Last week, James Pethokoukis provided a detailed correction of the WaPo/Obama falsehood that Mitt Romney, during his years at Bain, got rich by moving U.S. jobs overseas:
Romney Reality: What CSI actually did was provide U.S. software developers with technical support and sales. Example: It provided domestic outsourcing — which is different than overseas offshoring — for call centers and help desks. As far as its international business goes, CSI was a reseller of U.S. software in European markets. In other words, they helped distribute U.S. software around the world.Read the whole thing. The charges are false. But that hasn't stopped Obama from repeating them. Kevin Williamson attributes it to ignorance:
Romney Reality: Those overseas call centers in the WaPo story were based in Europe and Japan, and serviced international customers of U.S. companies in their local languages.
Because the Obama campaign knows that one of its most important constituencies is economically illiterate yokels — a demographic to which the president himself apparently belongs — it is on the airwaves claiming “Romney’s never stood up to China — all he’s ever done is send them our jobs.’’ (Whose?) The Obama campaign cites a Washington Post story on the subject, and the Romney campaign has noted that the folks over at WaPo did not distinguish between outsourcing and offshoring (and, indeed, the story is not a very smart one — do read it and see). Obama responded thus: “Yesterday, his advisers tried to clear this up by telling us that there was a difference between ‘outsourcing’ and ‘offshoring.’ Seriously. You can’t make that up.” And indeed you wouldn’t have to make it up, because it is a real thing: different words with different meanings. (Seriously, can we get this guy a library card?)[Link to The Hill added by me.]
Read on, especially if your name is Barack Obama. He's never been interested in how business really works; that mental file is crammed with socialist slogans instead of reality-based knowledge. So sure, he's certainly ignorant here, even flabbergastingly so.
On the other hand, in the lying-liars column, we have this incredibly misleading ad on Romney's record as governor. It plays relentlessly on Hulu Plus every night as husband and I watch comedies aimed at younger, hipper demographics, and it cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be attributed to ignorance. It's the product of a very aggressive effort to distort facts and deceive viewers.
Bottom line: Obama may not know the difference between offshoring and outsourcing, but he doesn't care, either. His highest priority is getting reelected by whatever means necessary. But you already knew that.
Along those lines: Obama campaign prepping thousands of lawyers for election challenges
Many thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link.
Update from Katrina Trinko:
As Dan noted, the Romney campaign is pushing the Washington Post to retract their outsourcing piece on Mitt Romney from last week, which the Obama campaign is using in ads. The PowerPoint presentation made by the Romney campaign of why the Post story is inaccurate can now be viewed online here.***
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