Anatomy of a smear campaign
Washington Post's Romney story continues to unravel
- Duration 9:21
- Date May 11, 2012
Washington Post's Romney story continues to unravel
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-- a Washington Post hit piece -- Mitt Romney -- -- portrayed him as an anti gay bully in high school continues toward ramble tonight power earlier today ABC news caught up to the sister of the alleged bully victim.
-- she expressed outrage over the story and said she had no knowledge of the incident question.
Now her brother John -- Byrd died in 2004 but said if you're still alive today he would be furious about the story.
But the left leaning Paper apparently does not seem to really care and today even after numerous holes have been punched in the story.
They chose to publish the article about Romney's high school pranks on the front page.
Have John Kerry Kerry was counting on Dan rather has helped -- in the 04 campaign it certainly looks like President Obama.
Has the Washington Post in his corner in 2012.
And that is exactly why we all do the work to the mainstream media refuses to do on this program.
And that's reminding you the voters about this president's words and his actions.
It was more on this is former bush advisor Fox's contributor Karl Rove Karl welcome back to the program.
Thanks for me back -- all right so we -- go all the way back.
-- I look at -- you know high school and Mitt Romney.
On the day after the president announces studies flipped and flopped on I'm sorry evolves for the fifth time on his position on gay marriage.
You think a coincidence you think the White House is coordinating with the Washington Post.
Well I think coincidence but helpful and look at what -- that you don't does -- -- think about what we've learned in the last 48 hours about president Obama's decision making.
Apparently according to White House leaks to the media he made this decision at some time in the past.
He was sitting in on it and get a hold it until.
The time -- -- is just before the commissions in order to get the maximum political benefit from -- have calluses that.
He's got this important referenda coming in North Carolina.
And he can't be counted upon to be heard on one side or the other.
You know it's it's ironic -- they did it weakens the image that we have the president as a strong leader.
He made this change it was gonna sit on until he thought he could milk it for the best the best political advantage for his reelection.
All right I'm viewing this a little bit dollars and anatomy of the smear campaign if they think think they have to go back to 1965.
And eleven page printed story.
Small -- when you put it on your your computer followed up by Ed article today.
If this is -- to be legitimate news.
Then I think we've got to go back and has got to be some fair play and I expect that the Washington Post.
Is going to do a story about the bullying a Barack Obama in his own words.
From his own book dreams from my father -- the audio version.
Finally during recess one hot cloudless day we found ourselves occupying the same quarter of the playground.
I don't remember what we said to each other but I remember that suddenly she was chasing me around the jungle gyms and swings.
She was laughing brightly and I teased her and -- this way and that until she finally caught me and we fell to the ground breathless.
When I looked up I saw a group of children faceless before the glare of the sun pouring down at us.
-- has a boyfriend -- as a -- friend.
The chance grew louder as more kids circled around us she's not my girlfriend.
I -- to -- for some assistance but she just stood there looking down at the ground.
Coretta got a boyfriend.
Why don't you -- mr.
I'm not a boyfriend I shouted.
I ran up to quit and -- a slight shove.
She staggered back and looked up at me but still said nothing.
Leave me alone I -- again.
And suddenly -- was running faster and faster until she disappeared from sight.
Appreciative laughs rolls around me and the bell rang and the teachers appeared to round -- to class.
Now there's some part of this that I find humorous but there's a point here.
The media I think Carl's a story in the media here is decided to do an eleven page.
You know expose and a 1965.
So called bullying.
Instead it would Mitt Romney is this legitimate.
This is live this is not really only important and and here's the other thing is this the best they can do.
I agree I think justice is.
-- you know I've been an area I go back to that mean look we all we're all well when we're young and stupid we're young and stupid and and you know this so what it -- and also look to think about this.
That you were you you play that passage of the audio book we now know that these are composite characters we have no idea whether this was a real person or not he -- -- The president's announced that these are composites of various people that he may have come across domain.
