CBS News recycles Obama campaign position that Romney took Obama’s words out of context

On CBS Evening News tonight, reporter Nancy Cordes did a segment on false campaign ads and started with a recent Obama ad that got a Politifact “pants on fire” rating for saying that Romney supported a bill that backed abortion even for rape and incest. Turns out that simply isn’t true.

Knowing what was coming, I couldn’t wait to see which ad by the Romney campaign Cordes was going to call “false”. Of course she pulled the ad where Romney went after Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comments, but she didn’t need to go to Politifact to get the “truth” as she did with the Obama ad. No, she just took it straight from Obama’s lips and said Romney took his words out of context. Cordes alleged that Obama’s comments were about government’s role in infrastructure but that Romney tried to make it sound like Obama belittled the private sector, and to prove that she played a slightly larger section of Obama’s comments:

Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Cordes selectively pulled just a little more context to make the infrastructure argument but completely ignored the larger context that even led to this rant, which was that the so-called rich need to pay higher taxes, or their “fair share” as Obama states it:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. …

And it wasn’t so much that Obama belittled the entire “private sector” as Cordes alleged, but rather that he belittled individual effort and success of successful people and emphasized the the role of government in their success to make his “fair share” argument that the rich need to pay more taxes:

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

Or stated another way, successful people got the “helping hand” of government somewhere in their lives which led to their success and because of that they need to pay higher taxes to ensure other people get the same “helping hand”. Either way it’s stated, it’s a false premise that completely ignores the fact that the private sector, in the form of taxes, pays for EVERYTHING the government does. EVERYTHING!

So yes, Romney’s ad suggesting that Obama is belittling success is very much correct and CBS News gets it very wrong. Perhaps Nancy Cordes should do a little more research (i.e. read the entire speech or something) instead of using the Obama campaign as their primary source before falsely alleging Romney is wrong.

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  • MaroonRepublic

    It’s nice to have “objective” journalist out there to keep our land free.

    Wow. The media will twist Romney’s words to fit whatever narrative they want but when Obama says what he said, they go out of their way to either not report it or try to explain what he meant.

  • 12grace

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  • Nukeman60

    I was at first amazed that she would actually say an Obama ad was ‘false’ but, alas, at the end she came back to defend it. That left only a ‘false’ Romney ad, which as we all know isn’t false at all. Nice twist to make it seem to the average viewer that she was being, dare I say, fair and balanced.

    • NYGino

      Watch the other hand!

  • Rshill7

    Well good for yews, CBS news. You’re paying your dues. That’s two more mafia points. Save ’em up. You’re bucking for Pravda status. Just think of it, being the only approved news organization. How awesome will that be? Keep stroking, keep sinking. At least you’ve the bridal suite on this iceberg striker.

    And the band played on.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Nice comment… poetic and accurate.

  • Joe

    Send an email to CBS

    Here you go >>

    • Sober_Thinking

      Thanks for the link… writing them now.

    • kong1967

      I emailed using the form on their site. The actual address using my regular email didn’t work….it wouldn’t go through.

      I told them Romney shouldn’t have gotten tagged for being a liar for saying exactly what Obama said. Obama was unclear and virtually everyone thought he was referring to businesses and not the roads and bridges. That’s Obama’s fault, not Romney’s. Then I said Obama should get tagged as an idiot for not being able to speak clearly without a teleprompter.

  • Jaels_Song

    Just when I thought the Mainstream Media could not be larger liars or more disgusting. There is no depth to their Obama dung tonguing and depravity.

    • keyesforpres

      LOL, “dung tonguing”. I hope you don’t mind if I start to use that!

  • Someone of prominence needs to come out and squash this narrative on a grand scale. The mind-numbingly blatant lies of the Left and the egregious propagandizing of the Media MUST be completely laid bare before the elections. This is where Andrew Breitbart would have excelled.

  • keyesforpres

    Hey, See BS, keep this in the news! Keep up the great work!!

  • Army_Pilot1967

    CBS News = Crap & BS News!!!!

  • sjmom

    The problem for Obama is not the ad is that his words as spoken played out across the country in the speech. Out of context…………..ask business owners.

  • Sober_Thinking

    At least Pinocchio wanted to be a REAL boy… these puppets seem to love to have their strings pulled.

    Toilet journalism at it’s finest… meaning you can’t polish a turd.

  • This is a struggle over two very different philosophies that are diametrically opposed to each other. I compare it to a battle of good vs. evil that is similar to the Star Wars trilogy. Democrats, for the most part, are BIG GOVERNMENT proponents that also have an elitist mentality and think they’re smarter than everyone else. They, in large part, adhere to a secular humanistic approach that, in many cases, denies the role of God in the institutions of government and they also have a tendency to reject God’s sovereignty over the affairs of men. In other words, Democratic politicians and most of those in the media, are largely agnostic and believe that bigger government is basically the answer to all of America’s problems. Not the individual or America’s entrepreneurial spirit. They instead believe that progressive liberalism and larger government should control, and rule over, the masses. Because the truth be known, Democrats are essentially momma’s boys who want someone to watch over them (to take care of them) and thus absolve themselves of any sense of responsibility for their own lives and moral shortcoming(s). Democrats in all likelihood want to replace God and the Constitution with government elitists that will essentially allow them to do whatever they want without any fear of repercussion for the morally decadent lives they live and the godless actions they commit on what seems to be a daily basis. The Democratic Party is basically in bed with the devil and unless they’re defeated in November you can expect more of the same, and much worse, from Obama and his minions in Congress. If you think America is in bad shape now, you ain’t seen nothing yet if Obama gets reelected.

