If it’s a day ending in “y,” it’s guaranteed that media lapdogs are champing at the bit to expose Mitt Romney as a nefarious, more clean-cut Snidely Whiplash. Lee Fang, shameless lapdog at The Nation, ran across an alleged undercover video of Romney giddily praising a “sweatshop” in China. Fang got so excited, he nearly piddled on his rug!


Uh, did Fang watch the same video we just did? Because to us, it sounded like Romney (if the voice in the video is in fact his) was merely telling a story about a trip to a Chinese factory. He made no indication of condoning the factory conditions or of being satisfied with the factory official’s story. In fact, while he’s telling the story, he still sounds disturbed about the workers’ conditions and low pay.

It can’t be as simple as that. Not to the Left, anyway. Mitt Romney just has to be an evil capitalist slavedriver, right? Right???



At least a few Twitterers suspect that the video is of dubious origin:

The video itself may or may not be authentic. But something definitely seems fishy. The video Fang linked to is currently the only video on the Rachel Maddow YouTube channel, and according to YouTube, the channel page was only created today. Even Fang can’t help but puzzle a bit over the way the video was released:

Fang isn’t alone. Media Matters’ Simon Malloy doesn’t think things quite add up, either:

Right now, though, the strange circumstances surrounding the video aren’t the most disturbing aspect of all this; they’re just the latest symptom of a serious disease. The Left is constantly searching for ways to nail Mitt Romney’s character — and the characters of other conservatives. While Fang may now be second-guessing his initial zealotry, the media are still guilty of propagating sensationalism without regard for all the facts. That’s not only lazy, it’s dangerous.


Rachel Maddow has confirmed that she did not post the video:

  • TroyGates

    This is exactly how the conditions are in the iPhone factories. Are all the liberals going to stop using their iPhones now?

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  • stuckinIL4now

    Demsperation is really burning bright these days …

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Translation of Maddow’s denial of the video:

    “I didn’t think I’d get caught so soon!”

    • JoeMyGod

      Yes, she didn’t think she’d get caught so she posted it under her full real name. Eye-roll. #LOLteabaggers

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

    Gawd, I’m so exhausted by the stupid of the progs. They don’t understand basic property rights to begin with and they sure as heck can’t tell the difference between “owning” and “thinking about buying” a factory, not to mention “bragging” and “describing.”

    • Hiraghm

      well, you sure as hell can’t improve working conditions unless you own the factory, right? Yet they *presume* that in buying the factory, they’d leave it as it is, even though that’s now how Bain works… ?

  • Hiraghm

    Meanwhile, evil empire Apple wins ridiculous lawsuit against evil empire Samsung. Not coincidence that Samsung is #1 Android device manufacturer. Apple hasn’t changed in a quarter century. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-v-samsung-verdict?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=twitterclickthru

    But, let’s bash Romney for, way back when, trying to buy a Chinese factory, which, prior to purchase, had lousy working conditions… kinda like those factories making iPhones…

    • Michael Hampton

      So you are OK with exploiting Chinese workers because Apple did it?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

        That absurd statement is further demonstration of where prog logic & reading comp skills gets you (i.e., ridiculous extrapolation that has no connection to what was actually written).

      • SineWaveII

        Go back and read the comment again, go slow and try to understand each word. If you try real hard you’ll understand what Jim was saying. Now go try again.

        • Michael Hampton

          I did. I stand by my comment. “kind of like Apple is doing” is where I got that from. Understand? It’s easy.

  • Paul C.

    The libs will go back to the womb to get something, anything on Romney. Look over here at the shinny new object. Pay attention people!!

    • Michael Hampton

      Um…he was the architect of Obamacare and he passed marriage equality. That is enough to keep him from becoming president.

    • Michael Hampton

      And besides, what do you think that the birthers are doing?

  • digitalPimple

    Ho hum, more liberal dumb.

  • Elaa Scratch

    Indeed, the left is running with this story, and inaccurately portraying his words to suggest he is extolling the virtues of these conditions. And yeah, that’s wrong. However, what I can’t help but be amused by is the number of you conservatives who gleefully leap on continued conspiracies such as the birther issue, how many of you rabidly follow the mindless fabrications of that hack Barton, and fully support flagrant thieves and liars like Rick Scott. Personally I am enjoying watching both sides foam at the mouth, doggedly ignoring facts in favor of fabrication! One side drools over Maddow, MSNBC and NPR, while the other faps furiously while watching FOX, lambastes scientific progress in favor of biblical mysticism, screams about upholding the Constitution of the United States while gleefully ignoring much of it. Ahhhh… Two sides of the same weathered coin! Yes, heaven forbid the liberals check facts, and far be it from you lot to do the same. Please continue… If there is one thing I enjoy in this world, it is watching hate, ignorance and paranoia spread like wildfire.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Oh God, the Paulifarians have landed….

    • Catchance

      Sigh… how awful it must be to be imprisoned in your mind. At least we Fox-watching, Bible-believing Constitutionalists have some principles.

      • Michael Hampton

        You try to make others follow your principles, but true Fox-watching, Bible-believing Constitutionalists ever practice what they preach. Look at the pastor who was caught pleasuring himself repeatedly. He was the first person to condemn gay people and did a display of hate every year in New Orleans just for Southern Decadence. Not Mardis Gras. Just gay events. Now he is in jail because he was doing exactly what he was protesting against.

        • PhantomStranger

          I don’t give a rat’s ass about fox news or any other news outlet.

          I’ve got principles for myself. I could give a damn what you do.

          Only thing I care about is if your actions are infringing on me. And they are. You know what the lib agenda is. If you’re awake and paying any attention whatsoever, you see what your buddies are doing.

          Your right to push an anti-heterosexual,anti-nature,anti-religious,anti-constitutional agenda of pure unadulterated depraved blasphemous filth ends at my property line.

          • Michael Hampton

            Can you tell me how my being able to get married affects you past your property line? How am I infringing on you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000628779903 Cary Crisp

    “But the argument Mitt makes here…. sounds exactly like something he’d say— ”
    Fake but real.

  • J.N. Ashby

    I don’t really see the problem with the video. The Chinese people clamoring to work in that factory? I mean, sweatshops are a good thing. Every developing nation that ever succeeded at least HAD them. If the alternative is “no job,” you take what you can get. Or did they not like the part where he said that Americans have it better than other people?

    • Catchance

      Exactly! As awful as those conditions are, I think even some people in America might take them over the current ‘no job’ situation here.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Even if it is authentic, it’s sure funny how it slams shut so fast after a Chinese businessman says something so provocative without hearing what Mitt had to say in response. And he doe sound quite incredulous and dismayed by the conditions.

  • Dio Heerai

    Thank you Twitchy ..Its YOUR vigilance that’s killing these Alinsky plots in their cribs. Four years ago they would have gotten away with this.

    • Michael Hampton

      Um…swiftboating anyone?

      • SineWaveII

        No not just anyone only John (give me a medal for breathing) Kerry

  • wolfie773

    Translation: “Two months to the election and we still have nothing.”

  • $10348

    So Romney told a story in which he contrasts conditions in China to those in the US and finds the US far superior. Wow, really controversial.

  • Conservaguy

    Where the hell did he say he was proud or even condoned these conditions? Also this was BEFORE they even bought the factory. How stupid is the left to believe anyone but their own knuckle headed selves will buy this crap? Maddow and her ilk are desperate, angry and afraid that they are going to be rejected en mass come this election. And they will be!