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Heckling Romney Abroad
Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2012 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 08/01/2012 7:36:22 AM PDT by Kaslin

Mitt Romney might have thought it was eminently sensible in an NBC interview in London to repeat exactly what the TV networks had already reported on security at the London Olympics, namely, that there was room for concern.

Romney succeeded only in demonstrating how unbelievably shameless and partisan our "objective" media can be. The networks and national newspapers aggressively declared Romney had committed a diplomatic fiasco overseas and repeated London tabloid headlines heckling Romney with insults, such as "Mitt the Twit."

Here's what the networks said pre-Romney. On the July 24 "Good Morning America," ABC reporter Nick Schifrin lamented "an absolute fiasco with the private guards who were supposed to be doing this. Police tell ABC News they're worried those private security guards are not adequately trained." That same night, CBS featured an unidentified British man complaining the transportation system was "going to be a bit of a fiasco. And people are going to get stranded."

On the July 17 "NBC Nightly News," Brian Williams warned, "Ten days to go now until the Olympic games get underway in London, and today, the man whose company was hired to provide security at all the Olympic venues admitted his company screwed up." A member of Parliament told NBC it was a "humiliating shambles for the company."

But the same Brian Williams sat down with Romney on July 25 and asked, "And in the short time you've been here in London, do they look ready to your experienced eye?" Romney calmly replied it was hard to know: "There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging." In other words, almost exactly what Williams reported the week before. He then went on to praise the "great volunteers here." But nobody heard that part of the sound bite.

The irony here? Everything Williams asked after this Olympics question were typical hardballs: Did he flip-flop on "assault weapons;" why won't he release more of his tax returns; even, why he was a "hidden man" about his Mormon religion. For the Romney-hating press, even the softball questions can be turned around and accelerated to bean the Republican.

Philip Rucker of The Washington Post announced on behalf of all journalists that Romney would never measure up to the grandeur that was the Barack Obama European Rock Star Tour of 2008: "For any candidate on a foreign trip, the margin for error is small, with every misstep magnified, fairly or not -- especially so for Romney, whose visit is drawing inevitable comparisons to Barack Obama's largely successful foreign tour as a candidate in 2008."

Obama appeared in Berlin to a throng of an estimated 200,000 Germans four years ago. Back then, NBC's Brian Williams offered shock and awe: "Here in Berlin today, not far from where the wall once stood, the man from Chicago, Illinois, the first ever African-American running as presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, brought throngs of people into the center of Berlin, streaming into this city, surging to get close to him, to hear his message."

Williams also surged just to get close to him and asked Obama just how much he would inspire Berliners: "When an American politician comes to Berlin, we've had some iconic utterances in the past. We've had 'Ich bin Ein.' We've had, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.' ... Is the phraseology that you would like remembered: 'People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time'?" Really. That line was forgotten within a day.

He arrived home to NBC's Tom Brokaw on "Meet the Press" asking what Michelle Obama would think: "When you get home and Michelle says to you, 'Barack, what did you learn that surprised you? And did you change your mind about anything based on this entire trip?'" Obama's loved ones are offered the first chance for spin control.

On CBS, morning host Chris Wragge was almost trash-talking to GOP strategist Kevin Madden: "Got to admit, 200,000 in Berlin compared to (McCain) speaking at a German restaurant, and you got to give the advantage to Obama right there. So what does Senator McCain then do to overcome this public perception that this was just beyond successful for this last week for Obama?"

Obama was presented by the media as "beyond successful" on a daily basis in 2008, and it's ridiculous for the Ruckers in the media to expect Romney to receive anything like the adulation they dumped on Hope and Change Man the last time around. Obama-loving journalists don't grade Romney on a curve. They flagrantly fail him before he can barely finish a sentence.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 2012electionbias; dnctalkingpoints; enemedia; liberalmedia; mediabias; mediamalpractice; nbcnews; pravdamedia; presstitutes; romney2012; romneygaffes; rudedems

1 posted on 08/01/2012 7:36:26 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
The media is leading Romney around by the nose now. Imagine how it will be once he's in office. Every week will find him catering to some liberal position-- higher taxes, Obamacare, abortion, homosexual marriage, corporate bailouts, you name it.

Sorry GOP-- we tried to warn you what happens when you pick up a rattlesnake that says it won't bite you.

2 posted on 08/01/2012 7:41:27 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (I won't vote for Romney, period. Voting for "the lesser of two evils" is still voting for evil.)
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To: Kaslin
"Here's what the networks said pre-Romney. On the July 24 "Good Morning America," ABC reporter Nick Schifrin lamented "an absolute fiasco with the private guards who were supposed to be doing this. Police tell ABC News they're worried those private security guards are not adequately trained." That same night, CBS featured an unidentified British man complaining the transportation system was "going to be a bit of a fiasco. And people are going to get stranded."

On the July 17 "NBC Nightly News," Brian Williams warned, "Ten days to go now until the Olympic games get underway in London, and today, the man whose company was hired to provide security at all the Olympic venues admitted his company screwed up." A member of Parliament told NBC it was a "humiliating shambles for the company."

