#Breitbart.com Desperately Spinning Romney’s Jerusalem Speech
Speaking of dumb propaganda (we were, weren’t we?), there’s a hilarious post by Joel Pollak at Breitbart.com, desperately trying to spin Mitt Romney’s references to “culture” in his Jerusalem fundraiser speech.
The screaming all caps headline: HOW AP, NPR LIED ABOUT ROMNEY ‘JEWISH DONORS’ SPEECH, USING PALESTINIAN PROPAGANDA
The “vicious lie” Pollak is bravely exposing:
NPR’s hourly news, read by Craig Windham, alleged that Romney told Jewish donors at a fundraiser in Jerusalem on Monday that “Jewish culture” allowed Israel to be more successful than its Palestinian neighbors. That blurb was accompanied an hour later by a short story from Sheera Frankel—who had reported earlier that nothing Romney said at the event had been made public, but that “one of the attendees” had told her his remarks had been “light and easy.” She also had reported initially that the fundraiser had been for “supporters…both from Israel and abroad,” as opposed to “Jewish donors.”
In her new story, Frankel reported the remarks as the AP presented them—including the reference to “Jewish donors.” She also repeated the AP’s implied criticism of Romney, using quotes from Palestinian official Saeb Erekat, who called Romney’s comments “racist.” Another report by Frankel later reinforced the AP and Erekat’s false meme.
In the first place, Romney never said the words “Jewish culture.”
Pollak links to several news articles, and not one of them uses the words “Jewish culture,” even though Pollak puts the phrase in quotes to suggest they did.
Pollak is correct that Romney didn’t use those words either, and nobody reported that he did. Here’s what Romney actually said, though, referring to Israeli economic superiority over Palestinians:
“Culture makes all the difference,” Mr. Romney said. “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”
“As you come here and you see the G.D.P. per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the G.D.P. per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” he said.
So Romney may not have used the words “Jewish culture,” but there can be no doubt at all that this is what he meant: the culture of the Jewish state of Israel. “I recognize the power of culture” can refer to nothing else, and when Romney cites the “power of culture” as a prime reason for economic superiority, he is implicitly saying that the economic inferior is also the cultural inferior.
Joel Pollak is a clown, posturing for a right wing base that could not possibly care less about anything they read making logical sense. All they’re looking for is the next talking point.