Skip to comments.Parting Shot: NBC Includes Liberal Hit Piece on Romney's Wealth at End of Campaign Report
Posted on 07/05/2012 12:31:33 PM PDT by Kaslin
In a parting shot at Mitt Romney, NBC's Ron Mott pointed to liberal rag Vanity Fair's hit piece on the candidate's wealth at they very end of Mott's report on the presidential campaign. The very mention of the article was out of place in a report mostly about campaign messaging.
After mentioning Romney's new web video "The Best of America," Mott added that "The ad was released on the heels of a new Vanity Fair article scrutinizing his [Romney's] wealth estimated as high as a quarter-billion dollars and how much of that fortune may sit in tax shelters overseas.
The author was The Guardian's Nicholas Shaxson, whose new book on tax havens was on the short list this year for the "Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing." The prize is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers for "radical" books "informed by socialist, anarchist, environmental, feminist and anti-racist concerns, and primarily will inspire, support or report on political and/or personal change."
Shaxson also writes for the Tax Justice Network, which supports "progressive taxation" and opposes overseas tax havens and offshore finance.
Mott's report included the Romney campaign's conflicting messages on last week's ObamaCare ruling, the Obama campaign's response, the President's Fourth of July, and a new Romney campaign web video. Then he tacked on the Vanity Fair piece at the end.
"Governor Romney has long maintained that a lot of his investments are in a blind trust that he neither controls nor oversees," continued Mott.
A transcript of the segment, which aired on July 5 on Today at 7:12 a.m. EDT, is as follows:
NBC TODAY 07/05/2012 7:12 a.m.
WILLIE GEIST: This was supposed to be a quiet week for Mitt Romney taking time off the campaign trail to be with his family. But he changed all that with an interview before a Fourth of July appearance. NBCs Ron Mott is near the Romney family compound in New Hampshire. Ron good morning.
RON MOTT: Hey Willie, good morning to you. At issue is the Presidents health care law which the Supreme Court upheld last week, specifically whether people who don't buy coverage as mandated are subject to a penalty or a tax. Apparently there is a difference of opinion inside the Romney campaign. On the Fourth of July, Mitt Romney set off some political fireworks over the federal health care law and a word that gets many people fired up: "tax."
MITT ROMNEY: The Supreme Court is the final word, right, the highest court in the land? They said it was a tax, didn't they? So it's a tax.
MOTT: It's an apparent 180 degree pivot from the campaign's position just 48 hours before in which senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom explained Romneys view of the healthcare laws so-called individual mandate on MSNBC.
ERIC FERNSTROM: He disagrees with the courts ruling that the mandate was a tax.
ROMNEY: So its a tax.
MOTT: But in an interview that aired Wednesday night on CBS, Romney did not directly answer the question. Saying instead
ROMNEY: Now the Supreme Court has spoken. And while I agreed with the dissent, thats taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it's a tax and therefore it is a tax.
MOTT: As such he went on to attack President Obama for violating his pledge not to raise taxes on middle-class Americans. For its part, the turn about was seized on by the Obama campaign responding in a statement that Romney quote threw his top aide Eric Fernstrom under the bus, adding that Romney has contradicted himself on the Massachusetts mandate many times in the past. Meantime, the President prepared to watch the Capitol's fireworks display from the White House south lawn.
BARACK OBAMA: It's supposed to be hot. It's the 4th of July.
MOTT: Earlier he attended a swearing in ceremony for newly naturalized American citizens.
OBAMA: We're lifting the shadow of deportation from serving, from deserving young people who were brought to this country as children. That's why we still need a Dream Act.
ROMNEY: I meet people who represent the best of America.
MOTT: Romney addresses dreams of a different sort in a new web video called "The Best of America."
ROMNEY: These Americans are quiet heroes. They raise strong families and they dream big dreams.
MOTT: The ad was released on the heels of a new Vanity Fair article scrutinizing his wealth estimated as high as a quarter-billion dollars and how much of that fortune may sit in tax shelters overseas. Governor Romney has long maintained that a lot of his investments are in a blind trust that he neither controls nor oversees, so from here its a few more days of r&r out on the lake before hitting...
Americans have nothing against wealthy people as long as they got it honesty.
This is funny. Millionaire reporters complaining about millionaire candidates.
The lib media didn’t seem to mind sKerry’s 5 or 6 mansions and half a billion in wealth, did they?
Didn’t John Kerry (who by the way, served in VietNam) have more money even though it was his wife’s name?
I knew you could
It was close, but you can see the hypocrisy be these idiots from the drive-by media
John Kerry, who by the way was an out and out traitor to his country and betrayed the soldiers he fought with to the communist North Vietnamese.
What is the ratio of Zer0’s net worth to that of his son, Trayvon?
More free air-time for the Obama campaign. Funny. The media charge Republicans $10,000/second to get the Republican message out.
The left absolutely loved John F. Kennedy and reveled in his upper class lifestyle they dubbed 'Camelot'. John Kerry lived (and continues to live) a sumptuous lifestyle very few Americans can even imagine enjoying - paid for by the millions his wife inherited from her dead husband - and the leftmedia never blinked an eye as they effectively campaigned for Kerry in 2004.
The media hypocrisy related to how they cover wealthy presidential candidates from the Republican party is galling and they need to be called out on it. That probably won't happen except here and on the conservative radio talk shows. Too bad. However, considering his poor record, I seriously doubt that many undecided voters are going to give the socialist Obama their vote just because Mitt Romney made a lot of money as a businessman. The snide attack on Romney's wealth by NBC news is likely to be as effective as their attempts to elect Kerry was in 2004.
At least RINOmney can point to legitimate businesses and actual jobs which provided his wealth.
When has the Obamacretin had a real job?
What can the Obamaloon actually do except serve ice cream?
How did the Obamafelon purchase that place in Chicago?
What about Moochellesl*t’s $300k/year job doing nothing?
And those two idiots are worth how much?
Inquiring minds want to know.
To think we actually had some good candidates and we are stuck with the bottom of the barrel is depressing. Now I believe 2016 can’t get here soon enough. Romney must go...I am starting now just to get people used to this important fact.
This will be really damaging considering all the millions who watch NBC. Oh, wait, nevermind.
So did this dufus have the same problem with Ted Kennedy’s wealth? Or the fact that he killed a girl?
Is the pope a Baptist?
I wonder if he would love a bank account in the CAIMANS??
I am sure they did similar reports on Kerry (married into the H.J. Heinz fortune), and the Kennedy wealth when he ran in 1960, Yea, sure.
Biden’s family has connections to a convicted scam artist, but you hardly ever hear about that.
Good point, but ofcourse the liberals hate people who actually make money, not marry into it or somehow grow rich while working for the government