Current Weather
The Spy FM

Gingrich Asks SuperPAC To Correct Or Pull ‘King Of Bain’ Romney Movie, Ads

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
January 13, 2012

Barely a day has gone by without Newt Gingrich complaining about the inaccuracy of ads run against him by a superPAC supporting Mitt Romney.

So now that an anti-Mitt Romney film purchased by a superPAC supporting Gingrich has been criticized for numerous inaccuracies, Gingrich has asked that the film’s creators and the funders paying for ads using film snippets edit out the falsehoods or take the ads and film down entirely.

Campaigning in Orlando, Fla. Friday, Gingrich referred to a Washington Post fact-check by Glenn Kessler that rattled off a number of misrepresentations in the film titled “King of Bain/When Mitt Romney Came to Town.” The film purports to tell the story of Romney when he was CEO of Bain Capital, the private-equity firm.

Scott Powers of the The Los Angeles Times reported Gingrich saying:

” ‘I am calling on this super PAC – I cannot coordinate with them and I cannot communicate directly, but I can speak out as a citizen as I’m talking to you — I call on them to either edit out every single mistake or to pull the entire film,’ he said.”

Kessler of the Post gave the anti-Romney film four Pinocchios, his top rating for low behavior, for prodigious divergence from the truth. Kessler wrote:

“Romney may have opened the door to this kind of attack with his suspect job-creation claims, but that is no excuse for this highly misleading portrayal of Romney’s years at Bain Capital.”

Since Gingrich had used Kessler as an arbiter of the inaccuracies in the pro-Romney’s superPAC against him, he appeared to have little alternative than to ask that the pro-Gingrich superPAC “Winning Our Future” do the decent thing.

More from the LA Times:

” ‘I’ve said all along that these super PACs ought to have some sense of responsibility. The ad for example that Gov. Romney is running in Florida right now about me was given four ‘Pinocchios’ by the Washington Post, which means it was wrong at least four times in 30 seconds, which is not easy. I challenged the governor to speak up. He frankly has been timid and irresponsible.’ “

Other fact checkers have also found problems with the “King of Bain” film. found the film’s accuracy “mixed” though most of the allegations it checked out were either “false” or “mostly false.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg News reported that the movie used out-of-context material and selective editing that resulted in distorting reality. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

9AM to 10PM Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions

Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions-the world's only rock and roll talk show.

Listen Live Now!

10AM to 12PM The Toaster Brunch

The Toaster Brunch

The Toaster Brunch is our Sunday morning Reggae show, hosted by E-Roy. The Toaster Brunch has an active following of scooter clubs and rastas from around the world. E-Roy is also a high school principal.

View the program guide!

12PM to 1PM This American Life

This American Life

Take in a slice of Americana with critically acclaimed host Ira Glass on "This American Life." Each week he picks a theme, then gives his writers and performers the freedom to weave real stories from real people around that theme in a manner they find most engaging.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center