Tuesday afternoon, the site Mother Jones released what was described as the “full,” “raw and uncut” video of Mitt Romney’s comments at a private campaign fundraiser, which has drawn immense criticism from both sides. The “uncut” videos leave out a critical portion of the speech, as Romney was beginning to explain his now infamous “47 percent” remarks, and pick up in an altogether different location.
Mother Jones released the two “full” videos of Romney with great fanfare. The site states:
“Romney is not the only one who has called for the release of the full 49-minute video. And we’re more than happy to oblige. The complete video demonstrates that Romney was not snippetized and that he was captured raw and uncut. Here it is, in two parts”
However, one simply has to watch the videos back to back to see that there is clearly no natural link between them. Below is our video, showing the final ten seconds of the first film and the first ten seconds of the last. These videos were captured directly as they are on the Mother Jones website.
The video transcribed would read:
[Romney]“We do all these polls — I find it amazing. We poll all these people to see where you stand in the polls but 45 percent of the people vote for the Republicans and 48 or 49–,”
This is where the first part of the video cuts out.
Part two picks up seemingly on a completely different subject: China.
“…about twice as much as China, not 10 times as much like is reported. And we have responsibility for the whole world, they’re only focused on one little area of the world, the south china sea…”
The topics nor the pick up points in the sentence are the same in the two videos. Romney himself claimed this video was edited and called for “the person who has the video would put out the full material.”
Mother Jones writes that the cries of selectively editing were “not true” and that Romney’s comments ”were shown in full.”
It should be noted that the clear discrepancy doesn’t necessarily mean Mother Jones intentionally left parts of the videos out. Perhaps the person recording the video stopped recording at one point and picked back up when Romney was talking about China — without the full context, we can’t be certain.
However, it seems reasonable to ask, why did the video cut out at such a crucial part? Where is the missing video? And why is this being advertised as the “uncut” footage?
Below are the first and second videos Mother Jones is touting as “full”:
Both NBC News official transcripts and the Mother Jones official transcripts reveal alarming inconsistencies between the videos.
These transcripts almost identically match the ones first reported by the Blaze above.
The blog Legal Insurrection was able to get a comment from David Corn, the reporter at Mother Jones peddling the videos, regarding the missing footage. Corn admits there are, in fact, about one to two minutes that are unaccounted for.
“According to the source, the recording device inadvertently turned off,” he wrote in an email. “The source noticed this quickly and turned it back one [sic]. The source estimates that one to two minutes, maybe less, of recording was missed.”
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