David Corn says the machine was turned off and then back on, but Kevin M. at Not Yet Europe begs to differ:
Mother Jones would have you believe that 1) the recording device suffered an unknown failure; 2) this was discovered and fixed; and 3) the device was either never budged in this process or it was placed down exactly in the same place afterwards.
I call [B.S.]. I have had electronic devices fail, sure, but it has never been so obvious that I could fix it without at least picking it up and looking to see why. Further, Corn isn’t an idiot, so this was obvious to him, too. He’s clearly lying and knew that the tape had been edited in a critical place right from the beginning.
Which makes this a fraud and that gap most certainly contains context that spoils the narrative.
Read the whole post for the full argument and evidence.
I’m not sure he’s right and I’m not sure it matters, but it’s worth considering — and I don’t trust David Corn to give me the straight scoop.
I still think the context for what Romney said was pretty clear, and he can still defend the basic points he made.