By Art Gallagher
When John Shoonejongen of Gannett’s Captial Quickies listened to the video of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s remarks in Belmar on Wednesday he heard the senator say “we need to eliminate the waste,” not, “we need to eliminate the rich.”
By the time Shoonejongen got second and third opinons and talked to the Asbury Park Press reporter who was at the Belmar event and told him “Lautenberg definately said waste,” the video had gone viral. In addition to MMM, Save Jersey, Real Clear Politics and FoxNews.com had picked it up.
Shoonejongen posted on Captial Quickies that the type, “We need to eliminate the rich,” was inaccurate and that Lautenberg said, “we need to eliminate the waste.” Throughout the electronic media, websites started issuing corrections and pulling the video. It’s my turn.
Upon a second listening, Lautenberg said “we need to eliminate the waste, we got to eliminate the fraudulent practice. I didn’t listen closely enough the first time.
MMM has pulled the video and the post it appeared in. We’re not doing so to hide our mistake which we freely admit to, but to prevent a future reader from going directly to the post through search and thereby not seeing this correction.
Charles Measley, the Rumson GOP Committeeman, Bayshore Tea Party activist and MMM advertiser who shot and edited the video told MMM, “I heard him (Lautenberg) say rich and that was consistent with the context of his remarks, but I’m not 100% sure now that I got it right.”
Lautenberg’s communications director Caley Gray said, “It is very clear that the Senator said waste. Do you really think he would say ‘eliminate the rich?’ It is pathetic that someone tried to mislead the public over something so obvious.”
MMM apologises to Senator Lautenberg.