Shocker: Video Of Romney’s 47% Comments Is Missing Footage


That controversial video of Mitt Romney speaking at a closed fundraiser and talking about the 47% of Americans who have no income tax burden wasn’t the full video as its proponents have suggested. Bloggers have discovered that it is missing a couple of minutes in the middle:

The Legal Insurrection blog’s William Jacobson and The Blaze both raised questions on Tuesday about whether Mother Jones had, as promised, revealed the full video, given an apparent jump cut in the critical section of Romney’s remarks.

“Something is missing.  Romney’s 47% answer was cut off before completed, and is not picked up on the Part 2 audio video,” Jacobson noted.

David Corn of Mother Jones has now admitted, despite his claims elsewhere that they were releasing the full footage, that his source turned off the recording device for a couple of minutes in the middle of Romney’s key remarks.  He’s also had to update his original post to admit that two minutes of a key part of the footage is missing.

Meanwhile, via Ed Morrissey, let’s not forget that Mother Jones ripped conservative video maker James O’Keefe for allegedly not releasing the entirety of video used in an expose of NPR:

To the list of journalism’s greatest disgraces, let us now add James O’Keefe. O’Keefe calls himself an investigative reporter, though as far as we can tell the only group of journalists he has anything in common with are habitual fabricators like Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, and Janet Cooke.

But that’s not the scandal we’re talking about. The real scandal is that—even though by the time he posted a “sting” of a top NPR fundraiser, O’Keefe was notorious for creating deceptive video smear jobs (ACORN? Hello?)—the media repeated the allegations uncritically.

O’Keefe, of course, was guilty of no such fabrications.  But Mother Jones and David Corn are certainly guilty of releasing incomplete video while simultaneously claiming that it was complete.

I don’t know that the full context of Romney’s remarks would help or hurt him – I  think his original comments are controversial only because they were so honest – but the point is that the missing footage should have been disclosed.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • $8194357

    Lies and the liars who spin them..

    Alinsky and marx were big believers in…..
    Any means to win.

    The art of “propaganda”.

    And American “Pravda” bytes down and runs with
    it as marxist social justice leftist gospel for the masses..

  • The Whistler

    Rose Mary Woods, please call your office.

    • Proof

      Hater! Heh.

  • borborygmi

    Not a shocker at all. In this great world of technology you can alter and manipulate anything. Its used on both sides and put forth as the truth. IMO if you have to resort to this your are a liar, and you are most likely covering up for the short comings of either your candidate or the ideology or both. Shame but thats politics.
    Mitt hasn’t backed down from the 47% remark, the inference is that if you don’t pay taxes you are a leech on society. What I question is If these 47% aren’t paying income tax whos tax plan are they under? Isn’t it the Bush tax plan, the one the conservatives wish to make permanent thus giving stability to the economy? Aren’t the 47% living the Republican dream. More money in their pocket to spend and help the economy?

    • robert108

      “Its used on both sides and put forth as the truth.”
      Not in this case, so you’re trying to distract with the “everybody does it” crap.
      The “inference” is all yours, as Mitt didn’t say that. Making the present tax rates permanent, to avoid the fiscal cliff in January, is just good economic policy. Unlike obama, we want a dynamic economy, not a “stable”(stagnant) one.
      It’s instructive that you regard having more money in your pocket as “the Republican dream”, since the Democrat dream is to take as much money from the achievers as possible to feed the greedy govt.

      • borborygmi

        So you then agree that Bush’s tax cuts the tax cuts that allow 47% not to pay income tax is a good thing. Why then is Romney bringing it up as a negative?

        • robert108

          Again, you try to conflate two different things. Marginal tax rates don’t cause anyone to pay no taxes; that’s the political maneuvering done by the liberals to use the tax system for income redistribution. Mitt just exposed that game, and you guys are crapping your jeans trying to change the subject. He didn’t “bring it up as a negaitve”, he just stated the facts of the matter. All the rest is your lying liberal spin.

          • borborygmi

            oh bull Mitt and Conservatives from Ingram to Hannity to Rushbo and the ones on this board are complaining that these people don’t have any skin in the game because they don’t pay income taxes. Why don’t they pay income taxes because of the Bush Tax plan. THe Republicans are complaining about people who they created. Why aren’t those 47% not paying, deductions. He was bringing it up as a negative. Spin as much as you want but thats all it is you impersonating a top.

          • $8194357

            I beg to differ gurgle..
            Leftist Democratic social justice war on
            poverty created this mess..

            You can thank the “Franfort School”
            of cultural terrorism for it anytime now,
            and quit pointing right while hollering about what
            Marx, FDR, Saul, and LBJ gave us..

            The Jesse Jackson Al sharpton, Rev. Wright race baiting
            “communist war on poverty”…

          • borborygmi

            Are the 47% paying taxes under the rates Bush introduced? Are these the the same Bush tax rates that conservatives want to keep?

          • $8194357

            You want to argue the evil Bush and the low hanging fruit?
            I want to point out the ideological root systems that usurped
            our Constituional Republic for Soviet elitist olagarchy rule.

            The fruit gets its necture from the root systems,
            not the limbs grafted into the “new collective tree”..

            The whole dang social justice communist system is what the Republicans have to work with thanks to incorperated socialist steering committe usurption of the Founders Constituion, gurgle..

            We are indeed a socialist/communist top down
            central planning “broke” soviet….

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Yes, it is the bush plan. Of those poorer Americans who aren’t paying as much in taxes, the number was increased when george bush created his new tax rate cut for those classified as living in poverty.

      So if Romney wants to blame someone, blame Republicans, namely bush, who created that scenario and all those Republicans who voted for that policy by george bush.