Please let's let's get on a more important things let's get on to it.
Things that have to do with their real character as adults and -- -- real values and views as adults and more and most important law.
The real values views and actions.
As political leaders and President Obama he like says he wants this kind of discussion all day long before talking about Mitt Romney's.
You don't pranks as a as a student in high school we're not talking about a dismal economy have failed stimulus bill -- health care bill that people hate.
And a president whose failed to leave this country as he led us to believe he would.
All right but -- now this seems to be all these tactics now of course we know that playing class warfare we know -- they've got this this manufactured war on women.
Allies of the president this week and by the way I had no idea Carl.
I don't know I would have reevaluate our friendship after I discovered this we -- you are a contract killer.
I had no idea that was once.
Chad beat -- very careful be very careful on what you -- we're dangerous we contract killers people who kill other people for money I mean.
What it and how demeaning is that for the for the president's reelection campaign.
To be using labels like that I mean please let's -- -- I I I actually sent a message did Axelrod thanks for -- phrase in my profile making me look like a tough guy.
-- kept kept our I think most people would argue tough but think about this strategy class warfare they play regularly the president's leading the way Republicans -- dirty air and water.
Then you got Al Sharpton saying.
That there is a war against black Americans.
They got Howard Dean and -- for the president going out -- same Republicans don't like what -- house then the artificial war on women.
I mean dividing the country all the way across and then they bring up this issue what their friends in the media.
About Mitt Romney what does that tell us about them that tells us what they can't run on are you better off than you -- four years ago.
And also basic can't run on the basis of -- -- perspective vision what are you gonna do for the country.
I thought it was interesting in the president's speeches at Virginia commonwealth university in Ohio State.
Get a really interesting -- he said work you know I still believe that were not divided -- Republican we're not Republicans and Democrats were Americans.
And then later on in his speech he says.
Mitt Romney called Mitt Romney sincerely believes that as long as millionaires I like -- are doing well.
And the rest of the country is okay don't what what -- -- been -- me sincerely believes what where did he exactly say that Mr.
So yeah we're gonna see this continuing to present is gonna try and sound good and sound like he's our leader and that he's -- engage in the worst emotion and -- time.
A political you know us mayor -- is now making it back by saying oh well what rob rob when he believes -- he sincerely believes this.
I'm really let me ask you this but.
It now lot of play in the next segment the president in his own words admitting that he rarely went to school.
That he drank a lot and used drugs enthusiastically.
That he even did cocaine and he -- drugs plural.
We were the media questions about this wears his thesis he's the most transparent president ever whereas college grades and by the way if he didn't attend.
Score high school on a regular basis -- -- into these Ivy League schools -- questions.
Yeah -- -- yes but look let's get beyond it it and didn't media is never gonna cover that.
Did this is exactly where he wants us to go -- into this kind of stuff let's keep focused on the things of the American people know.
A lot out Dan Connolly to judge him on which is the economy this guy told us he said if you want to know quote exactly what's gonna happen.
He waved around that memo from Christine Romer and Jared Bernstein on January 10 of 2009.
They'd -- today before.
An -- -- if you know what if you want to know exactly what's gonna happen look at this we'll said unemployment -- -- an 8%.
At the end of the summer 2009 NB 6% today.
You know he's there -- to have a great recovery if we -- the average recovery.
Think the per capita GDP would be about 4500 dollars per person bigger.
And there'd be thirteen million more Americans working so we'll let's go Adam on the things that it happened last year for years.
And it judge -- by that let's let the media go out there make themselves irrelevant by going back and examining.
You know at that the family today you don't -- to hats off to the Stanley saying we don't we don't want this to be who did this.
The odds are family to be used for political purposes and we're not gonna sing anymore about this I thought that was classy -- the Washington Post with half as classy they did they wouldn't run a story in the first place eleven long pages.
Karl good to see appreciate -- point of view on this.
On this program will continue to cover both aspects as we can walk and chew gum we're gonna have more on the customer.