The media was poised to pounce on any perceived gaffe by Mitt Romney from the outset of his trip abroad and proved this to be true with its “querulous, unfair, and self-obsessed” performance during the week, National Review Editor and Politico columnist Rich Lowry wrote on Politico
“During his overseas trip, Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, traveled to some of our closest allies accompanied by some of his most merciless enemies — the media,” Lowry wrote.
When reporters in Poland shouted questions at Romney, it encapsulated its performance throughout the week as “querulous, unfair, and self-obsessed,” Lowry wrote. “The shouted questions were instructive — all emanating from deep within the media’s own narrative,” he wrote. “There was: ‘Do you have a statement for the Palestinians?’ Then, there was: ‘What about your gaffes?’ Finally, that original follow-up: ‘Do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?’”
“Seriously, we send people to journalism school for this? Why not outsource the work to Media Matters and be done with it?” Lowry asked.
Lowry also slammed the criticism from reporters regarding a lack of access to Romney.
“But Romney did interviews with Brian Williams and Matt Lauer of NBC, David Muir of ABC, Jan Crawford of CBS, Greta Van Susteren and Carl Cameron of Fox, and Wolf Blitzer and Piers Morgan of CNN,” Lowry wrote. “The notorious Olympics gaffe came in the sit-down with Williams.”
The Olympics gaffe, Lowry wrote, “covered the British press’s manufactured outrage over Romney’s Olympics comments. Romney didn’t say anything about the shaky preparations that you couldn’t have read in a British newspaper. That didn’t stop Fleet Street’s gleefully nationalistic piling-on, which gave the accompanying U.S. media its narrative for the trip. In one word: fiasco.”
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