Incredible Lies, Piling On, and the Sad State of the Mainstream Media

The following is cross-posted here at MRC with permission by the author, Michael Bush. Michael runs the website Mitt: The Man aimed at showing the more personal side of Governor Romney that many don’t get to see. Michael Bush has also had the rare honor to be a companion to Mitt Romney in 1966 as they served missions for the LDS church in France. You can find Michael Bush on twitter at @Bush46 (retweet this post and give him a follow!) ~Nate G.

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I had heard of the recent campaign event where Mitt had corrected a crowd who had supposedly been chanting, “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!” by telling them to change their chant to “Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan!”

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at recent campaign event

Knowing Mitt, I was incredulous. In fact, anyone who knows Mitt would know that he would never do what he was accused of doing. So I set it aside and went on to other of life’s pressing concerns. Earlier this afternoon, however, while listening to a recording of Rush Limbaugh’s program from yesterday, I heard a caller set things straight. Timmy from Columbus had attended the event in Ohio and told Rush about the report on MSNBC on the event To him it seemed to be an apparent attempt to achieve maximum embarrassment for Mitt.

Timmy described to Rush what he had actually witnessed, stating that the crowd had chanted “Romney! Romney! Romney!” Timmy assured Rush that it was very clear to anyone there that Mitt was seeking to extend the crowd’s enthusiasm to Ryan. Rush added that this would be more in keeping with the sort of person that Mitt is.

Wanting to know more, I searched out the MSNBC video and saw where the video editors had posted “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!” as a subtitle on the screen. You can see for yourself here as Mika Brzezinski introduces their version on Morning Joe. You can also see supposed conservative, Joe Scarborough react as described by Business Insider, which seemed to take some perverse delight in describing Joe’s reaction:

“Oh, sweet Jesus,” Scarborough said.

“Sadly, I say this about Mitt Romney: He’s a great man. He’s a great father. He’s a great husband. He’s a great businessman. He’s a great turnaround guy,” Scarborough continued.

“He’s just a horrible politician. One of the worst.”

How big of a deal is this? Jazz Shaw at HotAir.com says not so big:

If you really think Scarborough is trying to get Obama reelected, I honestly don’t know what to say to you. This was really a case of nothing to see here… move along.

Huh? Joe Scarborough does not need to be trying to get Barack Obama elected to be doing a crummy job! What Scarbough should be doing is to deliver news and commentary in a way that reflects reality rather than some perspective that he has arrived at by swimming in the partisan sewage that seems to be flowing through MSNBC these days. Conservative Joe? I don’t think so!

What Scarborough failed to see is that this is all absolutely bogus and is just one more attempt to make Mitt into a gaffe machine, all this to solidify that meme in the minds of American voters.

Finally, in addition to Rush Limbaugh’s caller Timmy, who was at the event, Dan Gainor at Fox News has also called out MSNBC for their faulty reporting. Gainor added in his analysis that a reporter who had been at the event had contacted Huffington Post, which had initially reported the event, and wanted to clarify that “the crowd was chanting Romney’s name, not Ryan’s, and that Romney added his running mate’s name to the chant, not the other way around.”

Update: Joe Scarborough doubles down on his assessment of what happened at the Romney/Ryan rally. As reported on Strokes of Candor:

See, the real version of the rally does not fit Joe’s narrative of Romney being a fool and a horrible politician, and since he tweeted Friday night those opposing MSNBC’s version of the events were liars before the embedded journalists came forward to clear the record, he stuck to his guns. The Blaze broke the story that MSNBC misled viewers with the video but Breitbart ran with it making Morning Joe the topic of conversation Friday afternoon by thousands on Twitter.

