CBS's Norah O'Donnell Chides: Jan Brewer's 'Finger' 'Has Tongues Wagging'
Reporter Norah O'Donnell chided the governor of Arizona on Thursday, insisting, "...It's [Jan] Brewer's finger that has tongues wagging." All three networks highlighted a confrontation between the Republican and Barack Obama at a Phoenix tarmac. However, CBS, NBC and ABC ignored the context of the conflict, the Justice Department's lawsuit against the state's illegal immigration law.
The This Morning reporter suggested Brewer's recounting of a 2010 White House meeting was inconsistent. After a clip of Brewer describing the "cordial discussion," O'Donnell corrected, "Yet, a year later in her book, she recalled that same meeting quite differently." (On Amazon.com, Scorpions for Breakfast jumped 211 percent in sales after Wednesday's incident.)
On Good Morning America, news reader Josh Elliott blandly recounted, "She says the President was disturbed by her new book. In it, she claims that the President was condescending to her during a White House meeting on immigration."
Neither Elliott, nor co-anchor George Stephanopoulos (who also briefly covered the exchange), mentioned Arizona's law as something that prompted the moment.
Today reporter Peter Alexander explained, "...The President had a tense exchange with Governor Jan Brewer about her book, which characterized Mr. Obama as lecturing her during a 2009 meeting over immigration. Later, Brewer called the president 'thin-skinned' and said the encounter left her breathless."
Only CBS's O'Donnell quoted from Brewer's book at all. She briefly recited, "It was as though President Obama thought he would lecture me and I would learn at his knee. He was patronizing."
MSNBC published an excerpt of Brewer's book, recounting the moment when she found out a rancher had been killed by an illegal alien: