LIKE MANY REPUBLICANS before him, Jon Huntsman blames the ‘lamestream’ media for having the audacity to quote him. Yesterday, Jon Huntsman said:
[...] Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party.
“This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said.
[...] Asked by journalist Jeff Greenfield if he could win the nomination of the Republican Party in Utah today, Huntsman said he could not, saying later that Ronald Reagan would “likely not” be able to win the GOP nomination nationally in this political climate.
Read: Former Republican presidential candidate compares his party to Communist China.
And this morning Huntsman said:
Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Monday blasted the media and insisted he was taken out of context he after compared the Republican Party to the Communist Party of China.
[...] Huntsman told MSNBC on Monday that his comments had been taken out of context because there was a lack of “responsibility in media.”
“You get these blogs out there, you know, Bottom-feeder, Buzzsaw, Buzzfeed, whatever they are, and they take a sentence out of context and it becomes a headline and pretty soon mainstream newspapers pick up on that,” he told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. “Give me a break.”
[...] Huntsman continued: “Shortly thereafter, I was disinvited from a Republican fundraising event, [at] which I was to be a guest speaker. And so as we were talking about that last night, I said you know, if you’re not on script and you get knocked out of an event like that — the parties are supposed to be big tent, you’re supposed to bring in all ideas. And I thought for a moment about what they do in China if you’re off script, the party. They knock you out. We shouldn’t be doing that here.”
Read: Huntsman blasts media, said he was taken out of context
Does that sound like he was taken out of context to you?
Maybe if Jon Huntsman had any kind of backbone, he’d stand up to those who are transforming his beloved GOP into something resembling communist China? Or (!) stand by what he said? It’s totally easier to say the media took him out of context though.