to gaffes (Forget that last link, it was from the Onion) and that he tends to shoot off at the mouth from time to time, but editing his words to fit a wingnut narrative is not cool.
"On Wednesday morning, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to a crowd in Rockville, Maryland, to highlight the urgent need to reduce domestic violence homicides. The conservative website National Review Online clipped a portion of the Vice President’s remarks to make it seem as though he was saying that a slap in the face is no big deal, when in fact, he was drawing a distinction between unacceptable forms of abuse. The site later added the crucial bit of context, without apology or correction, but simply a note saying the post was “amended.”
National Review Online’s Nathaniel Botwinick seems to have keyed in on Biden’s use of the clumsy phrase “garden-variety slap across the face” as a way to make the VP seem indifferent to women who are merely slapped. Here’s how their post originally appeared:
Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a new domestic-violence-reduction initiative in Maryland this morning. Unfortunately, Biden’s choice of words seemed to downplay certain forms of domestic abuse:Of course the National Review was not alone. Other conservative sites jumped on the Biden smear bandwagon and it got so bad that one of their own brethren had to call them on it.
We’ve learned that certain behaviors on the part of an abuser portend much more danger than other behaviors. For example, if an abuser has attempted to strangle his victim, if he has threatened to shoot her, if he has sexually assaulted her, and there’s a number of other signs, about eight others. These are tell-tale signs to say this isn’t your garden-variety slap across the face.The post was accompanied by this video featuring an obvious mid-sentence edit at the end. The video was uploaded to the NRO YouTube account, so it’s not as though they were “taken in” by some other user:" [Source]
All of this, of course, is not new. It seems that the right wing media has been functioning in a parallel universe that has yet to be visited by the rest of us here on planet earth of late.
This is why the wingnuts who only tune in to the right wing press were so devastated after the last election. In the right wing world Obama was going to lose by a landslide and the GOP would be the party in power for years to come.
Those of us in the real world knew better. We understood that there are facts, and then there is the right wing media.
You would think that after the last presidential election they would have learned their lesson. But sadly, (or maybe not) they are back, and they have become even more isolated in that wingnut bubble.
he was at CPAC today declaring to the world that he is not a bigot or a chauvinist.
Marco, here is something to consider: If you belong to a political party that has you having to declare that you are not a "bigot" or a "chauvinist" to the world, then you might want to reconsider who you choose to associate with.