Say what you will about whether Obama supporter Bill Burton and his Super PAC, Priorities USA and their latest campaign ad is fair to Mitt Romney or not. Fair or not, if nothing else, it's proven one thing and that is if you are a Democrat and you run an ad which makes claims that the media can distort or paint as dubious, you're going to be savaged by the press. If you're Mitt Romney, there is absolutely no punishment for lying non-stop by the corporate media.
As Steve Benen has been documenting, the Romney campaign has been lying non-stop since he's been running for office and his latest installment from last week of his series can be read here: Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXVIII.
But never mind that, Fox's Shannon Bream and Ed Henry did a whole lot of water carrying for Mittens this Thursday afternoon where they relayed Romney's response to the Burton ad, without a care in the world for the sheer amount of lying we've seen from Romney day after day and month after month.
Here's Romney's statement about the Burton ad:
This campaign and the people working with him have focused almost exclusively on personal attacks. You know, in the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, why, campaigns pulled the ad, They were embarrassed. But today, they just blast ahead. You know, the various fact checkers look at some of these charges in the Obama ads and they say that they’re wrong, and inaccurate, and yet he just keeps on just running them.
Mitt Romney ought to have lightening striking him for the audacity of being willing to say that out loud. Romney's been lying about President Obama in his campaign ads and that's from day one, the very first one where he took the President out of context on the economy, and it's just gone on from there.
Benen started his running list back in January of this year. If you've got endless hours to try to keep up on the sheer volume of Romney lies since that time if you weren't already, here's the latest list Steve ended his post with:
And don't count on our lazy, complicit, corporate media to relay most of what's in that list to anyone. They'd rather be screaming about how terribly unfair it is to point out that vulture capitalists might actually ruin lives and communities for years to come after they go in and raid pension funds, trash union contracts and extract every dime they can suck out of a company so they can pocket millions while people that worked for those companies for decades wind up with nothing.
That's a story none of them want to tell about Mitt Romney, which is the main reason they all lose their collective minds after another ad comes out attacking his time at Bain. What's really ironic about this whole thing is that Burton's PAC was only going to run the ad in a few swing states and the collective freakout by the right and the corporate media just ended up giving him a whole lot of free air time.