But the same Brian Williams sat down with Romney on July 25 and asked, "And in the short time you've been here in London, do they look ready to your experienced eye?" Romney calmly replied it was hard to know: "There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging." In other words, almost exactly what Williams reported the week before. He then went on to praise the "great volunteers here." But nobody heard that part of the sound bite."


3 posted on 08/01/2012 8:10:19 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: mikeus_maximus

>> The media is leading Romney around by the nose now.

Can you please tell me how this article leads to that conclusion? I don’t see it.

I see Romney stating the obvious and the lamestream media beating him up for it, but I don’t see them “leading” anything at all.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 8:14:03 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama was presented by the media as "beyond successful" on a daily basis in 2008 ...

Absolutely ... they were kissing his feet. He walked on water. He was their savior.

5 posted on 08/01/2012 8:22:19 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Kaslin
I been watching Dems gleefully commenting on Romney's offshore ‘mistakes’. For the most part I haven't seen much of any substance to these criticisms.

I see that Dems are impressed with the British media and the Palestinians opinions. I guess the MSM can convince some voters that those two groups matter for something.

6 posted on 08/01/2012 8:33:37 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: Nervous Tick

You don’t get any meaningful answer. It’s another one of the Pontius Pilate voters washing their hands of this election. The fact is they’re prefer Obama so they can chest thump their moralism for another four and attack Republicans and voters who tried to stop Obama for being impure, immoral and stupid.


7 posted on 08/01/2012 8:52:32 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: Kaslin

Yes, yes, the media is ridiculing Romney just as they used to do to Reagan. The socialists are already in full panic mode several months out from the elections...


8 posted on 08/01/2012 9:04:36 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: newzjunkey

Bingo!


9 posted on 08/01/2012 9:07:39 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: Kaslin

“Mitt the Twit.”
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Well, now they know what we’ve always known...


10 posted on 08/01/2012 9:10:59 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Shame on you letting yourself get influenced by the 0bama supporting lame stream media and the rats. Perhaps you should go over to DU where I am sure they will welcome you with open arms


11 posted on 08/01/2012 9:23:22 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
"Obama appeared in Berlin to a throng of an estimated 200,000 Germans."

Free beer and food helped Zer0 draw in those 200,000 Germans.

12 posted on 08/01/2012 9:30:01 AM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: BluH2o

“Obama appeared in Berlin to a throng of an estimated 200,000 Germans four years ago.”

There was rock concert before he appeared. A free concert with popular bands, and free food and beer.


13 posted on 08/01/2012 9:42:24 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: sickoflibs
Mitt Romney didn't make any gaffes, if anyone made a gaffe it was the idiot mayor from London who ridiculed him because he questioned the security of the Olympics. Piers Morgan and others actually supported Romney on this

Did you see the video of that idiot mayor from London stuck on a wire and unable to come down. Talk about karma

14 posted on 08/01/2012 9:43:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: newzjunkey

>> You don’t get any meaningful answer.

Didn’t expect one, but you never know.

>> attack Republicans and voters who tried to stop Obama

Don’t think “tried to stop”... think “DID stop”. :-)


15 posted on 08/01/2012 9:50:46 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: Kaslin

If your boy Wee Willie Mitty Twitty cant take the heat he needs to stay out of the race...

and shame on you...

Your boy Wee Willie was called a Twit way back in 2007/8

so dont get on any phony high horse with me, RomneyBot...

If you dont like what your boy and his stupide mouth is doing, you control him ...

dont attempt to stamp out my freedom of speech...

What you are doing belongs over there in DU...

thats a liberal ploy...

to shut up the opposition to cover up the foibles and missteps of their darlings..

You can slander me, insult me, humiliate me, intimidate me, manipulate me, lie about me into shutting up...

Im an American and a Conservative and there are plenty of us...

We dont intend to quietly slink off into the night with our tails between our legs like whipped like doggies..

You can gang up on us one at a time with your liberal Alinsky tactics but we all believe in freedom and we all are part of the Resistance against you and your Sociaist pigdog nominee...

Youve said some nasty things about me and accused me of some atonishing things in the last few weeks, but its run off me like water off a ducks back...

Have you not learnt YET ???

I dont have to own your lies, RomneyBot...

Im brought with a price the blood that my LORD Jesus Christ shed for me on the Cross and you cannot undo that...

So take your pathetic pagan so called “savior” Wee Willie Mitty Twitty and sooth the po lill boys wounded ego as mmuch as you like...

BUT GET READY...

Hes going to hurt a whole lot more after the convention IF he manages to steal the GOP-e nomination...

Obama hasnt began to expose the truths about him yet..

If your boy cant handle me one lil ol middle class Conservative lady who doesnt curse...

He wont survive the words and the treasure chest of campaign against him from the liberals Obama and the DNC...

all the billions that Wee Willie Mitty Twitty has backing bhim wont save his phony butt...

