Of course, that would be silly. Why would a newspaper ever take a good long look at a president, or a presidential candidate anyway? Unless that candidate was Mitt Romney of course. And what dirt has the post dug up? What heinous crimes did Mitt commit? Did he attend a radical, racist church with a crackpot reverend for nearly 20 years? Did he have close ties with unrepentent terrorists? No, nothing unimportant like that. No, according to Stacy McCain, Romney might have been involved in some really dire stuff. Something like Watergate, but more hairy . We will call this scissorgate!
John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
If this did happen, like it was described, then it was not a nice thing to do, but, something stinks here, and Stacy McCain, who knows the newspaper business sheds some light on this.
UPDATE: Question the timing, you say?
Funny how this appears one day after Obama’s forced-by-my-daughters’-emotions evolutionary announcement of support for same-sex “marriage.”
I once participated in a group which gave someone a wedgie when I was at summer camp in the 1960s. That’s why I’ll never run for President, my record is stained.
Dang it — another possible GOP contender fails the media vetting. At this rate, I’ll never get that ambassadorship to Vanuatu.
Some critics saw the timing as evidence of media bias, suggesting that the motive had to do with making Romney look intolerant just as Obama had voiced his support for same-sex marriage.
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, interviewing Romney on his radio show a few hours after the story landed online, said that since “everyone’s talking about same-sex marriage and tolerance and unions and what do you stand for, it’s amazing the timing of this Washington Post story … would seem to me it was somewhere shrink-wrapped, waiting to be unwrapped at the right time and this was the right time.”
Indeed. To report a story like that — to track down and interview somebody’s high-school classmates from a half-century ago — must have taken many weeks, if not months. The writing and editing of a 5,000-word story is not easy work. If you cranked out a thousand words a day (quite a rigorous pace, for original reporting), that’s a full week just to write the story, once you’d done all the interviews.
So, yeah, maybe they had it “shrink-wrapped,” ready to go.
Yes, McCain points out how much work goes into a 5,000 word report like this one. And look how it does tie in just perfectly with Obama’s “evolution”. Ah, but, 5,000 words is a lot to commit to a story that happened nearly 50 years ago. And perhaps the Post made some factual errors?
In a feature article published this morning, theWashington Post wrote the following about Stu White, a high school friend and classmate of Mitt Romney’s, in reference to an alleged 1965 bullying incident involving of a fellow classmate: [emphasis added]
“I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and has long been bothered by the Lauber incident.
Today, however, in an interview with ABC News, the same Stu White completely contradicts the Washington Post story:
While the Post reports White as having “long been bothered” by the haircutting incident,” he told ABC News he was not present for the prank, in which Romney is said to have forcefully cut a student’s long hair and was not aware of it until this year when he was contacted by the Washington Post.
Because Mr. White had not been aware of the incident until this year, it was inaccurate and misleading for the Washington Post to report he had “long been bothered” by the incident
Now, I have no idea as to the veracity of these “witnesses” nor do I have any what actually happened. What I do know, however, is that you have a media that is in the tank for Obama, running a story of massive size, over a high school prank? And one, it must be noted again, that fits in absolutely perfectly with the bullying/Gay marriage stories currently making headlines.