Update #2: Scott Johnson at Power Line describes the situation a bit more elegantly than I did. Where I wrote of Scarborough’s “swimming in the partisan sewage that seems to be flowing through MSNBC,” Scott describes Scarborough as “the predictable Stockholm Syndrome effect, as David Brooks’s tenure at the New York Times has had on him,” (Note: See Wikipedia, which describes the syndrome as “a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors”). Attorney and Power Line writer Johnson summarizes:

I think Joe Scarborough is less a perpetrator than a victim in this matter. He is a victim of MSNBC’s own shoddy partisanship and propaganda. He hangs around with a bad crowd. He wants to be liked.

But character is fate. His pathetic response to the controversy suggests that he needs some help. He needs the kind of friend who could pull off an intervention before he terminally embarrasses himself. Or does MSNBC mean never having to say you’re sorry?

Youth Featured in New Romney Ad: Obama’s “No, I Can’t?” We Must and Will!

The Romney Campaign has put out a great ad today that seems to sum up the attitudes of today’s Millennial generation.

We have only 42 days left before America votes – Now is the time for advocacy; now is the time to elevate our message of freedom. As a reader of this blog, we encourage and invite you to dig a little deeper and reach out to others – share the message of freedom. Develop an email list, use social media, engage in daily conversations – share the message of freedom and liberty.

Knowledge is power. The more we know and the better informed we are, the more effective we can be. The media is filled with bias and, at times, it is difficult to discern truth. We have witnessed a mainstream media that knows no bounds – they suppress or distort truth and they filter what they report so as to promote and protect the President. The cable news shows, MSNBC, CNN, and others are so far in the tank for the President, it is difficult at best to tolerate their reporting. Further, the current polls are so skewed, they offer little relief in knowing where things really stand. Amidst it all, FoxNews tries its best at fair and balanced. The internet can also provide a plethora of information, some of which is true and some not. So, where can we go for critical and accurate information?

The Drudge Report is a tremendous aggregator of information. Matt Drudge is the bane of the mainstream media and accused by them of bias, which is a testament of Drudge’s integrity!
Real Clear Politics is another aggregator without a perceived bias.
Mitt Romney Central – biased as we may be, we strive for accuracy and integrity in our information.
Hugh Hewitt – Hugh does a tremendous job at providing information with integrity and substance. He has his bias, but clearly delineates what is opinion.
On The Brink FB page – I try to link to substantive information regularly in support of the tenets of On The Brink, America’s Choice 2012
Mitt Romney Central FB – Again, we strive for accuracy and integrity in our posts.
Dennis Prager – an intelligent and cogent source for information.
National Review – Rich Lowry has done an admiral job in trying to distill truth amid the cacophony of news.

There are several others, some of which can be inflammatory in their reporting in an attempt to elevate the debate, such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. Even so, they provide fodder for provocative thought and further study. There are others, but I have found those above to be informative.

The need to be informed has never been greater as we fight for our freedoms and liberties.

As to polls, below is a report card of accuracy and consistency from the 2008 election cycle.

The Romney Sons and Family

In view of the tragedy in Colorado last night at the preview of the latest Batman movie, our hearts are broken at the loss of life and disruption of families. We at MRC extend our condolences to those who have lost loved ones. Family is and should always be our priority, as families are foundational to joy.

Below is a clip of the Romney sons, in case you missed them on Rock Center. They acquit themselves well, Mitt and Ann have every reason to be proud. Further, they are reflection of their parents in every way, and the joys of family!

May we pause today and consider the joys of our lives, and offer a prayer on behalf of those whose families have experienced such grief.

