outlets I have come across that are using the nonexistent "yes" quote:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/us/politics/21paul.html
http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/8ef5320729ce4298abefc1903704...
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/05/white-house-...
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/rand_paul...

After doing a little google searching though, you will see that those articles above are just the beginning. Both the New York Times and the Associated Press articles have been syndicated in MANY major media outlets (too many to list) and also many many more smaller media outlets.

UPDATE: Looks like MSNBC released a fraudulent transcript that is the source of all these misquotes popping up.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37252841/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_madd...
http://i46.tinypic.com/2dhb5lv.jpg

UPDATE #2: A fill-in for Rachel Maddow acknowledged on Friday's show that their transcript was "totally misleading", but said the quote was still "technically correct" and declined to apologize for it. The host also acted like it was just the New York Times that used the misquote, when in fact there were many more media outlets that did, all because of their shady transcript.

Here is the video from Friday's show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg5zOQ05b9E

UPDATE #3: NewsBusters has picked up the story and is linking to this thread!
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/05/22/rachel...

UPDATE #4: DP user j has pointed out ANOTHER misquote of Rand Paul by the Rachel Maddow Show. From Thursday's show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JFKsV0SKDA

UPDATE #5: Influential Kentucky political blog BlueGrassBulletin has picked up the story and is linking here as well:
http://www.bluegrassbulletin.com/2010/05/rand-paul-controver...

UPDATE #6: LewRockwell.com is linking here!
http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/58246.html

UPDATE #7: More than 4 complete days after the original interview and 2 complete days after the clarification segment on The Rachel Maddow Show, none of the news outlets I listed above have bothered to correct the record in any way that I can see, including the New York Times, who was specifically corrected on air by The Rachel Maddow Show. MSNBC has not corrected their transcript either, even though they admit it is "totally misleading".

UPDATE #8: Hmmm... On "The Maddow Blog" on the MSNBC website, there is a version of the transcript with the "yes" left out:
http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/05/20/4313688-ran...

MADDOW: Do you think that a private business has the right to say we don't serve black people?

PAUL: I'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form...

How about a little consistency here? Do they even have any written procedures in place for transcribing? Or were they just playing dirty tricks?

Actually, I don't think they have any written procedures in place at all, because here is the 3rd version of their transcribing technique I have found:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37279599/ns/meet_the_press/

MS. RACHEL MADDOW: Do you think that a private business has a right to say, "We don't serve black people"?

DR. PAUL: I'm not in, I'm not in, I'm not in--yeah--I'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form ...

The 2nd and 3rd versions are really a lot more accurate than the 1st version. Unfortunately, the 1st version was the one that counted. And they still haven't corrected it.

UPDATE #9: Before MSNBC points fingers at the New York Times, they might want to issue a correction to the article on their own website.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37255639

They didn't write it as it is an AP article, but they should still be able to issue a correcting statement at the beginning or end of the article, or just remove it.

UPDATE #10: Andrew Breitbart's bigjournalism.com has picked up this story and is linking here! Excellent article.
http://bigjournalism.com/llyman/2010/05/24/rand-paul-wanders...

UPDATE #11 Before It's News, Infowars, and Prison Planet have all picked up this story!
http://beforeitsnews.com/story/49/103/MSNBC_defends_fraudule...
http://www.infowars.com/corporate-media-uses-fraudulent-msnb...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/corporate-media-uses-fraudulent-...

UPDATE #12: Paul Mulshine of nj.com has written a very good article on this that links to this thread and he excoriates Rachel Maddow for her pathetic display of journalism.
http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2010/05/rachel_maddow_-...

Real Clear Politics also picked this up.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/mediawatch/2010/05/msnbc_in...




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Mainstream media is out

Mainstream media is out Ministry of Propaganda. Few listen to them today, and even fewer believe them.

Lame Stream Media BS

Of course this garbage was ready to go in case he won. We wouldn't be hearing sh!t about this if he'd lost. Did you see that footage they pulled up? Grainy old college material. Anytime they want to screw something up, they pull the race card. Does anything else cause as much dischord? People should be awake to their dirty antics. Sore, poor losers.

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Game on.

We have to be there for Rand because they are gunning for him and his dad. They are ready for the next stage for the take down of the country, Peace & Liberty hang in there.

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I agree totally!!!

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