This is a screencap of Newsmax.com’s home page as of 8:10am EDT on Sept. 18, 2012.
When you see it, you’ll say “Subtle story placement.”
Mitt Romney’s ongoing distortion of Obama’s “didn’t build that” quote has been debunked by FactCheck.org, Politifact, the Associated Press, and many others. Romney’s other leading distortion of the moment — his use of Obama’s claim that “our” plan “worked,” in which Obama was talking about the Clinton/Obama approach to taxes, not Obama’s economic policies — was dismantled convincingly today by Post fact checker Glenn Kessler.
So how is the Romney campaign responding? Easy. It will make both quotes central to the campaign for the coming week, and likely beyond.
The two major press releases out this morning from the Romney campaign are centered on the debunked claims about those two quotes. Romney also released a new Web video that distorts the “it worked” quote yet again. In other words, some of Romney’s most important campaign arguments continue to be premised on complete fictions.
Romney’s supporters keep insisting that the larger context of Obama’s “didn’t build that” quote is just as bad as the line itself. That might sound more convincing, and be worth debating, if the Romney campaign didn’t coninue basing entire campaign events and statements on that decontextualized line. Blared this morning’s release: “SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS EVERYWHERE: WE BUILT THIS.”
The Romney camp’s latest defense of the “it worked” distortion is similarly absurd. The Romney campaign justified it by telling Kessler this: “Obama can’t have it both ways on this. He’s either running on the Clinton record, which is completely superior to his own. Or Obama’s running on his record, which is a failure.” That’s nice, except this has nothing to do with what makes the Romney claim such a distortion, which is that Obama was not talking about his or Clinton’s overall “record”; he was talking about their very similar philosophies on taxes.
Why does Romney continue to base much of his campaign on attacks on things Obama never said? The simplest answer is that Romney needs to obscure the true nature of the differences between the two men."