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Sununu on Outsourcing: “I’m President Obama and I approve this DISHONEST message”

Give this guy a bigger megaphone and a medal…

Evidence that the Romney campaign is punching back on Obama’s “job outsourcing” lies against The Gov, plain-spoken Romney surrogate John Sununu today fired another salvo against Obama. Taking on main stream media Andrea Mitchell (Mitchell Reports/MSNBC), in the course of the interview, he chuckled at her several times as she “struggled” to defend the real job outsourcer – Obama:

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Sununu: The outsourcing issue really causes two problems for President Obama. One: It underscores his dishonesty. The ad they were running – which all the independent fact-checking groups have said is dishonest – ends with President Obama saying “I’m President Obama and I approve this message.“ It should say, “I’m President Obama and I approve this dishonest message.” And the second problem he has with outsourcing is that there is a huge amount of outsourcing which was driven by Obama policy. The money – the $500 million they gave to FISKAR – created jobs in Finland. The solar energy grants they gave created jobs in Mexico. The wind turbine grants they gave created jobs in Denmark. So, the point that I think is really interesting is that the outsourcing issue underscores how few smarts there are in this White House and in this Obama campaign – that they expose themselves to the response criticism that I think – unlike what Mr. Cilliza said – is going to end up making this a winning issue for Mitt Romney.

Mitchell: Isn’t it a winning issue for the White House, fundamentally, granted that the PolitiFact folks and the Washington Post pointing out that the President’s campaign ad on that issue had a lot of questions and a lot of questionable attacks?

Sununu: But they said it was wrong. A lot of questionable tactics is not right, it was wrong.

Mitchell: But the point is, that isn’t Mitt Romney more vulnerable than the President on this issue because there still is — the whole question of private equity of outsourcing. Yo could argue about when he left Bain Capital and whether he was still getting money from Bain Capital and what some of the companies in Bain were doing, companies that did end up working overseas and sending jobs overseas. But isn’t it a bigger problem for Republicans than for the White House?

Sununu: No. When you’ve sent $500 million to Fisker and it goes to Finland immediately. When you send the solar money and it goes to Mexico. When you send the turbine money and it goes to Denmark. And we can go on all day. There is $29 billion worth of purchases that came out of this administration, outsourced jobs to foreign countries.

Mitt Romney outsourced zero –

Mitchell: Zero?

Sununu: Zero. He wasn’t there when those issues came up.

Mitchell: Well, first of all the $29 billion are not all outsourced from the administration because —

Sununu: Sure they are.

Mitchell: A lot of those jobs still remained here. There are jobs — when you do a grant, governor, there are jobs here as well as overseas.

Sununu: [laughing] You’re struggling, Andrea. You’re struggling.

Sununu: You know, it’s interesting that the President again chooses to demonstrate why he has ruined this economy. He doesn’t understand why he is behind the eight ball with 8.2% unemployment. He’s behind the eight ball because those people who invest in jobs that want to put money into create jobs look at this administration and are scared to death of things like this tax and like overregulation. All he’s done with what he put out yesterday is convince them that if Obama is elected, they’re taking their investment money out of the country.

Sununu: “Well, he’s [Obama] doing to his Democratic party what he did when he sent up a budget and lost in the house by 414-0 and in the senate, 98-0. All he cares about is himself. He doesn’t care about the people that support him politically and frankly I think this is just a repetition of a desperate act by a president who wants to create class warfare. It’s why he’s going to lose.

Governor Romney today in Colorado also slammed our Out-Sourcer-in-Chief.

The gloves are on.

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Romney’s Dog? Vacation – Obama’s Dog? Dinner

My, how quickly the dog dish turns…

The Obama campaign, trying so desperately to wag the tail in any direction but the president’s record, keeps trying to target Mitt Romney by injecting the old, 2007 presidential campaign “Seamus the dog” story. (Rick Santorum has also gone there.) In fact, on January 30, 2012, Chief Obama strategist David Axelrod tweeted about it. He included a photo of Obama riding in his car with his dog, Bo:

Diane Sawyer also dredged up the Seamus story while interviewing Mitt and Ann on Monday:


Turns out, Obama has nothing to bark about. An overlooked detail has come to light in Obama’s book Dreams from My Father (which he wrote) in which he reveals…

He, Obama, has eaten dog meat:

I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy).

Upon discovery, Romney adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted today:

In hindsight, a chilling photo RT @davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs. http://bit.ly/xGeJuZ
View photo

Hat tip to MRC chatter ‘emsk’ for a look at the reaction this morning from the crew on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:


Don’t you love it?!

