You know if the focus at NBC News can’t ignore how terrible you are things aren’t looking good.
An NBC News reporter told host Lester Holt that before the interview Pennsylvania candidate for Senate John Fetterman – who just had a serious stroke – was unable to understand what she was saying until they brought in a closed captioning system.
“In small talk before the interview, without captioning, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation,” NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns told Lester Holt.
One clip in particular was so bad that even a reporter at the New York Times couldn’t ignore it.
“This is a rough clip for @JohnFetterman, will only fuel questions about his health,” New York Times correspondent Jonathan Martin reacted.
Ed O’Keefe from CBS News said, “An important interview with top Senate contender. Will Pennsylvanians be comfortable with someone representing them who had to conduct a TV interview this way?”
Fetterman: “I always thought I was pretty empathetic. Emphatic. I think I was very—excuse me, empathetic. You know, that’s an example of the stroke. Empathetic. I always thought I was very empathetic before having a stroke…” pic.twitter.com/UzJvkr5RTq
Fetterman is making Joe Biden sound like a scholar.
The Democrat candidate’s wife was furious over the backlash condemning Burns.
Truly appalling. Have these “journalists” never heard of the ADA? Close to 15% of the US population identify as hard of hearing and may need accommodations. Really curious to learn how they feel about wheelchairs and glasses …
The report was damaging that Fetterman’s wife is demanding that NBC retrain their reporter.
Gisele Fetterman calls for “new training” and “accountability” for NBC’s @DashaBurns for reporting that her husband, John, is incapable of making small talk without a computer. pic.twitter.com/GfU6GUD3Md