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4/24/12

Buzzfeed Misquotes Ann Romney, 'I love that some women don't have a choice'

Buzzfeed- "Romney alluded to the fact that not all women can stay at home saying, “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

George Soros-funded Think Progress jumped all over this misquotation.

Washington Post, which is itself known to misquote Romney, gives some context and a partial of the true quote:

Ann Romney did not mention Rosen by name in the speech, but she added to her defense of staying home to raise her children by noting that that she didn’t have help until she had emergency surgery when her fifth son was born.

She also made a point of mentioning men who raise children — “I love that,” she said — as well as to “some women [who] don’t have a choice.”

“Thank goodness that we value those people, too, and sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us,” she said.

Ann was talking about women and men who have kids but don't have a choice to be single.

3 comments:

Apissedant said...

This is by definition not a misquote. You should probably look up the definition of misquote. I just watched the entire video, and she says those words EXACTLY.

You can say that it is out of context, but then you could say the exact same thing about Hillary Rosen's statement that Ann Romney is complaining about IN THIS SPEECH.

It is inappropriate to complain that her speech is being taken out of context when she is taking Hillary Rosen's speech out of context in that very speech.

Dr B said...

Apissedant, thank you for reading my blog and responding. I appreciate your input and perspective.

Here is what Ann actually said: "My hats off to the men in this room too that are raising kids — I love that, and I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids."

Here is what Buzzfeed and the other liberals quoted: "I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids."

The first half of the sentence was chopped away and "also" was omitted.

George McHugh said...

It sounds like you both are almost right. The quote does seem to be wrong, but I should probably watch the video. I think it would creep me out too much before bed though.

Although the maker of the "card" that is being shared on Facebook, twitter etc has no obligation to provide context, a blogger, and I think a commenter, should at least relay the quote both accurately and with enough detail that the context can be understood. Maybe, since you both have access to the video it seems, one of you could post a brief clip? No matter what though it seems that the word choice of "I love the fact" coupled with "have too" is going to sound bad no matter how much you add on either side of what she said. It does smack of privilege, which is probably unavoidable for people like the Romney's.