Dont think for one minute that the DNC doesnt have the goods on your boy “Mitt the Twit”

;)


16 posted on 08/01/2012 9:58:18 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: mikeus_maximus

I thought Willard at least had a modicum of sense enough to keep his big fat mouth shut...

He has more pride and ego than I thought...

He has to be the BIG IT know-it-all “savior” of everything with an opinion about everything...

That kind wont trust anyone enough to place experienced knowledgable people in the cabinet...without trying to run every thing himself...

He wont delgate responsibility...

God help our country if this bozo and his ijit mouth gets into the White House

King Obama II


17 posted on 08/01/2012 10:04:16 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Kaslin

I am no Romney defender but this seems much to do about nothing.

On the Dem side they are trying to payback Republicans for the past ‘apology tour’ narrative, as well as help Obama; and the MSM joins in.

It shows how trivial POTUS election debates have become.


18 posted on 08/01/2012 10:04:50 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: mikeus_maximus

I thought Willard at least had a modicum of sense enough to keep his big fat mouth shut...

He has more pride and ego than I thought...

He has to be the BIG IT know-it-all “savior” of everything with an opinion about everything...

That kind wont trust anyone enough to place experienced knowledgable people in the cabinet...without trying to run every thing himself...

He wont delgate responsibility...

God help our country if this bozo and his ijit mouth gets into the White House

King Obama II


19 posted on 08/01/2012 10:13:08 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Tennessee Nana
You're funny. You remind me of the nuts who pathologically hate Sarah Palin so much that they just gin up their mania in their own brains into a fever pitch of imagined sins and conspiracies.

Romney's a big-government hump, but don't lose your mind over him.

20 posted on 08/01/2012 10:19:21 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

the nuts who pathologically hate Sarah Palin
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Them ???

Oh kid...

We call them Willard and his RomneyBots...


21 posted on 08/01/2012 10:28:47 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Wow it takes you 25 paragraphs for your message. It only takes me these two animations about how I feel about your anti Romney rant


Also learn to spell. It's don't or do not. Not dont. There is ne e in stupid

Stop lying I have never said anything nasty to you, and you know it. I don't even reply to your posts

It's learned not learned for your information

From who is he supposed to steal the nomination? He has the the deligates that he is required to have. If anyone is planning to steal the nomination from him it's the one you support.

BTW you have just given yourself away at to whom your loyalty really goes with this: Obama hasnt began to expose the truths about him yet..

He wont survive the words and the treasure chest of campaign against him from the liberals Obama and the DNC...

..Dont think for one minute that the DNC doesnt have the goods on your boy “Mitt the Twit”

*Big Smile*

22 posted on 08/01/2012 10:32:13 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Also learn to spell...There is ne e in stupid
___________________________

Gosh, Sweetie, there’s no “e” in “no” either..

But DON’T let that stop you bashing me, a Conservative Pro-lifer ...

You keep on pushing your anti-Conservative Mitt the Twit and try to be happy, eh ???

Oh and your boy Wee Willie might want to Repeal and Peplace them there “deligates” for something else...

(WICKED GRIN)

(NANA RETIRES HER RED PENCIL)

Oh and, get some sleep Sweetie...

You look like Heck...


23 posted on 08/01/2012 10:53:35 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Kaslin

It’s learned not learned for your information
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And lil darlin’ it’s Liberal V Liberal not Liberal V Conservative for your information ...

Did I get that one right ???

That was what you were a’tryin’ to convey werent it ???

Or should I have just used my usual “learnt” ???

Gosh youre the English professor...

:)


24 posted on 08/01/2012 10:59:24 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Kaslin

If anyone is planning to steal the nomination from him it’s the one you support.
________________________________________

Oh, I dont think God needs to steal anything...

and why would he want to be a paltry president ???

The LORD Jesus Christ is already King of kings...

There is no higher position to be had...

Your boy Wee Willie Mitty Twitty is under His feet regardless of how high he claws his way up..


25 posted on 08/01/2012 11:04:35 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Bwahahahahahaha ... love the red pencil metaphor.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 11:07:32 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t even reply to your posts
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And yet, here you are....


27 posted on 08/01/2012 11:09:04 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Nervous Tick
Can you please tell me how this article leads to that conclusion? I don’t see it. I see Romney stating the obvious and the lamestream media beating him up for it, but I don’t see them “leading” anything at all.

*sigh* This should be obvious: He parrots what the media tells him about UK security because he thinks it makes him look "plugged in." He blows with the winds of public opinion as fed to him by the US media. When it starts to press him on hard issues like gay marriage and other postions he held before he began posturing himself as the GOP candidate for POTUS, he will recede. Wait for it.

28 posted on 08/02/2012 10:40:45 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (I won't vote for Romney, period. Voting for "the lesser of two evils" is still voting for evil.)
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To: mikeus_maximus

Nevermind that he actually *ran* an Olympics, eh?

He’s “plugged in” in FACT. Not just appearance.

Your RDS is clouding your common sense, FRiend.


29 posted on 08/02/2012 10:54:57 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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