PI Original Adam Doster Monday February 15th, 2010, 11:15am

Maddow Fact-Checks Schock On Meet The Press (VIDEO)

Freshman U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock made his first appearance yesterday on NBC's marquee Sunday show Meet The Press.  His performance featured the expected litany of GOP talking points and false claims.  Thankfully, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was on the panel to keep him in check.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock made his first appearance yesterday on NBC's marquee Sunday show Meet The Press.  His performance featured the expected litany of GOP talking points and false claims.  Thankfully, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was on the panel to keep him in check.

Let's start with the discussion regarding Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called "underpants bomber." Like other Washington conservatives, Schock claimed that once counterterrorism officials from the Justice Department and the FBI decided to read Abdulmutallab his Miranda Rights the suspect stopped cooperating with officials.  Maddow vehemently disagreed. "That’s not true, actually," she said. "It’s not what we know from the people who’ve been involved in this."  Watch it:

Indeed, Schock is directly contradicting FBI director Robert Mueller, who said that Abdulmuttalab was not Mirandized until after he had already made clear that he wasn't going to talk to interrogators. Even more damning is Eli Lake's report in the Washington Times this morning. According to the story, Abdulmutallab revealed recently that he met with other English speakers at a terrorist training camp in Yemen, sparking what Lake calls a "global manhunt" for other would-be terrorists. That information was shared only after Abdulmutallab's family traveled to America and convinced him to cooperate -- something that would not have occurred had Abdulmutallab not been placed in the criminal justice system and read his rights.

Later in the program, Schock derided the Democrats for failing to include "stimulative tax cuts" in their economic recovery act (even though well over $200 billion of the package was devoted to tax credits).  Maddow first pointed out that those cuts represent the "least stimulative things in the stimulus."  She then noted Schock's recent speech at Lincoln Land Community College, in which he touted a $350,000 green technology education program funded by the stimulus bill he opposed. "So that's happening a lot with Republicans -- sort of taking credit for things that Democratic bills do, and then Republicans simultaneously touting their votes against them and trashing them," she said, echoing a recent segment on her own MSNBC show.  "That's, I think, a problem that needs to be resolved within your caucus, because, you seem like a very nice person, but that's very hypocritical stance to take." Watch the clip:

Can Maddow please appear on every episode of Meet The Press?

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