by Datechguy | May 11th, 2012
Question: When does a national newspaper decide a (discredited within 24 hours) “bullying incident” from back when Romney was a teenager (I was 2) is worth not only the front page…but 5000 words?
Today on Morning Joe the opening 15 minute segment of the show (and a good chunk of what followed) has been all about the Obama Gay Marriage business and the Mitt Romney: Teenage bully story from the Washington Post.
They gave some lip service to the ABC follow-up of the family’s denials but consider, the entire opening segment is usually repeated at 8 AM. (Note wouldn’t you know today they didn’t since Mika couldn’t come in until 7:45?) It is the big segment of the show. Yet even as this story continues to evaporate pretty quick this is what MSNBC decides to go with.
Of course Morning Joe’s attention to this is dwarfed by the sheer nonsense of the Washington Post’s decision to give this story the front page and 5000 words.
As Stacy McCain points out
The typical news story is 450-750 words. Five thousand words is enough copy to fill two entire pages of a newspaper.
and remember this is writing 5000 words of a quality good enough for the front page of one of the most prominent papers in the nation:
Indeed. To report a story like that — to track down and interview somebody’s high-school classmates from a half-century ago — must have taken many weeks, if not months. The writing and editing of a 5,000-word story is not easy work. If you cranked out a thousand words a day (quite a rigorous pace, for original reporting), that’s a full week just to write the story, once you’d done all the interviews.
To put it in perspective, I started writing this post at about 6:30 AM EST. It is about 900 words long, and I’m adding this sentence over 2 hours later at 8:33 AM EST during the proofreading process. I didn’t finish till 8:57.
So why does the Washington Post devote the time and effort to a story that bloggers were not only able to shoot down in a couple of hours but led to yet another exciting chapter of: Did anyone actually read Obama’s biography?
The above text comes directly from President Obama’s first memoir, “Dreams From My Father” and recounts an incident which occurred while he was in middle school. When our president became the subject of taunts from his fellow classmates, he decided to shove a little girl named Coretta. Although he chronicles his feelings of regret, he never does not offer her an apology.
Check out his updates and the twitter stream in that post, they are classic, my favorite:
Jim Treacher is having a really great month:
If you went to grade school with Mitt Romney and he dipped your pigtails in an inkwell, contact David Axelrod immediately
and now we’ve reached the point where the Washington post is reduced to airbrushing bits of their story online.
So what does all this add up to for the cash hemorrhaging Washington Post and for the Obama Campaign ? A successful day! Both the Post and the Obama campaign are cheering!.
“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “how can you even think something like that after this story has been such an embarrassment to the left, the Post and the administration?”
Easy, because the goal of those involved is to re-elect President Obama. That overrides every other consideration.
Each moment spent on this story, even it it is to refute it and ridicule it not only means we (the right) are not talking the Economy and the president’s record, but it means the MSM has an excuse to ignore stories like this:
Co-host of Obama Hollywood fundraiser under SEC investigation
President Obama’s record $15 million fundraiser tonight at the home of actor George Clooney is being co-hosted by DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. In addition to being the largest single donor to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA at $2 million, Katzenberg’s company is currently under investigation by the SEC for allegedly bribing Chinese officials.
Sometimes Obama Forgets About the Miserable Economy
President Obama, who is heading to a big ole Hollywood fundraiser hosted by George Clooney tonight, said that he “sometimes forgets” the magnitude of the recession
and most important of all this:
Poll: Obama Leads Romney by Four in…Oregon
In 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain in Oregon by 16 points
Whatever keeps this stuff out of the news cycle is a blessing for the left.
Such dangerous news risks revealing the president’s optimistic re-election projections as one big illusion. The only real question to me is how many in the left and media actually know what’s going on and how many are of them are living in Pauline Kael Nixon world.
I submit and suggest that the true believers outside of media and politics are the Pauline Kaels and the MSM are the Albert Sydney Johnstons running their bluff as long as they can.
Our leftist friends on Twitter might feel good about this but so do I. If the media is playing this kind of card in May it means only one thing:
This whole election is looking like Scott Brown in 2010 on a national scale. More and more the evidence seems to suggest the following:
MITT ROMNEY IS GOING TO WIN THIS ELECTION AND IT’S NOT GOING TO BE CLOSE!
Update: The story crashes and burns further:
What Horowitz has done is something even worse: He has claimed to know the exact words spoken by John Lauber — a dead man Horowitz never interviewed — in a private conversation, based entirely on the word of David Seed. The substance of that alleged conversation is crucial to the accusation made by the Washington Post story that Romney’s alleged bullying had a lifelong negative impact on Lauber’s life.
Yet John Lauber is rather conspicuously unavailable for comment on the allegation, unless perhaps the editors of the Washington Post are willing to enlist a psychic to conduct a seance.
Stacy Stacy Stacy, you are assuming this story was a journalistic endeavor. That’s not the case, it is a JournoList-tic endeavor. So if standards and readers are lost it doesn’t matter. The idea is to keep the conversation off the economy and onto something else, ANYTHING else.
Update 2: Ok I admit it, having Dick Morris agrees with me is worrysome.
Update 3: The Shiny Object strategy