Positively Negative

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Gene

It’s one of those “Only in America” things that drives me nuts: parsing and twisting and spinning something so that a positive is presented as a negative.
A couple examples from just today:

  • Mitt Romney is speaking today about how the death of Osama bin Laden under President Obama’s watch was a bad thing. We waited through two Bush administrations for bin Laden’s demise and then once Obama actually accomplished it (or rather, the military accomplished it under his time in office) Karl Rove worked to come up with a way to make this a bad thing, something they could use in the campaign. Their argument? Obama leaked classified information about it. Really? Like, where he was? Well, after he’s dead, what does it matter?
  • Also today, Apple released their quarterly financials. They made a profit of $8.9 BILLION on revenues of an astonishing $35 BILLION. This is an increase over the same quarter last year. But this is bad news, because it wasn’t enough of an increase and it didn’t fit the expectations of a bunch of analysts. They are managing to spin the fact that Apple made more money than before and make it seem as if they have lost money.

If you only read headlines, you think that killing Osama bin Laden was bad and that Apple is about to go bankrupt. But hey, bad news sells.