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The Brody File: Inside the DNC

This week on the Brody File, we're in Charlotte for the DNC. The bottom line on what happened to God in the DNC platform, plus, a talk with a top Obama campaign aide about the direction the President is taking, and we sit down with NBC News ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON THE "THE BRODY

FILES". IT'S A DEMOCRAT LOVE

FEST IN CHARLOTTE. WEAVER AT

THE CONVENTION BEFORE PRESIDENT

OBAMA STARTS HIS FIGHT FOR A

SECOND TERM. WE'RE ONE-ON-ONE

WITH THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER.

WE NEED TO DO BETTER THAN

THAT.

SPEAKING OF A LOVE FEST IS

THE MEDIA IN LOVE WITH BARACK

OBAMA. WE DISCUSS THAT AND

MUCH

MORE.

IF WE HAVE A BIAS WITH THE

MEDIA IT'S TO BE OVERLY

SUSPICIOUS WITH AUTHORITY

FIGURES AND THEY'RE NOT TELLING

THE TRUTH.

LOOK WHO ELSE IS ON THE

SHOW?

"THE BRODY FILES" AND

REPUBLICAN

TURNED DEMOCRAT MS. HUFFING TON

AND WE'RE AT HIS STATION. I

WANT TO GET A MASSAGE.

YOU SHOULD.

ALSO SAY GOODBYE TO

.

AND WELCOME EVERYBODY TO

"THE

BRODY FILES", IN CHARLOTTE

NORTH

CAROLINA, THE HOME OF THE

NATIONAL DEMOCRAT CONVENTION

THIS YEAR. FOUR YEARS AGO

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD THE HOME

AND

CHANGE THING AND FOUR YEARS

LATER HE HOPES AMERICANS DON'T

WANT TO CHANGE PRESIDENTS SO

CAN

HE WIN A SECOND TERM? ALL THE

POLLS SHOW THIS RACE IS VERY

CLOSE AND THAT MEANS GET READY

TO RUMBLE. NOW, HERE'S ONE

POLL

THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE VERY

CONCERNED ABOUT. HAVE A LOOK

AT

THIS. A MAJORITY OF VOTERS

BELIEVE THE COUNTRY IS WORSE

OFF

TODAY THAN FOUR YEARS AGO.

THAT

IS A PEP TO BIS MOW MOMENT FOR

THE PRESIDENT. 54 SAY

PRESIDENT

OBAMA DOESN'T DESERVE A SECOND

TERM AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS

WAIT

A MINUTE. HE'S NOT DONE. HE

WANTS ANOTHER FOUR YEARS BUT

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE

FUTURE?

WE TALKED TO ONE OF HIS TOP

AIDS, STEPHANIE CUTTER, AND HE

PASSED HISTORIC HEALTH CARE

LEGISLATION BUT THERE IS MORE.

LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW.

LET'S REMEMBER WHAT WE HAVE

DONE OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS,

4.5 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS

HAVE BEEN CREATED AND DOUBLE

THAT WERE CREATED UNDER

PRESIDENT BUSH DURING HIS

RECESSION. PRESIDENT BUSH OVER

THE COURSE OF EIGHT YEARS LOST

JOBS. WE CREATED JOBS. WE

NEED

PLANS TO GET MORE YOBS AND GROW

THE ECONOMY FASTER.

ACTUALLY THE BRODY FILE DID

DIGGING AND IF YOU TAKE THE

POINT WHERE THE JOBS WERE AT

THE

LOWEST AND USING THE FORMULA

THE

BUSH ADMINISTRATION CREATED

4.8 MILLION NEW JOBS AND OH BY

THE WAY RONALD REG^GEN CREATED

8 MILLION JOBS. THAT'S THE

APPLES TO APPLES COMPARISON.

BESIDES THE LACK OF JOBS THERE

IS SOMETHING ELSE THE PRESIDENT

IS LACKING A LITTLE BIT THIS

YEAR, ENTHUS YASM AND DOWN AS

IT

RELATES TO YOUNGER VOTERS HERE

IS STEPHANIE CUTTER ON THAT.

YOU HEAR THE TEA PARTY AND

TO

MAKE SURE THAT THE PRESIDENT

DOESN'T HAVE A SECOND TERM.

LAST WEEK THEY WERE ONLY

SPEAKING TO THE TEA PARTY AND

NOT ALL AMERICANS. IT'S

DIFFERENT HERE IN CHARLOTTE.

WE'RE TALKING TO ALL AMERICANS

AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO MOVE

FORWARD. THE ENTHUS YASM YOU

TALK ABOUT I'M NOT SURE IT'S

REAL. WE HAVE IT HERE.

