Recently Romney campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar outlined how the campaign will avoid journalists and cooridnate and communicate their message through Brietbart.com and the Drudge Report, according to Think Progress.
Alcivar said: “When this election is over, one of the lessons that will be learned by the mainstream media is that they no longer have a toe-hold on how Americans receive their news…We no longer allow the mainstream media to define the political realities in America. The rise of Breitbart, Drudge and others, combined with an aggressive Romney campaign is a powerful tool in the arsenal of the conservative movement. …The governor will no longer allow the mainstream media to dictate the terms of this debate. This is just the beginning… We are witnessing the rise of the center right media.”
So how did mainstream journalism take that news? Like a spurned, lovesick 14-year-old girl who would do anything (anything!) if Mitt would talk to her again.
Here are two examples from Political Wire:
The AP takes an interesting look at Mitt Romney’s religion which requires “three hours nearly every Sunday for services.” He attends church nearly every week: ”The family’s devotion to the Mormon faith is a part of Romney’s life that the electorate rarely sees. Romney himself almost never mentions it in public. And his campaign typically bars the media from seeing him participate in a religion with which many Americans are unfamiliar. But it’s a part of his life that could help him connect with an American public that’s only just now starting to get to know him — one that includes many church-goers.”
Photo: AP: The vacation home of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. , Monday, July 2, 2012.
Washington Post: “By day, the Romneys kayak and water ski — one sport at which Mitt excels — play tennis and basketball, stage a “home-run derby” and horse around on a slip-and-slide. Most of the grandchildren (there are now 18) put on a talent show on a stage that Papa, as they call Mitt, constructed in the backyard. And he helps them roast s’mores over a campfire and leads them on treasure hunts. He grills chicken and salmon and teaches the kids how to drive his lawn tractor. At night, the adults gather for family meetings, with each evening focused on a frank and full discussion of a different son’s career moves and parenting worries.”
I’m in a diabetic coma. Ozzie and Harriet live! Before the mainstream media’s new “We Love You Mitt Romney, Please Talk To Us!” campaign makes us convert to Mormonism so that we too can hold treasure hunts and talent shows while enjoying s’mores on the vast acreage of one of our many vacation homes (see above), let’s take a moment to remember who they’re talking about: