Over at the Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway wonders if the New York Times could. . .
. . . spare a reporter to tell us more about the circumstances behind Barack Obama acquiring and expanding his Chicago mansion? It seems to involve an unusual arrangement with this Tony Rezko fellow, and I wonder if there’s a story there? Also, have you talked to any of Obama’s neighbors? They seem like a colorful sort.
You see our friends at the Old Gray Lady saw fit to dispatch a reporter to LaJolla to talk to Mr. Romney’s neighbors. Four years, they didn’t seem interested in Mr. Obama’s. But, then again, reporters tends not be interested in a politician’s neighbors. And the Times folk were most interested in finding those who grumbled the loudest:
Little did Mr. Romney know that his efforts to quadruple the size of his house would collide with a bid for the White House, foisting the unpredictable dramas of home renovation and presidential politics onto a community that prides itself on low-key California neighborliness.
So now, after overcoming the distrust of social conservatives and evangelical voters to clinch the Republican nomination, Mr. Romney must win over another constituency, one that his campaign team never anticipated, polled or targeted: disaffected neighbors.
It will not be easy.
Um, Mike, (that’s Michael Barbaro under whose byline the article is published), you’re the only one making the presumptive Republican nominee’s plan to expand his home collide with his bid. If you didn’t try to make news out of this story, it wouldn’t be news.
And this Times reporter, like his colleagues ever eager to push a media narrative, did make sure to find gay couples unhappy with a Republican candidate. Hemingway even referenced this in his title, “NYT: Mitt Romney Still Bullying Gays… With His House”.
This article does do one thing, provide further proof that the editors at the New York Times choose to scrutinize more thoroughly the Republican candidate for the White House than they do the Democratic. They will leave no stone unturned in their goal to unearth the most insignificant dirty on a Republican, going where no reporters have gone before.
And when it comes to stories unfavorable to the Democrat, well, they’re not really newsworthy.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Bill G translates the Times’ motto, “All the news that’s fit to print” into “All the dirt about Republicans we can find, infer or impute”. That just about sums it up.