This has got to be the most shameful thing anybody has said thus far on the GOP presidential campaign trail:
“First of all, ads are propaganda by definition. We are in the persuasion business, the propaganda business…. Ads are agitprop…. Ads are about hyperbole, they are about editing. It’s ludicrous for them to say that an ad is taking something out of context…. All ads do that. They are manipulative pieces of persuasive art.”
The pie-hole from which this emanated is a “top operative” for the Romney campaign who insisted on “anonymity” when talking to a reporter at The New York Times. The Romney “operative” (and “operative” rather than “aide” is a good term when speaking about self-described political propagandists) was referring to the uproar over the Romney campaign’s shameless television advertisement that wildly decontexualizes an Obama speech. The Romney ad quotes Obama as saying, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” when in reality, Obama’s full remark was, “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’”
Since the ad aired in mid-November, the Romney campaign has admitted that the ad is a flat out distortion and that they are proud of it too. This latest tidbit is really just beyond words though. Here we have a presidential candidate whose strategy is not to win by displaying his strengths and his opponents weakness with actual evidence, but instead using flat-out “propoganda” and “manipulative” editing. In short, the Romney campaign has no shame in admitting that they will use lies and deception to win the vote.
However, as was already evident before this newest justification came into being from the Romney campaign, a large portion of the media still fails to call Mitt Romney a liar.