Yesterday, a liberal blogress whose Facebook posts I follow faulted presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for stipulating, as per this article, that “that he did not want to be asked about the topic of abortion or the controversial comments made by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)“.
Now, the second paragraph indicated that
The Romney campaign said later Thursday that “the matter was being addressed,” and that as a policy, it does not place restrictions on reporters. It also pointed to reports that other news stations granted interviews Thursday were not put under similar restrictions as evidence Romney was not trying to skirt the issue.
Interesting that a leftie would raise such a ruckus about the Romney campaign stipulating that one reporter not ask about Akin. And, hey, who could blame the former Massachusetts governor, given that the media seems more interested in Akin than in Romney’s just-released energy plan?
They prefer dwelling on a candidate whose crazy statement Romney has repudiated and whom Romney has urged to exit his race to the actual issues in the presidential contest.
That said, I don’t like the idea of candidates stipulating what issues a reporter should address, but it is a good sign that Romney would rather focus on issues other than abortion.
On Wednesday, Michelle reminded us that what is occasional practice for Mitt Romney is standard practice for Barack Obama:
Independent political blogger Keith Koffler of whitehousedossier.com reported this week that Team Obama was dictating interview topics to local TV reporters in battleground states, just after holding a kabuki press conference on Monday to capitalize on the Missouri GOP Rep. Todd Akin “legitimate rape”/magical uterus debacle. “In interviews with three local TV stations Monday, two from states critical to Obama’s reelection effort, Obama held forth on the possibility of ‘sequestration’ if he and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, allowing him to make his favorite political point that Republicans are willing to cause grievous harm to the economy and jobs in order to protect the rich from tax increases,” Koffler reported.
“The reporters mostly made no effort to hide the arrangement. ‘The president invited me to talk about sequestration,’ NBC 7 San Diego’s reporter told her audience. In the interview, she set Obama up with a perfectly pitched softball the president couldn’t have been more eager to take a swing at: ‘What do you want individual San Diegans to know about sequestration?’ she asked.”
Would be nice if more reporters asked Mr. Obama what efforts he had made to pressure the Democratic Senate to pass a budget. Or why he hasn’t submitted a budget with that “net spending cut” he promised in the campaign or which “cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term” as he promised early in that term.