Media shocked, shocked to hear Romney state the truth

Here are some of the true statements the American media are in shock to have heard Romney say. From Melanie Phillips:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

[The Palestinians] have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish… I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way.

If I were Iran, if I were Iran—a crazed fanatic, I’d say let’s get a little fissile material to Hezbollah, have them carry it to Chicago or some other place, and then if anything goes wrong, or America starts acting up, we’ll just say, “Guess what? Unless you stand down, why, we’re going to let off a dirty bomb.” I mean this is where we have—where America could be held up and blackmailed by Iran, by the mullahs, by crazy people. So we really don’t have any option but to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon.

The president’s foreign policy, in my opinion, is formed in part by a perception he has that his magnetism, and his charm, and his persuasiveness is so compelling that he can sit down with people like Putin and Chávez and Ahmadinejad, and that they’ll find that we’re such wonderful people that they’ll go on with us, and they’ll stop doing bad things. And it’s an extraordinarily naive perception.

You should read the entire article. This is how she concludes:

The really shocking thing is that the laughably cartoonish spin put on these remarks by the far-left Mother Jones website is accepted as the obviously correct position by the US mainstream media (but not necessarily by the American public, which does not see life through the same warped prism – another fact the US media would find too shocking to believe).

This is the same media, let’s not forget, which effectively put Obama into the White House in the first place by systematically refusing to publish the overwhelming evidence of his extremist background, friends and attitudes, not to mention the glaring untruths, evasions and unprecedented lacunae in what was published about him. As a result America elected its first far-left, anti-west, Black Power fellow-traveller to the White House – thanks in large measure to the American mainstream media, which today is similarly intent on airbrushing his disastrous record out of the picture and instead demonising his opponent.

Romney has not one opponent in this presidential election, but two: Barack Obama and the American media which carries his bags for him.

The media is the subtext of this election. Whatever the result, this is something that will need to be tended to after 6 November.

Ann Coulter has noticed as well: Ann’s latest column: “Wildly out of touch media complain Romney not regular guy”. Her conclusion:

The media happen to love the party of big government with all their heart, so from now until the election, no matter what Romney says, they plan to be scandalized.

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22 Responses to Media shocked, shocked to hear Romney state the truth

  1. Tom

    Romney has not one opponent in this presidential election, but two: Barack Obama and the American media which carries his bags for him.

    This is unprecedented and extremely dangerous. I have referred to it in the separate media thread (“Is the media in the process of discrediting itself?”). The American and Australian media are creating conditions ideal for the crippling of democracy and its replacement by fascists who control the media as a tool for state propaganda. The fact that it is occurring in a democratic state as large as America is truly frightening. I simply hope the American media are put in their place by voters and that they refuse to be railroaded.

  2. Blogstrop

    It couldn’t happen here … Oh, wait a minute ….

  3. WadeJ

    Let’s just stay with the 47% comment since that’s the most damning.

    Romney is equating a right wing talking point about 47% of people paying no income taxes, with the 47% that Obama has in the polls. This just doesn’t make any sense. Many of “the 47%” are elderly on social security. Romney has huge leads on the over 65. That is just one example. And has been thoroughly discussed the 47% is not a static group, but a group that falls in and out of the threshold of earned income tax credits and food stamps.

    This does show Romney is out of touch, not just due to his wealth, but due to his cocoon of right wing handlers that seem to feed him talking points that he then takes as fact.

    This line about Obama the far left redistributionist is also BS. The full quote that Drudge and Romney tried to get into a story includes a pretty centrist view of the value of competition. The amazing thing is that Obama wasn’t more liberal than what was discussed in that tape, and has pretty much the same pragmatic approach to government as expressed in that audio clip from 14 years ago.

    The arrogance of right wingers who can’t believe the American people would actually elect Obama on any kind of merit, they must be getting hoodwinked by the big bad scary MSM media. Romney still has a chance in this election, but if Obama wins, it won’t be because of the biased media, it will be due to a recovering economy and the fact that the true Republican agenda of tax cuts for the rich, tax increases for the poor and middle class and the destruction of the social safety net will be rejected by the majority of Americans.

  4. Tom

    This does show Romney is out of touch, not just due to his wealth, but due to his cocoon of right wing handlers that seem to feed him talking points that he then takes as fact.

    Wade, because you’re from the extreme left, you project like some people projectile-vomit. You don’t live in the real world; your entire analysis is predicated on the idea that the real world was authored by Marx. Fair dinkum. You’re a deluded clown. Go back to the Drum.

  5. WadeJ

    Tom,

    Think about who makes up the 47% who don’t pay income taxes. If Romney was thinking straight do you think he would disparage soldiers in Afghanistan that earn tax free income, seniors in Florida that earn less than $30k or families of 4 on $50K or less? Are these people really victims or freeloaders?

  6. Tom

    Wade, you’re asking me what I regard is the truth of the situation: that people who don’t pay tax and depend on the government are more like to vote Democrat than Republican. That doesn’t mean everyone, but that wasn’t Romney self-evident, commonsense thesis. Are you asserting that people who depend on the government and don’t pay tax aren’t likely to vote for Obama? Give us a spell. The 47% number is alarming and outrageous and I believe the media’s confected outrage has merely served to focus attention on it – that and the outrageous misbehaviour of the media, which is raidly becoming a public enemy.