Jim Treacher (The Daily Caller), who discovered Obama’s bow-wow detail yesterday, writes:

“So what? It was a long time ago,” you say. “He [Obama] was a lot younger. Customs are different there. He was just doing what his stepfather told him. …

Hey, whatever you have to tell yourself, libs. Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth. And whenever you bring up the one, we’re going to bring up the other.

It’s no fun when we push back, is it? That’s why it’s so much fun.

Update: I know the Secret Service has a lot to deal with right now, but are they protecting Bo? From Obama, I mean.
Update: Obama would never put a dog on top of a car. Dries out the meat.
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Q: What does Obama do when his dog gets stuck?
A: Grabs a toothpick.

Treacher’s article has lit Twitter on fire; a new hashtag has surfaced: #ObamaDogRecipes. In response, here’s a few of the best tweets (hat tip to MRC chatter ‘Patsy’):

Jodi Stephens ‏ @JodiStephens Close Great Danishes #ObamaDogRecipes

Tammy Bruce @HeyTammyBruce Pugs in a Blanket #ObamaDogRecipes

Right is Right @CincoMike Garlic Mashed BOtatoes MMMMM #ObamaDogRecipes

‘Jim’ ‘Treacher’ @jtLOL Chicken Poodle Soup. #ObamaDogRecipes

That’s what happens when one keeps bringing up trash…

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Mitt Fox and NBC Interviews, Florida News, Singing at a Rally, & the Daily Show Implores Mitt to ‘Finish Him’

What We Missed While The Site Was Down

Gingrich’s despicable robocall claims Romney forced Holocaust survivors to eat non-kosher…President Obama wouldn’t lie this badly because it’s so ridiculous that it wouldn’t even help in the long run.

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Mitt Romney Florida Supporters Feel The Momentum: ‘I just really want to see some hope restored in America,’ one voter tells MTV News a day before Florida primary.

Romney picks up endorsement from Memphis Tea Party.


Mitt Hits McDonalds: Behind the Scenes with the Romney Bus in Florida

The Daily Show uses Mortal Combat to illustrate how Mitt Romney destroyed Newt Gingrich this week. (more…)

Ken Starr Op-Ed “Can I Vote for a Mormon?”; Also– MSNBC’s Larry O’Donnell Admits Obama Fears Romney

Lot’s of good news tonight for Romney and his supporters.  First off, Ken Starr (most notably known for the Clinton/Lewinsky case, but a man who is a true legal scholar and current President of Baylor University) has penned an Op-ed entitled “Can I Vote for a Mormon?”  While it’s not an endorsement, and doesn’t even mention Romney by name, it is a great historical and constitutional argument why he/we could definitely vote for a Mormon.

I strongly encourage Americans who would ask this question ["Can I vote for a Mormon?] of themselves to consider and weigh thoughtfully our nation’s constitutional traditions. At their best, those are traditions of welcoming religious forbearance.

To support this proposition, I return to the founding of our constitutional republic — boasting as we rightly do the oldest Constitution in the history of the planet. Only 27 amendments have been ratified to that basic document over our 222 years as a representative democracy. In fashioning this remarkably enduring document, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia made it absolutely clear that no religious test should ever be imposed to hold office. The Founders also made clear that religious dissenters (such as the Quakers) should not be compelled to take an oath if doing so would be a violation of conscience. Building on those twin pillars of tolerance, the Supreme Court at its finest moments has likewise vigorously defended the right of all persons to participate in the democratic process, including holding office, without the burden of religious tests or qualifications.

