Paul Ryan takes aim at media in closed fundraiser

October 1, 2012

For the second time in two days, GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Sunday took aim at the media, telling a crowd of donors at a closed-door fundraiser that the Romney campaign is not expecting reporters “to tell our story.”

“We can’t expect the president to play fair; he’s not,” Ryan told donors at a private home in West Hartford, Conn., according to a video posted on the Facebook page of the Rocky Hill Republican Party. “And we’re not expecting the media to tell our story. They’re not. That means we have to do it ourselves. And that means we have to rely on the generosity of our fellow citizens who want to get this country back on the right track.”

News of the video was first reported by the Web site CTNewsJunkie.com.

The fundraiser was one of a trio Ryan held in Connecticut on Sunday. Of them, the fundraiser in West Hartford and another at a private home in Greenwich were closed to reporters. A fundraiser at a country club in Darien was open to press; at that event, Ryan told donors that their resources “allow us to cut through the clutter and go straight to the people of this country and offer them the clear choice that we’re offering,” according to the Associated Press.

In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” taped Saturday, Ryan responded to a question from host Chris Wallace by saying that “it goes without saying that there is definitely media bias.”

"I think most people in the mainstream media are left of center and, therefore, they want a very left-of-center president versus a conservative president like Mitt Romney,” Ryan said.

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