Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mitt Romney would restore 'Anglo-Saxon' relations between Britian and America

Two of Romney's advisors made complete asses of themselves and are now the butt of many journalist's jokes.

Source: Telegraph

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.

The two advisers said Mr Romney would seek to reinstate the Churchill bust displayed in the Oval Office by George W. Bush but returned to British diplomats by Mr Obama when he took office in 2009. One said Mr Romney viewed the move as “symbolically important” while the other said it was “just for starters”, adding: “He is naturally more Atlanticist”.

House Panel Seeks To Silence Journalists

Source: Diatribe Media

Recently, House of Representatives panel discussed potentially amending the Espionage Act to prosecute journalists who report leaked information.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R – SC) said “Put [journalists who refuse to provide sources] in front of the grand jury. You either answer the question or you’re going to be held in contempt and go to jail, which is what I thought all reporters aspire to do anyway.”

Latest Word on the Campaign Trail? I Take It Back

According to this article, the Obama and Romney campaigns are insisting on final review of all quotes before they they will agree to allow interviews or briefings.

Source: New York Times

The push and pull over what is on the record is one of journalism’s perennial battles. But those negotiations typically took place case by case, free from the red pens of press minders. Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.