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The Washington Postís Romney hit piece comes apart (An astonishing journalistic train wreck.)
Human Events ^ | 5/11/2012 | John Hayward

Posted on 05/11/2012 4:37:44 PM PDT by IbJensen

The Washington Post was already skating on thin ice with its fantastically convenient hit piece on Mitt Romney, published in perfect synchronization with President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage.

Designed to paint Romney as a mean-spirited homophobic bully during his prep school days – which, let us remember, occurred over seventeen thousand days ago – the ridiculously bloated and overly-dramatic 5000-word Post “expose” related the story of how Romney allegedly led a gang of high-school hooligans and forcibly cut the hair of a “presumably gay” fellow student named John Lauber.

The piece does a great deal of mind-reading to insinuate homophobia, and in an amazing set of concluding paragraphs, heavily implies that Romney essentially murdered this poor kid with his scissors – it just took his body four decades to collapse around his broken spirit. John Lauber died of liver cancer in 2004, an even the Post dramatically contrasts with Romney accepting the Distinguished Alumni award from the Cranbrook prep school, concluding with a melancholy salute to Lauber’s hair, which he never stopped bleaching blond.

The Post based this hit on testimony from five men who “mostly lean Democratic,” including one who was a volunteer for the 2008 Obama campaign. No one else seems able remember the incident taking place.

Including, as it turns out, both a friend of Romney’s that the Post openly and fraudulently asserted had “long been bothered” by the haircut hazing… and the “victim’s” own family.

Romney friend Stu White dropped the first bombshell on the Washington Post’s phony story, telling ABC News “he was not present for the prank, in which Romney is said to have forcefully cut a student’s long hair, and was not aware of it until this year when he was contacted by the Washington Post.” The assertion that he was “long bothered” by Romney’s alleged display of full-contact barbering was entirely false, and there is no way to claim it was not a deliberately false impression inserted into the Post story, since they knew perfectly well that they are the ones who told White about it, just a few weeks ago.

Much worse for the Post was a statement released by John Lauber’s sister Betsy, which reads, in full: “The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. There will be no more comments from the family.”

Wow. Just… wow. The Post apparently didn’t bother clearing their smear job with the victim’s family, even though they interviewed both Christine and Betsy Lauber for the piece. They thought they were contributing to a respectful tribute, not an ugly partisan hit.

Christine Lauber told ABC News that her brother never mentioned the allegedly life-destroying traumatic incident related by the Washington Post, and “probably wouldn’t have said anything” even if something like it did happen, because he presumably was not the fragile character he has been portrayed as. Furthermore, she tearfully insisted that “if he were still alive today, he would be furious” over the Post story.

But wait! This gets worse. Someone at the Post apparently panicked after Stu White spilled the beans to ABC News, because they committed one of the greatest sins in journalism: they quietly edited the Romney hit piece without publishing a retraction, as Breitbart.com requested in writing. The false statement about Stu White has been changed to read as follows:

“I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and said he has been “disturbed” by the Lauber incident since hearing about it several weeks ago, before being contacted by The Washington Post. “But I was not the brunt of any of his pranks.”

This was a colossally stupid move on the Post’s part. How often do people have to be reminded that the Internet never forgets? That caches and screen grabs of dishonestly edited material rest comfortably in the hands of media watchdogs?

ABC mentions that some other, as yet nameless, classmates of Romney are eager to dish dirt on his teenage misbehavior, although no one seems ready to corroborate the Lauber hair hazing incident. That effort will misfire badly, and solidify support for Romney from a public sick unto death of attempts to distract from Barack Obama’s record in office.

They’re almost equally sick of journalistic double standards. They’ve been hearing for years that even the most reasonable inquiry into Obama’s shadowy past – even simple requests for ordinary documentation – are completely out of bounds, and can only be motivated by racial animosity. But now they’re supposed to sit still while a bunch of 60-year-olds are trotted out to reminisce about what a handful Mitt Romney was, during his school days in 1965? All because Obama hatchet man David Axelrod needs to spin a campaign narrative that plugs into the “gay marriage” and “bullying” crusade?

