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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Politicizing the Olympic moment of silence

Just as President Obama went beyond a victory lap in the commemoration of Osama bin Laden’s assassination to claim Mitt Romney wouldn’t have given the same no-brainer order to kill, the Obama campaign or its backers seem to be exploiting the support for a moment of silence for the 11 Israelis killed in the 1972 Olympic Games.

Obama has publicly said he supports the moment of silence. When I asked Mitt Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul about his position, she replied: “Gov. Romney supports the moment of silence in remembrance of the Israeli athletes killed in the Munich Olympic Games.”

But the Obama team doesn’t seem content to let this issue go. Sources close to the Romney campaign tell me “a number” of reporters have peppered the campaign with the exact same question: Why did Romney refuse to support the moment of silence in 2002, on the 30th anniversary of the Munich massacre?

The question is an odd one because I’ve found no public record that Romney opposed the moment of silence or was even asked about it. When a slew of reporters all coming knocking with a particular angle, chances are the opposing campaign has poked them to run with the issue. (This was certainly true with the Bain departure story which, I am told by reporters, was hawked to the media for months before someone ”bit.”)

There is nothing wrong with this, and both sides do it. But in this case, it’s at least in poor taste, and, in some sense, vile to exploit the Israeli athletes’ deaths for partisan advantage. Really, do the spinners have no shame?

By  |  09:22 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Categories:  2012 campaign, Media

 
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