The Myth of the Romney “Gaffe”
Nowhere is it more apparent that the mainstream media, or MSM, is in the tank for the Democrat Party, and especially its shockingly undeserving “messiah” Barack Obama, than in The Miami Herald. An article entitled, “Romney: Remarks weren’t ‘elegantly stated,’” on page 3A of today’s print edition starts out with, “Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans “believe they are victims” entitled to extensive government support.” A more sensationalized version of this story is published on the Herald’s website with the title, “Romney: ‘Victims’ comment not elegantly stated.” Its opening sentence is, “Republican Mitt Romney is trying to head off a new distraction for his campaign after a video surfaced telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of all Americans “believe they are victims” entitled to help from the government that permeates their lives.”
Somehow Mitt Romney’s statement is horrifically newsworthy by reporters who are aghast at his comments, despite the fact that the Middle East is on fire, Iran is on the verge of going nuclear and Israel is getting royally screwed by the president. In fact, America just might find itself in the middle of World War III thanks to Obama’s disastrous foreign policies (or lack thereof), but the media is only concerned with stopping the presses to criticize each and every comment uttered by Mitt Romney. Never mind that he’s speaking the truth. The media, especially The Miami Herald, will make sure that its captive audience will focus on what Romney says rather than what Obama does.
As for Romney’s latest “gaffe,” an article from How Stuff Works states, “In 2009, according to a memo from the Joint Committee on Taxation, a bi-partisan Congressional committee, only 49 percent of Americans owed money on their Federal income tax returns [source: PolitiFact]. So yes, it’s true that nearly half of all Americans paid no Federal income tax in the tax year 2009, and the number of people who did pay taxes was even lower — 51 percent, not 53 percent. For tax year 2011, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates that only 54 percent of Americans will pay Federal income tax.
It’s apparently a known documented fact that roughly half the American population foots the federal income tax bill for the entire country, but because Republican Mitt Romney said it, all of a sudden it’s a “gaffe.”
In fact, the mainstream media calls just about every single comment Romney makes a “gaffe,” when the truth is that he’s right on target. For example, the press skewered him for his alleged comment, “I like being able to fire people.” The entire comment was mysteriously misquoted, which was, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. If– if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I wanna, I’m gonna say, you know, then I’m going to go get somebody else to provide that service to me.” As explained in an article in redalertpolitics “In January, Romney’s detractors, with the help of the DNC, were able to paint him as a corporate raider who was out of touch with the American people after Romney said he liked being able to fire people via the free market system and hire people who are more qualified for the job. However, his comment was use to pad Democrats’ claims that the purpose of Romney’s former company Bain Capital was to bankrupt companies and put people out of work. It didn’t matter to Democrats that Bain created thousands of other opportunities for other Americans.”
This same media doesn’t seem to hear any of the ridiculously stupid things that Obama has blurted out, such as:
1. “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip);
2. “No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.” –making an off-hand joke during an appearance on “The Tonight Show”, March 19, 2009;
3. “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009;
4. “When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking — whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia…” -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov. 16, 2011;
And my personal favorite:
5. “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”
I would bet that the same 49% of Americans who pay no federal income taxes also never heard any of these Obama gaffes. Gee, I wonder why. (Okay, so I don’t really wonder).
More disturbing than the occasional “miss-speak” by the president (although, not knowing how many states there are in a country he leads is hardly a miss-speak), are the things that Obama has done and is doing to undermine our national economy and security. Not surprisingly, the media either glosses them over, if they report them at all. But the media is quick to jump all over every single distraction used by the White House to avoid discussing the real problem in America, which is the economy. Word is leaking out that the administration was warned about the attacks on our embassies for well over 48 hours before they occurred, yet the president did nothing to protect our diplomats to ensure their safety. Then administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, helped cover up for Obama. Both of them kept insisting that the attacks were “spontaneous” and in response to an obscure anti-Islam video, despite the fact that they started on the anniversary of 9/11, even as the Libyan president claims otherwise. Mohamed Magariaf told NPR, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a pre-calculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate.”
On top of the crisis in the Middle East, our economy is in the toilet, with absolutely no end in sight. Obama inherited from Bush, gasoline prices of about $1.83 per gallon and turned it into $3.878 per gallon as of yesterday. How’s that hope and change working out for you?
Somehow, The Miami Herald and other mainstream newspapers prefer to regurgitate Mitt Romney “gaffes” instead of the real problems going on in America today. They certainly won’t put the blame where all of it squarely belongs, on Barack Hussein Obama. His disastrous economic and foreign polices have landed us squarely in the mess we are now facing. The buck is supposed to stop at the Office of the President of the United States of America. The mainstream media keeps letting it fly right past him.
And the 49% of Americans who don’t pay taxes are more than happy to believe the lies. Sorry, Miami Herald, that was no Romney “gaffe.” He was merely telling the truth.