At this point, the most interesting “journalism” remaining to be done on the Teen Mitt haircut incident is determining whether Axelrod was directly involved in crafting the Post story. Does anyone want to leak some internal emails so we can get the ball rolling, and find out if there were direct, documentable ties to the Obama campaign? Or did the Post cook this up on their own, taking the initiative to offer journalistic support after being told the Obama gay marriage flip-flop was coming, with one eye fixed nervously on the President’s cratering poll numbers? This is already the most spectacular case of journalistic malpractice since George Zimmerman became the world’s pre-eminent “white Hispanic.” Let’s take this baby into the stratosphere and leave some chemtrails!

It’s really interesting the way the Washington Post chose to end their article, by noting that Romney received an alumni award just a year after John Lauber’s untimely death. You know what happened a year before Lauber lost his battle against liver cancer? A boat carrying a family of four, two friends, and the family’s dog sprang a leak on Lake Winnipesaukee, dumping them into the dark waters of early evening, and leaving them to howl in terror as other boats zipped around them. Mitt Romney and two of his sons happened to be vacationing in the area. They jumped onto jet skis and raced to the rescue. Governor Romney was pulled off his jet ski at one point. They even saved the dog, a Scottish terrier.

A couple of years before that, Romney performed a similar rescue for a group of kayakers who were shoved onto hard rocks by fierce winds.

In 1996, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a Bain Capital partner was kidnapped. When Mitt Romney learned of this, he shut down the entire multi-million dollar firm and flew the entire staff to New York, so they could help look for the girl. Romney hired private detectives, set up a toll-free tip line, coordinated with the NYPD, papered the streets with fliers, contacted every Bain customer in the city, and personally hit the bricks with the Bain crew to join the search. They found her, just in the nick of time – she was dying from an overdose of drugs in a New Jersey basement. She was only rescued because someone saw news coverage of Romney’s search efforts.

Thirty years earlier, Mitt Romney was a high school student who may, or may not, have been slightly more of a jerk than the average teenage boy. How’s that for an “evolution?” Why on Earth would any reasonable person think his high school misadventures tell us more about his character than his deeds later in life?

Update: After enduring a day of pounding for their stealth edit, the Post added this editor's note to the bottom of the Romney piece: "An earlier version of this story reported that White 'has long been bothered' by the Lauber incident. White later clarified in a subsequent interview that he has been disturbed by the incident since he learned of it several weeks ago from a former classmate, before being contacted by The Washington Post."

Horsefeathers. White didn't "clarify" anything in a "subsequent interview." The Post author invented that false assertion out of thin air.


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KEYWORDS: complicitmedia; evilobamaregime; formom; lieslieslies; lmm; wapo; washingtonpest
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Let's not forget the facts:

1) Fathered a child while married to woman dying from cancer (John Edwards)

2) Drove drunk off a bridge with woman in the car who subsequently died (Ted Kennedy)

3) Got blow jobs in the oval office from an intern (Bill Clinton)

4) Had a gay affair with a 17 year old House of Representatives page (Gerry Studds)

5) Accused of sexually assaulting an unnamed 18-year-old California woman (David Wu)

6) Resigned as NJ governor after admitting that he is "a gay American" (Jim McGreevey)

7) Had an affair with a male prostitute, who also conducted business in his home (Barney Fag)

8) Privately described then-candidate Barack Obama during presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." (Harry Reid)

9) Involved with a prostitute while governor, subsequently resigned (Elliot Spitzer)

10) Admitted both he and his wife had extra-marital affairs (David Patterson)

11) Had an affair with (murdered) intern Chandra Levy (Gary Condit)

12) Had an affair with the wife of a top aide (Gavin Newsom)

13) Said in reference to Barack Obama "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy" (Joe Biden)

14) Resigned after allegations of making sexual advances towards a male staff member (Eric Massa)

15) Former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) (Robert Byrd)

....and don't forget the computer porn star, Little Weiner!

1 posted on 05/11/2012 4:37:47 PM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

It’s the WaPo’s version of the Dan Rather TANG story.


2 posted on 05/11/2012 4:40:19 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: IbJensen

3 posted on 05/11/2012 4:41:21 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: IbJensen
"...the most reasonable inquiry into Obama’s shadowy past...."

More of a foggy past, given that his Daddy was a Big a Mist.

4 posted on 05/11/2012 4:44:24 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Brilliant
They've done worse, but I thought Romney was a tad light in the loafers so a story saying he was out beating up gay people would be really out of character wouldn't it.

