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Will 'the smirk' come to haunt Romney? [when the media need to bury you, their pit is bottomless]
Telegraph - UK ^ | September 13, 2012 | Damian Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2012 11:33:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

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Open mic: Press coordinating questions for Romney "no matter who he calls on we're covered"
51 posted on 09/13/2012 12:17:04 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Exactly!!

He has that goofy smile every time you see him. Not his biggest supporter; but hearing this punk from the media trying to smear him really gets me angry.

52 posted on 09/13/2012 12:18:07 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They wanted to see enthusiasm from Romney and there you go.../sarc.


53 posted on 09/13/2012 12:19:27 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: Mr. K

And once when he was in college- he took the pencil home from a written test!

That one may cost him his life. lol.


54 posted on 09/13/2012 12:21:06 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: onyx

These shallow things called journalists, think they are running an American Idol contest. They are stupid as the day is long.


55 posted on 09/13/2012 12:21:42 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Yup. That Salon story is at the top of a Google search for George Bush smirk.

-PJ

56 posted on 09/13/2012 12:22:40 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for the link. Have you seen this?

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7405692n&tag=api


57 posted on 09/13/2012 12:24:37 PM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too; Cincinatus' Wife

I agree with Political Junkie Too. The media recycles tired, old, denigrating catch phrases. If anyone types “Bush smirk” into a search engine, you’ll find that “smirk” has been used many times since at least 1999 in describing Republicans and/or conservatives and/or Christians.


58 posted on 09/13/2012 12:30:13 PM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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ugh

read the comments

mostly horrible, except mine


59 posted on 09/13/2012 12:32:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Not if we make it a fricking awesome MEME first?


60 posted on 09/13/2012 12:32:44 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The only smirk I see is on Damian Thompson. Little weasel.


61 posted on 09/13/2012 12:33:16 PM PDT by InsensitiveConservative
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am sorry...but I don't get the point of this article. How is Romney's expression more newsworthy than the bare facts of what actually happened, why it happened and Romney's response to it?

I think the MSM scribblers and loudmouth idiots need to grow up and start seeing themselves and their ‘profession’ in a little more mature perspective.

This is what you get when numb skulls calling themselves ‘journalists’ and the dumbed-down Americans who comprise their audience have spent tooooo much time with the Liberal and childishly subjective approach to real life and real life issues.

It's time to return to facts.

62 posted on 09/13/2012 12:34:06 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: SMARTY
This is what you get when numb skulls calling themselves ‘journalists’ and the dumbed-down Americans who comprise their audience have spent tooooo much time with the Liberal and childishly subjective approach to real life and real life issues.

Blame Watergate, when suddenly journalism became about "Changing the World."

63 posted on 09/13/2012 12:35:52 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: SMARTY

Deflect the blame for what happened

Distract with another issue, real or imagined

Demagogue the opposition as if you know whats up and they are stupid, especially if its the opposite


64 posted on 09/13/2012 12:36:44 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The DUmmies were wetting their panties about this yesterday, screeching that it was so “inappropriate” for Romney to be smiling.

Wonder if they felt the same way about Clinton at Ron Brown’s funeral?


65 posted on 09/13/2012 12:37:23 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: SMARTY
The point of the article is that the MSM is trying to paint Romney as an insincere, crass, political opportunist. The smirk is supposed to be a "tell" that proves that Romney is self satisfied at what he just did.

-PJ

66 posted on 09/13/2012 12:40:32 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't I naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Americans killed in the Middle East
Embassy raided

But the big news is Romney’s smirk?!?!?!?! WTF!


67 posted on 09/13/2012 12:41:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This landed on my Facebook page ... people, this is the kind of crapola we're up against: Photobucket
68 posted on 09/13/2012 12:47:19 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Right, I’d certainly hope a Conservative would be satisfied with what comes out of his own mouth on significant issues. It’s to be expected that he’d speak his mind. That’s not something for a professional journalist to challenge.

I just don’t know why the MSM would waste its time and demean itself to make anything out of Romney’s attitude when the real issue is what he says


69 posted on 09/13/2012 12:54:05 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Smirking is a Democrat artform.

70 posted on 09/13/2012 12:55:54 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
[Joe Klein on the "Bush Smirk:"] ..."It would be easy to mistake such elaborate body language for arrogance, as more than a few observers have, whereas the true meaning of the tic may be the exact opposite. It may just signify relief--that he has successfully managed to jump another public hurdle without embarrassing himself. Or it may mean nothing at all."....

