Over at the Weekly Standard the Blog catches the exchange between Lester Holt and Mark Halperin in which Halperin says out loud what we’ve all known for a long time:
“The Obama folks clearly know they’ve found some traction on this tax return issue with Romney,” said NBC’s Lester Holt. “And then of course late in the week comes this challenge–’give us a little more and we won’t complain anymore.’ Has this issue come to the point it’s jumped the shark?”
“I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this,” said Halperin.
Obama wants Ryan to be called “risky” and the press has done nothing but call Ryan “risky.”
A CBS story claims (without any attribution) that Romney’s advisers said Ryan was “risky.”
The people around Romney told him it was risky.
As the Republican presidential candidate prepared to pick his running mate, he kept in constant touch with his senior advisers. They met in small groups and alone with the candidate. He talked to a number of other friends and confidantes, soliciting advice and opinions.
Aides knew the decision was fraught, and they told Romney so. It was a choice, they knew, that would fundamentally re-shape the race for the presidency. It would acknowledge Romney needed to offer voters more than just being the guy who wasn’t Democratic President Barack Obama. And it would tie Romney to the architect of a highly controversial budget proposal that Democrats are eager to use to badger the Republican.
And somehow CBS knows this despite
This was the culmination of a methodical, highly secretive process that involved 10 top Romney staffers, a volunteer team of attorneys, a secret secure room in Romney’s Boston headquarters, and reams of paper on a long and then a short list of potential candidates.
So the top Romney staffers who kept the entire process a top secret let on that they felt Ryan was risky?
Not. Buying. It.
A Google search for “Ryan a risky pick” yields nearly seven million hits. Among them:
Paul Ryan A Risky Pick – The Hinterland Gazette | The Hinterland …
New Yorker: Paul Ryan – Mitt’s Risky Pick | Peace . Gold . Liberty …
WaPo: Paul Ryan is a risky pick for Romney
It’s far more likely Ryan’s being “risky” came from David Axelrod and the lapdog press dutifully obeys its master.
Just this morning Steve Peoples of the AP outed himself as another Obama sycophant. His article claims that Ryan has been ordered to avoid taking questions.
But Ryan has been directed to avoid taking questions from reporters who travel with him, and to agree only to a few carefully selected interviews. He is known for sketching budget graphs on napkins to explain his ideas, but this past week it was Romney who used a white board during a news conference to help detail his own plan — one he says is virtually identical to Ryan’s.
Who directed Ryan not to speak to the press? Peoples asserts this as fact without any kind of evidence and this story has been picked up all over the place. And Obama? When’s the last time he took a question from a reporter?
President Obama hasn’t formally taken questions from the White House press corps in more than two months, while on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday he made time for reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.
His last news conference was at the G20 in June, when he answered six questions from three reporters on the European debt crisis, the conflict in Syria, and the notion of politics stopping at the water’s edge.
The White House press corps has not formally been given the opportunity to ask questions of the president on U.S. soil since his appearance in the Briefing Room on June 8 (when he said “the private sector is doing fine.“)
His last formal White House news conference was on March 6.
And that’s with proper attribution.