Still, as I've been predicting the Post and all the other Leftwingtards are going to be pushing the sex angle all the way through this race.

It's all they've got ~ and they'll use it to the fullest. Now, if his handlers could get him to shut his mouth about the gay lifestyle and attitudes he might actually get himself elected with 30 to 35% of the vote (his usual voting strength) with Obama down there at 15 to 20%.

5 posted on 05/11/2012 4:47:08 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen

I’m sure they’re just itching to dig up this kind of dirt on the Long Legged Mack Daddy. Oh wait, nobody remembers him being in school.


6 posted on 05/11/2012 4:47:51 PM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: IbJensen

When you a commie lib with nothing to run on, you need to make sh*t up. That should be the commie ‘RATS’ new campaign slogan. Get rid of “FourWords” and use WE MAKE SH*T UP!!!


7 posted on 05/11/2012 4:49:09 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: Brilliant

Back then, it was Surfers vs Cowboys. Surfers would put beach on their hair and skateboard in the sun to achieve the proper look.

Homosexuality did not exist.


8 posted on 05/11/2012 4:49:35 PM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: IbJensen

“presumably gay”??

They don’t even know if he was gay??


9 posted on 05/11/2012 4:50:23 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: IbJensen
Including, as it turns out, both a friend of Romney’s that the Post openly and fraudulently asserted had “long been bothered” by the haircut hazing… and the “victim’s” own family.

The Lynch Mob Media don't need no steenking truth!

10 posted on 05/11/2012 4:59:49 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: IbJensen

The “free press” has voluntarily relinquished their freedom from government control and coercion. The mainline media has become slaves and dependents of the socialist regime.


11 posted on 05/11/2012 5:03:33 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: GeronL

The whole (hole?) story of our Fag-in-Chief pushing the black girl is false. She even admits it. You can see that Ayers wrote this as an attempt to show how compassionate Hussein was AFTER supposedly having shoved her. Never HAPPENED. Hey, somebody want to tell that idiot Hannity that Hussein NEVER EVEN WROTE the stupid book?????????????????????????


12 posted on 05/11/2012 5:03:54 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Brilliant

People should ignore anything they read in the Washington Post,even the want ads. Anyone who would advertise in the Post hasn’t got anything fit to sell. Not to me anyway.


13 posted on 05/11/2012 5:05:29 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Doc Savage

Those books are pure fiction. True.


14 posted on 05/11/2012 5:05:40 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: IbJensen

one is still Amish (not white)


15 posted on 05/11/2012 5:10:52 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: IbJensen

I’m convinced that Obama was a dope addict and Romney is a liar.

Two more reasons that neither liberal will get my vote.


16 posted on 05/11/2012 5:11:32 PM PDT by Tau Food (I am not a Romney Republican.)
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To: IbJensen
Well I guess the Washington (Com)Post is doing Romney a big favor. With this sloppy hit piece that is so easily debunked, they are serving to insulate Romney against further smear campaigns that the Obama campaign are no doubt contemplating for the general campaign.

It's still over three months away from the GOP convention and the mainstream media/Obama campaign have already shot their wad.

17 posted on 05/11/2012 5:11:46 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Today, I officially outlive Phil Hartman)
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To: IbJensen

“Let’s not forget the facts:

1) Fathered a child while married to woman dying from cancer (John Edwards)

2) Drove drunk off a bridge with woman in the car who subsequently died (Ted Kennedy)

3) Got blow jobs in the oval office from an intern (Bill Clinton)

4) Had a gay affair with a 17 year old House of Representatives page (Gerry Studds)

5) Accused of sexually assaulting an unnamed 18-year-old California woman (David Wu)

6) Resigned as NJ governor after admitting that he is “a gay American” (Jim McGreevey)

7) Had an affair with a male prostitute, who also conducted business in his home (Barney Fag)

8) Privately described then-candidate Barack Obama during presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” (Harry Reid)

9) Involved with a prostitute while governor, subsequently resigned (Elliot Spitzer)

10) Admitted both he and his wife had extra-marital affairs (David Patterson)

11) Had an affair with (murdered) intern Chandra Levy (Gary Condit)

12) Had an affair with the wife of a top aide (Gavin Newsom)

13) Said in reference to Barack Obama “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” (Joe Biden)

14) Resigned after allegations of making sexual advances towards a male staff member (Eric Massa)

15) Former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) (Robert Byrd)

....and don’t forget the computer porn star, Little Weiner!”