    The Republican Party is for the most part, the party of fiscal restraint, limited government, individual liberty, aherence to the Constitution, personal freedom, energy independence and the unleashing of America’s entreprenurial spirit so that the economy can thrive and prosper once again. Obama’s policies, on the other hand, are basically just the opposite. How’s that working out? My point exactly.

  • NYGino

    Every time the regime puts something out in an effort to minimize the damage of those four words it only prolongs the detrimental impact. Which is great. The trick, of course, is to be an adept multi tasker and stay on the economy as well.

    People can handle more than one issue at a time.

  • detectivedick

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    Also tonight we here at CBS NEWS will feature how President Obama will be the first re-elected President with only 45% of the popular vote. You see here at CBS we want all Black and Hispanic plus those dumb couch sitting Jerry Springer watching whites in the Urban core to get out and vote for the Progressive Dream Team. CBS supports President Obama and will supply free bus rides to the Polls in Trenton, Philly, Tampa and every City in the USA. After voting you will driven to the Red Lobster for lunch and a $25.00 gift card as a token of our support here at CBS NEWS. But wait if you tell use here at CBS NEWS that you voted for President Obama is 2008, we will double that gift card to $50.00
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    • NYGino

      detectivedick, you have Super Sarc Powers!

      • detectivedick

        I don’t know exactly where you live but if it is NY you should remember Billy Mays the late night salesman on TV that featured Oxy-Clean and ceramic knives…etc. The Liar, Axelrod, Podesta, that Muffy looking women, you know the assistant campaign chair….Gibbs, O’Malley, DSWS all remind me of snake oil salesman. I just don’t know how these vampires sleep? But then the Bolsheviks could sleep well.

  • Excellent analysis Scoop.

    Like I wrote the other day, teachers and coaches don’t work for free. They get paid.

    Risk takers cause more folks to get paid, because that’s how the risk takers get help. By paying for it.

  • RestlessLegs

    The libs know exactly what Obama meant when he said those words, and that’s why they’re in full defense mode for him. He revealed his true ideology, and now Dems and the MSM are trying to run cover for him. If these words are as harmless as they say, why are they trying so hard to explain them away?

  • badbadlibs

    These people are the reason America is in such a decline and on a rapid pace to go belly up.
    This woman posing as some kind of a jouralinst is the poster idiot for why moochelle says she’s “glad they are on her and bo’s side”!
    If a conservative of any stripe ever wins an election it was because God Himself intervened.
    The conservative/republican of today running for office is like a 10 man football team playing against a full team while the umpire/refs are openly siding and helping the other team. The odds are stacked against him/her from the start.

  • poljunkie

    Come on November.

  • ryanomaniac

    I don’t believe she was being used. She is following her own opinions which happen to be what CBS thinks. CBS evening news is an opinion show. Its not straight news.

  • Rocco11

    The Left’s flying monkeys in the media are indistinguishable…

  • anneinarkansas

    The Obama News always distorts facts.

  • giomerica

    That’s why no one watches the MSM… because as soon as you hear the White House talking points, you know exactly what’s going to be said on the network newscasts.

  • NOT!

  • kong1967

    At least they did one for Obama and Romney. However, the Obama lie was a “pants on fire” outrageous lie, while Romney’s was just about a statement that sounds exactly like Romney’s ad says it does. That’s not Romney’s fault….Obama said it.

    Romney should not have gotten tagged as a liar for that. Obama should have been tagged as an idiot that can’t talk without a teleprompter.

  • All Romney has to do is keep playing the EXACT words that came out of Obama’s mouth. If you listen to the whole quote, it’s actually a lot worse than it sounds. Obama clearly states that we owe everything we have to either government or other people. Individual initiative and achievement had nothing to do with it. So just keep playing the tape and let the people decide. Given how upset Americans are over Obama’s words, I don’t think the president was taken out of context at all.

    • Wisewoman2

      He wasn’t taken out of context. He only began to say that he was when his comments were challenged by Romney. Obama doesn’t have a clue. I started a small business myself in late 2003 putting a mortgage on my paid for house to do so. I kept my day job at the USACE. I opened a Daiquiri shop and restuarant called Daiquiri World. Believe me it was extremely hard work for me and my reluctant husband. No one from the govt helped me not one iota. The first year we had a little over $400,000 in sales. After Katrina (2005) which also damaged the Jackson, MS area business was not as good. After I lost my lease due to a church buying the property I was leasing, I closed the business in 2006. The Liar-in-Chief is clueless.