Quick Read: How a Mother Jones Reporter Pursued the Romney ’47 percent’ Story

Fascinating back story of how President Jimmy Carter’s grandson “stumbled across” video excerpts from the Romney fundraiser, then located the (still unidentified) source of the tape itself. Carter suggested to both the San Francisco-based Mother Jones and the Huffington Post that there might be a bigger story there. Why did Mother Jones get the whole story?


Big scoops come in small increments. It takes some luck and some connections, some phone calls and e-mails, and the time to build a relationship. Just ask David Corn. Corn, 53, spent about four weeks coaxing the person who had surreptitiously shot the footage to hand over the full, undoctored video.

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