'Washington Post' Backs Off Claim Romney Outsourced Jobs
After being caught for the third time in as many months coordinating with the Obama campaign to attack Mitt Romney, the Washington Post finally -- in the most cowardly and slippery manner imaginable -- came clean today regarding the provably false charge that the presumptive GOP nominee outsourced American jobs during his tenure at Bain Capital:
The actual [Washington Post article in question] article, in fact, does not say that transfers of U.S. jobs took place while Romney ran the private equity firm of Bain Capital. …
The Obama campaign moved quickly to define what the article said, claiming that this transfer of jobs took place while Romney ran Bain. That’s not what the original article said.
This is how dishonest media cowards who wake up in the morning with David Axelrod nuzzling their ear correct maliciously-timed, journalistic hit jobs that can no longer withstand scrutiny.
What the Post's "fact checker," Glenn Kessler, is doing here is two-fold:
First, Kessler's attempting to rewrite and loophole the Post's butt out of a sling. Now that it's been proven Romney is only responsible for creating American jobs and not outsourcing them, Kessler wants us to believe the Post's front-page hit-piece never (who us?) claimed Romney was responsible for outsourcing.
Are you going to believe Kessler, or your lying eyes? The Post's own headline:
Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas
And I cannot be more clear in stating, once again, that this front page feature piece with a headline that is nothing more than a lie, ran the day after the Obama campaign launched its dishonest outsourcing attack. If you don't think this was coordinated, you don’t think at all.
Kessler can rationalize and parse and shimmy-shammy like some hustler trying to convince us the stereo in his trunk isn't stolen, but the intent of the Post hit is all that matters, and the intent was to jump on and aid and abet Obama's new attack strategy for maximum damage. This is how the Post and the Obama campaign team up to create false narratives and to help President FailureTeleprompter do the most important work he can before Labor Day, and that's define Mitt Romney.
Something even the slippery Kessler cannot parse, though, is that the Post's article references two companies responsible for outsourcing that Bain didn't acquire until after Romney left the venture capital firm!
And where's Kessler's explanation for why the Post cited no outsourcing numbers to substantiate its lying headline? Why doesn't Kessler explain to us why the Post either didn’t bother to contact or bother to quote the CEOs of the companies in question, who would've told them in no uncertain terms that no outsourcing occurred under Romney's tenure at Bain (just answered my own question, didn't I?). Why does Kessler ignore the fact that the Post lied through the art of omission by not reporting the fact that SEC filings prove no American call centers were moved overseas but that these overseas call centers already existed when Bain acquired the companies in question? Furthermore, the numbers of AMERICAN jobs at call centers INCREASED under Romney's tenure.
Instead of answering these inconvenient questions, what does the oh-so-respected and Orwellian-named Washington Post fact checker do? Well, that's the second thing…
Kessler shamelessly signals to the Obama campaign that it can continue lying about Romney's record by citing the Post's dishonest reporting….
The Obama campaign moved quickly to define what the article said, claiming that this transfer of jobs took place while Romney ran Bain. That’s not what the original article said. …
Given that this debate involves an interpretation of a Post article, we are not going to award any Pinocchios.
That's right, even though FactCheck.org has declared the new Obama ads dishonest, and Kessler even says the ads are dishonest….
One of [the Obama campaign's] outsourcing ads before the article ran, in fact, earned Four Pinocchios. These new ads would not fare much better; there is little in the Post article that backs up the Obama campaign’s spin
…Kessler refuses to award Pinnocchios.
Which means that under the imprimatur of the Washington Post, the Obama campaign is free to continue lying about Romney being an outsourcer-in-chief -- which further means that the conspiracy hatched between the Post and the Obama campaign to flat-out lie about Romney is free to continue unabated.
TEN DAYS LATER, after its story completely falls apart under the pressing weight of what you and I call facts, in so many Clintonesque words, the corrupt Post finally admits Romney is not responsible for outsourcing... but only does so by burying that fact in a piece published long after Team Obama has been allowed to use the Post's dishonest reporting to lie about Romney in a massive ad campaign.
And as far as the Post is concerned, it is okey-doke by them if the Obama campaign continues to lie, using them as cover.
It's as if Politico and the Washington Post entered a contest to see which failing news outlet could disgrace themselves more before the year was out.
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