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Tensions boil over between Mitt Romney campaign and press corps

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  • DougB Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    I think foreign press is increasingly and understandably likely to be hostile when any person cultivates -- as does Romney -- what Stephen Covey might have termed an "enemy-centric" worldview. Romney's diplomacy is -- to this observer -- unfathomably obtuse and bellicose.

    America once had founders and leaders that promoted "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none." (Jefferson, for instance) That was wise counsel that too many in our country now dismiss at our peril.

    But Mitt Romney, disappointingly, takes the misbegotten notion of American "exceptionalism" to frightening conclusions. Where once our nation sought to be "exceptional" in example and in deed, Romney preaches some sort of unaccountable entitlement. Where once our great nation took care in Christian policy -- including even "apologies" when justified, Romney preaches the alleged importance of a mask of imperturbable strength and claims that our old traditions of communication, equality, explanations, and apology are somehow dangerous and anathema to the unforgiving militant juggernaut he envisions.

    I *hope* the press overseas was hostile to such notions. I pray that our domestic press would develop the principles necessary to *also* be hostile to such nonsense.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    @Red Corvette - yeah, I know what you're saying. Romney can't seem to stop the slow but steady direction of increasing his poll numbers while Obama slides downward. Whatever will he do with that trend?

    Seems more like petty, and sometimes fabricated miscues created and driven by the media, which the anti-Romney crowd latch onto, hoping their exaggerated, pretend outrage will convince the yawning masses.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    So the media does not like Mitt Romney. Is anybody surprised by this information?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    The media asks stupid questions in inappropriate times, and Romney is the problem?

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    So, the traveling press is angry simply because they were allowed to cover Romney's trip but he didn't want to meet with them personally to take questions?

    Call me old-fashioned, but at what point did reporters become entitled to certain types of interviews for their stories? Normal reporters who are unable to interview a person for their story either mention that they were unable to do so or go on writing the story with the information that they were able to obtain.

    It is sad to see the deterioration of journalistic standards.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    Romney refers to the press as "you people."

    On his trip to Europe he took a total of _three_ questions from the press corps, including this one:

    "In the one tax return you've provided the public, you paid an overall rate of 13.9%. Have you ever paid a lower overall tax rate than that?"

    Romney's reply was, "I'll have to look that up. I'll get back to you."

    And then his campaign refused to provide that information when the reporter tried to follow-up on that promise the next day.

    Journalists aren't being mean to Mr. Romney - they're trying to do their jobs and doesn't want them to.

    Running to FOX news for puff-piece "interviews" doesn't prove you can effectively deal with the media. It only proves you're desperately trying to hide from the media.

    If Mr. Romney takes the Sarah Palin approach to dealing with journalists then he, like Ms. Palin, will have fully earned the ridicule that inevitably follows this kind of stonewalling and dissembling.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    the pro-Obama press core is giving Romney's campaign problems? REALLY!?

    and this is surprising - how?

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    DougB: a careful reading of the article indicates that it is the American traveling press corps that is taking offense at Romney's apparent unwillingness to speak with them -- not the foreign press.

    You frankly observe that Romney's diplomacy is "unfathomably obtuse and bellicose." I agree that foreign policy may be his greatest weakness. On the other hand, if he is able to get the American economy jump started he will make plenty of friends abroad -- especially in Europe -- in a hurry.

    I feel that "unfathomably obtuse and bellicose" describes well Mr. Obama's "diplomacy," though I use that term very loosely. In three and a half years, this administration has demonstrated nothing but contempt for our closest allies (return of Winston Churchill bust, toasting Queen during playing of "God Save the Queen," near complete ignoring of Israel, canceling building of missiles in Poland, etc) and been nothing but conciliatory with our foes -- killing of Bin Laden excepted.

    Judging Romney's foreign diplomacy based on only 7 days of a whirl wind tour while giving a free pass to the president after nearly 4 years blunders seems highly irregular.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Why would anyone really care what the media has to say anyway, half of it is generally mis-truths, made up lies by what the media somehow interpreted, or they tell half the story. I in no way support Obama at all and want him out as quick as possible, but even the media does it with him. It is what keeps us posting on DesNews. Besides, it is no secret that international media does not like any Republican candidate. I am all for Romney, but my question right now is, when are we going to see a VP running mate?

