Obama Makes Mitt Into A Twit With A Falsely Attributed Quip By A DimWit At The NYT. Time To Correct The Record.

February 26, 2012 Posted by admin


We falsely attribute to men a determined character — putting together all their yesterdays — and averaging them — we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support — it is worse than a large family — he is the silent poor indeed. Thoreau, Henry David



The St. Martin's Handbook defines plagiarism as "the use of someone else's words or ideas as [the writer's] own without crediting the other person" (Lunsford and Connors 602).

VOICEOVER:…Every Republican candidate turned their back.


Romney Said Of The Auto Rescue Loans: "That's Exactly What I Said. The Headline You Read Which Said 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" Points Out That Those Companies Needed To Go Through Bankruptcy." On the CBS Early Show Mitt Romney said, "'Yeah, that's exactly what I said. The headline you read which said 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt' points out that those companies needed to go through bankruptcy to shed those costs,' Romney said. 'And the federal government put in, I think, $17 billion into those companies before they finally recognized, 'Yeah, they need to go bankrupt, go through that process, so that they're able to get rid of excess costs.'" [CBS News, 6/3/11]

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February 23, 2012

The Obama ad takes direct aim at the column, displaying a clip of its headline, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." (As RealClearPolitics' Erin McPike reported earlier this week, the New York Times, not Romney, wrote the headline.)


Blogger Note: The Obama ad with Romney falsely saying and be credited with saying 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt' is an interesting form of plagerism by the Obama administration because it credits Mitt Romney and not the editor at the NYT with the words.

The St. Martin's Handbook defines plagiarism as "the use of someone else's words or ideas as [the writer's] own without crediting the other person" (Lunsford and Connors 602).


The other Republican candidates have taken similar positions on the auto bailouts, and the subject has become a focal point of conversation during the race in Michigan

RCP.com on Romney and his falsely attributed quote to let Detroit go bankrupt. "After Democrats harangued Romney for his anti-bailout stance last week, sources at the New York Times confirmed for RCP that an editor at the Gray Lady chose “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” What’s more, Romney and his team never got a chance to see or approve of it before publication."

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When the proverbial shoe was on the other foot and Romney attributed a McCain quote to Obama then the liberal media

was immediately all over the quote to correct the historical record.



But when Obama approves of an ad with a quote that Romney never said and the NYT knows that it was made by one of their editors then what is that called?  When the quote is not attributed to the correct source 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt' headline was never stated by Romney is that:

  • The St. Martin's Handbook defines plagiarism as "the use of someone else's words or ideas as [the writer's] own without crediting the other person" (Lunsford and Connors 602).
  • Artistic license (also known as dramatic license, historical license, poetic license, narrative license, licentia poetica, or simply license) is a colloquial term, sometime euphemism, used to denote the distortion or complete ignorance of fact, ignoring the conventions of grammar or language,
  • put words into one's mouth {v. phr.}
  • To say without proof that another person has certain feelings or opinions; claim a stand or an idea is another's without asking; speak for another without right

 Furthermore, what does it really mean when a person knows something is not true, falsely attributes a direct quote to someone who is not the source and then approves of the message and propegates the false message?

Its a really sad irony that the first African-American President would approve an ad with a quote that was

never stated by the attributed source (person). Mitt Romney never said 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt'.

It is a clear distortion especially when it comes to the historical record. What if say MLK was paraphrased or mis-quoted for the record. Would those in leadership move to correct any mis-statements for the historical record?

 The paraphrase drew controversy and anger after the memorial was unveiled, with poet Maya Angelou saying it made King seem like an “arrogant twit.” (Politico)

 So who will correct the historical record that Mitt Romney never said or paraphrased 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt'? Who will come forth with the correct source that it was an editor at the NYT who attributed words of character into the content of the opine by Mitt and made him sound like an arrogant twit thus depriving Mitt to be judged by the content of his character?

The simple answer is for the NYT to comeforth with the editor who really said 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt'. The secondary answer is to file a FOIA and get a correct attribution of who created 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt'.


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