Mitt Romney: Put up or Shut Up
In the expanding political universe of anonymous allegations and nonresponsive responses, the latest exchange between Senate Majority Leader
At issue is Romney's refusal to release more than two years of past income tax returns. Democrats have chided him by noting that his father, the late
Reid started it all by saying in an interview with the
Romney, fresh from his European trip and back on the campaign trail, called Reid on it in an interview with conservative
Romney can fall back on the view that the two past returns he has released meet the legal requirement of the
It's part of the plague of new-media laxness these days for sources, named or unnamed, to make allegations without specifically substantiating them, and for news organizations, print, audio or video, to run with them. It's a plague on both houses -- the accuser and the accused -- to wage this shadow-boxing in public, leaving the voters to try to sort it all out.
The news media in recent years have made an effort -- in newsprint fact-checking and occasionally on radio or television -- to ascertain if either side is telling the truth, bending it, or flat-out lying. But that usually occurs after the cat is out of the bag. The old journalistic caveat that you don't publish or air something if you haven't checked it out first and found it to be true, has pretty much been trampled in the process of keeping the political pot boiling.
In this accentuated era of anything goes, politicians of all parties and ideological bents are guilty of poisoning the dialogue, as are purveyors of political news in all media who spread it mindlessly. No,
Even without Reid's nameless accuser, in light of serious questions about Romney's use of offshore tax havens, it would make political sense for him as a candidate for high public office simply to "put up" on those older tax returns rather than just "shut up" about them, which only allows the Democrats to continue exploiting voters' doubts. Unless, that is, he has something significant to hide.
Read the latest political news.
- US National Debate is a Disgrace
- Romney Lauds Israel's Socialized, Federally Controlled Health Care System
- A Solution to the Problem of Roaring Mouths Saying Nothing
- What Should Come First, Partisan Advantage or National Security?
- How Mitt Romney Got His
- Mitt Romney: Put up or Shut Up
- Is Obama's Best Hope The Inadequacy of His Rival?
- Mitt Romney's Foreign Folly
- Mitt Romney: An Innocent Abroad
- Mitt Romney: Showing off the GOP
- 2012 Elections: 100 Days is a Long Time
- Truth Meets the Gaffe Factory
- The Election, the Presidency and Foreign Policy
- Tax Cut Kabuki
- De-Bushing Mitt Romney
- Texas GOP Wages War on Thinking
- Time to Listen to the Other America
- President Obama: You're No Bill Clinton
- What's Behind Hatred of Obama?
- Cleaning Up Campaign Finance
- Supreme Court, Inc.
- His So-called 'Post-Racial' Presidency
- The Terrible Economy and the Anti-Election of 2012
- Marching Toward Greater Inequality
- The Rich Grabbing Bigger Slices of Pie
- Turning College Students into a Commodity
- My Quest for 'Commonsense' Gun Laws
- Gun Lobby Fires Up Obama Fear
- One Nation, Under the Gun
- The Persistent Threat to Soft Targets
- Romney Opens Mouth, Only to Make a Joke of Himself
- Green Scissors for Congress
- The Truth About Obama's Tax Proposal (And The Lies Some are Telling About It)
- Mitt Romney Stays Mum on Tax Avoidance
- Condi Rice Rumor Reveals Divisions in Romney Camp and on the Right
- The African-American Swing State
- Mitt Romney's Tour Starts in Wrong Place
- Teen Assailed for Outgrowing Conservatism
Mitt Romney: Put up or Shut Up | Politics
(c) 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.