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It’s Like, How Much More Hacktacular Could This Be?

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Buzzfeed has an article with one of those contrarian premises the kidz love these days:

Was Mitt Romney Right About Everything?

An exhaustive list of the sources buttressing this conclusion, at the link you should click so you don’t give traffic to Buzzfeed:

  • “Spencer Zwick, who worked as Romney’s finance director and is a close friend to his family”
  • “Robert O’Brien, a Los Angeles lawyer and friend of Romney’s who served as a foreign policy adviser”
  • “former campaign spokesman Ryan Williams”
  • “The campaign’s chief strategist, Stuart Stevens”
  • “Jennifer Rubin, the conservative Washington Post blogger who became Romney’s most outspoken advocate in the press.”

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pitch Buzzfeed my exciting new scoop, “Lanny Davis thinks people who give large sums of money to Lanny Davis are awesome.”

But wait! The story is even stupider than this summary makes it sound:

The Motor City became a symbolic battleground during the election, with Romney proudly touting his father’s ties to the auto industry, and the Obama campaign relentlessly attacking the Republican for a Times op-ed he had written years earlier headlined “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

“The president took the title of that op-ed, which of course was written by editors of the New York Times, and used it to say Gov. Romney was being insensitive about his own home city,” complained former campaign spokesman Ryan Williams. Romney’s article argued that beleaguered automakers should consider going through a managed bankruptcy instead of taking a bailout but, Williams said, “the president’s campaign intentionally tried to blur the lines. It worked. And several months later, the city is going bankrupt because of liberal democratic officeholders.”

If a journalist was writing this story, he might have noticed that since the much-criticized Romney article was an exceedingly non-prescient argument that the auto manufacturers with head offices in Detroit and Auburn Hills should be allowed to go bankrupt, making the reference to the municipal bankruptcy of the city of Detroit is just a non-sequitur. And he would also notice that Romney’s argument that there should be no bailout of the auto industry can’t be considered to have “worked” given the fact that the managed bankruptcy implemented by the Obama administration in fact involved a bailout (and had it not the companies would almost certainly have been liquidated.) If you consider your role to be a stenographer for whatever Romney’s most servile lickspittles tell you, though, that’s plenty good enough to be rushed into virtual print.

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