The Washington Post

Romney unhappy with media treatment

On the tail end of his international tour, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laid his recent troubles at the feet of the media. He told Fox News’s Carl Cameron:

I realize that there’ll be some in the Fourth Estate or whichever estate who are far more interested in finding something to write about that is unrelated to the economy, to geopolitics, to the threat of war, to the reality of conflict in Afghanistan today, to a nuclearization of Iran — they’ll instead try and find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for the country.

Such grousing commonly veers toward 100 percent idle nonsense, though Romney here has some terra firma underneath him. As emphasized in this space many times, there’s no question that the British media, followed by its stateside counterparts, blew out of proportion and failed to properly contextualize the candidate’s statements on the first leg of his trip.

Yet if Romney is so concerned about diversions, he might want to look at his campaign apparatus, which in Warsaw served up a perfect distractive specimen to the media. That would be a campaign aide telling a reporter, “Kiss my [you know what].”

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

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