Reporter who uncovered Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video wins Polk award
It gave the political reporting award to David Corn of Mother Jones magazine, who uncovered the video of Romney at a private fundraiser remarking that 47 percent of Americans—those who back Democratic President Barack Obama—are “victims” who are “dependent upon government” and “pay no income tax.”
The video became an immediate news sensation, and was used by Democrats in damaging ads against Romney, the former Massachusetts governor. It further hurt the public perception of Romney at the same time as Democrats were pushing a narrative portraying Romney as out of touch. A press release announcing the award described the story as one that “rocked the nation and perhaps cost Mitt Romney the Presidential election.”
Posted on February 20, 2013, in US Election, USA and tagged Barack Obama, David Corn, George Polk Award, Long Island University, Mitt Romney, Mother Jones, Romney, United States. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.