Now Scott Brown Is Getting Into the Deceptive Editing Business
Republicans are really getting some mileage out of their blatantly dishonest characterization of President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” statement. Now Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has released a web video that edits together different parts of Obama’s speech — just like Mitt Romney did — to create a totally false impression. Greg Sargent has details: Scott Brown Gets in on the Big Lie.
Obama’s now infamous “didn’t build that” speech is similar to Elizabeth Warren’s viral remarks about how the rich didn’t get rich on their own. So it’s not surprising that Senator Scott Brown has just released a new Web video (embedded below) tying Obama’s remarks to Warren’s and painting them as vaguely anti-American. Brown says: “I will never demonize you as business leaders and business owners.”
Brown, apparently taken with the plaudits Romney has earned from the right for lying relentlessly about Obama’s quote, has now done the same. His video reproduces the audio of Obama’s speech this way:
“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 ‘cause I was so smart.’ Because if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Just as Romney’s Web video does, the audio is edited to remove the chunk of the speech in which Obama talks about our “great American system” and “roads and bridges,” misleading listeners into believing that the “didn’t build that” line was an insult to business owners. Any listener would reasonably conclude that the language quoted above is exactly as Obama delivered it.
The real purpose of these despicable lying advertisements is pretty obvious: to portray Obama as a dangerous radical, an un-American “other” who doesn’t love this country. If anyone ever asks you why I renounced the GOP and the debased right wing, this dishonest racially motivated animus toward Obama is one of the big reasons.