On Thursday, I linked Richard Grenell’s piece on the legacy media’s fixation on Mitt Romney’s supposed gaffes on his trip abroad. That former John Bolton aide reported that various “news” outlets dispatched political reporters (more familiar with the ups and downs of political campaigns) than foreign correspondents (more familiar with policy questions) to cover the presumptive Republican nominee’s trip to Europe. Perhaps, that’s why those folks focused on the gaffes and not the substance:
Had news outlets sent their State Department or United Nations reporters on Mitt Romney’s trip abroad, the coverage would have been smarter and more informed than the petty political reporting the American public received from the ones who went on the trip. The next time a news outlet complains about the state of our political rhetoric or the uninformed U.S. voter , we should promptly point them to the video of Ashley Parker’s raucous in a Polish cemetery or Philip Rucker’s diatribes on party invitations.
It wasn’t just that their coverage was focused more on the gaffes than the substance, but that it was skewed as John Hinderaker reports:
The Media Research Center analyzed the news coverage of Romney’s trip and concluded that an astonishing 86% of network news stories focused on Romney’s supposed “gaffes.” If you watched the video of “reporters” from the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN heckling Romney in Poland, you don’t need a scorecard to know which presidential campaign they are trying to boost.
Sometimes, it seems that when it comes to Republicans, our friends at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN et al. aren’t interested in reporting the news, but crafting a narrative. And I’m far from the first to say that.