“For the correspondents covering Romney’s overseas trip,” write Jim Geraghty this morning in The Campaign Spot, “the big story of the day is likely to be one of Romney’s aides losing his cool and swearing at reporters. (It’s a good thing those reporters never covered Rahm Emanuel.)” Yesterday, memeorandum dwelled not on how our Israeli allies warned to his speech, but how Palestinians who won’t commit to peace panned it.
Today, memeorandum leads with reports of the aide losing his cool, following that up by linking an article full of anonymous sources telling us how horrible, no good and very bad Mr. Romney’s trip was. Yet, to those not beholden to Obama administration talking points, as John Hinderaker observes,
By any reasonable standard, Romney’s trip has been successful. Yet press coverage has been unrelentingly negative. This AP story sums up the press’s angle well: “Another hiccup? Romney’s foreign trip not smooth.” To hear the AP tell it, Romney has committed one blunder after another . . .
Let’s see, the presumptive Republican nominee delivered a well-received speech in Jerusalem, and another thoughtful address in Poland while receiving a warm welcome and quasi-endorsement by one of the great figures of the century just concluded.
Instead of focusing on the actual words Mr. Romney spoke and the ideas he conveyed, our friends in the legacy media have focused on one undiplomatic (but accurate) remark Romney made about the London Olympics and an angry outburst by a Romney aide.
And these same folks bemoan that Americans are paying less attention to the issues.
UPDATE: Asking, “why exactly was Romney’s overseas trip such a ‘public relations disaster’?“, HotAir’s Erika Johnsen quotes Romney himself who opined that Obama’s friends in the legacy media would “try and find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country.”
No, the trip wasn’t a public relations disaster; the legacy media just choose to portray it as much. If they spent half the time on Obama’s gaffes as they do on Romney’s, that Democrat, like his Vice President, would be known as a “gaffe machine.” And Biden has earned that honorific even with the legacy media all but ignoring his gaffes.