Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why I Love the Internet

Mitt Romney has a campaign ad out that shows video of President Obama saying, "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."

Okay, it's always good to catch the other guy saying something that can make him look bad. But in this case, it was Obama campaigning in 2008, and the real statement is, "Senator McCain's campaign actually said, and I quote, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.'"

Obama didn't say it, he was saying his opponent said it.

Now, first, there's this. CNN's headline for this story is Democrats say new Romney ad distorts Obama's words.

"Democrats say?" By what standard does the ad not distort Obama's words? What would happen if a mainstream media organization said, straight out, "New Romney ad distorts Obama's words"? It's factual reporting, not biased if they also point out chicanery by the other party.

So ThinkProgress did the obvious thing, they pasted together pieces of Romney's speeches in exactly the same way.

Let's see if CNN mentions this: "Republicans say new ThinkProgress ad distorts Romney's words."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

look who's getting nervous...

November 22, 2011 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lying liars who tell lies are getting nervous.

A recent study has found Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News: Study

And this isn't the first study to show Fox News viewers are misinformed. Last year, a study at the University of Maryland found Fox News viewers were more likely to believe false information about politics.

Watching Fox News and being repeatedly told lies does not improve knowledge about facts.

November 23, 2011 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some social conservative groups are getting nervous Romney might win in Iowa and are trying to prevent that outcome.

"Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) -- Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa.

The idea: avoid splintering the conservative vote in the state by rallying around one GOP rival who could win Iowa's Jan. 3 caucus and then challenge Romney in New Hampshire and the other early voting states.

Many social conservatives and other religious leaders in the state have openly labeled the former Massachusetts governor as a "flip-flopper," a criticism the campaign frequently beats back, while others have seen Romney's Mormon faith as an issue. And many of them have openly hoped for someone to emerge as a viable alternative to the former Massachusetts governor."

Still others have noted Romney's lying ad is also racist.

"WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has received no shortage of attention and criticism over his first campaign ad of this election cycle, which deliberately takes a quote from President Obama out of context.

"There are three things about the racial composition of the people in the background: For Obama, whenever they’re shown clearly, they’re a mix of whites and blacks. Whenever they’re either presented in dark light so you can’t see, or presented at a speed that makes them subliminal, they’re all black," emailed Drew Weston, a professor of psychology at Emory University and the author of “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.” "For Romney, there isn’t a black person in the background in any of the scenes he’s in. it’s inconceivable that his team didn’t think to make sure there was at least some diversity in the crowds he was speaking to unless the goal was to juxtapose subliminal black people against white people for Romney."

"An ad like this isn’t made randomly."

An email to the Romney campaign asking for a response to Westen's argument wasn't returned."

November 23, 2011 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney: "We should just raise everybody's taxes."
Mitt Romney: "There's nothing unique about the United States."
Mitt Romney: "Government knows better than a free people how to guide an economy."
Mitt Romney: "Fiscal responsibility is heartless and immoral."
Mitt Romney: "Let us just raise your taxes some more, we just need a little bit more."
Mitt Romney: "America's just another nation with a flag."

*All quotes accurate by the standards of Mitt Romney

November 24, 2011 10:07 AM  

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