As I was reading through my Google Reader, I saw a headline that was so incredible, I had to stop and read the story.
Yeah, I know.
House Speaker John Boehner is the most prominent Republican to admit, out loud, that his party’s strategy for winning in November doesn’t suppose that the GOP can win over some black and Latino voters, but hoping they won’t vote at all.
Yikes. Ok, she’s paraphrasing here. What exactly did Boehner say?
“This election is about economics… These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”
Whoa. That’s outrageo…wait, what?
Check the source. She was referencing the left wing Talking Points Memo. Maybe they have where Boehner says he hopes blacks and latinos stay home:
What about those Latino and African American voters that polls show voting against the GOP by record margins? Republican have found a great way to “recruit” more of them than usual — or at least keep them away from the polls. It’s called the economy.
“This election is about economics,” Boehner said. “These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”
So, he didn’t say anything about hoping minorities stay home. He just said he expected they would.
Meaning, the headline and the first line are complete fabrications.
At first I was ready to give the author a break. After all, the editor could have changed her headline to make it more controversial, thus more enticing. That’s what it’s supposed to do.
But the first line of the article repeats the lie.
Either the editor changed the headline and the first line, or Elspeth Reeve is a lying hack.