Of course; we expected that. But the nature of the coverage of Romney’s trip abroad—with the press acting, in the words of Powerline’s John Hinderaker, as though Romney had “committed one blunder after another” when in fact the trip has been mostly “triumphant”—underscores the reality that these days the supposedly objective press is out to get any serious Republican candidate, and out to protect any serious Democratic one (read: John Edwards), but most especially Barack Obama.
That’s been true for quite some time. But it’s glaringly obvious in the excessively “gotcha” coverage of Romney’s trip (I would include Newsweek’s “wimp” story, but Newsweek ceased being a serious periodical quite some time ago). There’s no attempt to hide the agenda anymore; it’s full-bore Pravda mode.
If you look at the top headlines at Memeorandum, the story du jour of idiot Romney and his gang of stupidheads abroad makes it look to the casual reader as though they’d insulted the Polish press corps and told them to shove it and to “kiss my ass.” A good example would be this CNN story with the headline, “Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland.”
Many readers just scan the headlines, and the press knows that. But the story was actually that the aide shouted this at the American press, who were hounding Romney (while on a visit to the Polish Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) with questions about the poor perpetually-outraged Palestinians and how offended they were by Romney’s remarks in Israel. You have to read deeply into the story to even realize that it was the American press and not the Polish, and that they were playing the usual “gotcha” game, and that the Romney aide, Rick Gorka, quickly called the reporters to apologize.
As for Romney, he doesn’t appear to be innocent about the press’s agenda toward him (unlike John McCain, who had once been their darling and whom I don’t think ever quite realized that the rules of the game had changed once he became the nominee). I see no indication that Romney expects fairness from them or anything resembling it.
The most important question at this point is how savvy the American people are about the whole business. I’m hoping that the answer is “very.” After all, Iowahawk notes, “”If there’s anything the American public won’t abide, it’s someone who insults screaming reporters and Palestinians.”
Here’s the video:
Show some respect? Dream on.
[NOTE: Speaking of Pravda---it's not doing all that well, even now. The English-language version appears to be a cross between a poorly-written Guardian and the British tabloids (see this, this, and this, just to take three stories almost at random).]
[ADDENDUM: When I actually watched the video, it struck me that the screechy, shrill questions of the reporters were so gratingly annoying that someone brilliant could even make the clip into an effective ad for the Romney campaign. Ace has a more creative idea:
A rhythm-and-drums techno sort of track, with the questions by the reporter looped in the mix. Like make the found dialogue part of the rhythm. Or the melody. Or whatnot. I don't do music.
Maybe finish and end with a brief snippet of Romney' speech, because he, presumably, sounds like an adult, and the contrast would be humorous.]