The 5 worst media disasters in January

From a layoff-loving presidential candidate to a taco-loving mayor, here are last month’s biggest media gaffes—and they’re all on video.

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No such luck. This month, a taco-loving mayor, layoff-loving presidential candidate, and threat-loving politician put their feet firmly in their mouths.

Without any further ado, here are the five worst media disasters of January 2012!

5. Michael Moore: Older voters are racist homophobes

Michael Moore is right that younger people voted for President Obama in larger numbers than did older generations. But his conclusion that older people didn’t vote for President Obama because they’re racist homophobes is an offensive generalization.

Some older folks likely match his characterization, but many others voted for John McCain for his pledge to end earmarks, his foreign policy bona fides, or for hundreds of other legitimate reasons. Castigating them all as bigots is a perfect example of the small-minded reductionist politics that Moore blasts in his movies.

4. Nancy Pelosi’s empty threat

When Nancy Pelosi was asked whether former House colleague Newt Gingrich could become president, her tone became icy, responding, “That will never happen.”

When CNN Host John King asked why she was so sure, she offered a not-so-veiled threat: “There is something I know.”

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