Fox News Sunday spent more than 13 minutes on a segment attempting to discredit the Romney-attack video, King of Bain, put out by a Gingrich-supporting PAC. I thought the Gingrich-supporting guest behind the video, Rick Tyler, did a terrific job of defending the video as host Chris Wallace raised numerous questions about its credibility. It’s worth noting that those questions have been raised elsewhere in the media, too. And Gingrich has quite a lengthy record of false smears. Still, there are plenty of clues that Wallace was not motivated merely by a desire for truth.
In the past, I’ve written about pro-Romney behavior by Wallace. One of my earlier posts disappeared in our website move but I stand by my contention that Wallace deliberately and gratuitously maneuvered Senator Tom Coburn into criticizing Newt Gingrich in December, while Gingrich was riding on his surge. Last week, I noted Wallace’s ridiculous attempt to play gotcha with Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz by likening Romney’s role as a venture capitalist to President Obama’s role in Solyndra.
Yet where was Wallace on Donald Trump’s thoroughly discredited birther accusations? I don’t remember any 13-minute discussion poking holes in his campaign malarkey. Malarkey which, by the way, Fox News continues to promote.
Wallace was also surprisingly disinterested in fact-checking James O’Keefe when he was named Fox News Sunday’s “Power Player of the Week” for a sting he did against NPR. Then, Wallace reported that O’Keefe’s ACORN videos “pushed Congress to cut off federal funding” but he forgot to mention that ACORN was subsequently fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing whereas O’Keefe’s videos were found to be deceptively edited - and potentially contained evidence of O’Keefe’s own criminal activity for having recorded people without their permission. Wallace also left out questions about the editing of O’Keefe’s NPR video that were raised by Slate, Media Matters and even Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.
But to me, the clincher was that at the end of the interview with Tyler, who never ceded an inch to Wallace on the Romney attacks. Wallace tried painting Gingrich as a hypocrite because he was a member of the board of advisors of Forstmann, Little, a private equity firm supposedly analogous to Romney's Bain Capital. “Exactly during the time that Newt Gingrich was there, did you know that Forstmann, Little invested billions of dollars in two telecommunications firms… that both went bankrupt and that Forstmann, Little was sued by public employees… pension funds?”
What point was there in Wallace bringing that up if not to deliberately discredit Gingrich?
Tyler handled the question adroitly by saying that his beef was with Romney’s record and that if “Teddy” Forstmann were running for president, that would be an issue. Wallace didn’t let it go there. He went on to say that Gingrich “still has money invested in Forstmannn buyout firms… You don’t see a contradiction?”
After Tyler parried that one, too, Wallace gave the last word to Chris Chocola, who had been introduced as calling Gingrich’s attack ads, “disgusting.”
But in all that truth seeking, somehow Wallace never got around to noting that Forstmann, Little is not exactly a Romney parallel. As the Huffington Post reported,
Forstmann, however, became critical of the over-leveraging of deals in the late 1980s, saying, "Watching these deals get done is like watching a herd of drunk drivers take to the highway on New Year's Eve." He also coined the phrase "barbarians at the gate," later the title of a book about the firm losing the buyout of RJR Nabisco to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
The firm largely wound down operations in 2006 after losing billions in the telecommunications industry. A jury ruled in favor of the state of Connecticut's pension fund lawsuit against the firm over $125 million lost in its failed investments, but awarded no damages.
You’ve got to be kidding. Ron Paul? The same lying neocon who proclaims he wants to fight Washington spending, but flies first class on the taxpayer’s dime? That Ron Paul, Scott? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=145287229
People like you make me laugh. You may be a registered democrat, but you certainly aren’t progressive or liberal, otherwise you’d see right through the bullshit.
We don’t see the Koch brothers, Jabba the Ailes, or Rupie making half assed excuses about their roles in American politics. We don’t see them making excuses for maintaining a stable of whores disguised as “Fox News” We didn’t see them apologizing for their roles in the Teabagged movement. And we are certainly not going to see them explaining to those same morons, the teabagged, why they shouldn’t vote for anyone else but Mittens regardless of the own gNOpig attacks.
We are witnessing the Fox gNOpig make up job on the goo of Mittens. What Wallace did here was sayin’ “Well, pig Newt did it TOO! Vote for Mittens”
As Billdo loves to parrot, “pointing to someone else’s bad behavior is no excuse for your own” except when someone named Wallace does it on Billdo’s network.
Moose Boogers was nutz enough to go on a rampant shopping spree trying to make herself look pretty.
Mittens is just going to sit quietly waiting for the Fux gNOpig Propaganda Network to make him look pretty.
maybe not one of the more educated and knowledgeable Democrats, but why would you lie?
I suggest that you vote for Ron Paul at every opportunity. And send him money…..all that you can. Do something useful instead of spending your time spamming progressive blogs.
Please help pick a President that has helped more Americans out then any of the other GOP"s ..Ron Paul has helped over 4000 women with there newborns to paying there medical bills to baring a child! We need ask ourselves who better to Protect the American laws and People.. As a Democrat I am voting for Ron Paul.. When Mitt Romney was a 1 time Governor and posted he only wants to be a 1 term President.He took Massachusetts to be one of the worst state"s in America in 4 years! Mandated and Insurance Law for inside trading and payouts from Drug Company’s.He had his staff before he left office as Governor DELETE FEDERAL FILES before he left office and replaced computers with government funds. Mitt Romney was born with a spoon in his mouth and I do not believe he has America in his better interest with out a PROFIT.To Be A President we need to know all the facts and I can not justify Voting For Mr. Romney with the Baggage he has! I am a Democrat and leaning towards Ron Paul..Rick Santorum is just a not Educated to be a President and we would be in conflict with to many Nations.