Once again, Mark Halperin is caught doing his thing, using his MSNBC platform to LIE shamefacedly on behalf of Mitt Romney, documented AD NAUSEUM on this blog. It matters not. They keep trotting him out, and like a good Republican propagandist, he keeps revising the facts into LIES confident of his contemptible (to him) liberal colleagues' inadequate recall, including Alex, who knows better and has no excuse.
It’s quite brazen. Where to begin with this faux journalist carrying water for the Romney campaign right under Alex’s nose? The amazing thing is, that for "the left" to pretend it's tit-for-tat, as the sophist Mark Halperin propagandizes, we must completely disregard the Romney campaign ad in which a statement by the President quoting John McCain on the bad economy, in the same sentence, was edited out by Romney to attribute the statement to the President. A LIE. Alex, who is smarter than she appears here becomes, inexplicably, a Halperin enabler, volunteering a false equivalence between what Romney said on the campaign trail, thoroughly and contextually documented, for which he was properly lambasted:"You know, the left spent a lot of time taking stuff mitt Romney said out of context, and now people on the left are complaining that the right is taking this out of context. It’s what happens when you accept the premise you can take something out of context which they did with what governor Romney said. I was against that. I’m against this.”
There’s nothing ambiguous about it. And why is Alex behaving like a guilty progressive supplicant in Halperin's presence? You want the full context, Alex? Here it is. Mitt Romney was making an outrageous defense of corporate rights, that we should not raise taxes on “people” including “corporations are people” to pay for Social Security and Medicare:“Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney said.Some people in the front of the audience shouted, “No, they’re not!”“Of course they are,” Romney said. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
And yet Mark Halperin is allowed, for the ZILLIOnth time, to make a false equivalency between what the "left" presumably took out of context from Romney (a LIE which Alex hypnotically conceded) — where's the specific proof; exactly what has the left taken out of context from Romney? Meanwhile nothing is said of Romney's pathological LIES — Alex should spend some useful time catching up with Steve Benen at MaddowBlog. He has methodically documented Romney's weekly LIES. Puzzling how Alex ignores her colleague's resources but will take what Halperin says at face value. This is the only possible explanation:ROMNEY: "Do I believe that Social Security should take no part in deficit reduction negotiations? Social security and Medicare are a large part of federal spending. It is about half. Not just this year, but over the coming decades, if we are able to balance our budget, we have to make sure that the promises we make for Social Security and Medicare are promises we can keep. There are a couple ways to do that: one way is to raise taxes on people. Corporations are people. Of course they are — where do you think it goes? Human beings, my friend. Number one, you can raise taxes. That is not the approach I would take."