“Zero Dark Thirsty,” “Swing 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
Comments: Yes, we knew the media were biased. But when you see this, you realize just how bad it is.
Reminds me of when the Iraqi reporter threw his shoe at Bush and they play it over and over and over and over again.
Rubio can defuse this very easily by poking fun at himself. Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go for the next couple of weeks and take a swig right in the middle of your next CNN interview.
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The Architect, 2/14/2013 10:47:12 AM (No. 9175921)
Well, I for one am glad that the media has concentrated on what effects us the most, politicians drinking water. Never mind the hopeless unemployment figures. Never mind the abysmal state of foreign affairs. Never mind the staggering multi-trillion dollar debt that will have to be paid for by our children, grand children and great grand children. Never mind the drastic decline in public morality. Never mind the failing schools that annually cost more than all the other schools in the world. Never mind the gross corruption and incompetence in the Administration. Never mind our loss of preteige in the world. Marco Rubio took a sip of water on television for God´s sake!!! Oh the humanity!!!!
The left is trying to turn an everyday event into a gaffe but it´s not working. They are showing their hand on this one because they fear him. He´s bright, articulate, well spoken, and they can´t stand it. His message was spot on but they ridicule him for taking a drink of water instead.
Like "mean girls" trying to marginalize a school rival, the media exploit every opportunity to freeze-frame a popular Republican in an awkward moment. For Gerry Ford, it was falling down. For Dan Quayle it was misspelling potato. For Sarah Palin it was writing on the palm of her hand. For Mitt Romney, it was the image of once transporting his dog in a cage affixed to the top of the family station wagon.
My only criticism of Rubio´s splendid text is that he slightly rushed it. In public speaking, less is more. Whereas we read quickly, we hear slowly. The ear welcomes fewer words, slowly paced and punctuated with pauses. As for the water, next time put a glass of it in plain sight at waist level. Reach for it deliberately, say "excuse me," pause and sip. All speakers do it at one time or another.
In every hyperventilating reaction by "conservative media" there is truth. Acute hatred for Senator Hagel, a fellow Republican and decorated war vet, and an unprecedented threat to veto a President´s nominee = an admission that he was right about Afghanistan and Iraq. Feigned indignation about "watergate" = an admission that Sugar Boy, emancipator of illegal guests, is not ready for primetime. We have two medias in this sad country: Marxist and Stupid.
Pure distraction. Stop watching the "other hand". Marco´s immigration proposal and Senate "gang" alliances are what merit serious scrutiny, thought, and consideration. IMO, the jury´s still out on that.
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