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Romney’s Gaffs

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America’s Republican candidate seems to be capable of nothing but gaffs, at least according to Mark Mardell of the BBC.

Mark Mardell, for you Americans and Canadians, is the North American editor of the BBC. You may never have heard of him, in which case you are fortunate; I rather wish I’d never heard of him either. If you are under the impression that the BBC is the beacon of journalistic integrity, a threadbare myth, I assure you, Mardell’s reports should be enough to disabuse you. But, of course, you live in North America; you don’t have to listen to him. We don’t and we do.

Mardell and the BBC are on a retainer for Barack Obama. Oh, I have no evidence here; it’s just that the quality of reporting would lead one to such a supposition. Take Mitt Romney’s recent brief foreign tour. It was all a public relations disaster, according to the Beeb. Mardell even began one of is blogs with the words “Mitt Romney has offended again.”

What was the specific nature of his alleged offence, you may wonder? Why, he said that the economic vitality of Israel compared favourably with its neighbours, something he attributed in part to the ‘power of culture.’ This was no rant, Mardell assures us, merely a ‘discursive chat.’ Well, at least you can take comfort from the fact that Romney does not rant.

Romney’s words here seem to me, despite the accusations of ‘racism’ by the Palestinian authority, to be wholly unexceptional: the democratic culture of Israel is far superior to that of any of its Arab neighbours, sunk for generations in nepotism, tyranny and forms of economic sluggishness that have hardly changed since the days of the Ottoman Empire.

So far as culture in general is concerned it would be far too tiresome to list all the Jewish thinkers, artists, musicians and scientists who have contributed to a common humanity. On the other side there is…oh, yes, there is the stone-throwing Edward Said.

Israel represents our values, the values that we once promoted, values that the BBC and its acolytes would now call into question. It’s all a question of cultural relativity, you see, with no system being inherently superior to another; and if the Arabs are failures, why, then, it’s all the fault of the Jews.

You might be interested in some more of Romney’s ‘gaffs’. In Britain he said there were some concerns about the security of the Olympics. It’s true; there were. In Poland he met Lech Walesa, the former Solidarity leader, praising those who stood against the all powerful state. In Israel he also said that Iran should be confronted, not appeased. Appalling stuff, don’t you agree?

You don’t get your news about American politics from the BBC. Neither, as a matter of fact, do I. I’m now in the habit of looking beyond the bias for a more balanced and nuanced assessment. I dislike the attempt to manipulate my views by a left-wing and state-funded broadcasting service that seems to have absorbed its journalistic ethics from the likes of Josef Goebbels.

“God damn America”, screeched Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s personal pastor, at the end of one of his ranting sermons, something the Beeb downplayed at the time. Never mind that; just concentrate on Romney, who thinks that an open and democratic society is superior to backward obscurantism. Shocking.



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By ranfuchs on August 16, 2012 at 06:22 pm

"it would be far too tiresome to list all the Jewish thinkers, artists, musicians and scientists who have contributed to a common humanity"?

You did fail to see, however, that it has nothing to do with culture, but rather a conspiracy to control the world, as clearly stated in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

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By Caballero_69 on August 16, 2012 at 06:50 pm

Why does an obviously intelligent woman, write such drivel?

"I dislike the attempt to manipulate my views by a left-wing and state-funded broadcasting service that seems to have absorbed its journalistic ethics from the likes of Josef Goebbels." Read more at http://www.broowaha.com/articles/14336/romney%E2%80%99s-gaffs-#QjAm3GZIAtkYr6yX.99

I thought lame Nazi citations were the province of the American Wingers. Guess I was wrong?

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By Anastasia on August 16, 2012 at 07:37 pm

Indeed so, Ranfuchs; well spotted. There is a job awaiting you in the Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment. :-)

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By Anastasia on August 16, 2012 at 07:40 pm

Oh, Caballero, do intelligent people write drivel? Oh, don't bother answering. I disown all claims to intelligence. I shall write as I please, whether it pleases you or not. :-)

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By neil6 on August 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

You're right about the uppity 'Lefties' who control the BBC. In Australia it's the Aunty ABC and good old Sydney Morning Herald, who regularly preach to the so-called 'unenlightened'. Obama's comment about business v government wasn't very good either The "You didn't make that" comment.

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By p.d.adams on August 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Why do aliens have big eyes, sleek hands and, virtually, no ears? Natural selection, it seems, prefers readers and writers. The gene for "listening to each other" is, in all probability, long extinct in advanced civilizations.

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By Anastasia on August 19, 2012 at 05:26 pm

Neil, I just hate being preached at!

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By Anastasia on August 19, 2012 at 05:28 pm

P. D, sorry, I can't answer your question. Unlike you - apparently - I've never seen an alien. :-)

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By John Nelson on August 31, 2012 at 05:35 pm

Living in Britain, you are lucky you don't have to endure Fox News. It's basically right-winged theatre masking as a news show. Be it left or right...psuedo, one-sided news doesn't do a society any good. Dumb is dumb, anti-intellectual is anti-intellectual. Sadly, too many citizens watch it, believe it and parrot it back.

In the U.S. we had something called the Fairness Doctrine. It required news entities to provide balance in their reporting. It was abolished by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and the Rupert Murdochs took over.... Now we have a "Fleet Street Press" too.

Though I must say Mitt Romney meeting Lech Walesa was classic irony. One of the men supported the labor of the worker...the other never met a job he didn't want to outsource for his own personal financial gain.

Politics is great theatre....

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By Randy Mitchell on August 31, 2012 at 09:49 pm

This could easily be said about CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and virtually all of the main stream media. They are completely biased of their coverage of virtually everything political and have zero things positive to say about conservatives. Like when Obama was running as a candidate and helped him enormously with getting elected, they are on every channel 24/7 blowing his failed horn trying to get him re-elected. I watch all of the channels, and FOX is, by far, much fairer of their coverage.

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By Inmyredhead on September 01, 2012 at 01:07 am

I'm the curious open minded type, so when the RNC was over, I turned the channel to MSNBC to see what their take was. Now, I knew they were a liberal outlet, but it was really disgusting to sit and watch the utterly negative critique that consisted of no real substance at all. No body cared what wasn't talked about, or asked, 'Ok, then, what are his policies on such and such', or maybe suggested that this or that quote conflicted with previously stated comments, or questioned anything on any kind of political ground. No, it was a straight up free for all to see who could say the most clever mean thing and show the most disgust. There was a complete lack of respect for anyone who doesn't think the way they do. They are incapable of discussing meat and potato material and make everything a personal attack. They don't allow opposing ideas and can't volley with people who hold those ideas. Where as at least Fox will almost always have a member of the opposing side on the panel. A non politically educated person should be able to go to a news outlet and not feel like they are being TOLD what to think. The presentation of both views in even the most minor way is going to be the more trustworthy.

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By Anastasia on September 02, 2012 at 05:38 pm

John, no, what we do have is the BBC! This might be of interest to you, an article from my personal blog. http://anatheimp.blogspot.com/2012/07/idiocy-of-bbc.html

Actually perhaps Fox News is a necessary antidote to the bias of the rest of the media, which seems to be uniformly pro-Obama. I read recently that ABC and CBS failed to pick up on Obama ‘you did not build your business’ speech, while it took CNN four days to report it. At the same time the nonsense about the precise date when Romney left Bain Capital in 1999 was covered no fewer than seventeen times by all the major networks.

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By Anastasia on September 02, 2012 at 05:38 pm

Randy, I've just said it!

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By Anastasia on September 02, 2012 at 05:39 pm

IMRH, yes, an excellent observation.

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