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Thursday, March 14, 2013

'47 Percent' Video Source Comes Forward

Scott Prouty speaks to Ed Schultz on MSNBC's The Ed Show. (MSNBC screenshot)

Scott Prouty speaks to Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. (MSNBC screenshot)

The man who secretly recorded Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraiser making his infamous “47 percent” comment has revealed his identity.

Scott Prouty, a bartender working the fundraiser, told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz that he lost sleep and struggled for weeks before deciding to release the recording to the magazine Mother Jones.

Prouty says he thought it was important that people heard Romney and knew what he was really thinking.

In the video, Romney tells donors paying $50,000 apiece that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government, see themselves as victims and believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.

Romney’s critics used the video to argue that he was out of touch with average Americans.


  • David Corn, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, who first broke the story of the 47 percent video. He tweets @DavidCornDC.

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  • J__o__h__n

    I was thrilled that this audio surfaced to reveal Mitt’s contempt for 47% of Americans and helped deny him the presidency, but not spying on the people you are serving should be part of the service provided. 

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyFroggg J Frog

    I could understand this story coming from MSNBC..but from H&N, I had hoped for more.  
    This 11 month old story was covered during the election… exactly when it should have been covered.  Now Romney is gone…have we learned anything new?  Not really.  Does what Romney think matter?  Not really.  Meanwhile, post-election, President Obama selling access to the Oval office for 500K a shot.

    This from the President that promised transparency, we get hypocrisy.  Not only does what the President think matter, what he does matters.  Was this worth of an H&N story?  Apparently not.  I guess it doesn’t fit the political narrative we are expect to buy.
    The show may be fair…but its not balanced.

  • feettothefire

    This guy is an American Hero.

  • shawn

    scott prouty is courageous for releasing the video.  others were present with cameras & were also allowed to record the speech.  he did nothing wrong.  any candidate is foolish if he/she thinks they can make comments at an event (even a paid event) where they know cameras are operating and expect their comments to remain private.  he was also smart to keep his identity private until after the election.  nobody wants to open themselves up to the kind of personal attack that surely would have been mounted by the romney campaign to take the focus off the content of the speech.  by revealing the entire recording of the content of the speech, romney’s comments were required to stand alone…as they should for any candidate.

  • Inkc

     I think secretly recording someone you’re supposed to be serving is pretty much the behavior of a scumbag.    People without scruples, the world is full of  ‘em.        I’d feel the same about this guy if he had been the one who recorded the Obama statement about guns and religion, it’s simply not the right thing to do. 

    • Butts

      Totally agree! That servant should have stayed in his place and been more servile!


      I mean, Jesus Christ. If everyone stayed in their place, how would we ever learn about the injustices of the world?

  • Barbara

    It’s nice to learn that there are still honorable people in this country.  Scott Prouty helped the scales drop from many eyes when he revealed Mitt Romney for what he is…contemptuous of ordinary Americans.  I admire his courage!

  • mattlove1

    It was amusing how Robin Young concluded the discussion with David Corn with a flip, snarky “that’s one man’s opinion.” You can always tell somebody’s status on NPR, PRI, etc programs – a high status person, whether it’s Henry Kissinger, Bill O’Riley, or Barach Obama, gets kissed up to in an embarrassingly servile manner. People who don’t matter, whether they’re leftist journalists, doormen, or heads of state of countries in the unpopular cliques are treated snidely and dismissively. I sure wish I could get some actual journalism from the mainstream. Do you really think you need to call somebody the head of a pariah state 500 before we understand that BMOC Barach doesn’t like them?  But how about reporting on what they actually do, and let us draw our own conclusions?  And report on what Obama is actually doing – getting militarily involved all over the middle east and across Africa, resulting in a building wave of (justifiable) Anti-Americanism? 

    It was lucky for Prouty he only embarrassed Romney and not Obama, otherwise he probably would have been detained and tortured like Bradley Manning!

  • Stephen

    Two points I would like to make. First, the question was asked whether he *should* he done the taping and the answer is of course, why not? It was said that there were others also recording Romney’s speech and with the ubiquitousness of camera phones these days, no one can claim that they are unaware of the possibility of being recorded,  especially a presidential candidate. Only the media turns on itself questioning the ethics of recording someone, but this guy is not in the profession so I don’t think it is even fair to ask the same of a layman in a semi-public situation.

    Second, it wasn’t just the 47% comment that derailed Romney. Let’s not forget about his comments during the debates, like the “Binders full of women”,  that ultimately displayed there was a pattern of superiority that had always been there regardless of his handlers trying to cover it up. That is not the feeling one wants to get when considering someone for the office of president and as someone that is supposed to represent *all* the people.

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