(This follows up the post just before this one.)
We’re wondering about character, honesty, integrity and conscience. We think those things are appropriate descriptions of what’s missing in politicians and commentators who insult, misstate, falsify and/or exaggerate.
Tonight, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell didn’t tell the truth about Ann Romney’s demeanor, falsified a Harry Reid statement, and made charges without any evidence. O’Donnell said about what might be in Mitt Romney’s tax returns, “It could be a felony.”
The statement is as irresponsible as Harry Reid’s saying a source told him Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years without providing any proof.
O’Donnell also claimed Mrs. Romney was angry in the NBC interview about a question regarding her husband not releasing more than one year — with a second expected — of his tax returns.
She clearly was not, though her answer that included they’re having released all that the public needs, didn’t address why Romney can’t be held to the same standards as other presidents.
To us, O’Donnell looked worse when he claimed Reid’s comment was that Romney didn’t pay INCOME taxes for 10 years.
We find no source saying that Reid specified income taxes on any of the occasions where he made the unsupported charge. Reid said a source at Bain Capital told him the Republican candidate paid no taxes (not no income taxes) for a decade.
And you can’t completely rule out the possibility that Romney had no taxable income during that period.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Vice President Biden just isn’t “a smart man.”
An insulting, presumptuous and dumb remark despite Biden’s inappropriate, irresponsible and pandering comment yesterday”.
Biden addressed a mostly African-American audience and said about Republicans and especially Mitt Romney wanting to reduce regulations, he “is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street” and is going to “put y’all back in chains.” The latter quote was uttered in a southern accent.
Romney charged that the President’s campaign is “all about division and attack and hatred.” He said the President and his campaign are speaking to “bring a sense of enmity and jealousy and anger.”
His charges might also apply to parts of the Republican election effort. The comments are at best inappropriate