I’ve actually been kind of excited to see exactly how low Minitrue would go and if they would actually be bad enough for people who don’t really pay attention to notice.
We’re finding out, watching Journolist or whatever they’re calling themselves this year, go about their job of getting Obama re-coronated by writing coordinated Obama campaign ads under the guise of “News”.
They’re really pulling out all the stops for their God-President.
I’ve also been wondering what Romney would do. He can’t go as negative as a Dem as a matter of course or else he’d be attacked for it. If Romney could find footage of Obama singing “God Bless America” (a big if) and used it in an ad, the cries of “Questioning His Patriotism(TM)” would be deafening.
So Obama’s been hitting Romney on Bain and outsourcing jobs.
The Bain attacks on Romney have been less than useful.
A strong majority of Americans say Mitt Romney’s background in the private sector, including his management at the private equity firm he founded, Bain Capital, would help him make the right decisions on the economy.
So their push-poll backfired (you know they made sure to tell people about Obama’s ad when asking about “experience”). That’s pretty darn funny.
They failed even with the Journolist branch (Journolist is the only part of Minitrue I think is a conspiracy, the rest are just a consensus who go along they figure out what Journolist wants them to do) doing their best.
From July 10,
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post and the Obama campaign worked together to attack Governor Mitt Romney with proven lies about outsourcing
That was the Wash Post headline about “Romney’s Bain killed and ate orphans” or whatever, that the Wash Post then claimed didn’t tie Romney to the killing and eating of orphans, which story Obama is currently using in his ads now.
Worse, Romney has had the unmitigated gall to actually notice that Obama has sent many $billions of our money overseas under the rubric of “Stimulus”.
Well, Minitrue can’t let that happen.
First, we’ll do a two-fer that’s truly funny.
From March 4, 2010, when senators were running for re-election not Obama, we have this story about the OUTRAGE! felt by these Dem senators at furriners being stimulized with ‘Murican’s money. They need to act all American and shit to win re-election.
Senate Democrats lashed out at the Obama administration on Wednesday, saying its stimulus wind energy program creates jobs overseas instead of in the U.S., and they’re calling for the administration to put a stop to it.
Fast-forward to 2012, nowRomney is running ads hitting Obama on his outsourcing so it’s time to get Obama re-elected so he has to act American.
I personally would have an ad saying,
“My esteemed opponent in the upcoming has been saying I’d be bad for the economy because I outsourced. Well, my company took over other companies and spent the companies’ money and did what we had to do to make the company profitable under current laws. My opponent has taken US taxpayer money, claimed it was to make the company, the US, “profitable”. Instead he sent money overseas to study prostitutes in China. Meanwhile, his “company”, our great nation, has record deficits and high unemployment”.
But nobody listens to me.
To counter the ads Romney has been running, we have PolitFact, ready, willing and (differently) able(d).
Labeled “Mostly False” (which is what we used to call “true“)
A TV ad running in eight states blames President Barack Obama for sending stimulus money overseas while Americans are out of work.
Heh. I could full this whole page with nothing but PolitiFact links saying things are “Half-true” and other euphemisms for “True”, but you can just click around their cess-pit for yourself. It’s good for a laugh actually as they contort themselves into knots trying to say things could be “Misinterpreted” that way, but smart people(tm) know better.
This is a great link, chock full o’ facts about exactly where Obama outsourced our tax money. It’s from the Breitbart link above.
I’d say don’t click that unless you want to blog about something, otherwise you’ll just get really, really, angry and kick the dog. (mine’s hiding as I write).
So from the polls, we see Romney is winning the “Who knows how to run an economy and who outsourced more money” race.
Minitrue’s full force must be brought to bear.
Here we have the Wash Post fresh from their tying Romney to the eating of orphans at a company when he didn’t work there.
They need to counter Romney’s ads and assure their (shrinking) readership that the forces of Good will prevail.
