Yesterday Mother Jones reporter David Corn took a smug swipe at Mitt Romney while gleefully promoting the release of the “full tape” of Romney’s remarks at a private fundraiser.

Mother Jones flaunted its unimpeachable journalistic ethics in a tweet about “full disclosure.”

Really? It doesn’t get fuller than this? Somebody’s full of something, and it ain’t disclosure.

After noting a key portion of Romney’s “47 percent” remarks was missing from the video, “just a blogger” William Jacobson did the work “real journalists” won’t do.

Using Facebook, Twitter and email, Jacobson pressured Corn to explain the missing segment from the supposedly “full tape.”

Corn responded via email:

According to the source, the recording device inadvertently turned off. The source noticed this quickly and turned it back one. The source estimates that one to two minutes, maybe less, of recording was missed.

Equipment failure? Seriously? Are we supposed to say, ‘There, there. It happens to all guys once in a while”?

Oops! While Corn denies that this is a case of deceptive editing, there’s no question he and Mother Jones deceived readers. At, Joel Pollak writes:

Mother Jones has failed a basic test and broken its promise to its readers and the public. There is now reason to doubt that it provided Romney’s full remarks–not just the context, but the remarks themselves. And there is new reason to suspect manipulation.

Corn promised the complete version of Romney’s remarks. Instead, he provided a version that is missing a large portion of video at the critical moment.

In a boom-worthy tweet yesterday, James O’Keefe highlighted the corrupt hypocrisy of the mainstream media’s refusal to press for the release of the full hidden camera video. How right he was.

The media will be all over this now, right?

Or not. The Mother Jones video is still being hyped as the “full video.”

And the lies are being swept under the lapdog rug. As always.


Beacon of journalistic ethics David Corn is now whining about conservative trolls.

His explanation is basically the same as the one in his email to blogger William Jacobson.

According to the source, the recording device was inadvertently turned off between these two segments. The source noticed quickly and began to re-record, resulting in an estimated a one-to-two minute loss of tape.

That “explanation” doesn’t address why Mother Jones tooted the “full disclosure” horn when up to two minutes of the tape were missing.

Spin harder, lapdoggies!


More from Corn:

Um, if there’s no video, isn’t it your job to disclose that when releasing the “full tape”?