Mitt Romney gets a free pass

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One of the most remarkable things about Mitt Romney’s run for the White House is that the presumptive Republican nominee is allowed to attack President Obama on everything from saving the automobile industry to immigration. Yet, the news media rarely point out that Romney is against many things – especially if proposed by President Obama – but is usually evasive on what he is for.

Politico recently published a story entitled, “Mitt Romney’s no-policy problem.” It stated, “Vague, general or downright evasive policy prescriptions on some of the most important issues facing the country are becoming the rule for Romney. Hoping to make the campaign strictly a referendum on the incumbent, the hyper-cautious challenger is open about his determination to not give any fodder to Obama aides hungry to make the race as much about Romney as the president.”

‘Temporary measure’
The most recent example involves President Obama’s position on Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which deals with illegal immigration. After Congress failed to pass a bill, President Obama issued an executive order that incorporated many of the provisions of the bill, something Obama called “a temporary stopgap measure.”

Speaking to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Romney said, “I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure.” And what is Romney’s long-term solution? We don’t know because he isn’t saying.

Romney, with the media acting as a willing accomplice, has also lambasted Obama on gasoline prices. But everyone knows that a sitting president has about as much control over gasoline prices as a meteorologist has over the weather.

The federal Energy Information Center says the cost of crude oil accounts for 76 percent of the cost of one gallon of gas; refining expenditures and profits are responsible for another 6 percent; distribution marketing and retail costs add 6 percent; and taxes contribute 12 percent. Still, Romney was able to gain media coverage by pretending that President Obama, not market factors, dictates the price of gasoline.

The price of a gallon of regular gasoline peaked at $3.97 in April. But that figure has since fallen to $3.41, according to the AAA. Shouldn’t Obama now get credit for tumbling prices?

Caution about religion
Finally, I don’t think a candidate’s religion should be fair game in most instances. That’s why I objected to the media trying to ‘Velcro’ the outspoken Rev. Jeremiah Wright to candidate Obama.

Similarly, I have advised against focusing on Romney’s Mormonism. But if the media is going to hold Obama responsible for the statements of Rev. Wright, then Romney should be asked what he did to repudiate the church’s former teachings.

Although there were two Black priests under Mormon founder Joseph Smith, his successor, Brigham Young, instituted a policy of excluding males of African descent from the priesthood. In 1949, he said, “What chance is there for the redemption of the Negro? The Lord had cursed Cain’s seed with blackness and prohibited them the Priesthood.”

That policy remained in place until 1978.

Journalists have a responsibility to press Romney to move past his carefully studied talking points. And they can do that by forcing him to share what he plans to do beyond criticizing President Obama.

George E. Curry is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service.

2 Responses to Mitt Romney gets a free pass

  1. billt

    I don’t really see how you can complain about media courage of various Romney views or non-views when the media has for the last three years gone out of it’s way to non-vet anything Obama has said or done, we the public know less about this man than any man who has ever been in the White House, and if we depend on the national media we never will, because they continually cover up for him. If you want to write something constructive and informative what about the paid-board positions Michelle “First Lady” Obama holds; do these conflict with her position, have other “First Ladies” held paid positions such as these, this should be a very interesting news-worthy endeavor for you, if you are what every news person should be, unbiased and non -prejudiced.

  2. Dave Francis

    E-Verify ‘The Legal Workforce Act’ (H.R. 2885) although just voluntary at this time, is an electronic program operated by the Social Security Administration and Customs and Immigration Enforcement. —The last entity I would listen too is the Liberal Press, who have transferred their loyalty to hard core radical socialist George Soros? The mainstream media Editorial reeks of deceit and rhetoric, when it comes to illegal immigration. The progressives in the news media are especially dangerous. The liberals will lie and cheat, no matter the consequences to America. So it is with E-Verify, which they have demonized because, it actually flags illegal immigrants in the workplace and opens up jobs for U.S. citizens and residents. The liberals have been very predominant in using the influence of the press, to erect a barrier against Mandatory E-Verify, except they didn’t reckon on the growing masses of the TEA PARTY. Unlike the two main political parties the TEA PARTY will enforce all laws and statutes pertaining to illegal immigration, whereas the Dem’s and GOP tend to intentionally overlook such state ordinances as Sanctuary Cities and states like California?


