Veteran Kansas City Star editorial writer and columnist Lewis Diuguid wrote a scathing column today attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Romney’s former company Bain Capital for shutting down companies.
Unfortunately, Diuguid, who was demoted from a vice president position at the Star in 2009, simply took Democratic talking points as fact without checking. In the process, he ended up with egg on his face.
“Democrats tried to show Wednesday what a Mitt Romney presidency would look like when they brought onto the stage of the convention in Charlotte, N.C., people who had been laid off from Bain Capital firms,” wrote Diuguid. “One included David Foster who was let go when GST Steel in Kansas City was shuttered in the Northeast area. The speakers told how the workers were devastated.”
Unfortunately, as ABC News pointed out, Foster never worked at GST Steel in Kansas City.
“But Foster, according to a former spokesman for GST Steel, never actually worked for the company,” noted Jonathon Karl at ABC News in a story titled “Steelworker Featured at DNC Didn’t Work for Bain.”
“David Foster was never an employee of GST Steel’s Kansas City plant. He was employed by the United Steelworkers of America as their regional union director to represent GST Steel, but was not employed at our facility,” according to BC Huselton, who was head of HR at GST.
“To criticize Bain for the companies they couldn’t save is no different than criticizing a hospital because they had patients who died. Healthy people don’t check into a hospital and healthy companies are not purchased by turn around specialists.”