      • robert108

        Romney wasn’t blaming anyone; he was just stating the facts. It’s you liberals who desperately need to blame President Bush for all the failures of your policies.

    • robert108

      In this case, it is being used by ONE side, the Democrat side, so quit trying to excuse it with the “everybody does it” justification. The “inference” is all yours, since Mitt didn’t say that.

  • mikemc1970

    Who could possibly be surprised by this? We won’t see it either, they will hold on tighter to it than they are holding on to that tape of Obama in that play “The Love Song of Saul Alinsky”.

    • $8194357

      Revisionsim is both the lie told and the truth omited.
      Propaganda is a fascist tool from hell.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Do you believe the Romney tapes are lies and propaganda, kookmyer?

        • $8194357

          Shark bait…
          What time is it there on the island?
          A bloody mary for breakfast, perhaps?
          Or are you tossing them back at midnight?

        • robert108

          They’re being spun for that purpose, little hanni.

          • $8194357

            dead center 10X

            Mass media communist revisionism.

            Any conservitive is quilty of breaking the
            Marxist social justice doctrines and will get hung
            out in the court of leftist public opinion..

            Blasphomy from the conservitives.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You live in a very strange and deranged world.

          • $8194357

            And just what part of Marxist Social justice false morality
            secular religions blasphomy is it that trips ya up?

            In your opinion I am living in a “deranged world”
            and it comes from not buying into anti-American communist deconstruction of our Constituinal Republic society for the
            illusion of statist cradle to grave marxist illuminst utopia and you think your sane?

          • Proof

            And yet, you model some of your comments after his! (One of them in the recent comments column as we speak!) Do some of the little voices in your head admire him, while others have their head up their arse like you?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So you admit, albeit tacitly, that Romney’s comments were arrogant, ugly and harmful to him.

          • $8194357

            Bitter clingers to Bibles guns, individual acountabilty, self sufficency Constituional conservitive Christain extremists…
            What arrogance has you out raged shark bait..
            As always..
            The ghost of Casper has “selective out rage”
            from his ideolog pea brain..

          • $16179444

            actually the only one’s who were hurt are people that suck at the teat of the gov’t – truth hurts, that is why you cry here 100% of the time…tissue?

        • $16179444

          no shock you don’t get it…

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            I understand the petty and pathetic argument being made by desperate conservatives. It’s a joke and Romney’s going to lose. Get used to it.

  • SigFan

    Out of context smear job? By someone on the left? Gee, I would have never thought they were capable of something like that. /sarc

    If in fact the missing piece would have shown Romney in a better light I have no doubt they would edit it to achieve their goal. Business as usual.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Brahahaha! Oh yeah, Romney was taken out of context when he spoke those very long winded, complete sentences.

    Just imagine how much worse things could have been for Romney if they did capture every stupid thing he had said in those two minutes.


    Oh well, at least it’s better than saying Romney should double down on his stupidity, at least there is a tacit admission that he said something horribly wrong, stupid and arrogant.

  • borborygmi

    Meanwhile, via Ed Morrissey, let’s not forget that Mother Jones ripped conservative video maker James O’Keefe for allegedly not releasing the entirety of video used in an expose of NPR…….and the rest of the story is that the conservatives found nothing wrong with this. ”
    7point62•31 minutes ago−+Flag as inappropriateLies and the liars who spin them..Alinsky and marx were big believers in…..
    Any means to win.The art of “propaganda”.

    • $8194357

      What ya got me on here for gurgle?

      • borborygmi

        Conservatives using the same Alinsky tactics, you know selective editing, spinning ..evidence of Marxist, Facist propganda.

        • $8194357

          wow..I’m impressed…

          You use little ole me as an right wing
          example of the art of leftist Alinsky propaganda?

          Cool…I must be some wicked a$$ individual
          to be up there with the best the lefts got..

          You know..Karl, Saul and Barry..

          • borborygmi

            I don’t see any differance although I believe you are the wind under my wings.

          • $8194357

            And yet you support those who follow them while chastizing me and pointing out my supposed false hoods and faults?
            Selectivist ideolog perhaps?

          • borborygmi

            I find that people who argue against certain tactics but use or condone the same tactics as a bit disingenuous. Use them all you want but don’t complain if the other guy is using the same tactics.

          • $8194357

            Such false high moral standards you leftist have.

  • Roy_Bean

    I think I’m going to send Romney a check for $53, since I’m one of the 53%. I hope he keeps saying it.

    • Bat One

      Great idea! I’ve already got the address if you need it.

  • borborbygmi

    I would think that the other statement which could be construed as negative is (paraphrasing) If the hispanics vote as a bloc as the african americans do well then ….the country is in trouble….meaning that hispanics and blacks are bad for the country? Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. How does that foot taste?

  • john

    sounds like one of those liberal conspiracy theories.

  • Neiman

    What’s missing, it doesn’t matter, he is facing the worst, the most disgraceful, evil president in American history that, is breaking the bank and destroying America, wanting the economy destroyed so we will become another Cuba. This should have been a cake walk, Obama should be packing his bags, but Romney is after all, an empty suit, unable to create a vision of America, for the future that the people can embrace and understand, he is after all is said and done, just looking for a job and he does not have the fire in the belly to fight like a junkyard dog with the Democrat Pit Bull Obama; or the necessities to beat this pretend black man, this Communist crud of a president.

    He won’t listen to anyone and his campaign is faltering badly. This speech was nothing, but Romney folded, he just cannot fight like he means to win. He cannot smile and polite his way into the White House, the criminals inside are ready to fight to the death and Romney talks peace.

  • Snarkie


    I thought you said he was speaking the truth.

    Now you are acting as if it makes him look bad or something.

    Apologizing for the inventor of Obamacare?

    Look at you now.