The Pardu

The Pardu
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blame the Media

Mitt Romney is using the exact tactic we suspected as a response to his culture" remarks: after the fact "speak". How many times has the GOP candidate grabbed a microphone to clean-up a mental mess that manifest in verbal diarrhea.  Romney seems not one bit hesitant to deploy the "say that, let it register on the listeners, and quickly disavow the intent of the message to the media".  Another phrase  for the tactic is, "etch-a-sketching".

Many who heard Romney's remarks reacted just as did Palestinian leadership.  He denigrated the Palestinian culture, while lauding the Israeli culture. Surely someone with the alleged business acumen of Romney could have come-up with a better set of nouns for his analogy if he so wished to go there.  The ultimate considerations is why "go there" unless, and of course, the candidate was seeking ways to praise Israel at the expense of denigration for Palestinians.  Let's be real, he spent moderate amounts of time hobnobbing with Casino Magnate Adelson who is under investigation via the Justice Department. Ah, yes and an Obama real estate associate was eventually convicted of his crimes. I wonder if Obama's associate was willing to pay 100 million to fund advertising for candidate Obama.

Romney's latest 'etch--a-sketch.

Huffington Post via the Associated Press published an article related to the Romney comments. It is important to know that Huff Post embedded a Fox News Clip for their screed.  I am certain some networks broadcast clips with either no analysis or analysis possibly more critical of Romney's bigoted remarks.

Fox News video

Did Romney mentioned to the press, he read a book that may have provided foundation for his remarks?  Alas, Michelle Bachmann also laid her "black families were better off under slavery than today's, based on the father being in the household" to reading a book. Hell, when I was young, I read "Charge of the Light Brigade". Do you think I ran-off and joined the Army or Marines when duty called?  The act of reading does not, and should not, always lead to proactive adoption of the written word, unless the reader is so inclined in the first place. Romney and his staff's all too frequent disparaging forays into matters of race (culture, ethnicity, etc.) are very telling.

As stated in the Huffington Post article, Romney has reverted to that time-proven GOP strategy of blaming the press. Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew and the much more recent Sarah Palin were masters of blaming the press for their missteps. The first two conservatives were outright criminals; the latter is a modern day buffoon.

Often those who blame the press are the most guilty.  

Spiro T. Agnew

Famous anti-media speech by former Vice President to Richard Nixon in which Spiro Agnew referred to members of the media as "an effete core of impudent snobs..."

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Spiro Theodore Agnew (November 9, 1918 -- September 17, 1996) was the thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States (and the first Greek American to serve in that capacity) serving under President Richard M. Nixon, and the 55th Governor of Maryland. He is noted for his quick rise in politics - going in six years from County Executive to Vice President of the United States.
During his fifth year as Vice President, in the late summer of 1973, Agnew was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore, Maryland, on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. In October, he was formally charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000, while holding office as Baltimore County Executive, governor of Maryland, and Vice President of the United States. On October 10, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of Vice President.

"an effete core of impudent snobs..."

He spoke the very same language as Circa 2000 conservatives. Modern 'blamers of the press' may not be as criminal infested as Agnew, but their message is no different "The press is at fault and I am an innocent" Why blame the press when the comments clearly rolled-out of the candidate Romney's lips?  How can a candidate expect our 24/7 ratings starved media to report on the economy when his/her campaign is providing attention getting screw-ups? 
Has anyone outright asked Mitt Romney why his campaign team seems void of people of color? If he has a more diverse staff, those staffers must hold 'in the closet' positions. They are certainly not visible.   Romney staffers indicated about three weeks back all stops would be unleashed in his campaign. They made the comments after guidance from the ideological leader of their party: Rush Limbaugh. It seems the Romney campaign is following the Limbaugh model.

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