Reid's attack on Romney
Are the media letting it slide?
- Duration 7:30
- Date Aug 4, 2012
Are the media letting it slide?
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Do you think you're getting a fair shake from the press.
I think and getting exactly the -- expected.
-- -- -- Which has a conservative economic -- what you're seeing is a conservative community don't think you're getting get a fair shake from the press well what what I think is that in a nation that has a free press.
We recognize the right of members of the media to had to pursue their their own views and agenda and I realize that that there will be some.
In the in the fourth estate -- whichever state.
Who are far more interest and in in finding something to write about that is -- related to the economy.
To the threat of of war.
To the reality of conflict in Afghanistan today.
To a new colors nation of Iran they'll they'll instead trying to find it and try and find anything else to divert from the fact that.
These last of four years in the tough years for our country.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney they're talking to Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron about the treatment he's been getting from the media.
We're gonna get to the gaffe crazed media in just a moment but first this little nuggets from senate majority leader Harry Reid.
The words out that he hasn't paid any taxes for ten years.
But -- prove that he has paid taxes because he hasn't.
Well that was senator Reid it's one thing Jeff for reporters to use unnamed sources.
The majority leader of the United States senate.
Who says he affirmed this but he can't substantiate -- he was my headline from that Harry Reid here's something from some guy.
And that's exactly what it was you know I heard some guy who worked at Bain Capital -- in that Ronnie didn't pay his taxes OK do you have any substantiated evidence to prove that.
It might might be wrong might be wrong and that's and that's -- out today and inordinately called hearing me on that yeah out of the media react how do -- -- I look at the media have reacted just as the Obama campaign want them to react which is to keep the issue.
Focused on Mitt Romney and his failure to disclose his tax returns if you don't want to talk about the economy if you don't want to talk about.
-- mixed trip overseas let's talk about the fact that he refuses disclosed that his tax reforms tax cuts this so is this part.
Of the the media's attempt to continue to portrayed Mitt Romney is this rich guy who.
You know has as senator Reid said hasn't paid taxes.
Why I think Harry Reid is trying to get him to at least the taxes is because they're going to go to custom setting it up in a way that now it doesn't release attacks -- are suspicious and I heard somebody say in response you know why I heard the Harry Reid speeding his wife in outsell let him -- -- is not I -- that's that's basically what he's saying you know you -- He's gonna happen cannot now prove this accusation is -- true.
And -- the media is happy to play along because.
Date that you know the media always wants more information and so -- they're gonna always say like release attacks -- actually regardless -- and some Democrats and also ideologically most of the mainstream media is ideologically sympathetic to Harry.
Read into Barack Obama and so that's why they're not questioning -- as well Kerry Reid goes on the floor of the US senate in an official capacity on the floor.
Time that we all as taxpayers are paying for.
And puts out this incredibly defamatory smear and lie.
About the Republican nominee for president he goes on the floor and says well the word is out of the word -- not because Harry pretty isn't spreading a vicious lie and the media.
You picked up a -- -- has released two years of tax returns it's not like he stonewalling the whole thing.
But now I think that governor Romney actually -- -- release any tax returns because this why is so egregious.
-- it's protecting Harry Reid you -- change 12 if it Republican.
Had taken to the senate floor.
And -- vicious lie about Barack Obama on official time.
Did you would how this all over page one -- -- had come on Monica you sound shocked.
Campaign season it's an election here.
This is gonna happen here you re the thought of running the -- because he is part me.
Has everything at stake here in the president come on we can expect that's not that that's not protest to -- -- And an unnamed sources I mean.
Well I mean you know the press if you know all the time for quoting anonymous sources and and here you have Harry Reid who's who's one of the masters of going after the press for doing -- sort of thing he's doing it himself so way to set an example Harry Reid.
And another thing -- I mean let's how how much is Harry Reid paying for his penthouse apartment in Washington DC.
No one really ever talked about that story which was I think a pretty funny story when he was running for reelection.
Painting himself as -- true nobody here is living in DC.
Almost the entire year no one really cares about that but he has some some random person who we might be making up maybe not.
Saying that this -- -- -- practiced that all that Ron has to say is yeah I've been paying taxes and it should go away.
Let's talk about the media is -- presumptive.
Gas fast as they followed Mitt Romney on his overseas tour.
Rich Lowry wrote this piece in Politico the presumptive Republican nominee.
Presidential nominee traveled to some of our closest allies accompanied by some of his most merciless enemies the media -- -- -- -- -- -- Can't -- that gaffe.
To lose that as Eugene Robinson called in the Washington Post is just another thing that the media can -- to beat up on Mitt Romney why don't like Mitt Romney.
At the moment -- was of them who traveled with him don't like him because he wouldn't talk to them if you don't talk to -- and feed the beast.
The beast will develop its own narrative and that's what they had.
You know but he was criticized credit criticized him for exactly that reason not really being -- available to the media and and -- -- -- in her palm said.
That this actually was a pretty.
Disastrous trip maybe not as bad as people are saying -- -- but it's certainly wasn't good and not in -- -- which is im sure that he should have even gone and felt that you know he did a lot of pandering and and just generally didn't handle things very well so I don't think Peggy -- is part of this but conspiracy against Mitt -- here's the problem.
Now if Mitt Romney comes out and holds you know seven -- bills in in you know it.
When he was in Europe and in the story then becomes Mitt Romney's trying to overshadow President Obama he's trying to you know steel president Obama's thunder and and look more presidential it's really a lose lose for Mitt Romney whatever he does he screwed and look let's also talk about the fact that president Obama's -- five press conferences in four months no one's talking about that.
And and there was the -- culture comment to the one AP reporter took the Romney's remarks about -- sure out of context Palestinian verses.
Israeli culture and then another AP reporter picks it up and makes it even worse.
Right and what look what governor Romney -- about the choices that societies make in terms of their culture in terms of the political leadership.
Is actually a -- -- it mean when you look at the Gaza Strip you cannot elect Hamas too cannot elect -- tell -- Your territory and then expect a decent we've -- Conversation and -- the press and not dig into that.
They didn't exploit that bigger question in -- -- they used to Mark Burnett all back it up relaxing controls all of that I mean I've got up yeah I get in the house.
Here's our roster that I cannot run any territory or not there -- no lack of freedom movement you know in an out of Israel it's have been very complex situation and why I -- and I he had to walk -- -- -- not a mistake -- stood by that I cannot and I'm glad I can.
We had -- -- I don't.