Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Mother Jones posts complete Romney video even as spin begins
by Larry Geller
Amazing. No sooner had Romney’s “47 percent” remark burned up both the twittersphere and the airwaves, the spin has begun. I learned from a retweet by @pierre that Mother Jones was to post the complete, unedited video of Romney’s remarks, and on the way to their website to watch it, I noticed this CBS article right at the top of Google news: Analysis: Will Romney's "47 percent" comment resonate? Resonate? How we go from “resound” or “reverberate” to “resonate” I’m not too sure.
The unedited videos can be watched here: WATCH: Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser (Mother Jones, 9/18/2012). The website promises a transcript soon. From that article:
On Monday and Tuesday Mother Jones published exclusive video that captured Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a May 17 fundraiser, which was held at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder. Responding to a question about the "Palestinian problem," Romney said peace in the Middle East is not possible and a Palestinian state is not feasible, telling donors that Palestinians have "no interest whatsoever in establishing peace and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish." At another point, the GOP presidential nominee told attendees of this $50,000-a-plate dinner that 47 percent of Americans—those who back President Obama—are "victims" who are "dependent upon government" and "pay no income tax." He noted: "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." These comments set off a media firestorm and generated headlines around the world.
Apparently there have been about 350,000 Twitter mentions of the hashtag #47percent. There’s also #romneyencore. Both of those peaked yesterday, but are worth a look. You don’t have to be a user of Twitter to check those links. Some of the earlier ones were quite good, IMHO.
(pic is “meanwhile back at the White House, on Twitpic)
Maybe not quite that dead. CBS may have a point. Not only has the spin begun, but voters seem to have short memories.