Sunday, April 08, 2012

Prompter Panic

The always-incisive Mark Evanier dismantles one of the right wing crowd's perpetual laugh lines of the last few years about how President Obama's supposed overuse of a teleprompter seemingly demonstrates his insincerity/stupidity/whatever.

Most recently, unintentionally comical candidate Rick Santorum deployed this chestnut to unintentionally comical effect when he declared that, "it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter, because all you’re doing is reading someone else’s words to people." Yep, he actually said that. From Evanier's piece:
If they have any valid point it's when they assert he's reading words that someone else wrote. But that's true of every politician who rises anywhere near the level of President. John F. Kennedy's famous "Ask not" line was from his inaugural address which was largely written by Theodore Sorenson. George W. Bush's famous "Axis of evil" was actually written by David Frum. If we want to start faulting presidents for employing speechwriters, we're going to have to fault all of them.
Seriously, is a little consistency in our phony, partisan outrage too much to ask for? Makes sense to me. Anyway, read the rest here.

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