__BUT,But, The Socialist Lap dog media is not interested in facts.


18 posted on 05/11/2012 5:18:00 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: muawiyah
I thought Romney was a tad light in the loafers

Right. Where'd you think those five boys who look like him came from?

19 posted on 05/11/2012 5:18:11 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Venturer
It's amazing, but the media truly are the enemedia. Honestly, it makes me wonder whether we have a plethora of Manchurian ‘journalists’.
20 posted on 05/11/2012 5:19:18 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: donna

It existed, but it was entirely in the closet. No one would have known if this guy was gay.


21 posted on 05/11/2012 5:26:15 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: IbJensen

Its only going to get worse as they go for the full Alinsky during the next 6 months. They have the power, the bully pulpit, and no desire to give up this opportunity to turn the USA into a full blown Marxist hell hole.


22 posted on 05/11/2012 5:35:25 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: IbJensen

bump


23 posted on 05/11/2012 5:44:58 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: IbJensen

“3) Got blow jobs in the oval office from an intern (Bill Clinton)” Almost looks old Bill was the lucky one, I mean the least, ah... well, you know what I mean!


24 posted on 05/11/2012 5:46:50 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: BfloGuy
AC/DC is entirely possible ~ you know that. Now, about this apparently uncontrolled interest in the care and well being of homosexual extremists ~ the crowd who want marriage and adoption.

Can't this guy shut up about it long enough to attract some real voters in large numbers?

25 posted on 05/11/2012 5:53:08 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen
The Washington Post is an astonishing journalistic trainwreck.
26 posted on 05/11/2012 5:55:41 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("You can, in fact must, shout fire in a crowded theatre. It just has to be the truth. " J. Goldberg)
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To: GeronL

One quick question, did not Romney apologize for this?

I might have missed something here but why the heck would Romney apoligize when it did not happen?

He needs to get some b@lls and shut this down and move onto BHOs record!!

HE HAS NOTHING!!!! NO RECORD EXCEPT FAILURE!!!


27 posted on 05/11/2012 6:07:10 PM PDT by Johnny_cash
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To: IbJensen
6) Resigned as NJ governor after admitting...

Technically, he resigned for ensconcing his foreign boy-toy into a state level "Homeland Security"-esque position.

The icing on the cake was that the NJ Dems arranged for him to "teach" at some community college so as to still get his state pension.

28 posted on 05/11/2012 6:08:00 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: muawiyah
"...I thought Romney was a tad light in the loafers so a story saying he was out beating up gay people would be really out of character wouldn't it."

Is that bag of Poppycock an impulse-buy from your last shopping trip to Uranus?

29 posted on 05/11/2012 6:24:37 PM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: Miss Behave

You people are simply crude.


30 posted on 05/11/2012 6:37:55 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: donna
Homosexuality did not exist.

But "beach" blondes did.

31 posted on 05/11/2012 6:42:29 PM PDT by Misterioso (It's always night, or we wouldn't need light. - Thelonious Monk [1917-82])
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To: Johnny_cash

“One quick question, did not Romney apologize for this?”

Got any more info on that? I heard he said he doesn’t remember the incedent ever happening.


32 posted on 05/11/2012 6:42:48 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: donna
Surfers would put beach on their hair and skateboard in the sun to achieve the proper look.

Not all of them! I remember the amusement of my family when the snarky little girl-princess from across the street came over to our house with a friend, rang the doorbell, and when my teenaged California surfer brother with white-blond hair answered, she said half-accusingly, half-triumphantly to her friend: "See! He bleaches his hair!"

Guess he'd been doing it every summer since he was two years old! {^)

33 posted on 05/11/2012 6:57:02 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: IbJensen

ping


34 posted on 05/11/2012 6:58:08 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: SamAdams76
It's still over three months away from the GOP convention and the mainstream media/Obama campaign have already shot their wad.

Don't bet on it.

35 posted on 05/11/2012 7:00:26 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: IbJensen

Epic fail for lib jounalistas. Epic fail for these Obama stooges.


