"Using common sense," a skeptical news consumer can see right through the liberal media ripping Mitt Romney's "fire people" comment out of context, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on the January 10 "Your World."
"What you conclude is, here we go again, what did he really say?" Bozell added, noting that Romney was talking about the need to open up "competition in the [health insurance] market." [video posted below page break; MP3 audio here]
Not only are the liberal media to blame, Romney's Republican primary opponents should be castigated for unfairly using the quote out of context to score cheap political points. "It's an absolute, dishonest cheap shot," the Media Research Center president complained.
"I just think there's a much more of a gotcha mentality with going after Republican candidates than there is Democrats" among the major media outlets, Cavuto offered, to which Bozell heartily agreed.
"You've got countless gotcha opportunities with Obama and Biden! Joe Biden gives you a gotcha every single day if you wanted to go in that direction, but they don't," Bozell noted, because the media "understand that sometimes you word things incorrectly, you could word things more artfully," so they give liberal politicians "a pass every time."