NBC Journalist Under Fire For Embarrassing Report On John Fetterman

NBC News journalist Dasha Burns is facing backlash from the left — as well as her own news network — for daring to report on concerns surrounding John Fetterman, who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Democrat.

During an interview with Burns, Fetterman had to use closed captioning in order to understand the questions he was being asked.

The Democrat candidate had a stroke in May, and his behavior since then has indicated that he has not fully recovered.

Five months later, Fetterman appears to still be struggling with auditory processing — as he needed to use a device that provided him with closed captioning of the questions he was being asked, due to his inability to understand the questions verbally.

Burns told the truth about the Democrat candidate’s health and how it affected the interview — as well as the conversation prior to the interview, in which Fetterman did not have the aid of the closed caption device, stating: “In small talk before my interview, it wasn’t clear he understood what I was saying.”

Burns’ report about her interview with Fetterman was immediately counteracted and framed as speculative by NBC News after the report was debuted on the network’s nightly evening news.

The journalist, who had been working for NBC News for over six years, appeared on NBC News’ morning show “Today” with host Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday to discuss her interview.

Guthrie questioned Burns’ report, attempting to cast doubt on her reporting by suggesting that her experience interviewing Fetterman was an outlier among other interviews with the Democrat candidate.

“Since then, other journalists who also dealt with Fetterman came forward and said they had a different experience,” the NBC host told Burns.

Burns went on to defend her interview by revealing that it was Fetterman’s first live, in-person interview — as others had spoken to him via remote video conference. She noted that the candidate was able to use the closed captioning without much notice during these remote interviews.

“We can only report our own [interview],” she said while justifying her report. “According to the campaign itself, our team was the first to be in the room with Fetterman for an interview rather than via remote video conference.”

Burns also revealed that she wasn’t the only one to notice that Fetterman wasn’t able to properly process the conversation without closed captioning, stating that her entire interview team had noticed as well.

“Myself, my producer, and our crew did find that small talk before that captioning was difficult because of the auditory processing issues I mentioned,” she asserted.

“Now stroke experts do say that this does not mean he has any cognitive impairment, doesn’t mean his memory or cognition is impaired and he can fully recover and fully recover from this,” Burns added. “And once the closed captioning was on, he was able to fully answer questions throughout that 25-minute interview, which we publish in full online later today.”

Fetterman also gave another interview a few hours after he spoke with Burns, appearing on MSNBC’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” in the 10 PM hour.

It appears that NBC, whose parent company owns MSNBC, was attempting to get ahead of Burns’ report to prevent any damage done to the Democrat candidate’s reputation.

O’Donnell prefaced his interview with Fetterman by comparing the Democrat candidate to former President Franklin Roosevelt, who was in a wheelchair during his presidency, attempting to equate that to Fetterman’s disability.

“Yes, kids, there once was a president who was elected four times in a row wheelchair,” the MSNBC host said. “Franklin Roosevelt brought the country out of the worst economic depression in our history in that wheelchair and he went on to win WWII in that wheelchair.”

“That kind of empathy is the essence of the Fetterman Senate campaign in which John Fetterman, a lifetime resident of Pennsylvania, claims he knows Pennsylvania voters better than his Republican opponent Mehmet Oz,” he added.

Unfortunately for the news network, it was blatantly obvious that Fetterman was using the closed captioning device in O’Donnell’s interview as well. His eyes repeatedly look away from the camera to read something to the lower right, following the same visual pattern as he was during the Burns interview.

“I’m going to be a lot better in January,” Fetterman claimed when asked by O’Donnell about his health after the stroke.

O’Donnell even appeared to attack Burns in a snarky tweet while attempting to compare Fetterman’s inability to process without the use of closed captioning to every TV host’s use of a teleprompter, writing: “I have a confession to make. I used a teleprompter in this interview last night. The truth is I am not able to do my show without a teleprompter. (That’s true of every TV news host who is discussing the way John Fetterman does interviews.)”