Harry Reid defends his ‘fake news’ story about Mitt Romney’s taxes: ‘I did what was necessary’
“Fake news” is in the news quite a bit in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s defeat, so much so that Facebook is going to use a bunch of left-leaning fact-checkers to flag news it deems to be questionable. But “fake news” is not new to elections; we all remember when Harry Reid made up a story about how Mitt Romney did not pay any taxes several years ago. You may also remember that he defended it back then by saying it was up to Mitt Romney to prove him wrong–in other words Mitt Romney was guilty until proven innocent.
Today Harry Reid was called out by a reporter who basically asked if he was responsible for the rise in “fake news” because the “brazen lie” he made up about Mitt Romney, here is how he responded:
“[T]here were no brazen lies. What I said is the truth. Mitt Romney refused, and has still refused to release his tax returns. … I did what was necessary.
Did you notice how he changed the narrative? He said it was the truth that Mitt Romney refused to release his tax returns and he is right about that, however the question was about his claim that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes and as far as we know that is not the truth. A subtle little diversion which was not followed up on.
So when somebody like Harry Reid makes up a story it is not “fake news” but rather “doing what was necessary.” In other words anything goes when it comes to stopping a Republican. I wonder if the pizzagate guy can use the same excuse because I am sure he thought he was doing what was necessary…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium