Super PAC 'pack of lies' ad
Did the media get it right?
- Duration 6:54
- Date Aug 12, 2012
Did the media get it right?
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I don't know the facts -- -- -- -- ex wife got sick or when she died I'd certainly don't know the specifics.
This man's case we have about as much to do with the priorities adds the super pac ads as Michael as we do with Michael Phelps -- metal plastic I can't speak to the -- Key people in the Obama campaign responding to questions about this political ad produced by the pro Obama super -- Priorities USA action.
The attack ad attempts to linked Mitt Romney to the cancer death of a Kansas City resident a woman.
Who was the wife of -- steel worker at a plant that went bankrupt some years after it was acquired by Bain Capital.
The Romney camp objected.
First of all they craft a despicable -- full of lies and then Stephanie Cutter and Robert Gibbs.
And Jay Carney lied to the press that they didn't know anything that was in that -- So let's talk about it with our panel of experts here the the there's so many angles of this Jim first of all the denials from the Obama camp.
Do those ring true.
Well apparently not.
It would appear that the footage that that of mr.
optic that was used by the Obama campaign and priority that's fighters you say that where are the same or close to a -- in the same shirt.
And that they then the Romney campaign on Friday -- something that showed.
That the Obama campaign itself had used the same arguments not only on a conference call it -- reporter Lindley but also on their own website.
So if if cutter and Gibbs and Carney and RS they certainly here and not paying much attention to their own campaign what should the media take them to task for that or did.
That well I think they have I mean this has been enormously controversial.
Even cut and critics like Peggy Noonan.
Said that the problem right now is that Mitt Romney ought to be getting angry about these things Andy's not.
What I find interesting is that people are as focused on.
His lack of response to attacks like this as they are on the -- itself.
The on Thursday the Obama campaign essentially said oh yeah out.
We knew about just optic and he appeared in one of our campaign ads as well as this super pac -- that we had nothing to do it.
So did what happens now does that make everything hunky dory.
Well that is they didn't have anything to do -- super pac -- that they don't need to have anything to do with it because Bill Burton is running priorities in this handlebars it was a long time Obama aide and having worked in politics.
He almost -- sort of think the same they've gotten that didn't you have to communicate things specifically in -- they're barred from communicating things so.
If you listen to what they -- saying they are very specific I didn't know the specifics of the story and I think subject -- probably didn't know the specifics of of the story that's why Leslie -- accountability -- and well I think you know they.
Everything they're saying I think is actually probably factual and true.
The issue is whether or not the president should have to.
Say something about this ad and and my problem with what's going on is that all -- conservatives have forgotten about Mitt Romney and and the super pac is run by his former -- Not acting like this is something that was just just created by Democrats and of course there's of -- isn't exactly parallel situation with Romney and his super pac.
John what ought to happen.
-- here is that the media should get up somebody that media should get up and say.
You people are a bunch of liars.
You are not creating jobs you're not reducing the debt.
This is irrelevant this is disgusting.
The American people deserve better and why should we send rotten lying.
I -- I want.
To do more of the same it's just that's what -- You can just narrow it down -- this issue just because they're barred -- from doing it does mean I didn't do it.
-- if the reporter I wanna evidence whether it would be useful if for hours worked more more serious I mean for example.
I Joseph Pollack it right.
Did report on alleged had been prepared by Joseph -- for technical in -- spending.
Never even appeared they -- and -- new story about it and then an editorial.
And now there's been no editorial on the New York Times on the move on Friday for Sudan and south Sudan make progress there's a killer and a -- there was want to.
And -- and they're not -- in this at all they're not pursuing what would be very useful to explore whether super -- -- -- -- in the Obama campaign had a connection they're just not.
Well -- make a living off a conflict that's what they like.
They're not pursuing solutions and this doesn't help anybody it doesn't improve the unemployment rate or anything it's stupid little inside did the people are sick -- and it was not until Thursday that one of the Big Three networks finally paid some attention to the controversy over the -- is it.
Because I think people expect this super packs -- separation.
The American people aren't buying this and the media aren't buying this and it's true of the Republicans.
And the Democrats and I do agree with you -- on one thing people are fed up which is why they're watching.
Olympics I think it's being -- -- commercials.
That you're -- local stations -- -- Take a little attention now time to pay attention to the story would lead with a last last week that's when senator Harry Reid -- majority leader of the United States senate.
Went into the well of the United States senate stands said that he had it from a very good source whom he couldn't name.
That Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in ten years on Thursday the Atlantic reported.
But Reid aide to Jose Parra -- described reads secret source vastly.
This person is an investor in Bain Capital a Republican also and someone who has been dealing with Romney's company for a long long time.
And he has direct knowledge of this.
Down a little later he recanted saying.
I do not know the party affiliation of the source how long he invested with -- or his relationship to Romney.
Beyond the fact that he was an investor with Bain Capital as senator Reid has previously stated so -- what are we left with what we're left.
With Harry Reid.
Doing that Obama campaign's dirty work he's out he's campaigning against.
Romney like this and Romney is that -- -- themselves not part of it and it's it's the media art.
Just simply saying Harry Reid as a McCarthy -- smear artists -- simply say -- this is missing argument he's making really agree with that does that raise however.
As Jonathan Karl said David -- on ABC well let's just talk about a -- anyway and issued Romney couldn't be as disastrous not mission accomplished Harry Reid.
And but the thing it is interesting is how Romney's response is exactly the same as what you just did which is this is a completely fun.
They have no evidence to -- prove what he's saying right Harry Reid has no evidence I'm going to say something that also has no evidence which is -- the Obama campaign's behind it.
I it and that's the responses to do the exact thing that you're condemning.