THE BIG NEWS IS THE SPEECH

BUT THEY GET BUSINESS DONE AND

ON THE PLATFORM THE WORD "GOD"

WAS NOT MENTIONED AT ALL IN THE

PARTY PLATFORM. THIS IS HOW IT

READ IN 2008 "WE NEED A

GOVERNMENT THAT STANDS UP FOR

THE HOPES AND INTEREST OF

WORKING PEOPLE AND GIVES

EVERYONE WILLING TO WORK A

CHANCE TO MAKE THE MOST OF

THEIR

GOD GIVEN POTENTIAL. NOW, IN

2012 IT SAYS THIS: "IN AMERICA

HARD WORK SHOULD PAY OFF.

RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD BE

REWARDED AND EACH OF US SHOULD

BE GO AS FAR AS OUR TALENT AND

DRIVE TAKE US" SO THE WORDS

GOD

GIVEN ACTUALLY TAKEN OUT OF THE

PLATFORM. HERE IS REACTION BY

THE DELEGATES ON THE FLOOR.

I WOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

I

KNOW WHERE I STAND. I KNOW

THERE IS ONE AND THAT'S IT.

WE SHOULD POINT OUT THAT THE

PARTY PLATFORM CONTAINS A

PARAGRAPH ON THAT BUT DOESN'T

MENTION GOD THERE ALSO AND THE

DEMOCRATS MENTIONED SEVEN TIMES

LAST TIME AND THE REPUBLICANS

MENTION GOD AND THAT IN THE

PLATFORMS.

HOLD ON EVERYBODY. BREAKING

NEWS ALERT FROM THE BRODY FILE.

AFTER OUR STORY BROKE IT MADE

SUCH BIG HEADLINES THE DNC HAS

ADDED THE GOD LANGUAGE BACK IN.

IT'S TRUE. THE PUSH BACK WAS

TOO MUCH AND THE DEMOCRATS WENT

TO THE FLOOR TO MAKE THE CHANGE

BUT THE VOTE WASN'T SO SIMPLE

TO

APPROVE.

I WILL DO THAT ONE MORE

TIME.

ALL THOSE DELEGATES IN FAVOR

SAY

AYE.

AYE.

ALL THOSE DELEGATES OPPOSED

SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE

CHAIR TWO THIRDS VOTED

AFFIRMATIVE AND THE PLATFORM

HAS

BEEN AMENDED AS SHOWN ON THE

SCREEN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THIS WHOLE THING REALLY

TURNING INTO A MESS FOR THE

DEMOCRATS THIS WEEK. BOOING

THE

ADDITION OF THE GOD LANGUAGE.

NOT A GOOD VISUAL. THIS WHOLE

CONTROVERSY COULD BE A CAMPAIGN

ISSUE THIS FALL. ONE PHRASE

THAT IS DEFINITELY MENTIONED BY

THE DEMOCRATS HERE IN CHARLOTTE

IS THE GOP WAR ON WOMEN. HEY

IT'S CATCHY FOR SURE. WE EVEN

CAME UP WITH A GRAPHIC FOR IT.

HOW TRUE IS IT. DEMOCRATS SAY

REPUBLICANS WANT TO RESTRICT

WOMENS' REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM.

AND THEY SAY HOG WASH. WE

TALKED TO ANDREA MITCHELL ABOUT

THIS.

WHAT ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS AND

THEY DID A MARKETING ON THIS.

IT'S A PHRASE I DON'T USE

AND

WHEN TALKING ABOUT WAR IT'S THE

MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN

AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. WAR

DOESN'T MAKE SENSE OTHER THAN A

BRANDING OR MARKETING

OPPORTUNITY.

WE WILL TALK LATER TO HER IN

THE SHOW AND SHE WILL TALK

ABOUT

MEDIA BIAS AND HER JEWISH

UPBRINGING. VERY INTERESTING.

ANDREA MITCHELL IS A BIG NAME

AND WE LIKE TO STALK BIG NAMES

AND

CELEBRITIES. WE FOUND ADRIANA

HUFFINGTON

AND PEOPLE CAN COME IN FOR

MASSAGES AND SIT DOWN AND WE

TALKED ABOUT POLITICS AND HER

JOBS INITIATIVE.

TELL ME ABOUT THE GENESIS OF

THIS CONCEPT? WHAT HAPPENS

HERE

EXACTLY.

WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THE

POLITICAL SYSTEM IS SO BROKEN

RIGHT NOW THAT THOUGH SOLUTIONS

ARE GOING TO COME OUT OF

WASHINGTON SOON SO WE FEEL THIS

THE TIME TO MOBILIZE THE

PRIVATE

SECTOR TO GET COMPANIES,

FOUNDATIONS, NOT-FOR-PROFITS

AND

CITIZENS TO COME TOGETHER THE

WAY THAT WE DO IN THIS COUNTRY

IN MOMENTS OF CRISIS AND MAKE A

HUGE DIFFERENCE.

A LOT OF NARRATIVE IS

PARTISAN POLITICS AND NOTHING

WILL GET SOLVED IN WASHINGTON.

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU SEEN THIS

CHANGE?

THIS IS PARTICULARLY

POLARIZING. THE DIVISION IS

MAGNIFIED AND I FEEL THAT JOB

CREATION CAN BE AN AREA WHERE

WE

CAN ALL COME TOGETHER.

WHERE ARE YOU ON THIS

PRESIDENT EXACTLY?

THERE ARE TWO AREAS I FEEL

HE

HASN'T DONE ENOUGH. ONE IS THE

AREA OF JOB CREATION, AND THE

OTHER AREA IS AFGHANISTAN. I

AM

JUST CONSIDER CONCERNED ABOUT

THE FACT THAT WE ARE STILL IN

THIS PERPETUAL WAR IT APPEARS

WITHOUT CLEAR OBJECTIVES.

THAT'S ADRIANA HUFFINGTON ON

THE BRODY FILE.

BEFORE THE BREAK WE WANT TO

HAVE FUN. IT'S CALLED WOULD

YOU

RATHER? WE SENT BRODY FILE

DANA

RITTER ON THE FLOOR TO ASK

DEMOCRATS A SIMPLE EITHER/OR

QUESTION.

OKAY. LET'S SEE HOW

DEDICATED HE'S OBAMA FANS ARE?

WOULD YOU RATHER WEAR A DAISY

DUCK HAT OR VOTE FOR MITT

ROMNEY?

I WOULD RATHER WEAR THE HAT.

WE'RE HERE WITH THE HAWAII

DELEGATION. WOULD YOU RATHER

SWIM TO THE MAINLAND OR VOTE

FOR

MITT ROMNEY?

I WOULD SWIM.

EVEN WITH SHARKS WE WOULD BE

SWIMMING.

I SEE YOU ARE DRESSED UP.

WOULD YOU RATHER GO TO THE PROM

WITH MITT ROMNEY OR BARACK

OBAMA?

BARACK OBAMA AND HE IS SO SO

FISCATED AND KEEP HIS HANDS OFF

MY MONEY.

THEY'RE DEDICATED JUST LIKE

THEY WERE ON THE REPUBLICAN

CONVENTION TO MITT ROMNEY.

AND THEY'RE NOT HAPPY AND

WE'RE HERE TO EXPLAIN.

WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY TO

THE

BRODY FILE. WE'RE ARE HERE ON

THE CONVENTION FLOOR AND IN THE

MIDDLE OF ALL AND SPEAKING OF

SOMEONE IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL.

YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?

FAITH

IN POLITICS. JENNY IN THE B

BLOCK IS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT

ALL. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE AND

SHE IS TALKING ABOUT PROLIFE

DEMOCRATS AND SHE'S HERE IN THE

FRESH. NICE TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PROLIFE DEMOCRATS DON'T

REALLY HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE.

YEAH. THEY TOUTED THIS WAS

THE MOST DIVERSE CONVENTION IN

HISTORY AND DEMOCRATS THAT ARE

PROLIFE ARE 21 MILLION STRONG

AND THEY WANT TO BE INCLUDED TO.

IT'S TOUGH TO BE A

PROJUSTICE

PROLIFE DEMOCRAT. WE

ACKNOWLEDGE THE DIVERSITY BUT

WHEN IT COMES TO PROLIFE IT'S

SILENT.

HE HAS STUDIED HISTORY AND

THE MATH AND THERE IS 176

PRO-CHOICE REPRESENTATIVES IN

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AND

NEED 218 TO BE IN THE MAJORITY

AND CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT

RECRUITING MORE PROLIFE

CONGRESSMAN LIKE HE WAS.

BEING IN THE MINORITY

BRINGS YOU AROUND

TO THIS AND HOPEFULLY TO GET TO

THE MAJORITY.

AND THEY WANTED LANGUAGE

THAT

DEMOCRATS DON'T AGREE ON

ABORTION. THEY WERE ALLOWED TO

BRING THEIR CASE BUT THEY WERE

VOTED DOWN.

INTERESTING. WE WILL SEE

HOW

IT TRANSPIRES BUT IT LOOKS TO

BE

GOING IN THE ARE DIRECTION.

