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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Out-of-Context Statements
Topic: NewsBusters

We detailed last week how NewsBusters condoned the taking of President Obama's words out of context, with Tim Graham attacking anyone who pointed out the truth "made excuses for Obama." Well, by that definition, NewsBsuters is now making excuses for Mitt Romney.

In a Jan. 9 post, Ken Shepherd scolded Politico for not taking the full context of Mitt Romney's remarks about liking "being able to fire people" seriously:

More specifically, Romney was talking about how he wants to change health care laws so that its easier for individuals to buy insurance without being chained to their employer's preferred health insurance provider.

But context be damned, apparently.

Of course, "context be damned" was the attitude Graham had when the person being taken out of context was Obama.

This was followed by Shepherd's boss, Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell,  attacking the "liberal media" for taking the remark out of context -- even though right now it's mostly Romney's Republican rivals who are doing that. Bozell eventually concedes the latter.

So Bozell is making excuses for Romney too. Which can only mean that Graham will be flip-flopping on this as well.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:34 PM EST

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