The Mass Media who cried Controversy!!!
Is the media like the boy crying he saw a wolf?: Today Mitt Romney spoke at the NAACP convention, a place many Romney supporters had claimed would be hostile. During the speech Romney said to help promote job growth Obamacare should be repealed. The NAACP audience booed at Romney’s statement. There have been continuing News reports and articles circulating this clip around at an attempt to stir up some controversy.
So is this really as controversial as its been made out to be?: After being booed Romney immediately defended his statement by saying:
You know there was a survey of the chamber of commerce. They carried out a survey of their members. About 1500 surveyed and they asked them what effect Obamacare would have on their plans? And three quarters of them said it made them less likely to want to hire people.”
Many have claimed Romney was wrong for going off script to defend himself. Some criticize Romney for giving a bogus survey, while other bloggers and commentators criticize the audience for booing. What we have here is another instance where the media takes a snap shot of an event places it out of context in order to cause more division amongst the citizens in our country. Is the media wrong for this? I think they do it out of self preservation the more controversial or divisive something seems, then the more viewers and readers they get tuning in. I can’t exactly fault them for that.
My Opinion: To neutralize the affects of this I encourage you to become more informed by watching the full speech, then spread the facts. Also check out this survey, I don’t know if it’s the one Romney was referencing but sounds similar if not identical. The survey certainly lends fact and validity to Romneys claim. When watching the whole speech in context you see the NAACP booed at the claim, but when backed up by fact there was no further booing. In fact throughout the speech you can hear the NAACP pipe organ echoing in agreement with Romney as well as applause from the audience. When watching the speech and Audience Reactions I counted 3 instances of booing contrasted with 24 instances of applause (see fact sheet below). Was I watching the same speech as these media commentators? Overall its more than fair to say the NAACP were nothing but hospitable to Mitt Romney.
By: Milton L. Jefferson
A Contributor of The Constitutional Knight
Below is my reaction breakdown, factsheet, and the transcript link:
Totals: Positive reactions= 28, Negative reactions= 3, Neutral reactions= 5
Breakdown of reaction types: Laughs: 2 (Neutral); Pipe Organ “amen” notes: 4 (Positive); Applauds: 24 (Positive); Boos: 3 (Negative); Indiscernible noise: 3 (Neutral).
Transcript: Romney Transcript although I had watched the video back through and made corrections to some of the quotes which I pulled from the transcript:
- “I just hope the Obama campaign doesn’t think you’re playing favorites.” [Audience Laughs]
- “I hope to represent all Americans of every race, creed, and sexual orientation.” [Audience cheers and a pipe organ note]
- “The President wants to make this a campaign about blaming the rich. I want to make this a campaign about helping the middle class” [Audience Applauds]
- ‘But, in campaigns at their best, voters can expect a clear choice, and candidates can expect a fair hearing – only more so from a venerable organization like this one. “[Audience Applauds]
- “Americans of every background are asking when this economy will finally recover – and you, in particular, are entitled to an answer.” [Audience Applauds]
- “Our society sends them into mediocre schools and expects them to perform with excellence, and that is not fair. Frederick Douglass observed that, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. “ [Audience Applauds]
- “They are told even now to wait for improvements in our economy and in our schools, but it seems to me that these Americans have waited long enough.” [Audience Applauds]
- “On Day One, I will begin turning this economy around with a plan for the middle class. And I don’t mean just those who are middle class now – I also mean those who have waited so long for their chance to join the middle class.” [Audience Applauds]
- “But trade must be free and fair, so I’ll clamp down on cheaters like China and make sure that they finally play by the rules.” [Audience Applauds]
- “Our high level of debt slows GDP growth and that means fewer jobs. If our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we take in every year.” [Audience Applauds] To do this, I will work to eliminate every expensive non-essential program I can find and that includes Obamacare, and I will work to reform and …….[Audience boos] You know there was a survey of the chamber of commerce. They carried out a survey of their members. About 1500 surveyed and they asked them what effect Obamacare would have on their plans? And three quarters of them said it made them less likely to want to hire people. [No response from Audience] So I say again if our priority is job and that is my priority, That’s something I’d change and I’d replace with something that provides the people something they need in healthcare. Which is lower costs, good quality, a capacity to deal with people who have pre-existing conditions, and I will put that in place. I will also work to reform and save medicare and social security. [Audience murmurs undiscernibly]
- “I’ll do that in part by means-testing their benefits. Meaning higher benefits for lower income people and lower benefits for higher income folks.” [Audience Applauds]
- “Too many homes and too many schools are failing to provide our children with the skills and education that are essential for anything other than a minimum-wage job.”[ Audience Applauds]
- “Do these five things – open up energy, expand trade, cut the growth of government, focus on better educating tomorrow’s workers today, and restore economic freedom – and jobs will come back to America, and wages will rise again. We have got to do it.” [Audience Applauds]
- “The President will say he will do those things, but he will not, he cannot, and his record of the last four years proves it definitively.” [Audience semi boos and makes indiscernible sound]
- “If I am president, job one for me will be creating jobs. I have no hidden agenda. “[Audience Applauds]
- “ If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him.” [Audience is mixed with applauds, boos, and indiscernible noise]
- “I put in place a merit scholarship for those students who excelled: the top 25 percent of students in each high school were awarded a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship – which meant four years tuition-free at any Massachusetts public institution of higher learning.”[ Audience Applauds]
- “So I joined with the Black Legislative Caucus, and their votes helped preserve my veto, which meant that new charter schools, including some in urban neighborhoods, would be opened” [Audience Applauds]
- “I have made my choice: As president, I will be a champion of real education reform in America, and I won’t let any special interest get in the way.” [Audience Applauds]
- “ For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted. And I will make that a true choice” [Audience Applauds]
- “I can’t promise that you and I will agree on every issue. But I do promise that your hospitality to me today will be returned. We will know one another” [Audience Applauds and pipe organ note]
- “ if I am elected president, and you invite me to next year’s convention, I would count it as a privilege, and my answer will be yes.” [Audience Applauds and pipe organ note]
- · “Any party that claims a perfect record doesn’t know history the way you know it.” [Applauds from Audience barely audible]
- “For every one of us a particular person comes to mind, someone who set a standard of conduct and made us better by their example. For me, that man is my father, George Romney” [Audience Applauds]
- “It wasn’t just that my Dad helped write the civil rights provision for the Massachusetts Constituti…excuse me….the Michigan Constitution, though he did.” [Audience Laughs]
- “ He was a man of the fairest instincts, and a man of faith who knew that every person was a child of God.” [Audience Applauds]
- “I’m grateful to him for so many things, and above all for the knowledge of God, whose ways are not always our ways, but whose justice is certain and whose mercy endures forever.” [Audience Applauds]
- “Against cruelty, arrogance, and all the foolishness of man, this spirit has carried the NAACP to many victories. More still are up ahead, and with each one we will be a better nation.” [Audience Applauds and pipe organ note]