Friday, September 21, 2012—BTPG Founder Barbara Gonzalez and member Pat Iurelli are quoted in Romney Videotape: In the Modern World, no candidate's speech is truly private, published yesterday in the Asbury Park Press. (Paywall with limited free viewings.)
Buried at the end of the article is this spin:
Bayshore Tea Party Group founder Barbara Gonzalez did not condone Romney’s remarks, but said they are rooted in fact and reflect the vision of the Republican ticket, to shrink government and wean the nation off its support.
“The Middle East is fighting, the world is burning and now the media is saying, ‘Romney, Romney, Romney,’ ” Gonzalez said. “It’s another distraction.”
The article does not explain why one would need to "condone" or apologize for the telling of a well-known and important truth. It's another distraction.
The article splits Pat Iurelli's statement across a page break:
Pat Iurilli, a 55-year-old Republican resident of Highland Park, in Middlesex County, agreed. He pointed to Obama’s remarks at a news conference just a few months ago when he said, “The private sector is doing fine,” which led to complaints Obama is out of touch about weak job growth. The press didn’t hound him the same way it has hounded Romney, Iurilli said.
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“It just shows, I think, that they’re not giving equal scrutiny,” Iurilli said.
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The paper quotes the director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University:
It is important to note that voter memories are short, Redlawsk said, and though Romney’s campaign is viewed by Democrats as foundering, there could be something to give the Romney campaign momentum.
Mr. Redlawski knows or surely should know, that the public's memories of fact are very short, but its memories of impressions are long indeed. That's why the media "spins the narrative": if they can convince you now, when you're not really paying attention, that something bad happened, you'll remember that in the future, even if you've seen facts to the contrary. It's only if you are in the habit of analysis that you'll get the facts right in the beginning, or correct your impression later. And most of us cannot maintain the habit of analysis. We have to live in the here and now. We have to stop at the stop sign, and check off our grocery lists, and balance our checkbooks. And so we can be misled by those whom we trust for our news.