    Even the House Speaker John Boehner has refused to bring up compulsory E-Verify for a House vote. Obviously he and his entrenched colleagues will not allow it anywhere near the Congress, as he and his fellow conspirators are subject to the corporate donations, to keep the old school corrupting our system of government. E-Verify is just one bill that must be passed to save the jobs of millions of low income Americans mainly.

    The Independents, and uncountable numbers of delusional Democrats, Republicans are recognizing that the Lib-Democrats are out to win the grand price in November, but now millions of TEA PARTY people will not fall into their political trap. This is the same with photo ID to vote, who have ruthless personages as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Kings court caterwauling ‘voter Suppression’, when all the TEA PARTY requests is a fair and equitable election. Surf the internet under ‘Voter Fraud’ and you will discover the hundreds of cases of this diabolical use of our most trusted right of American citizens, being compromised by NON CITIZENS, felons and illegal aliens. This began with inception of canvassing provided by ACORN organization, which signed up just about anybody and were eventually caught and 11 states are resolving this criminal issue.

    Another law that remains quietly concealed from the public is the Rep. Steve Kings THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT (H.R.140). An astronomical amount of money is being extracted from every taxpaying American that supports the annual arrival of an estimated 400.000 smuggled babies into the United States. They are concealed in their Mother’s womb and once here becomes the taxpayers charge. These females although illegal that once they set foot on American soil, their offspring receive a free delivery, free heath care and a free education, thanks to unfunded mandates handed down by the courts. The only salvation from this misjudged law is to amend the 14th amendment, which an only child with one citizen parent qualifies for instant citizenship. Illegal alien parents are well aware that if they smuggle the unborn child through an international airport terminal or past the U.S. Border Patrol, they are free and clear as the misguided law stands today.

    With only four months to go before D-Day us the voter only has that one slender chance of changing the direction of our country. With the democrats cocooned with the Liberals, the only promise is uncontrolled ‘Tax and Spend’ so elevating the 16 Trillion dollar deficit we owe the rest of the worlds investors. Then under the Republicans, a lesser of the evils, but even so they must be controlled by the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP.

    Anybody who contradicts the writings in the U.S. Constitution, who is adverse to a real border fence, who is unconcerned about the 20 million plus illegal aliens already here or the harbinger of a further invasion from Central and South America needs to be relieved of their seats in Washington, not excluding the majority of legislators in Congress, state governors as Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Jerry Brown of California, and Mayors as Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles—all must be replaced by TEA PARTY MEMBERS. All the pro-illegal immigrant law makers are destroying this sovereign country, as they are well aware that illegal aliens vote. That is why Americans, Hispanic, Latin, Black, White Asian and others should join one of the thousands of local chapters of the TEA PARTY. They should be ready to oversee the elections, including the rampant fraud in the absentee ballot. Around the country the election rolls are crowded with the names of the deceased, others who have moved to a different state. There are many ways our most sacred of rights have been compromised and only the citizen voter can change it.

    Remember under Obama Imperial court we will be paying not only for any person who illegally ventures here, but for millions of Americans who have found it easy, to just live of the taxpayer. Beneath our feet is abundance of wealth in oil, natural gas and coal for energy that President Obama denies us. Those trillions of dollars in excess gallons of crude oil could clearly go to replenish state treasuries and the remainder could be sold to our friends in other countries. Under Obama and decades of environmental zealots, we have not been cut off from our own resources, relying on governments abroad that hate us. Even the abundance of oil from Canada is better than dealing with foreign potentates.

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