Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ed Schultz interview of Scott Prouty, the man who filmed the 47% video and derailed Mitt Romney's campaign.

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I was absolutely riveted to this thing last night, and essentially planned my entire evening around watching it.

My first takeaway is how humble Mr. Prouty is and that he really seemed to be motivated by nothing more than the desire to reveal the truth about a candidate that he felt was lying to the American people.

My second takeaway is that we need to hold a parade in this man's honor.

50 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:09 AM

    Wouldn't it be great if he ran for Senate -- against Marco Rubio!!!!

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    1. fromthediagonal7:14 AM

      Yes, oh Yes! Would he win? Probably not, but then again, there is Congress Woman Debbie Wasserman-Schulz in his area who should be able to help him into some public office, if he so desires.

      When he told how he looked into the mirror and the word "Coward" escaped from him, I knew how he felt at that time.
      I have asked myself many times during this long time on my Life Path whether I would have the courage to be altruistic in the face of possibly life-altering repercussions.

      He made a very courageous decision and deserves to be recognized.

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  2. That tape helped to derail the lying, cheating, dodging, pompous mormon. ronmey derailed his campaign all by himself.

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  3. Anonymous5:17 AM

    Thank you, Mr Prouty.

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  4. Anonymous5:18 AM

    I will never forget the interview in which Anne Romney said, "It's our turn."

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    1. Anonymous5:40 AM

      ...and "you people."

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    2. Anonymous6:34 AM

      And, "Stop it! This is hard!"

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    3. Anonymous9:11 AM

      Shoving his sons faces into plates of butter. HAHAHa

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  5. Anonymous5:27 AM

    I saw parts of it. Don't disagree with you.
    But why Ed Schultz?

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    1. angela5:42 AM

      It was Ed's swan song for weeknight broadcasting. He's moving to weekends. Ed is an everyday guy talking to an everyday guy. No problem with that.

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    2. Anonymous5:51 AM

      He picked Ed because Ed is an advocate for private and union workers throughout the US.

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    3. But why Ed Schultz?

      People who regularly follow The Ed Show know how strongly he stands up for working people. Mr. Prouty knows that. He said in the interview that's why he approached Ed.

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    4. Anonymous9:09 AM

      Ed Schultz made sure to let the audience know that MSNBC does NOT pay people for interviews. My sense is that that was important to Mr. Prouty as he has been adamant about the purity of his purpose!

      If you watch the Ed Show you know that Ed Schultz is a great supporter of the common man, the working class and those in need of a voice for valid concerns.

      Other media offered $ for the interviews.

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  6. Anonymous5:27 AM

    Thank you Mr. Prouty for revealing that elitist presidential wannabe.

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  7. Anonymous5:48 AM

    A great interview w/Ed and a thank you to Mr. Prouty! He saved us from Romney, no doubt about it!

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  8. Anonymous6:06 AM

    There can not be enough said about how deceptive Romney is. I agree with all the comments.
    One more thing tho-Romney is a morman, they do not drink. so why, the fund raising with liquor? a fund raisng costing 50.00 a plate? This in its self tells me, he, Romney is only interested in power. If he ever gained the power he seeks, he would not use it with interest for the country , the poor, the middle class
    From now on, I'll bet no cameras are ever allowed at any rethug fund raising or private gathering, unless all who will be working, are searched.

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    1. Anonymous6:26 AM

      The cost was $50,000 per plate for the Romney fund raiser!
      I agree that they'll try to ban cameras, but folks do have a way of sneaking them in - has happened time and time again.

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    2. Anonymous7:16 AM

      $50K for a fundraising ticket does restrict who attends and filters out the riff-raff from getting in the door. I doubt seriously that smart phones would be confiscated from that type of patronage. A security sweep and a pat down for the staff is likely the extent of what is practical.

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  9. Anonymous6:08 AM

    Did you catch Rachel Maddow too? She covered this and had added information. So did Lawrence. It was a bang bang bang evening on MSNBC.

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  10. Anonymous6:10 AM

    Brave guy.

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  11. @Anonymous 5:27. Prouty had connected with Charlie Kernighan, the global labor guy, about Romney's Chinese sweatshop/slave labor story, and Charlie has appeared on The Ed Show, so he probably suggested Ed for the coming out interview. Also, didn't Prouty say something about choosing Ed because Ed champions working people?

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  12. Chris Hayes is moving to Ed's time slot.

