After praising the sincerity of his heartfelt apology for something he says he didn't remember doing, the right has taken a new tact in its dishonest attempt to discredit the Post's story on Mitt's prep school years. But before we get to Shapiro, we have to look at another part of Mitt's "apology," in which he said, referring to his victim's possible sexual orientation:
Going back to the sixties, that was not something that we all discussed or considered, so that's simply just not accurate.
Sorry Mitt, what you said is "simply just" a lie. Guys in Prep Schools like Cranbrook were totally aware, if not obsessed by, sexual orientationin the 60's. An even worse insult than being called a 'fairy' was being called a "homo." Or a "great Big Mo." By his senior year, the year Mitt led that gang to cut the victim's hair - "cocksucker" was a commonly used epithet.
Shapiro is even less direct. He clearly thinks that if he throws enough stuff at the fan - he'll make reality unrecognizable. Of course it's incoherent and dishonest - but in a way that is weirdly wonderful.
He first argues that the Post's having erred in describing the reaction of one of Mitt's classmates somehow muddies the crystal clear memory of five other students. And no one, not even Mitt, has denied that it happened.
Except of course Shapiro - who states that the victim's sister, at college when the incident took place, had not heard about it. So it never happened. QED for Ben. Because the fact that a boy in high school did not immediately contact his older sister, away at the time, telling her that he had been bullied, proves it never happened.
He goes on to attack a straw man. The WaPo writes of an encounter between one of the perpetrators and the victim years later, when the victim says he had "thought a lot about it since then." Shapiro alters this and writes
"The Post piece implies that the Romney incident was somehow the beginning of the end for Lauber."
Clearly, no such implication was made, but it is still worth watching how Shapiro proves the fullness of Lauber's life. He mentions, among other accomplishments, that Lauber was a mortician in three states, a member of the British Horse Society, and chef at the Russian River Resort.
I don't know why, but Shapiro does not mention that the B.H.S. is dedicated to promoting "the highest standards in all areas of equestianism." He does mention that Mr Lauber was a mortician. He also fails to mention that the Russian River Resort was "long famous as the center of the Russian River L.G.B.T. (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) vacation scene." Pretty much all the employees at the RRR have been gay.
Shapiro of course writes for Breitbart, so there's no surprise there. But it is frightening to see how he has changed the frame of the debate, (ABC News) based on nothing.
What is a surprise is that Mitt is getting away with his total bullshit that no one ever even considered 'homos' in the 1960's.