Carly Fiorina Gets In Trouble For Stating The Obvious

If you want to know why people have so little faith in the media, you don’t really need to look much farther than the hot, new Carly Fiorina story that’s making the rounds. If you go to Google News, here are the headlines you’ll see,

Sarah Palin, others don’t have heads for business, Carly Fiorina says

McCain economic advisor Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of …

Neither McCain, Palin capable of running business: advisor AFP

McCain adviser Fiorina: Palin not ready to run a corporation CNN

Fiorina: Obama Camp ‘Deceitful’ in Clipping My Quote FOXNews

McCain staffers attempt to derail McCain’s campaign

Christian Science Monitor, MA – 15 hours ago

McCain Adviser: Neither McCain Nor Obama Could Run Major Corporation TPM

Note the spin: McCain’s own advisor says that neither he nor Palin is ready to run a corporation — with the implication being that Obama and Biden don’t have that problem.

Of course, what Fiorina actually said was (and this is revealed once you get past the headlines),

“I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation. I don’t think Barack Obama could run a major corporation. I don’t think Joe Biden could run a major corporation. But on the other hand a major corporation is not the same as being the president or vice president of the United States,” Fiorina said.

“It is a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company. So of course to run a business you have to have a lifetime of experience in business, but that’s not what Sarah Palin, John McCain, Joe Biden or Barack Obama are doing,” she said.

I will grant you that Palin worked on her husband’s commercial fishing business and McCain was once a PR VP for Anheuser-Busch, which puts both of them ahead of Obama and Biden, neither of whom could probably handle a manager’s job at Burger King for a week without having a mental breakdown.

However, what makes anyone think that any of these four people could handle running a billion dollar corporation? Sure, they might be able to eventually figure it out, after making tens, or even hundreds of millions of dollars worth of mistakes, but part of the reason they pay CEOs so much is that they’re not supposed to spend six months trying to figure out the basics of what they’re doing.

So in actuality, saying that none of these four is capable of running a corporation is a revelation akin to noting that none of them would be capable of stepping in and quarterbacking an NFL offense. It’s obvious — yet, you would never know it from reading the mainstream media. Instead, it’s another day, another set of barely noteworthy quips and tanning bed stories that are being regurgitated almost wholesale from the Obama campaign.

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