Anderson Cooper Takes DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz to Task for Misquoting L.A. Times In Fundraising Pitch
"There are some lies told by the DNC that even CNN canít let slide. Such is the case with a recent DNC fundraising email written by Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz which misquotes the L.A. Times in order to attack Mitt Romney.
The email at question centers around the RNC platform on abortion which has remained the same for the past twelve years in its steadfast support for the protection life.[See video below. MP3 audio here.]
The email written by Ms. Schultz said the following:
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are now, incredibly, saying they don't agree with the policies of the party whose nomination they're about to accept, but guess what? The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the platform was, and I quote, "written at the direction of Romney's campaign."
On his August 23 program, Anderson Cooper called out the Chairwoman for misquoting the L.A. Times, but Ms. Schultz stubbornly refused to admit fault. Throughout the interview, Cooper corrects Schultzís lies, pointing out that "Mitt Romney did not design or direct the writing of the Republican Party platform. In particular, the language on abortion is virtually the same as it's been for years."
In fact, the entire quote from the Times as Cooper pointed out said, "Delegates for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney are voting down substantive changes to the platform language that were written at the direction of Romney's campaign." In other words, Romney delegates on the platform committee are following Romney's wishes in trying to keep the platform from being changed in a more conservative direction and none of the changes Romney proposed mentioned abortion at all.
Schultz remained steadfast in her denial that she had misquoted the Times, even going so far as to question Governor Romneyís stance that he believes abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest by saying, "I can certainly acknowledge that he says that out loud. And I think it's very clear that Mitt Romney talks the talk, certainly doesn't walk the walk."
Throughout the segment, Cooper seemed confused at what Shultz's intentions were:
But just as you donít like being misquoted, I donít like being misquoted, Iím sure the L.A. Times doesnít like being misquoted to back up your political position. I donít understand why you would need to do that.
Kudos to Mr. Cooper for doing his job as a journalist by exposing Ms. Schultz's distortion."
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