The Post’s blockbuster story on Mitt Romney’s high-school days: Conservative media critics at NewsBusters and Big Journalism concur that it’s a “hit piece.” Andrew Beaujon at Poynter.org calls it “a remarkably nuanced portrait of the presidential candidate as a young man.”
So there’s a difference of opinion here. There are indeed negative aspects of the story by Jason Horowitz, most notably its lede, which narrates a horrifying episode of bullying led by Romney at Cranbrook. Yet “hit piece” connotes intent, a plan to go out and get the subject. That’s a tall evidentiary threshold. What evidence can the hit-piece proponents marshal on this front?