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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Romney isn’t out-of-touch, but media distortions are

The ongoing attempt to paint Mitt Romney as “out of touch” with
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets an employee at a Wawa gas station in Quakertown, Pa., on June 16. (Emmanuel Dunand - AFP/Getty Images)
the average person exposes not only media bias but media deception.

Recently, Andrea Mitchell’s show on MSNBC spliced some parts of a Romney rally speech together to make it appear that the presumptive Republican nominee was utterly amazed at being able to order a sandwich via a touch screen at a Wawa.

When viewed in their entirety, Romney’s remarks were clearly about private-sector innovation. He mentioned Wawa’s touch-screen ordering as an example of what happens when companies compete.

We’ve seen this sort of distortion before, back when George H.W. Bush was painted by the New York Times as amazed at the existence of supermarket scanners.

Such dishonesty makes me angry — and though I’m conservative, I believe liberals have reason to be equally disgusted with similar attempts to show President Obama as unfamiliar with the lives of ordinary Americans.

Can’t we agree that neither Obama nor Romney got where they are by being unintelligent or out of it?

In addition to the inexcusable doctoring of tapes, I’ve seen incredible bias in supposedly straight reporting on religious liberty.

When there is reporting, I mean; rallies and protests being held across the United States in connection with the Catholic “Fortnight for Freedom” have barely been covered at all.

In May, lawsuits were filed by 43 separate Catholic entities against HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius challenging the constitutionality of the birth control mandate.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with employees at the Wawa in Quakertown, Pa., on June 16. (Larry Downing - Reuters)

That news received little to no airtime on most networks. And when you compare this with round-the-clock reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protests, you can see what I mean by media distortion; selective reporting of events can be just as deceptive as taking clips of a video and splicing them together to make it show what you want it to show.

Need I even mention the doctoring of the George Zimmerman 911 tape to make it seem as though his remarks were blatantly racist?

Deception on that level can lead to more violence. Surely that ’s not what MSNBC is promoting with its marketing slogan, “Lean Forward.”

Elizabeth Reintjes served five years in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer. Since leaving the military in 2006, she earned an MBA and now works full time as a wife and mother. She and her husband, who met in ROTC, are expecting their third child this summer.

By Elizabeth Reintjes De Angelo  |  12:41 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, MSNBC, media bias, liberal bias, Wawa, New York Times, George H.W. Bush, presidential race

 
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