“King of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came to Town” is a purported documentary exposé of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital’s wily, asset-plundering ways, produced by a political action committee in support of rival Newt Gingrich. With all the subtlety and nuance of a Meatloaf power ballad, it looks to paint Romney as a Gordon Gekko-type corporate raider, casting aside the hopes and dreams of America’s working class in the relentless pursuit of higher profits.
The only trouble is – and First Round apologises for being a stickler about stuff like this – it turns out that half of the Bain investments mentioned were actually made after Romney left the firm, while many of the lay-offs and closures happened after Bain had sold its stake. What’s more, according to the Wall Street Journal, many of the films’ interview subjects have said that their comments were taken grossly out of context, and that they hold no grudge against Romney or the firm.
In other words – in terms of balance and restraint, this is the kind of film that makes Michael Moore look like Sir David Attenborough.
Of course, it’s possible that this is actually a brilliant post-modern satire on the vacuity of modern US political discourse in election years. But somehow it seems a bit unlikely that this would emanate from Newt Gingrich’s PAC, of all places.