MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims
By Noel Sheppard | Tue October 30, 2012
MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies at a storm relief rally in Ohio to be sent to victims of Hurricane Sandy…
After introducing his Obama-supporting guests Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Lehigh professor James Peterson, host Martin Bashir played a clip of the President speaking at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington Tuesday.
When the clip concluded, Bashir said, “Mayor Reed, so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing. Did he, did you detect perhaps a subtle dig there on Mr. Romney who spent today going against the guidelines established by the Red Cross and holding a campaign rally in Ohio that was dressed up like a charity drive collecting food and other supplies when the Red Cross expressly asked people not to do that?” …
Yet according to the Washington Post:
The stop was billed as a “storm relief” event, and attendees were asked to bring non-perishable foods and other items for those affected by the storm. Long white tables to one side of the cavernous James S. Trent Arena were piled high with flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods.
Two large TV screens at the front of the venue bore the logo of the American Red Cross and the message: “Sandy: Support the Relief Effort. Text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation.”
So besides the food and supplies that Ohioans generously donated, two large television screens asked participants to send money to the Red Cross.
Moreover, Mr. Romney has suspended his campaign’s fundraising and is instead asking for financial donations to the Red Cross in emails and on his campaign’s website.
Besides, the Red Cross does not entirely discourage the donation of canned goods and the other items listed. They just prefer money. But sometimes when you are in a house without power you would prefer to have batteries and toilet paper, even to money.
But this didn’t make Bashir happy. Ditto his Obama-supporting guests.
“I think that this is just another moment where you see the clear striking difference between a president who has a heart for the American people and someone who simply wants to be president of the United States,” said Mayor Reed…
“I would agree,” echoed Peterson. “It’s compassion that shows through in times like these. It’s humanity that shows through in times like these, and it just seems clear that the President, in addition to stepping up and doing what he does as Commander-in-Chief, demonstrates compassion in these remarks and in his approach to this kind of serious disaster.”
“All we’ve seen from Romney and from his surrogates is all kinds of politicizing and misdirection,” Peterson continued, “and I think the American people in this sort of disastrous moment can really see in bold relief the differences between President Obama and former Governor Romney.” …
About a half hour later, Bashir brought GQ’s Ana Marie Cox on to trash Romney’s event.
“I found that sort of fake, relief rally, whatever it is, to be pretty offensive, and also wrong-headed,” said Cox. She actually called Romney “craven” for doing it…
If you want to know the meaning of the word ‘craven,’ look up Ana Marie Cox’s brilliant career.
This was followed by MSNBC contributor Karen Finney saying, “As a former governor, I would think that he would know that what the Red Cross needs in times like this is money and blood.” …
Lest we forget, Ms. Finney served four years as the spokesperson and Director of Communications at the Democratic National Committee.
And we also have this from NewsBusters:
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Slams Mitt Romney for Collecting Storm Supplies
By Matt Vespa | October 30, 2012
In Tuesday afternoon’s broadcast of Andrea Mitchell Reports, Mitchell accused Romney of surreptitious campaigning, and asked what are the true intentions of Governor Romney collecting storm supplies after a hurricane…
ANDREA MITCHELL: And then you’ve got the image of Mitt Romney doing what they say isn’t a campaign event – in the same space that were going to hold a campaign event. They say they’re making collections for hurricane and storm relief Chris Cillizza first to you – we checked with the Red Cross. The Red Cross said while they’re always grateful for donations – that this is not what they need or want.
That they always tell people please donate money because we have our own packagers – wholesalers – they have their own distribution system.
And to now get these canned good from the Romney event in Ohio – and have to first package it – used clothes they have to clean. They can’t go directly to victims so what they need is donations of blood and donations of money.
Again, there are no hard and fast rules. And Romney also is asked for financial donations at the event , just as he is doing in emails and at his campaign’s website. Besides, the Red Cross are not the only charity in the world.
It does seem like a thinly veiled – why Ohio? Why choose Ohio for (inaudible)…
CHRIS CILLIZZA: You know – right because the storm is kind of –
MITHCELL: Not in Ohio!
CILLIZZA: Not there.
Of course, Sandy did hit Ohio, and quite hard. But you wouldn’t expect ‘reporters’ to be aware of that detail.
And here is another example of our news media’s objectivity, from the same event, via Breitbart:
Hot Mic Catches Buzzfeed Reporter McKay Coppins Ripping Romney
by John Nolte | 30 Oct 2012
The source of this is Jon Ward, a political reporter for the Huffington Post, and he deserves a lot of credit for telling the truth about what he overheard:
Jon Ward [tweeted]: Reporters overheard on politico live stream speculating before Romney event that there is "a 40% chance that he says something stupid."
The so-called "reporter" in question was apparently — and to no one’s surprise — one of [BuzzFeed's] McKay Coppins.
In fact, Mr. Coppins was the pool reporter assigned to report and distribute the news about Romney to the entire press corps that day.
McKay Coppins later tweeted: Looks like my snide comment, caught on livestream, was wrong: Romney got the tone just right at this event in Dayton.
Uh huh. And we believe you, too, Mr. Coppins.
Anyway, this must be more of that new tone the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party are always lecturing us about.