The now-famous video of Romney insulting nearly half of the voters in America, proving he has no knowledge of diplomacy with regard to Iran, and saying that Palestinians have “no desire for peace” that originally posted on Mother Jones was found and arranged by none other than President Carter’s grandson, James Carter IV.
He found it during an internet search, as seen on news.yahoo.com:
The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a self-fashioned Democratic opposition researcher, the younger Carter had watched countless hours of footage of Republican Mitt Romney and made it a habit to search YouTube every few days for keywords like “Romney” and “Republicans.”
But on this day in August, one clip jumped out. There was Romney, in an undisclosed location, bluntly discussing a visit to a Chinese factory with substandard conditions.
“The hidden camera video — it was all blurred out at the beginning, and it was mysterious,” Carter said. “It piqued my interest.”
Carter isn’t affiliated with the Democratic Party or Obama’s campaign, but he decided to dig deeper and stuck gold. Although the source has not been revealed, Carter’s success in tracking him or her down is remarkable and admirable, and feels like a sort of justice after Romney’s incessant trashing of President Carter on the campaign trail.
David Corn of Mother Jones has worked with Carter IV in the past, and Carter managed to convince his unnamed source, because of previous leaked video of Romney that Corn had dealt with, that Mother Jones should get the entire video.
Here’s another excerpt from Yahoo Finance (AP):
Then on Monday and Tuesday, Corn posted the clips to his magazine’s website, sparking a firestorm for the Romney campaign over remarks claiming that nearly half of Americans “believe they are victims” deserving government help and that the Palestinians have no interest in peace with Israel.
“James: This is extraordinary. Congratulations! Papa,” the former president told his grandson Tuesday morning in an email obtained by the AP.
Carter has received multiple job offers due to his journalistic work, and we can only hope that excellent journalism such as this continues to improve the transparency of politicians and presumptive candidates.