Romney’s ad (according to the Wash Post)
- Narration from Romney campaign ad
“Seventy-nine percent of the $2.1 billion in stimulus grants awarded through it went to overseas companies — $2.1 billion.”
– 2010 remarks from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), featured in Romney campaign ad
Okay so far. How to handle this?
First, the set-up. We need to set the stage that Romney is a serial liar.
We’ve covered most of these claims in the past, with each one receiving Pinocchios to one degree or another.
Zero is a degree.
Now to the attack.
Romney claims the Obama administration funneled stimulus money to friends, donors and campaign supporters
Wait, didn’t you just say Romney quotes Schumer attacking Obama about sending money overeas?
I see what you did there, you can’t counter those claims because they’re true so you’ll throw them in at the beginning, then go on to obfuscate about some other stuff, declare victory and we call go have cocktails and laugh and rage at the racists who don’t appreciate the magnificence that is Obama.
They run a few paragraphs about the attacks, with some key facts left out.
Beyond Solyndra, a February report from the Post revealed that the Department of Energy had awarded $3.9 billion in federal loans and financing to companies backed by firms with which Obama administration staffers and advisers had previously worked. None of the White House insiders had direct control over the federal funds, but e-mails show that they informally advocated for some of the businesses that received taxpayer money.
Notice the soft voice, “informally advocated”, nice adjective there.”Informally advocated”, in this instance, means, “Overrulled federal employees whose job it is to check things like this”.
This deal is NOT ready for prime time,” one White House budget analyst wrote in a March 10, 2009 email, nine days before the administration formally announced the loan.
If it had been Cheney, it would have been something about bullying them. They had no “direct control over” blah, blah, blah. That’s all about being hilarious considering the previous article whose headline directly tied Romney to Bain’s doing things when he didn’t work there.
Some more without too much editorializing.
This PolitiFactOhio link where they say that Romney’s ads talking about sending stimulus funds to a campaign supporter who spent the money in Finland is “False”, you know, except it’s true.
This hilarious, NY Times link, explaining that even though everything is true, in the aggregate it’s not.
This Roto-Reuters article is pretty darn good too. I absolutely love this quote.
Romney has sought to batter Obama over the stubbornly high U.S. unemployment rate and the weak economy, but instead has been forced in recent days to defend his business past, particularly his career as a private equity executive with Bain Capital
Yeah, those Bain Capital ads that, as we saw above, have actually raised Romney’s economic polls. While the whole article is basically an Obama campaign ad, they have to make sure you understand that with their closing.
Obama has characterized the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican White House nominee as a wealthy investor who is tied to Wall Street and corporate interests and is out of touch with ordinary Americans.
I’ve read the whole, 8 paragraph, article and I couldn’t figure out how it would have changed if it had been written by the Obama campaign.
This, mini-Minitrue outllet (CBS affiliate), has a good one. Romney’s ad is “partially true but mostly false” (read: True).
I bring this one up because I wonder, did they just figure out what they were supposed to do or are on the Journolist mailing list?
As for Solyndra, the failed solar panel manufacturer from Fremont, Calif., was initially invited under the administration of President George W. Bush to apply for a government-guaranteed loan
An Obama approved message, they leave out how it was rejected by Bush’s people. (From the above ABC article about Obama overruling the bureaucrats, page 2)
The results of the Congressional probe shared Tuesday with ABC News show that less than two weeks before President Bush left office, on January 9, 2009, the Energy Department’s credit committee made a unanimous decision not to offer a loan commitment to Solyndra.
Oh well, just a Congressional probe into the situation, no need to bother your readers with that. It’s Bush’s Fault ™.
Since I’m bashing Minitrue, I should link this actual news story from ABC about Romney’s ads. It just reports on what’s in the ad in a dry, factual tone and doesn’t editorialize or put in Obama-Approved Talking Points.
It’s an Honest to God news article on a political matter. Will wonders never cease?