After Willard Romney’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad London gaffe-athon, it’s understandable that he’s a little gun shy about talking to the press. Not acceptable, just understandable, because so far, he’s made an utter fool out of himself, proving himself to be inept, awkward, and unfit for office.
But a total blackout? That’s crossing a line, not to mention violating protocol, especially after promising at least some of the media access to whatever it is he thinks he’s doing.
On the other hand, Sheldon Adelson and all his other coveted zillionaire donors are his priority, as opposed to transparency and being accountable to American voters and anyone else in the whole wide world who might potentially be affected by a Romney White House.
But Romney’s campaign announced Saturday that it would block the news media from covering the event, which will be held at the King David Hotel. The campaign’s decision to close the fundraiser to the press violates the ground rules it negotiated with news organizations in April, when Romney wrapped up the Republican nomination and began opening some of his finance events to the news media.
Under the agreement, a pool of wire, print and television reporters can cover every Romney fundraiser held in public venues, including hotels and country clubs. The campaign does not allow media coverage of fundraisers held in private residences.
Campaign spokesman Rick Gorka declined to explain the campaign’s decision to violate protocol with the Jerusalem event.
Gorka’s eventual explanation after being pressured by reporters? “That’s all I’ve got for you — it’s closed press.”
Thank you. It makes so much more sense now.
It seems that freedom thing only applies if you’re a Republican, because freedom of the press to cover the GOP nominee is becoming more and more limited.
If this is how Team Willard behaves during a campaign, imagine how secretive they’d be if they succeed in winning their guy the immense power of the presidency.