WHAT IS THE PRAYERS AND ALL OF

THAT?

YEAH CONVENTION WEEK STARTED

OFF WITH JIEWMA PRAYERS, WHICH

MUSLIM PRAYERS AND THEY

ADVERTISED THOUSANDS WOULD BE

THERE AND 200 SHOWED UP. IT

FOCUSED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF

JEWISH PROPHETS AND AT ONE

POINT

HE SAID "IF THEY KNEW WE LOVED

JESUS THEY WOULDN'T CRITICIZE

IT

IS AND IT WAS CRITICIZED AND HE

WANTED THEIR

LAW TO TAKE OVER OUR LAW AND

THIS HAD MORE FAITH PROGRAMMING

IN IT IN HISTORY.

YOU WERE TELLING ME ABOUT A

GROUP THAT WAS DENIED AND

BASKETS.

YES, A COALITION WANTED TO SEND

BASKETS TO DELEGATES AND THEIR

CHURCH'S AVAILABILITY TO ASSIST

THEM WITH TRANSPORTATION BUT

THE

DNC DENIED IT BECAUSE OF THE

PROLIFE STANCE.

THE MAYOR'S OFFICE SENT ME A

MESSAGE AND WE REGRET TO INFORM

YOU THAT YOU DON'T ADOPT A

DELEGATION AND YOUR VIEWS ON

NOT

IN LINE WITH WOMEN.

IF YOU OPEN THE DOOR WITH

ONE

YOU HAVE TO OPEN IT FOR OTHERS

OTHERWISE YOU'RE PLAYING

FAVORITE.

AND YOU BROKE THE NEWS AND

TOOK THE WORD GOD OUT OF THE

PLATFORM AND FAITH HAS

DOMINATED

THE HEADLINES.

JENNY FROM THE B BLOCK WE

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

COMING UP WE WILL TALK TO

ANDREA MITCHELL AND TALKING

ABOUT MEDIA BIAS AND PARTISAN

POLITICS. BACK

WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY TO

CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA, THE

HOME OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL

CONVENTION. WE ARE THE BRODY

FILE AND WE ARE SPONSORED BY

THE

HOLY SPIRIT. ALL RIGHT. TIME

FOR THE MEDIA SECTION AND TIME

FOR THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WATCH.

IN THIS WEEK'S SEGMENT WE HAVE

ONE OF THE VETERANS IN THE

BUSINESS, NBC'S ANDREA

MITCHELL.

SHE HAS DONE IT ALL. COVERED

THE WHITE HOUSE AND FOREIGN

AFFAIRS AND NAME IT SHE HAS

DONE

IT. WE LOVE TO TALK TO MEDIA

MEMBERS ABOUT SO CALLED MEDIA

BIAS AND WE LIKE TO GET TO KNOW

THEM BETTER TOO.

THE STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE

ON

THIS. TYPICALLY WORLDWIDE LEAN

LIBERAL BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK

OF

THE LOVE FEST.

I QUESTION THE PREMISE. THE

REPORTERS THAT I KNOW AND THE

GREAT CORRESPONDENTS AND COVER

CAPITOL HILL AND IF WE HAVE A

BIAS IT'S TO BE OVERLY

SUSPICIOUS AT TIMES OF

AUTHORITY

FIGURES AND NEVER TO BELIEVE

THEY'RE TELLING THE TRUTH, SO

WHETHER THEY ARE CONSERVATIVE,

LIBERAL OR NOT THE POLITICIANS

WE COVER WE TEND TO LOOK AT IT

IN A HEALTHY SKEPTICAL WAY

THROUGH THOSE EYES AND I'M NOT

A

CHEERLEADER FOR EITHER SIDE.

I AM CURIOUS AND OBVIOUSLY

WE

DO POLITICS AND FAITH A LITTLE

BIT AND GROWING UP JEWISH AND

WHAT DOES -- IS IT LIKE AND I

TALKED

TO WOLF ABOUT THIS TOO AND

GROWING UP JEWISH AND WHAT

HAPPENED IN THEIR PAST AND HOW

IS IT LIKE COVERING ISRAELA AND

HOW THE MEDIA COVER ITS.

I COVER ISRAEL HOW I COVER

EGYPT OR LIBYA OR ANY PART OF

THAT REGION, SAUDI ARABIA. AT

TIMES DIFFICULT AS A WOMAN MORE

THAN I THINK AS A JEWISH WOMAN.

