Weak Responses to Romney's Foreign Policy Address
5:37 PM, Oct 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The weakest response to Mitt Romney's foreign policy address, which he delivered earlier today at the Virginia Military Institute, comes from Virginia-based trade publication Politico.
In a piece titled, "Experts pan Romney foreign policy speech," writer Josh Gerstein notes, "Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech Monday was filled with tough talk and slams of President Barack Obama’s leadership — but little of the clarity Romney has vowed to bring to the Oval Office."
The "analysts" turn out to be an Obama campaign surrogate (like Madeleine Albright) and two liberal foreign policy establishment types (such as, James Lindsay).
In other words, the headline should've read, "Liberals pan Romney foreign policy speech," and not included the ambiguous word "experts" in place of the word "liberals." But who would've clicked on a boring story like that? Too predictable, uninteresting.
Put another way, the only way these "experts" commenting on the speech might have been newsworthy is if they spoke out in praise of Romney, not against him.
Nor surprisingly, within 13 minutes of being published, the Obama campaign was pushing the Politico story to reporters, via an email by spokesman Ben LaBolt.
Coming in a close second is CNN. The Ted Turner-owned cable channel writes:
So maybe it's true CNN "didn't" see "reaction from conservative thought leaders," but it's hard to blame conservatives for CNN not reading their work.