During an MSNBC segment discussing Mitt Romney’s handling of allegations that he was a bully, News Nation host Tamron Hall got into a heated back and forth with Washington Examiner correspondent Tim Carney. Carney accused Hall of using the old media trick of hyping a story’s initial coverage and using that hype to justify second day coverage.
After Hall also played a clip of Romney getting testy with a local Colorado reporter, Carney took issue with her coverage of the story.
“I’ll talk about the marijuana in one second,” Carney said. “What you’re doing here is a typical media trick. You hype up a story, and then you justify the second day coverage of the story by saying people are talking about it. Here’s how Romney responded to it. Let’s move on to substantive issues.”
Hall wasn’t going to sit by and have both her and her network, MSNBC, disparaged by Carney. “You didn’t have to accept the invitation to come on,” she said. “You knew what we were going to be discussing.”
Carney tried to cut in, but Hall wasn’t hearing any of it. “Hang on. You’re kind of in my house here. The problem is this. The story is out there. You’re right. I am not saying that we should belabor what happened 50 years ago. We’re talking about the response by the campaign and by the Governor. Not just on this issue” Hall continued.
The contentious back and forth went on for a little while longer, then Hall cut off Carney’s microphone and cut to a second guest. Bye-bye Carney. Maybe he’d be more comfortable on Fox?