A must-see video is going viral across the Internet today and if features CNN’s Anderson Cooper taking Democratic party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to task for misleading about Mitt Romney’s pro-life position on abortion.
Since the controversy began with the comments from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin on abortion and rape, Democrats have been hoping to tie Romney with Akin to make his pro-life position look extreme. In a letter to Democrats, Wasserman Schultz said: “The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the platform was, and I quote, “written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”
However, the strongly pro-life platform was fashioned by grassroots Republicans, who wanted to keep the pro-life language from prior years intact.
Cooper noted that in the segment and said Wasserman Schultz “misquoted” the Los Angeles Times in her letter and misrepresented Mitt Romney’s stance on the Republican Party’s abortion platform plank. He further said the quote she used from the Los Angeles Times in the appeal was taken “completely out of context.”
“The DNC chairwoman calls out Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for saying they don’t entirely agree with that plank,” Cooper said. “And here’s how she backs it up…’But guess what? ‘The Los Angeles Times’ reported yesterday that the platform was, and I quote, ‘written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.’
Cooper said the quote “was ripped, in fact, out of a sentence,” noting that the Times added, “Delegates for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney are voting down substantive changes to the platform language that were written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”
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“Do you at least acknowledge that the quote that you gave from “The L.A. Times” is completely incorrect?” Cooper asked
“No, I don’t acknowledge that. I know that is what you’re saying,” Wasserman Schultz responded.
“I think what you say does matter,” Cooper replied. “You’re quoting the LA Times and, again, you’ve misquoted them to back up a position.”
“Just as you don’t like being misquoted, I don’t like being misquoted, I’m sure the LA Times doesn’t like being misquoted to back up your political position,” Cooper said. “I don’t understand why you’d need to do that.”