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    The media proved their only interest was to ridicule Romney (which they're still doing today and will do forever). No wonder he blew them off.

    It's akin to the same media's code of not saying anything critical of President Obama. Even the Deseret News and its sister station have held to that code.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    @ Blue, you say "Running to FOX news for puff-piece interviews"

    Wouldn't it be great if Obama even did an interview. Better yet, wouldn't it be great if Obama did an interview where he did not already know and prescreen the questions to be answered. Better than that, wouldn't it be great if Obama did an interview where he did not already know the and prescreen the questiosn to be answered and didn't have his answers already prescripted on the teleprompter so all he had to do is read them. Wouldn't that be great. Puff-piece, c'mon, you are listening to the media way to much.

    And also Blue, I never knew Palin to dodge a question, I have yet to see Mitt dodge any intentionally either. You bring up the tax issue again, that is the question you chose to use in your address of Romney answering questions. Alright then, do you know how much taxes you paid in the past for each year to answer a question like that, I would guess not. So why would you expect him to. Romney has money, so what, get over it.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    The press tosses Obama fluff balls and then tries to catch Romney in another "gaff." The press corps are surrogate Obama campaigners and not objective journalists. They are looking for sensationalism and not substance. If they were truly reporters, they would take away the teleprompter, but Obama's handlers would never permit that.

  • DougB Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    Metamoracoug, I *do* also find Obama's foreign policy to be deplorable. I'm, in fact, a little bit more critical of Obama's actions because he campaigned largely on a totally different plan of action.

    I don't, however, agree that the American press -- in general -- has been very critical of Romney's long history of foreign policy mis-steps. They're mostly just parroting the Europeans right now.

    In 2007, I was a Romney supporter but I was dumbfounded by his foreign policy, which seems largely outsourced to the wrong people in my best estimation.

    I'd love to see Romney jump-start the economy but his proposed budget differs in only the slightest degree from the the Obama proposed budgets - and not in ways that are historically proven to certainly "jump-start" the economy. It's really strange.

    I *wish* Romney looked at the job of President the same way that he'd look at a business consulting job: bottom-line is that we gotta bring in more than we spend (cut the deficit), jump-start our long-term business (friendly business environment), and repair our public relations with our potential audience (foreign policy and diplomacy).

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Sometimes we need Freedom FROM the Press, not just Freedom OF the Press. I find it astounding that on a foreign trip the best question a reporter can ask is about the percentage of income tax Mr. Romney paid in previous years. Just WHAT are they thinking and WHAT are they teaching in this country's schools of journalism? Reporters will tell you that when you run for President that everything about you is the "people's business" and "right to know." Strange, isn't it, that remaining silent instead of answering stupid (yes, I said s-t-u-p-i-d) questions isn't allowed by the reporters? It reminds me of a few centuries ago when a female reporter told the rather-quiet sitting President that she bet her boss $5 (a weeks salary back then, no doubt) that she could make him say three words. He smiled at her and replied "You lose."

  • Mary E Petty Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Quoting from Journalism Creed by Walter Williams

    the public journal is a public trust;

    clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism;

    no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman;

    advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

    the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    @DSB
    "Romney can't seem to stop the slow but steady direction of increasing his poll numbers while Obama slides downward. Whatever will he do with that trend?"

    Then why does Obama have his second highest daily model forecast percent likelihood of winning the election (69.0%) yesterday from Nate Silver's model (his high is 69.1% which he will likely reach in today's model run since polls from Quinnipiac of likely voters find him ahead by 6 in Ohio and Florida and 11 in Pennsylvania).

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    The only people who will be impressed with his hissy fits with the press are those who are already going to vote for him. Anyone who is in politics knows you don't make enemies with people who buy ink by the barrel. From here until the election both candidates are fighting for Independent voters. Are independents going to celebrate a tiff with journalists? I am thinking that they are looking for a bit more substance which by the way would probably satisfy the folks who have to produce several stories a week about Romney regardless of their political persuasion.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    The media doesn't like a conservative politician . . . and in other news the sky is shown to be blue and water is found to be wet.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    I think this trip was intended to make Mitt Romney look more Presidential. Having a Press Secretary who is vulgar and contemptuous of the press does not serve Romney well. It will be interesting to see if he makes any changes in his staff. They frankly advised him very poorly on this trip which turned from an opportunity into an embarrassment very quickly.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    To those of you who think that Romney won't win, you should look deeper into history. So far Romney's numbers are similar to Reagan's when he was up against Carter. How well did things turn out for Carter? Remember Obama is like Carter, FDR, and Woodrow Wilson all rolled into one.

    Obama is running from his record, while Romney keeps pushing the one thing that Obama has failed miserably at, the economy.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Good for Romney! The president or a candidate DOES NOT ANSWER to the media. They answer to the American people. If the media would do the job that they were initially set up to do, rather than be in bed with the candidate that fits the ideology of their paper. Then we would probably listen and pay attention more. Instead the media distorts the stories, makes up quotes, lie about what is really happening, and are afraid to write a truthful story (either they'll get fired or obama said he won't allow them the privelage to be in the same room).

    Instead of Meet the Press, it should be 'Answer to the American people how your policies (good or bad) has affected them'.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 1, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Re: Red Corvette SACRAMENTO, CA
    "Those of you with the persecution complex who blame the media for Romney's troubles apparently do not understand the nature of politics"

    Luckily for us we have you to show us the wisdom of your personal experience.

    The self-righteous reporters covering Mitt Romney abroad this week have been so busy manufacturing “gaffes” that they couldn’t even shut their yaps yesterday at Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These reporters don't have a lick of common sense.

    At least Romney didn't refer to the "Polish Death Camps" like Obama did. Sheeesh!!

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    UtahBruin: "And also Blue, I never knew Palin to dodge a question..."

    Then you didn't pay attentiion to her four years ago. Watch her September 2008 inverview with ABC's Charlie Gibbs, it's on YouTube. It was an epic disaster for her.

    "I have yet to see Mitt dodge any intentionally either."

    Then you're not paying attention now. Just one example, on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on June 17, Romney _five different times_ refused to answer whether he would conduct the same policy President Obama had just announced about changes in the way undocumented immigrant children would be treated.

    "Alright then, do you know how much taxes you paid in the past for each year to answer a question like that, I would guess not."

    The moment that issue came up in the campaign I went to my files and looked it up. I _can_ tell you the percentage of my income that went to state and federal taxes in 2008-2011. In each case, it was a heckuva lot higher than the rate Mitt pays.

    Mitt thinks he's running - but all he's really doing is hiding.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    It's funny that liberals are using poles that tend to tell them what they want to hear. The writing is on the wall. Their savior is fallen. He did not keep his promises, failed to be transparant, borrowed-spent $6 trillion and lost close to 1 million jobs, started several wars, decreased our freedom, played on the fears of his base, failed the latinos in not bringing any kind of immigration reform, failed on health care-except for passing a tax or fee or mandate or whatever it is now that 60% of the country doesn't want, failed to unite the country, failed at diplomacy, Iran is close to having the bomb, Nkorea has the bomb-under his watch, we're still in Iraq, Africa, Afghanistan, Gitmo is still open for business; failed to pay his fair share of taxes-he took every loophole that he could, became rich off of the office of president, failed to protect voters from the black panther party, failed with his "beer summit", failed with fires, failed with the oil spill, failed with the bust of Churchill, failed with Israel, failed to raise money for his campaign, failed at traditional marriage rights

  • Glen in the Bronx Bronx, NY
    Aug. 1, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    Why would Romney pack his plane with reporters (and charge the news bureaus a fee for the traveling expenses) is he had no intention of speaking with them? The reporters have every right to be outraged at being dragged off to Europe and Israel for a week as shill for the Romney campaign's puff pieces for "Foreign Gravitas." If they knew Romney was not going to say anything they could have stayed home and relied on the foreign feeds of local TV news stations.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 1, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    16 Trillion in debt and going higher. 8.2% Unemployment. No end in sight to the madness.

    Nuff said. The Obama experiment is almost over.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Aug. 1, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    Maybe if he would bow a little lower, and apologize all over himself, for the very existence of the United States, (follow the example of the anointed one) then the press would warm up to him a little bit!

  • LetsDebate PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    @alt134, 11:19 - as soon as Nate Silver is responsible for deciding the election, I'll consider the legitimacy of his model. As you can probably see from my first post, I was talking about trends. At the end of the Republican Primary, when Romney's unfavorable rating was probably at its highest, Obama held a 6 point edge in the Real Clear Politics average of all national polls. Now that stands at a 2 point edge. As I said, going the wrong direction for Obama, and the right direction for Mitt, slowly but steadily.

    Mitt hasn't even fired any heavy artillery yet, and economic indicators are weak and stagnant, if we're being generous to Obama, with no significant improvement in sight. Undecideds historically break overwhelmingly against the incumbent.

    Yeah - Romney is really in deep trouble. You and Little Red Corvette keep telling yourselves that, and you can tell us all how shocked you are when he wins.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    @Blue..."Pay Attention" Really?

    First, his name is Charlie Gibson. You are referring to Palin's first interview after becoming McCains VP. Again, she "Dodged" nothing, answering it all. Looks like the attention was paid.

    And you want to bring up Romneys views on immigrant children. Blue, again no "Dodging" questions. Clearly stated in the interview he did not agree with Obama's "Dream Act" and would not conduct the same policy and would get with congress to make necessary changes. So again, looks like I am paying the attention required. And, if your an illegal, get out and come in right. You don't allow people to just barge through your doors unwanted so why should America.

    Blue, you can't live on You Tube video clips and MSNBC.

    Taxes...sure you paid more taxes, you're probably not the entrepreneur he is either. You paid higher percentages, I know Mitt paid a heckuva lot more in taxes than you did. It's called tax brackets, write offs est. by IRS and Government. We all follow the same rules, and Mitt was in Europe, his file cabinet was not handy right then.

  • ute4ever West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    Can someone please explain to me the relevance of the low effective tax rate that Romney paid last year, or any year for that matter? Did he do anything illegal? No. He was simply playing by the rules set forth by Obama. I don't understand how this is the "smoking gun" that Obama and the press want to play to put down Romney. He contributes a lot to charity. He has a great tax advisor. I've never known anyone pay more than they were legally required to in taxes, so why blame Mitt for his low tax rate?

  • LRB NY, NY
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Romney's apologists need to get a grip. The media was INVITED by Romney on this little jaunt. Their newspapers spent tens of thousands of dollars to cover him and they are only allowed THREE questions. Then, if they have the AUDACITY to ask a question (which is their job) Romney's aide screams expletives at them. BUT THEY ARE DISRESPECTFUL? He doesn't have to release tax information, he doesn't have to answer questions from a free press--should we just crown him king now and get it over with? Attacking the press, attacking vetting, attacking transparency is the same as attacking democracy. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

  • LRB NY, NY
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    @toosmartforyou: you botched your anecdote. The president you refer to was Silent Cal Coolidge who served in the 1920s, not centuries ago. The person in question was not a reporter but a Washington socialite who heard of Coolidge's reticent manner. There was no amount specified and there was no boss involved--she simply told the president she had bet he would say more than three words to her. But you did get the "You lose," part right.

  • Kim Anderson WICHITA, KS
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    Isn't it interesting that the press chose to send along political reporters instead of foreign correspondents to report WHY he went to these countries and WHAT he spoke about with the various public officials. Does anyone that listens to the MSM have any idea why he was in each of these countries or what was said in his speeches?

    Instead, they complained about him not talking to them. Them who would most likely ask questions that had nothing to do with his trip overseas.

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    This is old news. I'm proud of Romney for deciding in advance what he would tolerate. He deserves the respect afforded all foreign dignitaries. I'm proud of him for not stooping to the level of the spring-loaded media.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    UtahBruin.... a "filing cabinate". The man makes millions of dollars and he is using filing cabinet. I can get to my financial records 24x7, from any location in the world. I would assume someone as powerful and important as Mitt could as well.

    This is craziness. THe same crowd that thinks the world needs to know what grade Obama got in English 101 in college doesn't seem to think it is relevant to understand how Mitt grew a 401k to over 100M+ usd, when the maximum contribution to that fund legally is only 30K per year. Do you know how many years you would have to donate money, even if it doubled his investment every year to get to 100 million. (hint, minimum 27 years at 100% annualized growth) Only Bernie Madoff would claim those types of returns. And don't you think it is important to understand why the man who is elected to uphold and craft the laws of this land might need to explain why he has many off shore accounts?

