There is a reason why conservatives find it deeply hypocritical for liberals to call for an end to First Amendment rights for some corporations but not others. If an oil company wants to spend money advocating against punitive taxation of their industry, it is the end of democracy as we know it. But if The Washington Post, also a corporation, wants to spend millions distributing attacks on Republican presidential candidates, that is A-OK.
The Post continued their long and well established history of shoddy attacks on Republicans today (how many stories did they do on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's college thesis?), releasing an artfully timed hit piece on Mitt Romney about an alleged high school prank that happened almost 50 years ago. The story opens:
Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
Notice how The Post never flat out accuses Romney of targeting Lauber because he was gay, they just imply it. Notice how they use quotation marks for statements purportedly made by Romney almost 50-years ago. Notice how this story was released on the web perfectly timed to coincide with President Obama's new found support for gay marriage.
The story premiered with this denial from the Romney campaign:
Romney is now the presumed Republican presidential nominee. His campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, said in a statement that “anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body. The stories of fifty years ago seem exaggerated and off base and Governor Romney has no memory of participating in these incidents.”
This sentence has since been added:
In fact, Romney's denial went even further. Here is the transcript from the radio interview:
So Romney denies remembering the specific event in question and further denies believing Lauber was gay. A denial that The Post still has not added to their story.
But The Post, was never interested in the truth to begin with. If they were, they would have put Obama under the same microscope. Obama also attended an elite private school, all be it in the late-70s. Did Obama ever pull an pranks while he was there? Did he ever experiment with any substances? The Post has done zero stories on this part of Obama's life.
The Washington Post exists for one reason, and one reason only. And it is not to make money. It is to help elect as many Democrats as possible. They did their part today.