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Out Of Context Goes Both Ways

December 1, 2011

The story of Mitt Romney’s anger over his recent Fox News interview, which he alleges was taken out of context, is amusing. Just a few weeks before he was caught taken Obama out of context. Though Romney can’t seem to see the irony, it illustrates the pervasiveness of comments taken out of context and how it is used as an excuse for making whatever point you want. Romney’s campaign ad was largely covered in the mainstream media without stating the obvious lies and disregarding the whole thing, and when Romney doesn’t like how he’s portrayed in the news, he claims he was taken out of context.

Huffington Post story and video on Mitt Romney controversy.

It appears that the mainstream media needs to focus much more attention on this issue and be diligent and fact-check whenever they choose to publish something. Failure to do so can lead to unnecessary loss of jobs (ACORN and Shirley Sherrod) or by politicians to undermine opponents or escape ridicule after a bad interview, as in the case of Mitt Romney. it should not be the responsibility of the viewers to determine the facts.

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