Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Spin It Dinosaur Media! Heavily Biased Reporting On Romney's NAACP Speech
Looking at most of the dinosaur media reports on Mitt Romney's speech to the NAACP today, you'll take away two main facts. First, that Romney was 'heavily booed', giving the impression that his entire speech was marked with that kind of response. And second, soundbites from carefully chosen 'authentic blacks' designed to show how out of touch Romney and the Republicans are. The AP led the charge, and outlets like CBS redacted their take on it, with a few additions here and there like quotes from their own 'authentic' black sources.
Needless to say, the fact that Romney was booed is the headline.
The truth of the matter, from a source of mine who actually attended the speech? Romney was booed only once by this partisan Democrat audience...when he said that to create jobs, "I am going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program I can find. That includes Obamacare."
Considering that the taxes to pay for ObamaCare are going to fall disproportionally on black working families, you have to wonder what they were thinking.
The only other time there was anything even remotely like booing were a few sparse outbursts when Romney said that he was the candidate that was going to make things better for the African-American community.
As part of his speech, he championed school choice, which he referred to as the civil rights issue of the 21st century. He also talked about his father's involvement in the civil rights movement and the values he was raised with:
"It wasn't just that my dad helped write the civil rights provision for the Mass - excuse me - Michigan Constitution, though he did," Romney said. "It wasn't just that he helped create Michigan's first civil rights commission, or that as governor he marched for civil rights in Detroit - though he did those things, too. More than these public acts, it was the kind of man he was, and the way he dealt with every person, black or white. He was a man of the fairest instincts, and a man of faith who knew that every person was a child of God."
What Mitt Romney did was about the best thing he could have done. He let the NAACP know whom he was, saying, "if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president."
Romney received an ovation at the end of his speech. Perhaps even those in this crowd who are staunch Obama voters had to give the Governor credit for showing up and being there...and some may even take that reasoning a step further, noting that Barack Obama is taking them for granted and palming Joe Biden off on them, while Mitt Romney isn't.They also know now that he isn't the simple minded racist the Obama campaign has desperately been trying to paint him as.
Will this change the minds of the people who heard Romney speak today? In most cases, probably not. The NAACP, after all, is the same organization that gave Louis Farrakhan standing O's when he spoke there and there's a mindset present many of them aren't willing to challenge.
But I don't doubt it at least provided food for thought among some of them. Such seeds can grow, in time.