What If Obama’s Speeches Were Covered the Way the MSM Covered Romney’s “Fire People” Remark?

Just when I think the mainstream media can’t sink any lower…

The MSM has absolutely outdone itself with its coverage of a remark that Mitt Romney made in New Hampshire yesterday. Most of my readers are probably familiar with this story, but, as a formality, here’s what Romney said:

“I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn’t give me a good service that I need, I want to say I’m going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.”

Wow…so controversial. Was that Mitt Romney speaking, or Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons?” Or, indeed, was it Lucifer himself?

Romney, regardless of the way many of us feel about him as a candidate, was saying something that was about as unobjectionable as possible. Who doesn’t want the right to be able to drop someone, or some company, that isn’t providing good service? Hell, I did that last year with Verizon, and I’m about to do it with Time Warner.

So how can the MSM turn that innocuous statement into a “gotcha” against Mitt? Simple – take ONE SEGMENT of ONE SENTENCE and present it as the totality of what Romney said!

“Mitt Romney, already under intense scrutiny for his leadership at venture capital group Bain, inadvertently gave his rivals new material today when he said that he likes ‘being able to fire people,’” screamed ABC News and Yahoo News, complete with a picture of Romney accompanied by a large caption across the middle: “Mitt Romney ‘likes being able to fire people.’”

“Romney: ‘I Like Being Able to Fire People’” blared a Washington Post headline. “But it was a comment he made in the final minutes – ‘I like being able to fire people’ – that is sure to provide further ammunition for his opponents to cast him as a wealthy, out-of-touch executive,” trumpeted MSNBC and The Boston Globe. From The New York Times: “Mitt Romney is not having a good time in New Hampshire. Apparently he really likes to fire people. And he’s actually willing to say so.”

From the Detroit Free Press: “Mitt Romney’s declaration that ‘I like being able to fire people’ set off a tempest on the eve of the New Hampshire Republican primary;” from the BBC: “Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has come under attack on the eve of New Hampshire’s primary after remarking that he likes to fire people;” the AP’s headline: “Romney: ‘I Like Being Able to Fire People.’”

And on and on and on…seriously, I could provide 1,000 examples.

This is, I believe, something new – an innovation in the liberal, Democrat-loving MSM’s bag of tricks. In the past, sentences have been taken out-of-context – i.e., removed from a paragraph. But removing one part of a sentence from the sentence as a whole, and presenting it as the totality of what was said? I honestly can’t recall many instances of that. With all of the abuse, bias, and unfair treatment the MSM has meted out to Republicans, at least, in the past, Republicans could typically expect to have sentences kept intact; subject, predicate, verb…you know, the things that make a sentence a sentence.

Well, not any more.

What’s next? How much lower can the MSM go? The logical next step is to take letters out of context of words. From now on, male Republicans must be sure to never use the phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword,” lest they be accused by the MSM of lewdness.  

Just for fun, I wanted to see what would happen if I applied the MSM’s “Romney Principle” – in which words can be lifted out-of-context from a sentence and presented as the entire sentence – to speeches by President Obama. As the Romney Principle will surely never be used against him by the MSM, I thought I’d create my own little theoretical examples, all taken from the text of a speech he gave last month in Kansas. Let’s put together some Romney Principle-style headlines:

Obama Admits His Party is Anti-American; Tells Crowd that American Values “Aren’t Democratic Values” (actual quote:  “These aren’t Democratic values or Republican values. These aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values. And we have to reclaim them.”)

Wow – it’s much more fun to present Obama’s speeches the Romney Principle way! I think I’m starting to like this new MSM innovation.

Obama Suggests the U.S. Should Keep “Prices High and Wages Low.” (actual quote: “Would we settle for a country where most of the new railroads and factories were being controlled by a few giant monopolies that kept prices high and wages low?”)

Obama Bombshell! The President Tells Stunned Crowd of Supporters, “If We Just Cut More Regulations and Cut More Taxes — Especially for the Wealthy — Our Economy Will Grow Stronger.” (actual quote: “Now, just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. ‘The market will take care of everything’ They tell us, if we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes — especially for the wealthy — our economy will grow stronger.”)

Unhinged Obama Tells Supporters “the Promise at the Heart of America” is “a Lie.” (actual quote: “This kind of gaping inequality gives lie to the promise that’s at the very heart of America: that this is a place where you can make it if you try.”)

Stunning News: The President Claims It’s a “Truth” that America Will “Never Be Able to Compete with Other Countries!” (actual quote: “The truth is we’ll never be able to compete with other countries when it comes to who’s best at letting their businesses pay the lowest wages, who’s best at busting unions, who’s best at letting companies pollute as much as they want.  That’s a race to the bottom that we can’t win, and we shouldn’t want to win that race.”)


“Holy crap...did I say that? I have GOT to start paying attention to what's on the damn prompter.”

And all that from just the first few minutes of one speech. Okay – I’m sold; the MSM’s Romney Principle is pretty damn cool. No more worrying about context or meaning – all words in any sentence are fair game to be presented as-is. That’s what I love about the MSM…day and night, as bums like you and I waste our time toiling away at pointless endeavors, the brilliant minds behind the MSM are hard at work creating powerful, innovative new advances to make sure we’re kept safe from facts and truth.

And what do they get from us in return? Nothing but a lot of silly bitching and whining.

Oh no…now I’ve stepped in it. I better brace for the Romney Principle to be used against me: “Sexist, Chauvinistic David Stein Complains About ‘Silly, Whining Bitches;’ Gloria Allred Plans Lawsuit.”

Well, I guess that’s the end of this blog. Looks like I’ll have to go get a real job now. Well, folks, it’s been fun while it lasted!

One Response to “What If Obama’s Speeches Were Covered the Way the MSM Covered Romney’s “Fire People” Remark?”
  1. As a small-government conservative of Reaganite history and parentage, I find Romney’s “…I like being able to fire people…” the most reassuring thing he’s said. Since our gargantuan, bloated Federal government needs to have its workforce slashed by at least 25% (to START), and since many of these tax vampires need to not only be hit with the door on their way out but should actually be beaten with it, I’d like to think that at least one of the Republican candidates has the hard-handedness needed to throw the useless riders off of the wagon!

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