Fetterman Struggles in NBC Interview, Needs Closed Captioning

By Kevin Tober 

NBC correspondent Dasha Burns broke news Tuesday when she revealed on both MSNBC and NBC Nightly News that Pennsylvania Democrat Senate candidate John Fetterman is in worse shape than originally thought after his near-debilitating stroke. 

While previewing her exclusive interview with Fetterman, Burns told viewers that his “campaign required close captioning technology for this interview to essentially read our questions as we asked them.”  

She went on to note that “in small talk before the interview without captioning, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation.” 

The first question out of the gate was whether voters can “trust that you will be able to do this job on day one.” 

Fetterman paused and glanced at the computer screen to read Burns’ question and said “yeah, of course.” 

Moving on, Burns narrated that this was “John Fetterman’s first in-person, sit-down interview since a stroke sidelined him from the campaign trail for months.” 

“That auditory processing where I’ll hear someone speaking but sometimes it’ll be precise on what exactly that they’re saying. I use captioning,” Fetterman explained. 

His struggles were evident early on in the interview:

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. 

Burns asked politely, yet firmly: “you say you’re on the road to full recovery. But right now voters really have to take your word for it. We’ve asked for your medical records. We’ve asked to have a conversation with someone from your medical team, to interview your physician. You’ve declined those requests. Why?” 

Fetterman claimed he felt like “we have been very transparent in a lot of different ways. When our doctor has already given a letter saying that I’m able to serve and to be running.”

“I mean, respectfully that letter from your physician, that was six months ago. Don’t voters deserve to know your status now?” Burns shot back.  

Fetterman claimed that since he’s “in front of thousands and thousands of people and having interviews and getting around all across Pennsylvania,” that is enough evidence to let the “voters decide if they think it’s really the issue.” 

Despite his obvious struggles with putting together basic sentences, the Democrat Party and their propaganda arm in the media are still propping him up like nothing is wrong.

If he was a Republican candidate for United States Senate, this wouldn’t be Fetterman’s first tough interview and the media would be hounding him from now until November. 

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.