    Transparency and Honesty is what Mitt should stand for. He is falling short of that bar for a reason no one can explain.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    @LetsDebate
    "As you can probably see from my first post, I was talking about trends"

    There's been no trend at all for two months and it's rather notable that Obama's margin on Romney is roughly the same as it was December of last year. Looking at the states Obama has a 247-191 margin over Romney with 100 tossup delegates on RCP. If you select "no toss up states" it's 332-206. Romney has made basically no progress in the states. I never said Romney was in deep trouble, after all the 31% chance from Silver's model is still 1 in 3 odds... I'm just saying Obama should be considered the more likely to win as it stands right now.

  • Rexburg Reader Rexburg, ID
    Aug. 1, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Not hard to understand why Mitt wouldn't want to accommodate the press considering their overall treatment of him.

  • mamiejane Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    How can the Deseret News quote very conservative blog/websites in support of Romney's assertion that his trip was successful without identifying the speakers' very vocal Republican loyalties? It is the minimum of what is required for the DNews to call what it does journalism.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    Tom in CA proclaims "16 Trillion in debt and going higher. 8.2% Unemployment. No end in sight to the madness. Nuff said. The Obama experiment is almost over."

    Tom, you are going to be greatly disappointed. Three years into a Romney presidency, the debt will be even higher. Guaranteed. Why? Because the simpleton voter pins the debt on the president. They blame Obama for healthcare or GW Bush for his Iraq boondoggle.

    The president has nothing to do with spending. The average voter KNOWS that the Constitution gives the power of spending to Congress, but they don't vote out their Congressmen. Nothing will change with this election.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Aug. 1, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    I see this as a real problem for him. A great relationship with the press is a real asset.

    Don't think that this is a liberal vs. conservative issue. Although it may be harder for republicans, Reagan had lots of folks in the press that liked him quite well.

    This is one part of his house he needs to get in order - fast.

  • RedneckLefty St. George, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Romney's international tour was a disaster. He made Palestinians angry. He made Poles angry. He made BRITS angry, for goodness sakes. Not ready for prime time at all.

    And then he has the audacity to blame his disastrous performance on the press? That's like blaming your fork for your lunch.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 1, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    Hi self-proclaimed Moderate,

    "The president has nothing to do with spending."

    Are you suggesting that President Obama could not have vetoed our new, expensive health care law? Would the nation have remained engaged in war if its Commander-in-Chief decided not to send troops to the front?

    The President is not unilaterally responsible for our nation's spending, but you're kidding yourself if you think he has "nothing to do with spending." The President plays an important role in the spending process.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    When Romney loses--and he will, I hope the D-News can pick up the pieces and move on.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    It's interesting that apologists for Romney vilify "the media" in these comments and cast the press as an enemy in a silly political morality play that is staged in their imaginations.
    Those reporters demanding answers from both candidates more faithfully represent the American people and our interests than the politicians, most of whom have been bought and paid for.
    The fact that both sides of the ideological battle feel "the media" is slanted against them is ample proof of a free and responsible press trying to do its job.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Bruin,

    OK, so I misspelled the name of the interviewer. You got me there.

    Point is, if you think Palin's September 11, 2008 interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson went well, then you're in an extreme minority. Her performance in that interview is regarded by most political observers as one of the great PR disasters of the McCain campaign. But please, if you can find evidence in that interview of her providing a substantive, direct answer to any of the questions she was asked, by all means, share it.

    Regarding Romney and immigration - no, he didn't answer the question. It wasn't about the Dream Act. Romney was asked, and five times refused to answer, the question of would he void the president's policy regarding the deportation of undocumented workers who arrived in the US as children. The video is widely available.

    Journalists have a job - collect and report the news. Mr. Romney is a newsmaker, but he is so far in this campaign going to great lengths to avoid talking to reporters.

    I mean seriously - the entire trip to Europe - only answering three questions? You're honestly OK with that?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    pa reader,
    you and the others in your state continue to drink o-aid. unbeleiveable there are people that are still buyi g into the c.o.'s silly stories.,,,,, dreams of his followers.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    I agree -- the best question a reporter could come up with was regarded to the tax rate Romney paid -- a tax rate, by the way which he did not invent. And it is probably a similar rate to what Obama paid most of his 'career' as well - its a tax rate on investments.