He's right. Certainly about this "Romney smirk." To the extent that it's visible at all, I think it's just the neutral kind of expression one has after doing something difficult. One doesn't want to appear anguished and spent, especially if one's a politician and there are cameras around, so the face resolves itself into a mild, little half smile, with no "arrogance" or "self-satisfaction" -- not much of any emotion, save relief -- behind it.

With Bush, most of the pictures you find of him "smirking" really aren't that. A full smile, an agonized grimace, a neutral, blank expression, or even a frown of determination gets labelled a "smirk" by some people when it comes to G.W. Bush. I don't doubt that there are photos of him smirking, but so many of the "smirks" were in his critics' own heads.

Also perhaps in Bush's face itself. Some people's faces aren't symmetrical, so attempts at mild, benign smile come out crooked, and there's not much they can do about it. Some people purse their lips or grit their teeth when they try to concentrate, and that's also something enemies can read things into.

Anyway, it is silly to talk so much about this stuff, given what's going on overseas now. It's the sort of thing that's going to backfire on the liberals, though if Romney is elected, the "arrogant smirk" is the template his attackers will use, and it's being created now right before our eyes.

71 posted on 09/13/2012 1:11:21 PM PDT by x
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To: SMARTY
I think you answered your own question. The MSM knows what the real issue is, which is why they want to talk about anything but the real issue.

-PJ

72 posted on 09/13/2012 1:12:31 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't I naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I’m a little tired of the MSM attack on Romney.

He said just what he should have said... he re iterated it for the idiots who wanted him to mealy mouth about it once they let him know THEY didn’t like it.

Tough!!

It’s called POLITICS. The guy is running for President, he was SUPPOSED to make a statement and if YOU didn’t like it, too bad!

I think Mitt could not have been more clear and correct!

AND every time he faces down the MSM idiots, I like him even MORE!


73 posted on 09/13/2012 1:16:18 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Romney always has this look on his face.

You're right. I noticed during the debates, one of the other candidates could be saying the most negative things about Romney, the camera would cut to Romney for reaction, and Romney be looking at them with that little smile, like the words weren't upsetting him at all. I think it's just his way, his normal expression.

74 posted on 09/13/2012 1:21:43 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: SMARTY
And you have to also look at it from the other side. If Romney had not said anything, the MSM would have said he was AWOL and not appearing presidential in a time of crisis.

Romney knows it's a "heads I win, tails you lose" when dealing with the MSM, so he's just going to be himself and let them bray like the pack animals that they are.

-PJ

75 posted on 09/13/2012 1:25:01 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't I naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Exactly. Anyone who is complaining about Romney speaking up, wasn’t going to vote for him anyway.


76 posted on 09/13/2012 1:27:02 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: whitey righty

It’s a stretch alright. What’s the MSM going to come up with next week? Will they tell us they know what Romney’s thinking by the way one eyebrow is raised?


77 posted on 09/13/2012 1:27:15 PM PDT by GOPJ (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading - T. Jefferson)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

After watching the entire press conference it may have been a smirk. Not because of any disregard of world events, but because he had just been asked the same question 7 times in a row. He probably thought it was “Groundhog Day”


78 posted on 09/13/2012 1:29:04 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Harken back to GWB’s smirk. The Liberal Agenda Media tried for months to pin a “smirk” on GWB. They almost succeeded, but after 9-11 no more Media Smirk attempts.


79 posted on 09/13/2012 1:33:47 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: x

http://i.qkme.me/3or28d.jpg

This, with Obama’s face replacing Urkle’s, would properly sum up the situation.

A growing world crisis....and he’s off to Vega’s.

The man no socialist will hold accountable.


80 posted on 09/13/2012 1:59:15 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"I suspect it's going to be one of the most significant images of the campaign"

No, it's not.

81 posted on 09/13/2012 2:54:45 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NE1, IA = 272EV)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.


82 posted on 09/13/2012 3:14:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Apparently smiling is the new smirking, and of course smirking is racist.


83 posted on 09/13/2012 4:21:51 PM PDT by MCH
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84 posted on 09/13/2012 4:49:40 PM PDT by MCH
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To: onyx
Oh they need to get real. That’s not a smirk.

They're trying to bracket Romney with Dubya -- "the smirking chimp".

OTOH, the rag in question is the British Telegraph.

85 posted on 09/14/2012 12:07:19 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Who is this limey faggot who suspects he's found something significant?


86 posted on 09/14/2012 12:11:13 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Thank you for the photo and the information.

Bump!


87 posted on 09/14/2012 12:49:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: 1035rep

Thank you for the video LINK.

It was very interesting.

Good stuff!

.....what you do when no one is looking....

Bump!


88 posted on 09/14/2012 12:57:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You’re most welcome!


89 posted on 09/14/2012 9:06:36 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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