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Mitt Romney’s ‘creepy’ statement

Given his delivery, his voice, his presence, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith may have a conflict of interest in characterizing anything as “creepy.” Yet this 27-second clip of Smith passing judgment on a friendly statement by Mitt Romney toward Newt Gingrich is not only stupendous television, it’s therapy for those who’ve come to accept the false and hollow rites of politics. Here’s the historic moment, transcripted:

Mitt Romney has released a statement on the departure of Newt Gingrich from the campaign. It reads in part: “Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Callista friends. We look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” That from Mitt Romney. Politics is weird and creepy and now, I know, lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.

Brand this, Fox News. Serialize it. Call it 27 Seconds with Shepard Smith. And put me on the e-mail list.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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