Missing Video Found!

Today the Right was making much of an apparent gap in the Mittens “parasite” video. The video is posted in full at Mother Jones (here is the transcript). But halfway through there is an apparent gap in the tape. This is noted in the transcript:

And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4…

[Recording stops.]

Romney: …and about twice as much as China, not 10 times as much like it’s reported. And we have responsibility for the whole world. They’re only focused on one little area of the world, the South China Sea, the East China Sea, that’s it.

So, there is a snip missing, we are told of one or two minutes, but there is no credible claim [although lots of utterly ridiculous claims] that the rest of the video, in which Mitt goes on and on and on without interruption, has been tampered with.

Still, desperate people will grasp at straws, and William A. Jacobson is using the gap to argue that “Maybe Romney answer was “inelegant” only because Mother Jones didn’t disclose that part of tape was missing.” In other words, Jacobson appears to be arguing that whatever we’re not seeing was so elegant it would have neutralized the ugliness in the entire 40 something minutes of raw plutocratic elitism in the rest of the video.

And I’m thinking, wow, what could Mittens have been doing while the person making the recording was fumbling with his recorder? And now I know — this must be it.

As you can see, it is a huge departure from the rest of the video and does cast Romney in a different light, as well as make him look Swedish.

Jacobson is trying to say that the initial video clip was dishonest or taken out of context or something because David Corn didn’t disclose his initial post of four snips wasn’t the entire video, although seems to me it was obvious. And Jacobson obviously is in denial that it’s the entire video that is devastating to Romney, not just the “47 percent” part. And then Corn posted the entire video and transcript. So there’s no explanation for Jacobson’s raving except that he needs to be medicated.

9 thoughts on “Missing Video Found!

  1. Hold on now, Captain Christopher Pike was Jesus?! Or is my facial-recognition software malfunctioning again?

    If I think about this, what could a gap in Mittens on the Mount actually mean? That the person making the secret recording had to stop to wind up a key in Mittens’s back? That he had to fix the teleprompter? Write another couple pages of Mittens’s script? What on earth could our stealthy friend with the camera do in that short gap to make Mittens sound even worse? It truly makes no sense.

  2. It was!! Jeffrey Hunter was captain Pike!

    But, really the Sermon on the Mount is the great moment of Jesus’s teaching. I admit that I appreciate this as a “tinhorn Buddhist” (q.v. the late great Joe Bageant) but, this is what should be valued above all else.

  3. I dimly remember that film. As I remember, Jeffrey Hunter wasn’t entirely sure what to do with himself in a lot of it. But, wow, he was handsome.

  4. William A. Jacobson is using the gap to argue that “Maybe Romney answer was “inelegant” only because Mother Jones didn’t disclose that part of tape was missing.”

    Does the fact that Romney did not himself claim that the tape was deceptively edited enter into Jacobson’s “argument”? Or is it the usual right-wing jet-engine-level howl?

  5. Jacobson can’t give the dolts any real meat, so he’s feeding them an air biscuit. Just the tried and true, and over played, repug bullshit of casting doubt to reel in stupidity.

  6. It’s the usual – projection.
    O’Keefe has doctored tons of video.
    Rose Mary Woods “accidentally’ erased 5 minutes of one of Nixon’s tapes.
    And now, “The Left” has a couple of minutes missing from Romney’s “Sermon to the Money Grabbers.”

    So, now, they hope the MSM will be able to fall back on their usual “See! Both sides do it!” meme.

    And what do you know?
    In those missing couple of minutes, it was when Mitt said, “Ok, forget this comedy routine about the 47%, the Latino gag, and the Israeli-Palestinian schtick,” and gave a highly detailed plan on how he and Ryan will fix the economy without cutting entitlements and without raising taxes on anyone, get unemployment down to 1%, and how to resolve the problems of the Middle East.
    And then, after that said, “Oh yeah, don’t forget to try the Boeuf à la Bourguignonne, and be generous to “The Help” serving you. And remember folks, I’ll be the here one the campaign trail until November. Ok, now back to the comedy gold you paid $50,000 to see, let me tell you about us and China…”
    *Video resumes*

    Yeah, THAT’S what happened.

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