So if someone in the media repeats the presidents position on negotions that makes them a shill? Really? It was perfectly valid for Mitchell to question Duffy on the president's position.
You act like Obama isn't even the president and everything he says is illigitimate and has no bearing or opinion on the matter. That kind of ignorant disrespect is akin to birtherism.
Remember it takes two sides to negotiate....not one side saying they won't destroy the country, if the other side submits to all their outrageous demands.
I don't think Andrea Mitchell is a shill, I actually think she's professional. What she is is biased, as we all are, but shouldn't let her bias bleed into a straight interview.
She gives herself away at 6:30 on the video. She tries to corner him with a gotcha but she turned out to be misinformed. It happens.
An interviewer would say "I was not aware of that, could you explain how that came to be".
An advocate will sit silently and uncomfortably not knowing how to counter the other's point.
Take a look at what she did.
Other times during the interview, Representative Duffy made points she couldn't counter or wasn't aware of. If her goal was to inform the audience she would have asked for more explanation. But since her goal was to advocate she turned the conversation to other topics, most strikingly at 4:45 and 6:55.
And yet another time, at 3:00, Andrea calls something a "non-negotiable demand". She didn't say "the president considers that a non-negotiable demand", she stated as fact that something was non-negotiable. A small point but a very telling one. I won't call her a shill, but she's dancing around the fringes of shilldom.
If this were a debate show and she was a panelist rather than moderator I'd say she did a pretty good job, but it wasn't the former and she wasn't the latter.
GOP Rep. Sean Duffy Demands Andrea Mitchell Defend Democrats Keeping Obamacare Perks - YouTube