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Big Ed's show last night was a first-time TV interview with Scott Prouty, the videographer who shot the film that proved to torpedo Romney's flawed campaign. Schultz began by asking Prouty his name and immediately followed by telling viewers that his guest was not being paid.

Prouty's background includes being a 38 y.o. college grad who bartends a lot of high roller bashes. The Romney FL event--hosted by a billionaire hedge fund manager--was a $50K/person fundraiser. Prouty, with no health insurance, depended on these ritzy gigs with good reason: he could clear $1000 in tips on one night. He told Ed that he had never known anyone who could plop down 50 G's for a dinner. He also described himself as "apolitical" with only one demonstration against the war in Iraq under his belt.

One main thing that emerged last night was Prouty's ongoing internal struggle once he realized the potential of what he had. He got up one sleepless night, looked in the mirror, and called himself a coward. "I said I'm going to do it. I don't think he has any clue what a regular American goes through on a daily basis. That guy has no idea."

Mother Jones's David Corn broke the original story and video of the disgraceful 47% tirade. In this link below to a Corn story in yesterday's MJ, he takes you through his delicate relationship with Prouty prior to breaking the story. Corn told the whistleblower that no--he would not go with the story without his name. And that's not near all he told Prouty....

....he would immediately become a target of the Right, especially during the campaign. He could expect an effort to smear and discredit him. In the course of our ongoing discussions, I said I would support him, whatever he did. I pointed out that were he to reveal himself, he could expect the Right to dig up whatever dirt could be found on him, his friends, and his family—-or to make stuff up. I had no idea if this was a real concern, but I wanted him to consider the possibility.

Millions of us saw Romney, time after time, do his Etch-A-Sketch thing. We suspected that a vulture capitalist who put Americans out of work in the process of amassing a $250M fortune, who was building a $14M home, who had a wife who drove "a couple of Cadillacs," and who dissed a PA Mom 'N Pop bakery owner's cookies was a hoidy-toidy jerk. Scott Prouty's video solidly confirmed our suspicions.
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