    Perhaps it is not wise to blow off reporters. But it would be nice if reporters had the same standards that were expected from their field just a few decades ago. Obama believes himself to be a Hollywood star where everything is scripted and has a profound ending. Romney lives in a world of business where the bottom line matters.

    What we need is a government who recognizes the bottom line and works towards a happy ending for everyone; not just themselves.

  • dallas realist rockwall, texas
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    who cares

  • LetsDebate PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    @alt134 - yes, if the election was held today, polls indicate that the race would be very close, and a betting man may look at the data and put his money on Obama based on the polls. I wouldn't, because I think most undecided voters would break for Romney, enough to give him the victory. I think a lot of people who reluctantly poll for Obama would waffle in the voting booth, think hard about the dismal economy, and cast their votes for Romney. I think current polling also shows a much more enthusiastic voting block for Republicans than Democrats. There are solid reasons to bet against the overall polling data.

    Of course, nobody can prove anything right now, but I still say the polls are moving in Romney's direction. Red Corvette said Romney was in deep trouble. I say hogwash.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    It seems many here are ignorant of what really took place.

    While Romney was laying a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Poland, two separate reporters were screaming out to him "What about the gaffes?"

    Because he didn't respond to such clearly biased questioning, which had no other than to taunt (and stir a controversy of their own creation), Romney ignored them. So those who were trying to create controversy created more by claiming Romney was ignoring them.

    And the media (Newsweek today) is also rehashing the old phony controversy they created against George H.W. Bush--the wimp factor.

    It's not difficult to see what's happening, if you want to see.

    Ignoring the media--those who are a part of this coordinated effort--is absolutely the right thing for Romney to do.

    But some of you, who already hate Romney are very willing accomplices in this effort and gladly join in pointing fingers of shame.

    And I thought the Deseret News wanted everyone to join in their religion of civility. Or does civility only apply to the treatment of people on the left?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    So, some politicians are fed up with being lied about, and their lackeys vent some of their frustration?

    Well, good for Romney and his staff. The media will never like him (or any conservative) and will continue to lie, while covering and unjustifiably praising Obama, or virtually any liberal candidate.

    Why does the media still not wonder about Obama's college grades? Nah, that would be journalism, not propaganda, and the news media seem to have forgotten their journalistic skills, if they ever had any.

    Fox News is close to being fair and balanced, but other outlets not so much.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    Cons tell us President Obama is responsible for everything.

    Fair enough.

    Therefore, Romney must equally be responsible for everything.

    Right?

    Romney invited the press to report on his successful his tour.

    (FOX's Greta was also part of the same press corp).

    Frustrated by the press failure to bow down to the dictates of a Romney secretary, the secretary tells the press, (including FOX's Greta), to kiss my blank as well as shove it.

    The press are also voters.

    Therefore, in following the thinking of those who find a way to blame President Obama for everything, Romney told voters to kiss my blank as well as shove it.

    See how easy it is to twist, turn and distort whatever a president or candidate says or does not say and then hold them responsible for the distortion.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    Romney wants to be leader of the free world but appears afraid of the press. 'Not much of a leader.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    Amazing! Look at all the comments from folks who are not in Utah, and probably have never read a single Deseret News story before today.

    How did they all miraculously discover the Deseret News and decide to comment on this story?

    Is this an orchestrated blitz from Obama supporters to try to push their narrative and reinforce their twisted bias?

    Ignore the trolls!

  • rodney k. smith BUENA VISTA, VA
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    I am hesitant to comment regarding this article. I am a constitutional lawyer and a strong proponent of the freedom of the press and of its value in our democratic society. I wonder, however, if Romney made a calculated, and perhaps even wise, choice to refuse to respond to their questions. Their questions on this trip have centered more on trivial matters - what percentage of taxes he paid and what he said about the Olympics or some other matter that titillates -- rather than focusing on policy matters. By refusing to answer their questions, the press had to focus their efforts and reporting on what Romney was saying about serious issues, such as our relationships with allies. I am often embarrassed when I go abroad to see how policy-driven the press is in other countries and how little our own press seems inclined to deal with issues of real import. This may be due to our (the American electorate's) desire to be titillated by stories about wealth (on the left) and birth certificates (on the right). At any rate, Romney's refusal to facilitate such largely trivial questioning may have been wise for policy reasons.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    @ Moderate, who said:

    "Three years into a Romney presidency" Glad you can visualize Romney as President - kudos to you on that.

