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06/06/2013

Why don't you show what Rep. Blumenauer actually said, NOM?

by Jeremy Hooper

NOM, the National Review, and a host of conservatives have posted the same video:

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They are all pushing this 2:07 clip, claiming NOM chairman John Eastman "ripped" eight-term congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR3). The clip plays as follows, complete with movement-affirming applause from the partisan audience filled, as it was, with Tea party supporters:

The thing is, when one posts a video of a figure purporting to "rip" or "fire back" at someone for his supposedly "scurrilous" statements, one usually shows the audience what, exactly, that someone said. But in this case, none of those conservatives did that. Not NOM. Not NRO. Not any of them. There isn't a single video of Rep. Blumenauer's comments anywhere on Youtube. They don't show how he noted NOM's stated desire to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks," and they don't address any of his pointed questions about whether NOM, an overtly political and highly partisan group that is obviously in the tank for Republicans (remember that NOM prez Brian brown also runs the partisan ActRight operation), should even qualify as a social welfare organization. They all run Eastman's response without any context.

So let's fix that. Here's what the Democratic congressman said, start to finish:

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