“Kiss my [posterior]” takes a breather


Traveling press secretary Rick Gorka, left, boards a charter plane with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, in Tel Aviv, on Monday. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

There’s no word on when he might return. Perhaps when all those print reporters start getting unruly and wanting to ask questions!

Based on conversations this week with folks who’ve interacted with Gorka, a portrait emerged of a campaign aide who hasn’t always been empowered to do what press aides are supposed to do. Deliver information, that is. But don’t take the word of my anonymous sources. Have a look at this line from the New York Times back in May, following a controversy over media access to the rope line at a campaign event.

Mr. Romney’s team has a traveling press secretary, Rick Gorka, but he is rarely willing or able to speak on the record.

A less technical distillation: “Mr. Romney’s team has a traveling press secretary, Rick Gorka, but we find him useless.”

Not to excuse Gorka’s telling reporters to “kiss my [posterior]” and ”shove it,” but working as traveling press secretary for the Romney campaign could well challenge lumberjack on this list of miserable jobs. Who wants to spend their days sandwiched between an ever-more-aggressive press corps and a campaign hierarchy exploring new frontiers on message- and access-control? Guessing that Gorka will enjoy his “time off the trail.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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