I guess it comes under the heading of priorities? This is a horrible example of whats wrong with our media in the U.S. We have so many more pressing issues, at least I thought so anyways.
Posted by: Tom | Jan 24, 2014 3:23:28 PM
Well.....ya know......The Biebs still rules.
From good boy to bad boy - it is interesting.
Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 24, 2014 3:27:00 PM
Why did it cut off!?! I want to see the Bieber story!! I'm wondering if Fox "news" interrupted anybody for Bieber.
Posted by: Craig | Jan 24, 2014 3:27:20 PM
This is so gross. It reminds me how CNN once switched from a report about a missing woman to cover Paris Hilton's arrest.
It's ridiculous. As if most MSNBC viewers care about Justin Bieber.
Posted by: David | Jan 24, 2014 3:33:56 PM
Posted by: Jeff | Jan 24, 2014 3:36:20 PM
Posted by: northalabama | Jan 24, 2014 3:36:44 PM
NBC owes Andrea Mitchell an apology.
Posted by: Alan | Jan 24, 2014 3:38:26 PM
This footage should be placed in a special nuclear bomb-proof capsule, so centuries from now historians researching The Rise and Fall of the American Empire will have some good material to work with. Because we don't want another empire's fall being blamed on the gays (again)!
Posted by: Vaughn | Jan 24, 2014 3:50:11 PM
FYI, Jane Harman hasn't been a Congresswoman for three years. She is the President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. While there is no excuse for cutting away from her and this topic to discuss Justin Bieber, maybe you should also do your homework.
Posted by: Beezer | Jan 24, 2014 4:04:46 PM
This is also why I don't watch any 24-hour news channel and feel bad for those that do.
Posted by: Sam | Jan 24, 2014 4:15:53 PM
She's addressed as "Congresswoman" in the clip (as former gov't officials are usually addressed by their most senior titles even after leaving office), so I don't think it was any big oversight on the site's part. And didn't Harman serve on the House Intelligence Committee during the period in question - yes, definitely, someone you don't want to cut away from for Bieber-news!
Posted by: Vaughn | Jan 24, 2014 4:18:16 PM
No, actually current members of Congress are traditionally not addressed as "Congresswoman Harman" if the person doing the addressing knows what they are doing. Some prefer it, but members of the House do not usually use that as an honorific. And former ones should never. And certainly not when you're not addressing them directly as Andrea was doing here. She is not a Congresswoman. She is a former Congresswoman. And you should refer to her as Ms. Harman.
Posted by: Beezer | Jan 24, 2014 4:32:12 PM
No wonder the world is in trouble. Well, I am sure AM didn't have anything new nor real to ask from the congresswoman, another problem the world has.
Posted by: Matt27 | Jan 24, 2014 4:32:42 PM
My point was more questioning whether this site even knows that she is no longer serving in Congress since they referred to her as "a Congresswoman," which she is not.
Posted by: Beezer | Jan 24, 2014 4:34:51 PM
Just another reason I don't get my news from corporate media outlets. Also, I love the asinine attempts at "getting" Andy for the correct or incorrect addressing of Jane Harman. She is a grown woman who I'm sure would not be offended at being addressed by either former congresswoman or congresswoman or Lady J Har (I prefer the last one).
Posted by: Isaac | Jan 24, 2014 4:42:45 PM
You're confusing the formal rules for addressing someone in a letter versus spoken practice. Both current and former members of the House are routinely addressed as "Congressman." You see it on news shows all the time (and, indeed, Harman is addressed as "Congresswoman" in the clip). I've also heard it when former representatives are sitting on discussion panels. It's used as a term of respect. Indeed, it's gotten so prevalent that calling any former elected official Mr. or Ms. might be perceived as a slight or ignorance of the person's prior position.
Posted by: Vaughn | Jan 24, 2014 4:44:30 PM
Haha, ratings rule all, be all!
Posted by: anony6 | Jan 24, 2014 4:46:36 PM
MSNBC SUCKS. They're awful. They're just as bad as Fox News. Anyone who watches either network should really reconsider.
Posted by: jazzy | Jan 24, 2014 4:47:14 PM
Does the general public care as much about celebs such as Bieber and the Kardashians as much as the media thinks we do?
Posted by: Topol | Jan 24, 2014 4:57:07 PM
That still ignores the point that the headline of this posting is wrong. Andrea Mitchell did not shut up a Congresswoman.
Posted by: Beezer | Jan 24, 2014 5:16:57 PM
Also, you're simply wrong on the rules of etiquette with both how to address directly or refer to indirectly a member or former member of Congress. I'm sorry, you just are. Congresswoman or Congressman isn't a title and it is therefore impossible to take it with you when you leave office. If I wrote Jane Harman a letter, I'd address it as "Ms. Harman" or "Representative Harman." Senator and Representative are titles. So if you are addressing her directly and intending to show respect for her former position, the correct address would be "Representative Harman." And you'd never call her Congresswoman Harman or a Congresswoman if referring to her indirectly. Not that any of this is vitally important. But since you seemed to justify one mistake with another, I thought I'd just point that out. There are rules of etiquette that if we stop caring about, then maybe we shouldn't be surprised we live in a society that values Bieber's arrest as breaking news.
Posted by: Beezer | Jan 24, 2014 5:28:43 PM
It was a LIVE bond hearing. CNN and HLN were showing it live so it's no surprise MSNBC would do so as well to compete.
Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 24, 2014 5:42:39 PM
this is what the american news media has become no wonder we have uninformed uneducated voters . it is also why we end up with the clowns we elect to office.
Posted by: walter | Jan 24, 2014 7:47:34 PM
if i had been the Congresswoman, i'd have walked off. How stunningly rude.
Posted by: Grego | Jan 24, 2014 8:24:03 PM
Well why not? Justin Bieber IS the most famous person in 2014 America. Ofcourse he takes precedence. Bieber is bigger than Elvis, the Beatles.....even David Cassidy.
Posted by: Captain Renault | Jan 24, 2014 8:34:43 PM