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MSM’s Selective Interest in Romney’s Youth

Back in May, the Washington Post published a story about a childhood bullying incident allegedly perpetrated by Mitt Romney while he was in high school at a prestigious private school in Michigan. Later, the victim’s sister told ABC News that she had “no knowledge” of the incident in question and his family later went on to release a statement calling the portrayal “factually incorrect.” The victim’s brother tweeted that if he were still alive, his brother would “be furious” about the story. That follow-up, unsurprisingly, didn’t make it outside of the conservative media.

Many liberals defended this attack on Romney’s teenage years claiming that his past actions reflect on the kind of man he is today. These same liberals apparently had no issues with President Obama’s years of drug use (including cocaine), that started in high school and ended in college.

Yesterday, Bloomberg News came out with a profile of Mitt Romney’s early years that will certainly not be reported on quite as breathlessly as the Washington Post‘s hit piece.

At the age that the president was experimenting with drugs, Mitt Romney was unexpectedly thrust into a significant leadership experience while on his religious mission in France. Bloomberg News explains:

Mitt Romney had about six months left to serve as a Mormon missionary in France when tragedy struck.

The 21-year-old was driving mission leaders to Bordeaux in June, 1968, when a car driven by a Catholic priest who’d been drinking crossed into their lane and smashed head-on into their Citroen DS. The accident killed the Mormon mission president’s wife, who had been seated in the front between her husband and Romney. She was 57.

When Mission President H. Duane Anderson, then 55, took her body back to California for burial, Romney and another recruit jointly managed the church’s France operation of about 200 missionaries for the next seven weeks.

“We were all devastated; she was our mom away from home,” said Byron Hansen, who lived for a period with Romney and the Andersons in the mission home in Paris. “The Mormon church entrusted these two young men with the responsibility of assuming the role and basically running the mission for a two- month period. Mitt was very gung-ho and he kind of cracked the whip on us even more so than had been done previously.”

This tough but effective style of leadership, first exhibited in France, has been described by many who have dealt with Romney in his adult years as well. If liberals in the mainstream media really believed that the actions in someone’s youth shape that person’s adulthood, they would be reporting on this story from Romney’s past as well as digging into the many unknown details from President Obama’s. The fact that the Washington Post started and stopped with the “expose” on Romney’s high school years shows where their agenda truly lies.


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