I HAVE BEEN IN IRAN AND ARGUED

WITH AHMADINEJAD

AND I AM CONSTRICTED WEARING

THE

VEIL AND YOU HAVE TO AND IT'S

MORE THAN A SYMBOL AND MATTER

OF

RESPECT TO THE COMMUNITY. IT

JUST CHANGES THE WAY YOU BEHAVE

AS A WOMAN. IT'S VERY

INTERESTING. AS A PERSON WHO

WAS RAISED IN JUDAISM I SEE HIS

HISTORIC AREAS AND I BECOME

REALLY AWESTRUCK BY BEING IN

THESE PLACES. I DON'T THINK

THAT MY RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING

REALLY CHANGES MY PERSPECTIVE

BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO

ISRAEL, AND YOU HAVE, ISRAELIES

ARE FIGHTING AMONG THEMSELVES

AS

WE DO.

LAST QUESTION. NOT THAT YOU

GO AROUND THINKING ABOUT WHAT

YOUR LEGACY WILL BE BUT THE

TRUTH OF THE MATTER AND

ESPECIALLY FROM A FEMALE

PERSPECTIVE LET ALONE A

JOURNALIST PERSPECTIVE YOU HAVE

BEEN ONE OF THE PIONEERS IF YOU

WILL AS TIME HAS GONE ON. HAVE

YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT IT'S

LIKE

AS A WOMAN IN THE BUSINESS AND

BACK THEN AND THE CHANGES.

SURE. I THINK ABOUT THAT

ALL

THE TIME.

I BET YOU DO.

WHEN I STARTED IN

PHILADELPHIA OUT OF COLLEGE I

WAS LUCKY TO GET A JOB. THEY

DIDN'T WANT TO HIRE ME AND THEY

HADN'T HAD A WOMAN IN THE NEWS

ROOM. THEY HIRED ME AS A COPY

BOY AND WORKED MY WAY UP AS A

POLITICAL REPORTER COVERING

CONVENTIONS FOR THAT WONDERFUL

TV STATION AT THAT TIME. WHAT

I

LOVE MOST IS I NOW HAVE A

LITTLE

BIT OF -- A LOT OF SENIORITY

AND

A LITTLE BIT OF CLOUT AND I CAN

BRING WOMEN IN AND HIRE WOMEN

AND MAKE SURE THEY GET

OPPORTUNITIES AND LOOK OUT FOR

THEM AND MENTOR THEM AND THAT

IS

A GREAT JOY.

AND THAT IS AN DREA MITCHELL

HERE ON THE BRODY FILE. ALL

THIS TALK LEADS INTO THE BRODY

FILE COMMENTARY. WELL, IS THE

MEDIA LIBERAL? OF COURSE THEY

ARE AND THE WORLD VIEW GETS IN

THE WAY AT TIMES BUT ANDREA

MITCHELL IS ON TO SOMETHING AND

TALKS ABOUT THE

ANTIESTABLISHMENT MIND SET FROM

THE MEDIA AND THEY LIKE TO

CAUSE

A RUCKUS IF YOU WILL AND THAT

IS

100% TRUE AND HERE IS ANOTHER

THING TRUE ABOUT THE MEDIA.

THEY LOVE THE NARRATIVE, A

STORY

ARK. THERE ALWAYS HAS TO BE A

GOOD AND BAD GUY AND A

COMPELLING STORY LINE. IS IT

THE MEDIA LIBERAL? YES. BUT

IT'S NOT THE WHOLE STORY.

THERE

IS A LOT MORE

AND WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY

TO

CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA THE

SEA

OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL

CONVENTION. IT'S OUR LAST

SEGMENT AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT

MEANS. FIRST IT WAS GOING TO

BE

MY HAIR BECAUSE OF THE HUMIDITY

IN CHARLOTTE. INSTEAD HERE'S

THE MOMENT OF THE WEEK.

SO THE GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND

AND A STANCH OBAMA SUPPORTER

WAS

ON "FACE THE NATION" THIS WEEK

AND ANSWERED A QUESTION THAT

RAISES A QUESTION.

CAN YOU HONESTLY SAY THAT

PEOPLE ARE BETTER OFF NOW THAN

FOUR YEARS AGO.

NO, BUT THAT ISN'T THE

QUESTION.

THEN WHAT IS THE QUESTION?

THE BRODY FILE KNOWS THE

QUESTION. HERE'S THE QUESTION

OF 2012. ARE YOU FOLLOWING THE

BRODY FILE ON FACEBOOK? THAT

IS

THE REAL QUESTION AND WILL

DETERMINE THE OUTCOME OF THE

ELECTION. THAT'S IT FOR US

FROM

THE CONVENTION. NEXT WEEK WE

WILL BACK IN THE STUDIO AND

UNTIL THEN GOD BLESS AND GOOD

NIGHT

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