Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gap in Romney Tape Doesn't Mitigate What He Said

So, apparently there is a gap in the recording of Mitt Romney that Mother Jones' David Corn released. The video is in two parts, and apparently there is a lapse of one or two minutes between the parts. This is being jumped on by the right as a disqualifier of the entire video, and James O'Keefe/Andrew Breitbart comparisons are being levied. Which is hilarious, when you consider how fervently O'Keefe and Breitbart have been defended on the right.

Question, though: what difference does it make? First, there is absolutely no evidence that this is in an effort to mask anything, and no evidence that Corn lied when he said he'd release the whole video. If indeed the camera stopped for a couple of minutes, this is the whole video. Nobody anywhere has said that the entire Romney fundraiser was captured by video. I'm frankly surprised that so much was recorded. [Story continues below]

Now, before you say I'm making excuses, I have no allegiance to Corn or Mother Jones. I have seen one issue of the magazine, ever, and have been to their website maybe four or five times in all the years I've been blogging. But I'm having difficulty seeing what in the world could have occured in the two missing minutes that changes a thing about this video. Even being generous, and allowing for the wildest of speculation, what could Romney have said that would mitigate the rest of the video?

Regardless, it doesn't change a) what he said that was captured, and b) the fact that Romney called an impromptu press conference to explain himself. If indeed he said something between part 1 and part 2 that changes the tone and context to something different, wouldn't he have said it then?

This is a desperate attempt by the right to erase the impact of what Romney had to say, but it doesn't wash. Surely, Sean Hannity will wave the "missing two minutes" around for time immemorial, but so what. Romney denounced nothing from the video. Unless he does, this is just pointless.

#missing2min: The Romney tapes' two missing minutes

The secretly recorded tapes of Mitt Romney speaking at a fund-raiser in May were released first in clips on Monday, and later in their full form on Tuesday.
At least what appeared to be their full form: David Corn, the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, the magazine that first posted the tapes, says "one to two minutes" of the fund-raiser were never captured, according to the person who recorded it. . .

Read more at: CNN

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