The shove-it strategy


Center is the man who said it. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Charles Dharapak)

The Romney aide who told one reporter to “shove it” and addressed the group, “Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect,” was actually implementing a brilliant strategy.

The one thing we, as a nation, dislike more than either candidate is the people who cover them.

After all, the media have taken Mitt’s Grand Tour of Europe, in which he marched from strength to strength, winning praise from Lech Walesa, and transformed it, somehow, into a gaffe-palooza in which he told the Brits their lack of preparation was “disconcerting” and gravely insulted the Palestinians.

Really, we had it coming.

Trust the media? Nobody trusts anyone any more. We don’t even let kids go outside. Lock them indoors with pamphlets on bicycle safety! If they want to talk to strangers, let them do it on the Internet!

But the media are especially bad. In September of last year, 60 percent of Americans perceived media bias.

People don’t just mistrust the media. They are sick of it. Especially when it comes to election coverage. In December, 70 percent of those surveyed said they wanted the election to be over already.

Ninety percent of people say they already know all they need to know about Barack Obama, and 69 percent say the same of Romney.

They do not want more information. They do not want these reporters dogging around and asking questions. Please, stop telling us facts about Romney. Hermes did this to a hundred-eyed fellow named Argus once and this put him so fast asleep that he never woke up.

Stop asking questions! Stop publishing these “stories” about “gaffes” every time someone puts a line out of place! Go pay more attention to the Palins! They would appreciate it!

Frankly, telling the media to shove it might be the best move anyone affiliated with the Romney campaign has made all week. If only he’d said it sooner.

Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day. She is the author of "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences".

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