    "the debt will be even higher ..... The president has nothing to do with spending". Then how is that in the past 3 and a half years, the Obama administration has run up 6 Trillion as compared to what took place the previous 8 years??

    The President has a ton of influence on what is spent or not. I believe Romney will do everything in his power to cut the spending. I believe obama has done everything in his power to grow government and the spending that goes along with it.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    In a nutshell -- Mitt tried to control what the press reported. The press chose to be independent instead of kowtowing to Mitt. Mitt threw a hissy-fit like a three-year-old throwing a tantrum. Boo hoo, Mitt.

    That is NOT what we need in the White House.

  • rodney k. smith BUENA VISTA, VA
    Aug. 1, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    I should add that when the most recent Gallup poll indicates that fewer than 1/3 of Americans know the economic plans of President Obama or Governor Romney, it is time for the press to move from the trivial to its role in informing the public of the real differences between the candidates. Their plans are very different and the importance of the economic issues is so very clear.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    You know that Romney really messed up when Fox News reporters in Romney's press pool were complaining about access to Romney. Greta Van Susteren of Fox News said that Romney has treated them like a "modified petting zoo since we are trapped in a bus while Polish citizens take pictures of us."

    The official count: Over the course of the entire week in Europe, Romney answered a total of 3 questions asked by reporters in the press pool. I thought then Sen. Obama had a bad record in 2008 when he answered only two dozen questions on his international tour.

    Unless Romney can show some kind of transparency and less arrogance, he is in real trouble. I for one am growing to dislike him the more this stuff goes on.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    DN Subscriber:
    As one of those dreaded out of staters you refer to I want to put your mind at ease.
    I am a daily reader of the Deseret News. I am a Utah native and lifelong member of the LDS Church.
    Your suggestion that Obama's campaign would waste any of its resources in Utah is laughable!
    By the way, when my parents left Utah many years ago in pursuit of a teacher's salary that could support a family, some friends in The state could not believe we would flee Zion for that scary old outside world. Seems the paranoia and clannish thinking is alive and well on the Wasatch front today!

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:17 p.m.

    Rodney, the other two-thirds of Americans probably don't care. If you want to know the economic plans of the candidates, it isn't hard to find out. Why must we insist that the liberal-biased media or conservative-biased media droning their talking points into mindless zombies through a TV or radio is the answer when nobody cares to even listen.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:44 p.m.

    I think that, in due time--those who are currently praising Romney for standing up to the "liberal media", will begin to see that he's is doing something far more damaging to his campaign and something that our current President has never been known to do---he is running away from the media and the truth. True Americans can't abide a leader who runs from a fight and in Poland, Mr. Romney seemed to have a frightened awkward posture as he ducked into his car amid questions about his gaffes in London and Israel. Having his staff use foul language in hopes of scaring off a female reporter didn't seem to do the trick, or make him seem very leader-like in the process. One thing I have to say about Harry Reid and Barak Obama--although neither is or ever has been a bully----them two don't scare.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    So obnoxious, culturally insensitive reporters shout out loudly during a sacred ceremony and sacred area in Poland and Romney is the one with the problem? What a biased, ones-sided article given from the media point of view. Overblown reactions to mild Romney comments. To any impartial onlooker it is obvious that the hostile and childlike reactions are largely all about Romney's conservative positions. Repeating mildly what the all the British press was already saying? Saying certain decisions of a society as a whole lead to success, while not even mentioning Palestinians? So I guess to liberals, the truth said by a conservative is a gaffe? I guess if the media says it is a gaffe then the masses must concede.. After all that... then when certain members of the medial yell loudly in a sacred place it is not a gaffe? All Obama's actual gaffes are glossed over? What utter hypocrisy and ideological blindness!

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    In addition to displaying his limited savoir faire and lack of ability to handle himself on the world stage, Mitt is looking more fragile each day as he dodges reporters and the truth in general. It doesn't matter how much money conservative Super PACs throw at this slow moving train wreck, every day Mitt's weaknesses become more apparent. Bring on the debates where he will no longer be able to hide!

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 8:39 p.m.

