Booker's comment controversy
Was media coverage fair?
- Duration 7:10
- Date May 26, 2012
Was media coverage fair?
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I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity it's -- believes this is -- we're getting to a ridiculous point in America.
-- -- -- that I know I live in the state -- pension funds unions and other people investing in companies like being capital if you look at the totality of Bain capital's record.
Hitting it you've got a lot to support.
Businesses to grow businesses and this to be I'm I'm very -- comfortable you know.
This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides it's nauseating to the American public.
Enough is enough stop attacking private equity stop attacking Jeremiah -- this stuff has got to stop.
That's Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker on Meet the Press making headlines after slamming negative campaign ads especially the attacks against.
Mitt Romney's work with Bain Capital.
-- comments seeing the real -- seemed heartfelt he ended up retracting them later.
One surrogate Jim called him the parents are 11 democratic strategist called him the surrogate from hell yeah.
Still -- -- live with with Cory Booker and the Democrat John are you suggesting that.
The sincerity which he said the original words.
Was not matched by the sincerity of the attraction and -- -- it's pretty clear although the Obama campaign -- -- that they put the proverbial gun to his head and said look you know anyone have any kind of future democratic politics you better.
Volunteer to do this video well we tracking -- -- two hours earlier and he is a rising star -- -- right -- yeah.
I mean when you look at their attraction Nvidia which is reporters were calling the hostage -- been hit -- -- -- -- -- -- -- later.
He's on Linux -- with a video I just found -- so bizarre that the person who chastised him was a member of the me Chris Matthews who's kind of the disciplinarian.
Of the Democratic Party saying shocking betrayal awful.
The guy spoke his you know off the script he paid a price for he's going to pay a price for a -- -- -- independence.
Music to our ears these -- He's a Smart guy -- he says that you know.
Corporations have done some good things for his city he's very media savvy is it possible that the original.
Come out there certainly was an article that said that act he did not do this in a dumb -- did not sort of come out and slip of the tongue.
Then it was it was organized and planned by him to -- pretty much what he did say.
And that's not terribly surprising decision point out look he he -- had it he did a video with Chris Christie.
And dad that was pointed out and -- one of the pieces so I think that.
He's not -- down.
For the Washington Post is a Nokia has to politicians who lie.
I think that Cory Booker should get at least three die -- -- lamps for telling the truth if that's a great while this is why this is so attractive.
Once in a great while.
Will speak what he or she really believes.
And cut through all of the media hype and the spin.
And the TV commercials it's incredibly refreshing so his star in the media elites may be.
Declining but among the people who put him in the higher office I think it could be rising.
Just raise a question about the premise why are Reverend Wright and Bain Capital not -- and -- -- mean that is the issue here.
Why is is Reverend Wright -- Went away for awhile but the fact of the matter is his relationship with Obama has never been explained and why is Bain Capital not an issue when.
The candidate himself used it in his own campaign comer but let's.
The fund that it is nation in which case we can then say now why was it that why is it that this Massachusetts political figure with good hear me.
1012 to not get anything like that treatment of another Massachusetts political figure that here eight years ago.
John Kerry and as as you know might see and -- let me resource that -- said he decided thirteen to one ratio more coverage for.
Romney's wealth and -- -- in fact carry through his wife is probably we're ten times.
Know what -- has hey -- his wife and be a picture in this media savvy world -- is worth a thousand words.
And they need to have all those stories all -- needed to do was to show what they did which is a picture.
Doing a sailing thing on a surfboard -- in Nantucket -- -- we -- finish them -- -- -- -- -- that didn't.
And on the wind surfing thing that they would have covered it we agree it's I -- -- -- not about the money Warren Buffett doesn't get attacked for his wealth.
Because he supports the president's position on higher taxes for the wealthy saying -- John Kerry even though he.
-- he shot Rhode Island to avoid paying higher taxes which the media -- really go after conservative media did -- the main stream didn't pointing out the hypocrisy of that.
So it's about what political position you take not how much money you -- Or those who didn't understand what -- is talking about the media research center of conservative leaning organization did a a study of mentions of John Kerry's wealth.
On the evening news and -- -- the Big Three evening news broadcast back in 2004.
He got to mentions from CBS and ABC -- each NBC didn't mention it at all.
Contrast that with stories about Mitt Romney's wealth during the same three month period.
In -- not in the current 2012 environment he got mentioned 27 times.
Bill O'Reilly asked -- BI ABC's David West -- about.
What I am saying is right now I think.
Many Americans are worried about their economic situation there -- -- their jobs their houses their children they're 41 case and that that that was natural into those -- he has -- that it's economically driven I don't see it that way and it also driven by that the opponent.
I mean the Obama campaign is pushing this story very it's certainly the media is -- picking up until.
Former president I should have -- of ABC David -- So so what about that I mean.
It's not fair games asked you know about.
John Kerry's wealth when -- I think it is -- came and I think that.
David -- was right in -- in the sense that in 2004 the issue was not really the economy because people may forget the economy was dipping -- them.
But also it would the issue then was the Iraq War.
When the media focus on issue they tend to focus on it in droves and that's what's happen.
For example of 44 stories of the New York has been on the front page -- Abu Ghraib.
And in in 2004 what was hilarious but that interview with the Riley and Weston was -- way.
-- would deny the media liberal media by here's a guy hired for Stephanopoulos but then you say things like.
What were we fought against liberal bias every day -- made progress which again obviously -- assumption that course every knows that ABC was liberal and and Wesson was completely unsuccessful.
Asking -- asking how all of my way that asking a network news president if they're biased it's like asking a drunk if -- can hold his liquor.
Left after this aren't you didn't say but but what happened is he didn't say look bias is not just how things -- down we we also tried to expand.
Who was there in terms of race color it's better than -- so we send that to all right.