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    1. jcinco8:24 AM

      I like Chris Hayes & I like Ed but I won't watch either in that time slot...the only one who could get me to watch anything other than Rachel and sometimes Lawrence O'Donnell is Keith Olbermann..I don't care if he's an arrogant ass, I still love him. There are three people who piqued my interest in politics that resulted in me getting much more engaged. Rachel, Keith and Chris Matthews. Actually Chris Matthews was the first. I don't always agree with Chris but he is like an old friend. Then there's Rachel, no one in the world makes me happier to share my gender with than Rachel. I think many will agree when I say she is "our Rachel" we've watched her from the beginning, she has made us so proud..she is like my other daughter.

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  13. Anonymous6:33 AM

    The 47% video did not derail Mitt Romney's campaign, because Mitt Romney was already LOSING before the video came out. The 47% video just made things worse for an already losing, and badly run campaign. Mitt Romney still would have lost with, or without the 47% video. No offense to Mr.Prouty.

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    1. CJWhite6:48 AM

      Yeah, he was already losing, but this video will keep him off any (important) national stage for life.

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    2. Anonymous8:39 AM

      Romney may have been behind when this video came out, but it was a huge blow to his campaign. There is no denying that. It was the kind of thing that catches the attention of people who don't pay much attention to politics. A devastating but short sound bite that Romney's campaign never recovered from. This man is a national hero.

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    3. Anonymous10:39 AM

      When I watched the Ed Show the press conference where Romney is first being questioned about this recording was very revealing.

      Look at the stressed expressions on his face, listen to his contorted attempts to explain and minimize what the video catches him saying, and look at the flop sweat on his face. Almost as bad as Nixon and "I am not a crook." Romney prepared for this performance and this was the best he could do.

      I believe the psychological impact of this video being seen in public was a huge negative for the campaign.

      Aside from the stress on Mitt and his lovely harridANN wife, imagine being a staffer and watching your candidate failing on the national stage. Knowing that you have to get votes from the middle to win, and seeing how bad this video is. Seeing how Mitt makes the impact of the video worse by his attempts to lie his way out of what he said. Oh, and seeing Mitt ask for the whole video to be posted. How many Republicans were wondering if Mitt told a rape joke or child molestation joke to go with the prison factory girls joke?

      Imagine being an average Republican who didn't think Mitt was the right candidate in 2008 or 2012, and deciding you are not going put your own credibility on the line in campaigning for this jerk. How many didn't help make phone calls and turn out the vote because he was exposed. This video has helped to gas the fires of retribution in the Republican Party on both the national and local levels.

      Fuck you Mitt.


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  14. Pat in MA6:45 AM

    It was brilliant for him to remain anonymous, keeping the focus on Romney and his words. Can you imagine the circus that would have gone on with Hannity, Limbaugh etc ripping this guy apart and distracting from the REAL story? They can do that now, but interestingly enough, I checked Fox News online this morning...not a mention of this story at all on their home page.

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    1. Anita Winecooler12:40 PM

      Give them time, they're digging up any dirt they can make up about Mr Pouty.

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  15. Anonymous6:51 AM

    The mind and heart of a man with cojones.

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  16. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Rove still believed they had manipulated him to be a winner. The whole bunch are crooks!

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  17. I would like to meet Mr. Prouty and personally thank him for what he did. He seems to be a man of strong personal integrity and moral fiber.

    It is all well and good to think that if you were in this situation, you would do the same thing. But to actually be sitting in the hot seat, knowing that it could mean losing your job, possibly be sued, knowing that the right wing media and their extremist are going to come after you and maybe your family, and to still feel it was important enough to show this to America, takes a courageous person. It does go to show, one person really can make a difference.

    I couldn't help but wonder as I was watching this, where Sarah Palin would be at now if there had been someone with evidence of her faked pregnancy had the courage to show that to America. Sure, she has made herself an obscure joke, but the faked pregnancy shows her for what she really is. Just as Romney's comments regarding the 47 percent show who he really is.

    And wouldn't it be a wonderful irony if it had tumbled her down into the 47 percent!

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    1. jcinco8:34 AM

      there are quite a few extremely cowardly folks in Alaska..I've spoken up through out my life and I have lost jobs over it. I have no regrets.

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    2. Anonymous9:30 AM

      Alaska has failed us, again and again. The death of the NICU RN (hospice nurse at time of her death) who died of burns and not one, not one, follow up story or investigation re: that. I called and sought info re: the incident and promised follow up by authorities, to no avail. I presume that nurse likely was involved in the birth and care of the newborn, from a female, not the abdominal pillow one.

      Further the ongoing saga of Todd's prostitution ring with its massive cover up even, apparently up to the level of the FBI.

      Have to ask yourself what the Palin's have on who - they are untouchable so far.

      Hopefully,someday soon the entire house of cards will come down because someone rips open the Pandora's Box.

      Malia Litman on her blog is working tirelessly to get those in the know to respond to her inquiries. There is little hope since the cover up is still in existence.

