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Mailbag: Romney inspired, Pilot stumbled

June 07, 2012
  • Inge Scott, right, one of the organizers of "Billionaires for Romney," demonstrates across the street from the Balboa Bay Club, as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hosts a fundraiser, in Newport Beach Friday, June 1.
Inge Scott, right, one of the organizers of "Billionaires… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

On Friday, a very large and truly historic event took place here in Newport Beach. But you would never know it from reading the Daily Pilot the next morning ("Visit has satire, support," June 2).

The Romney Victory Committee, made up of many Newport Beach residents, that night raised more than $3 million — the single largest political fundraising event in Orange County history. Indeed, it was one of the largest fundraisers in the nation and more than double what President Obama raised here last month ("Obama visit rattles CdM," Feb. 17).

More than 500 people packed the largest ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club to hear former Gov. Mitt Romney, the man we hope will be the next president of the United States. Many of those people had sacrificed to pay a substantial sum to be present because they are deeply concerned about the future of our country and the profound damage being done to it by the Obama administration.

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They heard Romney speak of his vision for America, and of the need to change the failed and destructive course of the last four years by restoring fiscal discipline, to reduce the size of government in Washington, to rebuild our military and our alliances and to promote entrepreneurship and personal responsibility. The huge crowd loudly and repeatedly cheered his remarks and left feeling hopeful about our future under President Romney following his victory in November.

None of this was reported in the Daily Pilot. Instead, the Daily Pilot focused its coverage almost entirely on a small handful of clowns — literally — who stood on West Coast Highway waiving inane signs promoting class warfare and yelling their desire to preserve the Obama status quo — a pseudo-socialist, government-centered society, rapidly heading the way of Greece. Rarely have 1st Amendment rights been exercised for such vapid and ideologically bankrupt purposes; yet to the Daily Pilot, their drivel was Page One, top of the fold, news.

I hope next time your reporters will not be so easily distracted from covering the most significant event of the day in our city.

Dan Livingston

Newport Beach

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