36 posted on 05/11/2012 7:05:00 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Brilliant

1950s POLICE WARNING ABOUT HOMOSEXUALS FOR CHILDREN.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbfcf2sdYl8


37 posted on 05/11/2012 7:06:13 PM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: Finny

LOL. Some of the poor boys’ hair turned orange.


38 posted on 05/11/2012 7:08:29 PM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: IbJensen
The Washington Post and the White House worked on this story together.

Which means that The Post is part of Team Obama 2012.

39 posted on 05/11/2012 7:25:58 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: IbJensen
This was a colossally stupid move on the Post’s part. How often do people have to be reminded that the Internet never forgets? That caches and screen grabs of dishonestly edited material rest comfortably in the hands of media watchdogs?

It's an illegal copyright infringement and STEALING to have anything other than the altered version.

This is one of the reasons the Washington Post was directed by the Clinton administration to sue Free Republic.

40 posted on 05/11/2012 7:30:11 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Tau Food

I’m convinced that Obama was a dope addict and Romney is a liar.

Two more reasons that neither liberal will get my vote.


So in other words, you’re voting for Obama.


41 posted on 05/11/2012 7:34:46 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: IbJensen

There was a black Congress Critter who was having sex with young girls. Famous case but I can’t remember his name. Anyone remember?


42 posted on 05/11/2012 7:37:20 PM PDT by csmusaret (Obama's new slogan: "Fo Mo Mo Fo.")
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To: Miss Behave

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-treads-lightly-on-gay-marriage-issue/2012/05/10/gIQAk4LtGU_story.html


43 posted on 05/11/2012 7:40:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Hugin
http://www.google.com/search?q=romney+apologizes

Let's see: NPR, LA Times, NY Times, CBS, Reuters, MSNBC, The Washington Post, etc.

As I said on another thread, major media coordinated this with the White House.

44 posted on 05/11/2012 7:41:02 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Tau Food

And I’m convinced you are an Axelrod stooge.


45 posted on 05/11/2012 7:42:09 PM PDT by bfree (OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: Finny; SamAdams76

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-treads-lightly-on-gay-marriage-issue/2012/05/10/gIQAk4LtGU_story.html Very interesting article in the Post ~ tells you who the financial backers are for Romney AND tells you their interests. This is not my imagination ~ it’s real, it’s here, and there you have it. The Post isn’t going to let this go ~ they’ll be beating the party over the head with this until every person who ever voted for a No Gay Marriage amendment in a state just stays home from the election. This is THE CAMPAIGN THEME.


46 posted on 05/11/2012 7:44:12 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
If Romney had any stones, he'd try to force the FEC to investigate the Washington Post for an illegal campaign donation of its entire news operation to Obama 2012.
47 posted on 05/11/2012 8:26:58 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: IbJensen

Where is Dan Rather when you need him? “Fake BUTT Accurate”


48 posted on 05/11/2012 8:28:28 PM PDT by DeweyShootem
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To: Johnny_cash

The MSM probably has a dozen stories like this in the works


49 posted on 05/11/2012 9:50:24 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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Well I guess the Washington (Com)Post is doing Romney a big favor. With this sloppy hit piece that is so easily debunked, they are serving to insulate Romney against further smear campaigns that the Obama campaign are no doubt contemplating for the general campaign.

I think the WP is certainly doing Romney a favor with this piece -- shoring him up against the rumblings of discontent from the conservative base! The last thing they want is conservatives to somehow prevent Romney from being the nominee. Watch for more trying to paint Romney as a social conservative -- which he definitely is NOT!

It's still over three months away from the GOP convention and the mainstream media/Obama campaign have already shot their wad.

No, they're saving their big guns for after Romney's official coronation. OWS will then make a real comeback (I think that last little flutter was shut down by the Dems as jumping the gun) and they'll pull out all their Bain stories as companion pieces. I'm afraid the lapdog networks will also seriously go after Mormonism, in blatant hit pieces thinly disguised as "documentaries to further public knowledge."

But the last thing they want to do is go after Romney before it's official lest they themselves bring about a brokered GOP convention and risk having to face a real conservative!

50 posted on 05/12/2012 3:41:30 AM PDT by maryz
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