The Hill reports, "Cutter: Romney is ‘not going to get apology’."
The Obama campaign on Sunday said it would not apologize to Mitt Romney for remarks made suggesting he may have committed a felony.More video here and here.
“He’s not going to get an apology,” said Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter , who made the controversial comments, during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.
Cutter said Romney should “stop whining” about the attacks from the Obama campaign which have targeted him over his work at private equity firm Bain Capital and his offshore financial holdings.
I wrote on this yesterday, "Mitt Romney 'Retired Retroactively' From Bain Capital."
But see Joel Pollak, "Obama's Media Allies in Retreat: Unable to Defend Bain Attacks, They Embrace 'Truthiness'":
The New Yorker's Alex Koppelman, for example, takes up the Romney campaign's response to Obama's false claims -- and instead of taking Obama to task, merely asks: "What Is Truth, Anyway?":
Judging by this ad, and the controversy generally, it seems like this election is likely to involve a lot of what we saw this week: two Presidential campaigns constantly swapping accusations of lying back and forth. It makes for good entertainment, but it may not ever get us any closer to the real truth.No -- there is, in fact, a real and verifiable truth, which even Romney's harshest media critics cannot deny: that he left active management of Bain Capital in February 1999, and that the Obama administration itself has spent billions of taxpayer dollars outsourcing jobs (while the Obama campaign raises cash overseas as well).
In addition, outsourcing--actually offshoring--is an irreversible part of the global economy. It creates opportunities for both the host and destination countries--lowering prices, increasing profits and creating more jobs overall. The only reason this debate--which defies economic sense--is happening is that the Obama campaign is attempting to use xenophobia to recover some of the support it has lost over the past four years, swapping "divide-and-rule" for "hope and change," and attempting to paint Romney as unpatriotic.
The Obama campaign has lost (for a while, anyway) some of the credibility the mainstream media normally grants it so readily. By any measure--and certainly by the polls--Obama's attacks on Bain capital have not worked. Yet Koppelman tries to spin Obama's desperate tactics as a blow to Romney--when in fact Romney has been handed a bona fide narrative of "Obama as liar" that he can, and likely will, use through the end of the campaign.