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    3. Anonymous3:33 PM

      You all have good points! Where was the one courageous person in Alaska that knew about the faked pregnancy and didn't tell? What about the guy who wrote Blind Allegiance, I believe he knows, where was his courage? I guess he has no courage...shame on him.

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  18. jcinco8:15 AM

    He's an American hero..I don't say that often, last I considered as one was Sully who landed the plane in the river...I am grateful for Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Steve Schultz and Nicolle Wallace for their contributions in assuring skanky's political career is over forever..but not quite American hero status...

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    1. jcinco9:29 AM

      argh, sorry, Steve Schmidt!!!

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    2. Agree that Scott Prouty is a new American hero! Schmidt and Wallace might have been had they not 'gone along with the program' vis a vis Palin and outed her before she nearly became a national threat. As it was, they enabled her to get enough national attention to give her a much undeserved foothold in the political scene. Even tho she has been reduced to little more than a punchline she was still able to foment enough damaging anger and hatred to further divide an already splintered electorate.

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    3. fromthediagonal2:19 PM

      Thanks diz... I agree that Schmidt and Wallace were enablers for the McCain campaign who jumped ship after they realized their careers were heading for the rocks. Their mea culpas, in typical regressive "who me?" fashion ring hollow. Though they provided information in the aftermath of that debacle, it seems they did so to protect themselves, and thus they are making a very good living in the aftermath.

      Full disclosure, I have a difficult time watching Schmidt's self-serving, self-righteous interviews.

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  19. Anonymous8:26 AM

    It is both humbling and encouraging to see a man of integrity do the right thing for the right reasons. Thank you Mr. Prouty, thank you.

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  20. Virginia Voter9:36 AM

    President Obama owes this guy dinner at the White House, or at least a phone call. In 2008, we had Alaska bloggers, Katie Couric, and Tiney Fey who prevented the train wreck of a McCain/Palin administration. In 2102, Scott Prouty saved this country from the Romney/Ryan budget. He is a national hero.

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    1. Anonymous12:47 AM

      Yessssssssssssss!

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  21. Anita Winecooler12:49 PM

    Mr Prouty touched on every disconnect of Romney's regarding how the poor and middle class actually live. This clip exposed Romney the best way - each word, from his own mouth. Mr Prouty deserves high honors! The clip, how he released it, and remaining anonymous guaranteed it would go viral. What rang a bell of honesty, was that he didn't sell out to the highest bidder, he just wanted the attention to go to Romney.

    He's a hero, and kudos and thanks to Ed Shultz for standing up for the working class!

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  22. Anonymous3:35 PM

    S.E. Cupp was on MSNBC earlier today, dissing Mr. Prouty of course. I had to change the channel before I started spitting at the tv.
    M from MD

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    1. Anonymous8:47 PM

      I can't stand that Cupp woman either. All she does is spout talking points. She is the dark-haired version of Elizabeth Hasselback. I like having different view points but they need someone that can really present them with intelligence. I don't watch the show because of her.

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  23. Anonymous3:40 PM

    I agree with you Gryphen, very riveting interview. I was so blown away by this man's courage, integrity and humbleness. What a contrast between him and Romney that has none of these qualities. Just wow, great interview. Thank you, Mr Prouty!

    *Alicat

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  24. Anonymous4:20 PM

    Hero??? Strange ,the 2012 bartender secret film fella gets his brief 15 minutes and is lionized but that 2008 plumber was inappropriately investigated by a OH state employee and suffered the unlawful release of his confidential records by the OH state official...each man was correct to follow their convictions,but our fellow PRIVATE U.S. citizen,the plumber, suffered invasion of privacy by the state without a whisper of protest from the press.

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    1. Anonymous10:03 PM

      One thing I thought of watching Scott Prouty was what a contrast to Joe the Plumber used then put on parade by McCain and Palin.

      Joe Wurzlebacher was researched like Palin both of them plucked from obscurity to validate their personal claims.

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  25. Montana5:42 PM

    Great job Scott Prouty! Willard fumbled after disclosure, and when he lost the election, he went back to the same words, so come on Willard, face it, your own words lost the election, man up Willard, man up. Willard didn’t even get all registered GOP voters out to vote for him, plus the GOP states that passed all those voter restriction, tick people off, and all those states elected President Obama. Willard was the worse candidate ever, even England dubbed Willard “Mitt the twit”. We have been sick and tried of all your Corporate Welfare and tax breaks and the fact that you don’t pay any federal income taxes, but hey keep your ill gotten money, we don’t want you or your money. Willard you were taught an important message….You can’t buy everything with money!

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  26. Anonymous12:46 AM

    I agree: a parade. He is a wonderful man.

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