    Another gaffe in Poland that saw minimal reporting was when Romney praised Solidarity in Poland. For those who don't know what the Solidarity movement was during the Cold War it was a movement of workers (organized labor) in Poland that basically went on strike against their communist masters, bringing the country to a standstill and is credited with helping to end the Cold War in eastern Europe. In other words, Romney had accolades for unions and organized labor in Poland. Shortly after, Solidarity in Poland said it does not stand behind Romney because of his anti-union stance in America. Ouch!

    I'm beginning to think that Romney may be smart at making money running a private equity firm, he seems to lack smarts about just about everything else. I think he needs to read a lot, and I mean a lot more history.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 1, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    "To any impartial onlooker it is obvious that the hostile and childlike reactions are largely all about Romney's conservative positions."

    Have you never seen a white house briefing, or the press corp in action at any other event - ever? Are you honestly trying to make the claim the only time the press is over the top is with conservatives? I am sorry, but I am in shock. This is the same crowd that harassed Princes Diana so much that she died fleeing their pursuit. Are you claiming Priciness Diana was a conservative? Or that Romney received harsher treatment than her? Ask Lindsey Lohan if the media is gong soft on her because she is a liberal. What, the press went easy on Clinton with his Lewinsky-gate problems?

    Please, take the "I am a victim" glasses off. This is what the press does - to everyone one. It is time for the conservatives to grow up and realize the world is not picking on them. Romney jumped into the spot light of his own will. he is a big boy. This isn't his first rodeo. The media isn't going away. Romney needs to figure this out.

  • Ballplayer Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    Maybe if the press would stop asking such really stupid questions all the time, people would be more willing to talk to them. The press makes itself the enemy by assuming all the public wants to hear about is scandal or corruption, so they look for it where there is none.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    Romney is in deep trouble if Fox News begins to turn on him. They were against him in the primaries before reluctantly supporting him when it was obvious he was the nominee, but now they are getting restless. News Organizations pay big money to put together their press pools and they expect results. When Fox News spends thousands of dollars to send one of their star anchors to Romney's Press Pool but then can't ask any questions, it can start to turn ugly. Even Charles Krauthammer of Fox News has started to issue subtle criticisms of Romney. If Romney makes enemies out of the media, including those that have to constantly apologize for him, he is in trouble.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    And obscure right wing blog to tout the disastrous trip? This shows that the DesNews is getting desperate to defend their boy. How pathetic.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 2, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    I read thru the first 2 pages of comments.

    I have yet to see anyone on the right who is angry at Mitt for not answering press questions.

    Very Sad. He MUST be more open with the press and with interviews in general.

    And if you think that the Gibson and Couric interviews were unfair, you are blind.

    Just cause you cant answer a question, does not make it unfair. Just ask my teachers.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Blue -

    Palin did answer all the questions, again no question was dodged. And it is only considered a PR Disaster by the left, so I guess that just leaves it up to opinion. Do I think it was her greatest and best interview to decide the worlds fate or in this manner foreign policy, absolutely not. The difference is that I am able to look at both sides, you on the other hand are not. Bad interview, yes. Dodging questions, no.

    As for Romneys interview regarding undocumented workers and immigrant children. If you watched the interview, if you knew what it was about, you would know that Obamas policy is the "Dream Act". Like I said, you have to watch more than MSNBC and You Tube.

    @UtahBlue Devil - I am sorry, so if you make millions you can no longer use a "File Cabinet"? You too need to watch more than MSNBC and Harry Reid. As for the 401k Contribution, the limits are matching dollars, you can invest as much personal money as you want.

    And really? You are an Obama fan and you want to bring up "Transparency and Honesty", Really?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 2, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    "Palin did answer all the questions, again no question was dodged."

    This took me 15 seconds to find. From the debate transcript

    IFILL: Governor, please if you want to respond to what he said about Senator McCain's comments about health care?

    PALIN: I would like to respond about the tax increases.

    Palin basically answered the question she wanted to answer, rather than the question she was asked. I call that a dodge.

  • DoubtingThomas Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    The Liberal press are doing their best to keep Barack Obana in the white House. They traveled
    to Poland & Israel not to quest quotes from him, but to hastle him. There is no such thing as a
    liberal reporter who does not want to see Romney's campaign go down in flames

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 5, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    Hey Harry! Ever heard of "Shady Pines"? The home!

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Aug. 6, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    Harry, you go get him! We believe you!
    Multimitt is real stressed.
    Can't wait to see where this all will go.