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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Romney-video story thrives on clandestine factor

This morning, Laura Ingraham on “Fox & Friends” lamented the publicity that has plumed around the Mother Jones-Mitt Romney videos: “I think it’s ridiculous that people are seizing on it and that we’re even giving all that much airtime to it, frankly.”

That line of argument stresses that there wasn’t anything revolutionary about what Romney said in those videos — in many cases, he was just elaborating on campaign talking points and widely accepted political handicapping.

No matter. What gives this story guaranteed altitude is the same dynamic that gave the David Chalian story altitude, that gave the Ari Shapiro-Jan Crawford non-story altitude, that has given altitude to just about every e-mail scandal in the history of modern communications. That is, the thrill that we’re privy to thoughts/comments/exchanges that were never intended for our scrutiny.

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Tags:  mitt romney, mother jones, videos, david chalian, ari shapiro, jan crawford

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