  7. Token

    What are you trying to do WadeJ, prove to us that the meme that Mitt’s comment is a gaffe is true?

    It is true hat 47% of Americans do not pay net tax, and regardless how you cut it, Mitt Romney is correct in noting the 47% who vote for Obama are committed.

    All you do is prove you are a class warrior caught up on the politics of envy.

  8. Wade is a fuckwit if he thinks this comment by Mitt is going to change a single vote from the GOP column to the DEM column.

    Only those who already hated Mitt anyway are having kittens here.

  9. Mike of Marion

    Had a “very enlightening” discussion with a Melbourne-born Wisconian in the Albany, West Australia Information office a fortnight ago. She was out here visiting and small talk prevailed until SHE raised the issue of American politics. She was shocked to hear and see that there was any doubt that Obama would get a second term. She put down the doubt to the fact that there were many Americans on the “Republican side’ that couldn’t stand a ‘non-white in the Whitehouse”. I stopped any talk with that crazy so-and-so there and then!!

  10. Adrian

    Andrew Bolt is attacking Romney again. Bolt can’t help himself – he really is a fool for the US MSM.

    Gallup has them both at 47-47, while Rasmussen polling – the most accurate during the 2008 election – has Obama Romney at 47-46 in swing states. Romney is in a better polling position than Reagan was against Carter at the same time in the year.

  11. MACK1

    Rasmussen says: “In the 11 swing states, President Obama earns 47% of the vote, and Mitt Romney is supported by 46%. Two percent (2%) are not sure, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
    In 2008, Obama won these states by a combined margin of 53% to 46%, virtually identical to his national margin.”

    The media are obviously not letting any facts interfere with their campaign.

  12. Adrian

    Agree, Mack1. Also can’t believe Bolt is just lapping up the MSM narrative.

  13. NotAdrian

    “The media are obviously not letting any facts interfere with their campaign.”

    It’s not a fact, it’s a poll.

    “while Rasmussen polling – the most accurate during the 2008 election ”

    But among the least accurate during the 2010 elections.

  14. My fists reaction was “why is this news in Australia?”. Where’s the scandal besides the secret videotaping?

    My second thought was of the Homer gummi bear scandal. Says it all, really.

  15. One could almost think that Bolt was a sleeper for the progressives.

    Whoops – my name field has come up with Adrians details.

    Why do I get the feeling that the troubles are viral?

  16. “but if Obama wins, it won’t be because of the biased media, it will be due to a recovering economy”

    Any argument you may have had was lost right there. Recovering? Are you mad? America is utterly screwed and any recovery by QE3 is a false spring.

    Read the following for an example of the absolute horror brought to bear by excess money printing in post-revolutionary France. They hadn’t mothballed their guillotine and put it to good use on retailers for inflation caused by money printing, as well as inconvenient political opponents.

    The debtors control the US government. The result is entirely predictable. For a glimpse of the future, read “Fiat Money Inflation in France by Andrew Dickson White”

    http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1229468&pageno=1

    Read it and weep.

  17. Can you guys stop picking on Obama? He’s the best black president the US has ever had!

  18. m0nty

    As Bolt points out, R-Money is the worst presidential candidate since Bob Dole. At least Bob Dole didn’t insult seniors, veteran, serving troops and the poor in one fell swoop.

  19. C.L.

    The worst gaffe in the history of the presidency…

    Obama campaign sells merchandise to celebrate murder of ambassador.

  20. brc

    Here’s the thing about the ’47% gaffe’ thing.

    It’s not a vote-switcher. People who hate him (or his party) will automatically hate whatever he says, in the same way many of us don’t like anything Gillard says.

    Even if you’re a republican voter who is part of the 47% not paying taxes, this is unlikely to make you change your vote. At the margin, it might make a few less people turn up on polling day to vote for Romney, if they were already leaning Republican.

    If you’re intending on voting against Obama, it’s not going to change that pattern at all.

    It’s very much like Gillards ‘pensioners don’t vote for us anyway’ statement that was leaked in 2010. Whilst it got a lot of airplay, it actually allowed here to discard whichever Julia she was up to at the time and come out strongly. I still remember the press conference where here eyes were so puffy she looked like she been stung by bees. It actually swung some momentum back to her way because she was able to double-down. Romney is doing the same thing, so in the end, the result is likely to be very, very small.

    It’s still months away from polling day, and there will be much, much more of this to come, from both sides.

    I suspect Bolts disdain for Romney comes from some sort of religious prejudice – I don’t see him being a Mormon mentioned much, but Bolt makes a point of it. Maybe he was hoping for a Santorum-like person. Still, a strange piece to read from him, given that he only discussed one poll, a mistake he doesn’t repeat with Austarlian politics.

  21. blogstrop

    Marius Benson this morning “interviewed” Christopher Pyne, or more accurately, crowed at him that the polls were moving against the coalition. Pyne quoted the exact percentages of four different polls, three of which still have the coalition more or less unchanged and in a definite winning situation, as most of you would be aware.
    This is so typical! They just keep doing it.

  22. JC

    As Bolt points out, R-Money is the worst presidential candidate since Bob Dole. At least Bob Dole didn’t insult seniors, veteran, serving troops and the poor in one fell swoop.

    Shut up Monster, you fat head. Romney basically spoke the truth. The moochers in The US are running riot as they are here.

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