Misleading 7-second video clip cuts Brown off mid-sentence
As part of this new theme, Warren also has launched a campaign theme called “Stop Talking” based on Scott Brown supposedly telling Warren to stop talking. The theme portrays Warren as a woman verbally battered by Brown.
The new theme was launched yesterday on Warren’s campaign website which links this 7-second video clip uploaded to Warren’s YouTube account (emphasis by Warren):
I spend a lot of time talking about Scott Brown’s voting record — and Scott Brown doesn’t like it one bit.
Yesterday, a news reporter asked Scott Brown to respond to my statement that he supports the national Republican agenda. Scott Brown said — and I quote:
“I don’t need Professor Warren talking or speaking or commenting on my votes.”
Warren uses this clip to play the victim of a bullying male Brown, as if it were a man telling a woman to shut up.
Here are some of the tweets Warren sent when she launched the theme (screen shots from yesterday):
Warren repeated this theme in a fundraising email, as reported by HuffPo:
“I’m not going to stop talking, and I hope you won’t either. Talk to your friends — call them, Facebook, tweet, send them a fax if you’re old fashioned. Talk to the person behind you at the grocery store, and talk to the person pumping gas next to you,” Warren wrote. “Let them know why this race is so important.”
The problem is, Warren misleadingly clipped the video mid-sentence.
Warren’s theme is based on a doctored video.
While the more complete video is not available, Brown’s full sentence was quoted at HuffPo, and the full sentence makes clear only that Brown was telling Warren not to distort his record:
I don’t need Professor Warren talking, or speaking, or commenting on my votes… [she shouldn't be] distorting and misleading the voters about where I stand on issues.
Why did Elizabeth Warren feel the public shouldn’t hear the rest of Brown’s sentence? Did she fear it would take away from the effect she was attempting to paint of a woman victimized?
The always reliable HuffPo fell right in line with the act, casting shame on Scott Brown for implying that he didn’t want to hear Warren’s opinion on his votes:
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) seems to have a new message for his Democratic Senate rival Elizabeth Warren: Shut up, already.
And later in the same HuffPo article:
This is not the first time Brown has been dismissive of Warren. A recent National Journal piece on the race reported that “Brown cuts in on a reporter quoting Warren’s criticisms of him, interjecting, ‘Blah, blah, blah, blah.’”
Scott Brown wasn’t telling her to “stop talking,” he was telling her to stop misleading the voters about his stances.
As a woman, I can’t “stop talking” when I see others of my sex feigning victimization, when women in our country and around the world fight with very real discrimination and hardship.
To imply that Scott Brown was doing this trivializes their plight and degrades Elizabeth Warren’s increasingly trite and shallow message.
Update: Related – Elizabeth Warren’s Dukakis Tank moment.
This article has a good examination of how Warren distorts and lies about Brown’s votes, Elizabeth Warren has little respect for Massachusetts Voters.