When MSNBC and CNN raise questions about the veracity of the Obama Super PAC Ad claiming Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a female cancer victim, you know the Obama camp screwed up! They also question the validity of Jay Carney and Stephanie Cutters’ denials of any involvement or knowledge of the ad. Here is what Morning Joe had to say:
And this from CNN:
For those of us who do not believe for a moment that the White House had no involvement or knowledge of the ad, Matt Hadro at Newsbusters reports:
For the second straight day, CNN blew the whistle on a nasty and misleading Obama super PAC ad that ABC, CBS, and NBC entirely ignored as of Wednesday night. CNN hammered the ad, which links Mitt Romney to a woman’s death from cancer, each hour from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. and twice grilled the man responsible for the ad, Bill Burton of Priorities USA.
“I think it is deliberately mendacious,” stated CNN’s Piers Morgan on Wednesday. “It is a deliberate attempt to lie and smear about Mitt Romney. And I find it contemptible. I mean I’m really appalled.” The three networks showed no such disdain for the ad which will air in battleground states, because they failed to even mention it on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bill Burton was President Obama’s national press secretary during the 2008 campaign, a connection that CNN reported and which makes his super PAC’s ad all the more relevant during an election season where the media should be policing false and misleading ads.
“The President cannot hide behind a Super PAC on an ad as nasty as this one when that Super PAC is run by a friend and longtime deputy,” stated Erin Burnett. “Bill Burton knows the President’s ethics very well and it is fair to hold him up to this standard.”
“The facts on this ad don’t even add up,” reported Burnett. Anderson Cooper called it “a factually bogus ad from the leading pro-Obama super PAC.” Correspondent Brianna Keilar, whose critical fact-checking first aired on Tuesday evening, stood by her reporting on Wednesday.
“So it just seemed like there was very much an incomplete picture in this ad,” she said, adding “I think it’s inaccurate” and “there are a number of factors that aren’t mentioned in the ad.”
“When you do an ad that seems to leave the impression that he [Romney] was at least indirectly responsible for a woman dying from cancer, that is so powerful, that is so tough, that goes beyond what you guys should be doing,” host Wolf Blitzer lectured Burton.
Overall, CNN devoted over a half-hour of coverage to criticizing the ad on Wednesday from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m, although some of that airtime went to scrutinizing the Romney campaign’s campaign ad that CNN had whacked for dishonesty.
Read more at Newsbusters.
Here is the GOP ad in response to the Anti-Romney ad:
- CNN Hammers Vicious Obama Super PAC Ad That Networks Ignored Entirely (newsbusters.org)
- CNN: Wife of steelworker in new Obama Super PAC ad still had job and health insurance after he lost his (hotair.com)
- CNN Takes Apart Obama Super-PAC Ad Blaming Romney for Woman’s Cancer Death, Tells Obama Aide ‘It’s Full of Falsehoods’ (newsbusters.org)
- Morning Joe vs. Robert Gibbs on the Romney-Killed-My-Wife Ad (nationalreview.com)
- Strike Two for Bill Burton? (commentarymagazine.com)
- Woman in anti-Romney SuperPAC Death Ad actually had insurance (legalinsurrection.com)
- Obama Staffer Stephanie Cutter Busted Lying About Priorities USA Ad (itmakessenseblog.com)