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Why isn’t the Washington Post interested in stories of Mitt Romney’s adult acts of compassion?

In the forty-seven years since Mitt Romney pulled his last high school prank, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has grown up quite a bit, donating a large portion of his income to charity and performing myriad acts of kindness, helping neighbors, looking out for people in need.

You would think that a journal supposedly interested in gleaning information about a candidate’s adolescent behavior might also want to investigate his actions as an adult.  In his piece on tales of Romney’s youth, Mark Hemingway notes that one “of the major sources for the Post’s Romney scoop is a former Obama campaign volunteer“.  Why not turn to journalists from the Boston Globe?

In their biography of Romney, Globe correspondents Scott Hellman and Michael Kranish report how Romney and his family pitched “in to help in ways big and small. They took chicken and asparagus soup to sick parishioners. They invited unsettled Mormon transplants in their home for lasagna.

In The Daily, we learn more about Mitt Romney’s good deeds:

One cold December day in the early 1980s, Mitt Romney loaded up his Gran Torino with firewood and brought it to the home of a single mother whose heat had been shut off just days before Christmas.

Years after a business partner died unexpectedly, Romney helped the man’s surviving daughter go to medical school with loans for tuition — loans he forgave when she graduated.

And in 1997, when a fellow church member’s teenage son fell seriously ill, Romney sprinted to the hospital in the dead of night, where he kept vigil with his terrified parents.

Stories like these — tales of long hours spent with grieving families, financial assistance to those in need and timely help given to strangers whether asked for or not — abound in the adult life of the Republican presidential candidate.

(Via HotAir headlines.)  Wonder why the Washington Post was more interested in tales of Mitt Romney’s adolescent antics than the “timely help” he provided to strangers in more recent years.  One would think the stories of what a man makes of himself as an adult help better to define his character than the pranks he pulled as a teen.



  1. A. Because the Washington Post is part of Team Obama 2012, duh.

    Comment by V the K — May 15, 2012 @ 6:06 am - May 15, 2012

  2. “The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them; The Good Is Oft Interred With Their Bones.”…

    Trackback by Rhymes With Right — May 15, 2012 @ 6:11 am - May 15, 2012

  3. When I told a friend that Romney has donated millions of his own money to BYU, his response was, “yeah, but he only donates to Mormons and Mormon causes.”

    Comment by niall — May 15, 2012 @ 1:18 pm - May 15, 2012

  4. Good news is not good news. It doesn´t sell. Bad news, scandals, and dirt sells; fan magazines, tabloids, and lib dailies like the NY Times, Washington Post, etc.

    Comment by Roberto — May 15, 2012 @ 1:20 pm - May 15, 2012

  5. The liberal lamestream media makes love to His Majesty every night with an ear shattering orgasm that can be heard from LA to San Fran, and from Boston through the Upper East Side all the way inside the Beltway.

    Comment by davinci — May 15, 2012 @ 1:40 pm - May 15, 2012

  6. I had a liberal friend of mine say to me when I showed her some of these Mitt is actually a human stories that “he only did that stuff for people “like him.”

    I have come to the conclusion that liberal hate knows no bounds.

    Comment by traye — May 15, 2012 @ 6:04 pm - May 15, 2012

  7. I’m sure there’s no bias involved, it’s simply the “man bites dog” theory or journalism. If something happens all the time it’s not really news, so why bother reporting on it? Just as it would be perfectly legitimate to put it at the top of A1 if the sun didn’t show up on the eastern horizon tomorrow morning, it makes sense to note the odd occasions when Romney did something uncharacteristically bad, or when Obama does something unselfish that benefits others.

    Comment by AndyN — May 17, 2012 @ 12:47 pm - May 17, 2012

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