It has become very obvious to me recently that taking people's statements out of context has become widespread in the media. And both the left and right wings of our political spectrum are equally guilty. OOC (Out Of Context) has become an embarrassment.
Here's a classic example.
What the media reported Mitt Romney as saying…
"I'm not concerned about the very poor."
Sounds despicable, right? Specially to his opponents, such as me, on the left.
But what he actually said was…
"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it."
Not quite the same when you examine his entire point. Now, I'm absolutely no fan of Romney – he would make a terrible president. But I think this environment in which public figures have to watch every word or phrase knowing that statements will be broken down into their component parts is unfair on everyone. Not least of all the viewers/readers who rely on the media to give us the big picture. The big picture is what we want. Not pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, assembled in line with a pre-existing political bias. Cheap shots will never be anything but cheap.