Inquiring minds don’t want to know: Bill Burton just isn’t real honest.
Burton is the head of the pro-Obama PAC which is running the ad about Joe Soptic’s wife, who died of cancer in 2006. On Wednesday evening, Burton appeared with Anderson Cooper.
He told Coop up was down:
COOPER (8/8/12): Bill Burton is a senior strategist for Priorities USA Action. He joins us now.Did we note that Burton just isn’t real honest? He kept insisting that his ad isn’t meant to suggest that Romney and Bain were somehow to blame for that death.
So, Bill, let's talk about this. The Washington Post says about your ad, quote, "On just every level this ad stretches the bounds of common sense and decency." Independent fact-checkers have echoed that sentiment, saying, it's inaccurate. How can you imply that Mitt Romney and Bain are somehow to blame for that poor woman dying of cancer?
BURTON: My goodness, we don't and we would not. I mean those fact checks presuppose that that's exactly what we're trying to do. And that's not the point of the ad. The point of the ad is to tell the story of the impact that Mitt Romney had on the lives of thousands of people. When he came to town, they lost their jobs, they lost their health care, they lost their pension benefits. And that impact is felt still today in those communities.
Obviously, that’s the gist of the ad. By the way, did Bain cause that premature death?
In a world where health care follows employment, any time you lay someone off, your action can lead to a premature death. This is why the American press corps should have made some attempt by now to investigate the way Romney and Bain Capital went about their business procedures—for example, with respect to the company at which Joe Soptic worked.
As we all know, sometimes companies have to close. There is no way to avoid that. But because health care tends to follow employment, that is a serious business.
How did Bain Capital handle that part of its business?
In early January, Reuters did a long, detailed report about Bain’s conduct with respect to the company where Soptic worked. Reuters said Bain “underfunded the pensions” and walked out on obligations regarding health care, after taking large sums out of the company.
That was more than seven months ago. To this day, the New York Times and the Washington Post haven’t reported this topic.
What are the ethical, moral, legal implications of Bain’s conduct at that company? To this day, we can’t tell you. Your major news orgs are taking a dive on this topic—as is the career liberal world, which is too dumb and dishonest to hector, hound and harass these major newspapers, making them do their job.
Career liberals want jobs at these major newspapers. Little else needs to be said.
How did Bain Capital handle its obligations at Joe Soptic’s company? Health care and pensions are serious business. Sometimes companies do have to close. But mishandling pensions and health care can cause premature death—if not the death of Soptic’s wife, then perhaps of somebody else.
How did Bain handle its obligations? Inquiring minds don’t want to know.