According to the American political tradition, there are essential questions by which all office seekers are qualified, regardless of their faith journey or history. The first is: Does the candidate subscribe completely to our constitutional structure, including freedom of conscience for persons of all faiths — or no faith? A second question for the thoughtful voter is related to and flows from the first: Will the candidate subscribe, without any “mental hesitation or purpose of evasion,” to the oath to protect and defend America’s Constitution? If the answers to those closely connected questions are yes, then voters should proceed to cast their ballot on the basis of the candidate’s qualifications, platform and policy positions — not the candidate’s membership (or lack thereof) in a particular faith community.  …

In my own life, I have drawn great strength from my religious practices and, according to the teachings of my faith tradition, I intend to continue to keep in prayer those who are chosen to lead our nation. That said, the litmus for our elected leaders must not be the church they attend but the Constitution they defend.  …

America should stand — in an intolerant world characterized all too frequently by religious persecution — as a stirring example of welcoming hospitality for highly qualified men and women of good will seeking the nation’s highest office. Life experience, personal qualities and policy views are the pivotal points to guide Americans as they go to the polls in 2012.

I realize that most American’s already agree with Mr. Starr on this point, but for those that may feel that voting for Romney is an endorsement of Mormonism, the strong case that is presented above may open some hearts and minds to supporting the best choice and best chance to replace President Obama … Mitt Romney!

********And in a relatively raw video clip, BreitbartTV interviewed MSNBC’s Larry O’Donnell at a Bar in New Hampshire where he admits that Romney is the GOP candidate most feared by Obama.

Money quote:  ”Romney is the one they don’t want. They know they can beat anybody else. Romney, they think they can beat, but it’s a harder road.”  Watching the whole 6 minute video shows this to be a candid and honest exchange, not a liberal plant or talking point (We saw that in the immediate post-debate analysis on ABC last night when Democratic Strategist Donna Brazelle stated to the panel and audience that they want to run against Romney because he’s the weakest candidate … she was met with laughs and jeers from the rest of the panel and the audience for that obvious lie)

Some other interesting tidbits from the video:  O’Donnell’s perplexed by Newt’s attack on Romney’s career at Bain saying it should have no effect in a GOP primary, but that those attacks may have some effect with some voters in a general election.  He also doesn’t think the GOP VP choice will matter much, though the interviewer mentioned my favorite choice, Marco Rubio, being able to take Florida off the map for Obama.

All Videos Added: Romney on O’Reilly, Charlie Rose, Letterman and Morning Joe

SET THOSE DVR’s!! Romney to be on four tv/news shows tonight and tomorrow morning!

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Tonight and tomorrow morning, Romney to appear on O'Reilly, Charlie Rose, Letterman and Morning Joe

Where to watch:

The O’Reilly Factor: Mitt enters the No Spin Zone on FOX News channel, 8 PM and 11PM ET

Charlie Rose: One hour round table will be on PBS at 11PM ET. Check your local listings.

The Late Show with David Letterman: Mitt reads the Top Ten on CBS at 11:35 PM ET

Morning Joe: On MSNBC, 6-9AM ET.

(h/t Glen Johnson – Boston Globe)

UPDATE: Here is the Full Interview with O’Reilly:



Here’s the Letterman Top 10:

To see the Romney/Charlie Rose interview click here (start video by clicking on photo of Mitt).

Final update: Videos of Chris Christie and then Mitt Romney on Morning Joe below the fold. (more…)

‘Meet the Press’ (MSNBC): Pawlenty for ROMNEY vs Jindal for Perry

You don’t want to miss the head-to-head matchup taking place tomorrow on MSNBC’s Meet The Press with David Gregory:

In the right corner, you’ll see

Gov Tim Pawlenty(R-MN) defending Gov Mitt Romney

versus


in the left corner,

Gov Bobby Jindal(R-LA) defending Gov Rick Perry.

From MSNBC.com:

Two big-name supporters of two leading GOP presidential candidates square off: Gov. Tim Pawlenty for Romney and Gov. Bobby Jindal for Perry.

Meet the Press airs Sundays from 9-10 a.m. ET on the NBC-TV network; 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET in New York and Washington. The program also re-airs at 2 p.m. ET Sundays and 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET Mondays on MSNBC on cable.

