Randi Rhodes said on her radio program today, “I need to tell you that Mitt Romney hates Jews. She cited a bill Mitt Romney vetoed while governor of Massachusetts. She said the measure would allow Medicare to pay for kosher meals for Jewish seniors when they are in Jewish nursing homes. “The stereotype has always been that Jews are cheap.” (Rhodes is Jewish.)
To say Romney hates Jews is a completely unsubstantiated and incendiary charge. Rhodes and Newt Gingrich both distorted the original article that appeared in the NY Post.
“[Romney] eliminated serving kosher food for elderly Jewish residents under Medicare,” Gingrich said. “I did not know this, it just came out yesterday. The more we dig in, I understand why George Soros in Europe yesterday said it makes no difference if it’s Romney or Obama, we can live with either one.”
Commentarymagazine fact-checked the comments and reported,
It’s a great campaign line for the former speaker, and the addition about George Soros is a nice touch. The problem is, Romney never actually “eliminated serving kosher food” to Jewish residents at state nursing homes, especially not in the way Gingrich describes.
Mitt Romney is getting heat for a 2003 veto he cast as governor of Massachusetts to reject $600,000 in additional funds for poor Jewish nursing-home residents to get kosher meals.
At the time, Romney said he nixed the funding of about $5 per day because it “unnecessarily” would lead to an “increased (Medicaid) rate for nursing facilities” — even as kosher nursing homes were complaining that state-funding-formula changes could force them to close their kitchens.
“I was outraged,” Jeffrey Goldshine, the retired CEO of a company that operated a kosher facility in Massachusetts, told The Post yesterday.
“For the elderly Jewish residents of a nursing home that have always been kosher — they should be entitled to continue.”
The Massachusetts Legislature approved an amendment to restore the $600,000 to finance the kosher meals allowing a “most vulnerable segment of our population’’ to “enjoy a special dignity,” according to the Jewish Community Council. That was not reported by Rhodes today or Gingrich.
On another subject, Rhodes made a definitive statement saying, in different words, that former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain is guilty of cheating on his wife.
Once again we have to say that in our judgment, there’s a big difference between expressing an informed opinion and stating something as if it were fact.
Rhodes referred to Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, saying they “have a lot in common. I mean seriously, a lot in common …. they do, the infidelity twins, they were made for each other.”
Several women said that Cain was intimate with them while he was married. The women’s accounts has not been verified. Also, this either happened or it didn’t, so there is no such thing as an informed opinion in this case.