Republicans tried this week to help their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, rebound from the drubbing he's received over his secretly recorded remarks about the 47% by unearthing a 14-year-old recording of then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama saying, "I actually believe in redistribution."
Note to America: Not only does President Obama have a secret plan to take your guns, he'll grab your piggy bank while he's at it!
The mainstream media hasn't exactly leaped on the recording, in part because we went through a very similar episode four years ago.
It's not news . . . because we covered it four years ago.
No, you dismissed it four years ago.
You mocked Joe The Plumber and rushed to assure the world that Barack's remarks meant nothing bad.
Like the way, today, you always rush to assure the world that Mitt Romney's remarks are evil and must be taken in the worst way possible.
Barack makes a potentially controversial statement and the press rushes in to say, "Nothing to see here and what he meant was . . ." Mitt Romney makes a potentially controversial statement and the press rushes in to say, "Oh my God! Can you believe he said that! As bad as it may sound, you know it actually means so much worse! Now let me spend the next 4 days explaining to you what he really meant and just how awful he is."
That is how the press is operating.
Meanwhile, 4 Americans were killed last week and, more and more, it appears the White House had warning before the attack on the consulate in Libya.
But don't worry, Jon Healey's staying busy explaining to you why you shouldn't ever doubt Barack.
See, when you're a member of the Green Party -- a real member, not a faux one -- you're able to grasp just how crooked the press is because you don't have a dog in the fight. They ignore your party so you can just look at how they rush to pimp one candidate and rip apart another.
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