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Sun gives Obama a gaffe-pass

The Sun ran a half-page article critical of Mitt Romney for a secretly taped statement noting that the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax are dependent on the government in some way and are likely Barack Obama supporters ("Romney fallout may be limited," Sept. 19). The lead editorial on the same day was for the purpose of branding Mr. Romney, because of the statement, a gaffe-prone candidate who spends too much time watching Fox News ("President for the rich?").

But there were no headlines, articles, or editorials and no criticism to be found in The Sun about President Obama and the statements he has made and the videos that emerged that same day. Buried in the critical Romney editorial was a brief mention of the Obama video where he described small-town Pennsylvania residents as bitter people who "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them." That statement was dismissed as really being about concern for the economy. No mention of that Obama statement in 2008 was made in the half-page news article at all.

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Nor was there any news or editorial mention whatsoever of the other recording of Mr. Obama wherein the then-Illinois state senator specifically stated that he supported redistribution of income. No articles, no editorials, no mention whatsoever. This is a charge Mr. Romney has repeatedly made about Mr. Obama but one that Mr. Obama has repeatedly denied and claimed his policies are not redistribution of income (kind of like his denial that Obamacare wasn't a tax).

J. Shawn Alcarese, Towson

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