August 1, 2012 at 7:20 am (CNN, Kiss My Ass, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, New York Times, Polish Holy Site, Rapid Response, Rick Gorka, Romney Campaign, Romney Response, Romney Social Media, Shove It, Tumblr, Twitter)
You may have heard the news recently about a Romney spokesman telling reporters to “kiss my a**” and to “shove it”. The aide, Rick Gorka, was responding to a disrespectful barrage of media questions at a Polish holy site. What you probably won’t here about are the actual litany of inane and biased questions from the media that drew Gorka’s ire. Here is a sampling:
CNN: “Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?
NYT: “Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?
Washington Post: “What about your gaffes?
NYT: “Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”
CNN: “Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven’t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!
Gorka: “Show some respect”
NYT: “We haven’t had another chance to ask a question…”
Gorka: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
Acosta added: Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.” About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.
The news media would be crucified if they treated Barack Obama this way (they never would, of course.)
No doubt. Has the media ever asked a question about Obama’s gaffes? Ever? Joe Biden commits two or three gaffes every time he exhales, and do they call him out on it?
In a direct response to this media bias, the Romney campaign has decided to fight back through the power of social media. Last night we received this e-mail from the campaign:
The Romney campaign’s rapid response team is launching a new, branded twitter handle and tumblr page to fight the mainstream media and the Obama campaign’s distractions, and to get the facts straight.
Gov. Romney’s trip abroad is yet another reminder that the mainstream media is determined to create gaffes and slanted coverage of him and his campaign. While the national media continues to blow up non-stories and gin up non-controversies, online conservatives are inspired by the actual events going on the ground. As Gov. Romney pointed out this morning, it’s becoming clear the mainstream media are going to attempt to distract voters from the real issues of this election. We’re tired of it, and we’re going to strike back.
Here’s a video clip of Romney responding to the media’s attacks…