Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mitt Romney at Univision

This isn't an isolated incident. If the media won't play ball with a candidate, they lose access to that candidate. And the media all know that.

Republicans already favor Fox 'News,' because they know the interviewer won't be asking any tough questions. Indeed, Fox people will be pushing as hard as they can for the Republican candidate. No attempts to be "fair and balanced" there!

They know they've always got Fox in their corner, so they play hardball with everyone else. They'll put some topics off-limits, and if the interviewer still asks tough questions, the whole network will suffer after that.

In this case, what was Univision going to do? They had air-time to fill. They had advertisers expecting Mitt Romney. The media need Romney far more than Romney needs them.

Indeed, Mitt Romney would be doing a lot better if no one had ever heard of him before. A generic Republican - a fantasy Republican - has generally polled a lot better than specific Republicans, and Romney would have a better chance of winning this election if he'd just kept his mouth shut.

Of course, he's doing his damnedest to stay unknown - keeping his tax returns a secret, his policy positions a secret, those tax deductions he supposedly wants to cut... all still a secret - but he'd have been better off never leaving his house, opening the door, or even answering the phone until election day.

Too many people are learning too much about Mitt Romney.

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