Over a year ago I coined the term “Blamestreamer, Blamestreamers” as a person or group who are quoted in context yet blames the media / community for distorting what they had said or for taking what they said out of context. Michelle Bachman has done this so many times.
That’s exactly what I would do if I were President. We wouldn’t have an embassy in Iran. I wouldn’t allow that to be there.
Not realizing that the US has not had an embassy in Iran since the 1980’s. Amazingly, Bachmann is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and yet she claims she was taken out of context by the “Lamestream Media”.
Todd Akin is just another in a long line of politicians who continually claim they werre taken out of context. Just take a look at this doozy!
If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he said. “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.
Ouch, you could not in one paragraph get so many things wrong in so many ways, but again, he says he was taken out of context. So when I see someone say something stupid and as a full direct quote and then only have them turn and say they were taken out of context and blame the mainstream media, I label therm blamestreamers.
Watching politicians and personalities backtrack after making insensitive, inaccurate or crude remarks and then blaming the media / bloggers from quoting them out of context when in fact they quote them in context and unedited – always made me giggle and roll the eyes.
It seems that today the common response is blaming the so called ‘lamestream media’ for doing this. Jon Kyl (US Politician) says abortion services are “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does” when in fact Politicfact (non partisan) notes that less than 3% of what Planned Parenthood does is Abortion related services. He then goes on to claim he wasn’t speaking factually and that he is a victim of media bias.
Both the left and the right in politics do this all of the time. On prime time they make a ‘factual’ claim and get huge sound bites because of it, then later offer a retraction and blame everyone else for taking them out of context. I simply call these people Blamestreamers, who Blamestream 🙂 Cute hey!
It seems easier to make a large claim knowing that your audience will probably only listen to this claim and not the explanation or retraction. If all of your target audience hear this claim and only 10% hear the retraction or explanation then it has served its purpose for that person.