Friday, January 25, 2008

NBC's Corke repeated myth that Giuliani kept "out of all these early contests"

On the January 25 edition of MSNBC Live, host and NBC News Sunday White House correspondent Kevin Corke asked former New York Rep. Susan Molinari (R), a senior adviser to Republican presidential candidate and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani: "I'm just wondering ... I know what you're going to say, but I'm going to ask you anyway -- if the campaign made a miscalculation by forgoing the early voting states." Corke later followed up on Molinari's reply, falsely suggesting that Giuliani did not compete in the early states. He asked Molinari: "Why on Earth would you more or less shelve him and keep him out of all these early contests? I think he could have been competitive along the way and maybe building up to this point as opposed to just getting in now. Do you see why people have that criticism?" In fact, as Matters for America has repeatedly documented (here, here, here, here, here, and here), Giuliani spent considerable time and money competing in Iowa and New Hampshire.

During the interview, Corke said of Giuliani: "I don't think there's a person who could meet the guy and look at his record in New York City and not believe that, 'You know what? Like him or not, he's done some good things. He's a likeable personality.' "


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