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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:05 PM

Mitt Romney Vs. The Media

Mitt Romney's relations with his traveling press corps are growing more noxious, reflecting a larger trend in which politicians and the media are so cynical about one another that they are increasingly at odds.  

This kind of relationship has always been at least somewhat adversarial. After all, each side has a different goal. The politicians want to look as good a possible and use the news media as a public relations tool, and the media want to peek behind the curtain, find inconsistency and hypocrisy, and hold the politicians accountable.

These different goals are at the heart of what's gone wrong between Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and the reporters who cover him. The feud intensified during his just-concluded trip to Great Britain, Israel and Poland.

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Romney tried to explain the reasons for his bad press in an interview with CNN. The media on his trip were "more interested in finding something to write about"—presumably something negative—than in covering the substantive issues, he said. "They'll instead try and find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country," Romney added.


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