To check air times by area, click here.

Go get ‘em Gov Pawlenty!

The day after Governor Chris Christie endorsed Romney, Tim Pawlenty had this to say (Austin Daily Herald):

New Jersey Gov Chris Christie endorsed Mitt Romney on Oct 11, 2011.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision to back Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is a huge boost to Romney’s campaign.

“He’s one of the stars of the conservative movement and Republican party,” Pawlenty of Christie. “His endorsement will carry a lot of weight, no pun intended,” Pawlenty joked referring to Christie’s weight. (He said that Christie would enjoy the joke)

Pawlenty said he also encouraged Christie to back Romney’s campaign.

It’s probably the most valuable endorsement in the country,” Pawlenty said. “For Gov. Romney to get Chris Christie’s endorsement is a major boost to his campaign and will send a signal across the conservative spectrum; tea party types, fiscal conservatives and others, that it’s time to consolidate around Gov. Romney.”

(emphasis added )

From a recent Pawlenty interview on Minnesota Public Radio:

Pawlenty said he will actively campaign for Mitt Romney, who is among the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

Pawlenty, who endorsed Romney last month, said the former Massachusetts governor is the most qualified among those running. He also told reporters that he was excited to hear that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is backing Romney’s campaign
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Pawlenty also said he’s growing concerned that party stalwarts, the media and the public are becoming too focused on crazy statements and not enough on substance.
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“Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex,” he said. “There is a political, entertainment and media complex that has developed where politics and news and entertainment are fusing together in a way that is starting to mimic cartoons in a way or reality TV.”

You may listen to the podcast here (Part 1, Romney mentioned @4:45, 8:00, 17:13):

UPDATE – Governor Pawlenty did an excellent job advocating for Governor Romney. It’s good to have him on our team! To read the transcript of the Pawlenty/Jindal interview with David Gregory click here. (Scroll way down.)


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Who Won the MSNBC/Politico Reagan Debate? UPDATE: Video Added

Here’s how I rank tonight’s debate performances:

1. Mitt Romney
2. Newt Gingrich
3. Ron Paul
4. Michele Bachmann
5. Rick Santorum
6. Herman Cain
7. Rick Perry
8. Jon Huntsman

Welcome to the race Rick Perry. I’m guessing he wasn’t expecting as rough of a night as it was. He tried to deflect some of the devastating points made by others by his troubling record bu saying he felt like a pinata, but he ain’t seen nothing yet. He decided to foolishly throw the first punch in the debate while Newt and Mitt tried to keep the focus on President Obama. Mitt defended himself like he should, but he never threw the first punch. With ads running against Perry by the Bachmann super pac and Ron Paul’s campaign right before the beginning of the debate, Mitt was able to stand back and let the light shine on all the cracks in Gov. Perry’s facade.

I’m not quite sure Gov. Rick Perry realizes how badly he got hurt tonight. So many topics were brought up that are going to haunt the rest of his campaign. It actually reminded me of the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart technique from Kill Bill where the person can take a few steps after the technique, but then they just collapse. I don’t know when Rick Perry will collapse, but tonight might have been a fatal blow because Rick Perry is a fatally flawed candidate that could win before the internet age perhaps, but not today with a more informed electorate.

VIDEO of entire debate:

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If anyone wants to learn more about the other candidates or has any information to add, check out the what we’ve got so far.

UPDATE:

Just look at all the people on-the-record at Politico saying Romney won:
Former state Sen. Jeff Smith
David Biespiel
Eileen Shields-West
Richard M. Skinner
H. Whitt Kilburn

UPDATE 2
Gov. Romney was on the Sean Hannity radio show and he correctly pointed out that the GOP “Will Be Obliterated” If Candidate Against Social Security Is Nominated. Also, it’s been reported on Mitt Romney Radio that “Mitt Romney” was the 4th most search term on the internet after the debate! How sweet is that!?