New questions about accuracy of WaPo story on Romney
Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg reacts
- Duration 6:24
- Date May 11, 2012
Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg reacts
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The fact that our top story today new questions about a Washington Post report.
About Mitt Romney allegedly bullying a classmate back in 1965.
Governor -- apologizing for any wrongdoing but also saying he has no recollection of the incidents.
Critics are calling this a hit piece.
And now comments from the alleged victim's own family -- raising questions about the story -- sister telling ABC news.
But they are aggrieved that -- late brother.
He has since died would be used to further a political agenda.
Bernie Goldberg is a Fox News analyst Bernie thank you for being -- so.
101 of the guys who was quoted by the post is now saying he actually what it as being disturbed by this incident now says he actually wasn't even there.
But the post had several witnesses they claim behind the dissident who can testify to the incident so it doesn't all come down to this one guy.
The family -- -- alleged bullying victim may not know of the incident that doesn't mean it didn't happen the post seems to have several people who say it did.
Put the story in perspective for us was it fair game was -- -- line.
And is it is it fair in light of the reporting the post and other outlets have done with -- -- Barack Obama.
Those general the right questions.
First -- yes there are cracks in the story.
And we could spend all day trying to figure out if it's true or not but let's just say this and move on.
If it is true if he did it he was wrong the period there is no discussion about it and of that discussion here's a bulletin -- Boys in high school can be jerks.
That that's this just -- you know points in high school can be really stupid jerks.
The only question that matters now.
The only important question now is what -- tell us about Mitt Romney today.
And the answer is it tells us absolutely.
Nothing now as far as the media is concerned.
The media all of a sudden -- this was also on page one today of the New York Times not just the Washington Post.
If the media disinterested in what Mitt Romney did when he was seventeen years old and high school how come it was an interest -- And what Barack Obama did when he was at Columbia university and what kind of Paper zero.
Were they anti American and that some people might perceive as anti American -- where their racial stuff that might be considered.
Not in the mainstream we don't know and the media apparently has no interest in finding out that's one thing the second thing is.
Every time somebody like me said we need to explore the relationship between Barack Obama and Bill Ayers who wasn't a terrorist a domestic terrorist.
And Barack Obama and the reverend Jeremiah Wright we -- told.
What what is the relevance of that that's unimportant fine that's not important.
Then why is this important when we're talking about a seventeen year old high school kid there's an answer to that which I'll give -- in one sentence.
The media clearly.
Didn't want to hurt Barack Obama by reporting all of that kind of stuff back then and by doing this now.
You know maybe they'll help him maybe they'll hurt Mitt Romney but it doesn't make them look good.
Why do today -- this apart from the fact that that -- you know the vetting of Barack Obama has has been insufficient bite some in the media.
M not suggesting there's necessarily anything there but I just the the absence of interest in going back and looking at his sister put that to -- exactly is it fair game.
To look this closely at -- candidates.
Childhood behavior on an -- it didn't there was a push back when people several Barack Obama ate dog when he was -- I really don't you'll look at their childhoods to did it -- you know who they are.
Is seventeen different if he really did hold down a guy caught up his hair because he didn't like it because it was long.
Do we need to know that.
That's a fair question it if he did.
It was wrong but as I say the only question that matters I think to most of us today.
Is what does this tell us about.
Mitt Romney the man who's running for president of the United States and I'm not taking Mitt -- side here I'm just saying I don't think it tells us anything.
About him today so in answer to your question.
It's certainly what happens when somebody is nine or eight years old doesn't matter.
Don't think it matters much what happened in 1965.
Except if it did I want to make clear to all my friends out there on either side of the dial.
I think it was wrong if he did it.
And I don't think there's any discussion about the -- that it was wrong.
Why do you think -- why do you think the post took an interest in this I mean why would they be interested Mitt Romney doing this back when he was seventeen years old.
The the honest answer is I don't know but that's another interest -- question.
Newspaper's reporters don't have to tell us who their sources are we all know that.
But they have to tell us the motivation.
Of their sources so if this story.
Was given to them at the tip was given to them I don't need to know the name of the person who who gave them the tip but I need to know was this somebody who.
Is a Barack Obama supporter.
Is it somebody who's in them.
Barack Obama campaign I'm not saying it is.
But I think the post owes us a little more than it's given us where -- the story come from.
And they give their critics ammunition.
One day after Barack Obama says he's in favor.
Of gay same sex marriage but we get this story in the post and then.
Well they say they intentionally didn't put in in the print version that day because they didn't want to have that juxtaposition they waited until today to put it.
You know here.
This is the story on right but but the right but the point is that that critics will say.
Why did you do this because Barack Obama was in the middle of a controversial situation involving gay rights so now you're going to put Mitt Romney.
In the middle of a controversial situation situation involving gay rights again.
I'm not saying that's what happened but I'm saying they give their critics ammunition when they do something like this and if this story winds up cracking and falling apart.
It's going to be even worse.
For the Washington Post party thank you.