Why Is Press Giving Mitt a Pass?

From “The Morning Plum:  Stop letting Mitt Romney off easy,” Greg Sargent, The Plum Line:

“So Romney will now go back to claiming Obama subtracted jobs. But there’s a new twist: Romney will claim that the effect of the stimulus has been to destroy jobs. As it has in the past, the Romney camp will justify this by pointing to a bogus metric — the net jobs lost on Obama’s watch. That includes the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost before the stimulus went into effect. Really: The Romney camp’s claim is that we can calculate that the stimulus destroyed jobs overall with a metric that factors in all the jobs destroyed before the stimulus took effect. That’s not an exaggeration. It really is the Romney campaign’s position. It’s time to ask Romney himself to justify it.

“The Romney camp will also begin claiming that Obama has “never created a job.” Will anyone ask Romney about the two dozen straight months of private sector job creation we’ve seen?

“And if Romney is now going to start hitting individual stimulus projects, it’s also time to ask him what he would have done if he had been president in January of 2009. He has previously said positive things about stimulus spending. Are those no longer operative? Would Romney really not have proposed any government spending to stimulate the economy when it was in free fall? What would he have done instead? This question is absolutely central. How about asking it?”

4 comments on “Why Is Press Giving Mitt a Pass?

  1. Journalists need to really push Romney on A LOT of his claims and stances. They need to establish whether or not he has the character to be president. Not enough is being done and it may be that he is predominently appearing on fox “news”. That needs to change.

    You raise some great questions here…

    • Mittens hasn’t appeared on the Sunday shows on ABC, CBS, or NBC. He can barely handle Bret Baier on Fox!
      It kills me that the GOP is going after Obama on job creation when many of the job losses have been state and local government jobs in GOP-controlled states. The private sector has been consistently adding jobs.

  2. “He can barely handle Bret Baier on Fox!”

    Now that was a sad interview wasn’t it? I just referenced it on my last post on Romney. It’s a great visual to show how hard a time he has explaining his flip-flopping.

    “when many of the job losses have been state and local government jobs in GOP-controlled states”

    Just goes to show how many of those red states were dependent on federal funds since it was cuts in that funding that resulted in a number of those job losses. All those spending cuts the GOP demanded. Imagine the results of the full blown austerity implemented under a GOP-led government.

    “The private sector has been consistently adding jobs.”

    Yep… for 32+ months now.

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