Romney bans media from Jerusalem fundraiser, violating pre-established protocol

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who touched down here Saturday night for a day of meetings with top Israeli and Palestinian leaders, plans to wrap up his visit to Israel by collecting money from some of his biggest benefactors behind closed doors.

Some of Romney’s Jewish donors are flying here from the United States to attend the Jerusalem fundraiser on Monday morning, including Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has pledged to personally give tens of millions of dollars to a pro-Romney super PAC.

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. Pressed repeatedly by reporters to offer an explanation, Gorka said only that the fundraiser was “closed press.”

“That’s all I’ve got for you — it’s closed press,” Gorka said.

They negotiated a deal? What were the terms of that agreement? To be a binding contract Romney would have to be getting something in return.

This is really funny considering that Obama routinely bans the media from fundraisers and they even confiscate cell phones to prevent any unauthorized videos from slipping out. Any reporter that misbehaves is banned from the White House press pool.

One Kool Aid blogger suggested that Romney was limiting the freedom of the press. That’s just silly because a) Romney is a private citizen and b) freedom of the press has to do with what they report, not the places where they are entitled to go.

There is really no downside here for Romney. They are going to slant their stories against him anyway so why help them? Let them stand outside in the rain. What are they gonna do, write bad stories about him? It’s not like the public will care, the media get less respect than lawyers and used car salesmen these days.


Romney campaign changes mind, allows press into fund-raiser

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign reversed its decision to bar reporters from an upcoming fund-raiser in Jerusalem, saying on Sunday it will now allow a pool of journalists to cover the presumptive GOP nominee’s remarks.

The reporters, however, will be escorted out before Romney takes questions from the audience during the event on Monday.

I must say I’m disappointed in Mitt. He should have told them to fuck off.

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90 Responses to Media = WATBs (UPDATED)

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Obama’s lapdog media are unhappy they have to ride on the roof of Mitt’s car.

  2. Lulu says:

    The WaPo is of course holding Romney to a standard that has never been applied to Obama. Calling some oral, hatched up, scheme a “protocol” is so very, very Versailles of them. Where is a signed agreement? And I suspect that any informal agreement only applies within the borders of the US. And what the heck are media companies doing making agreements with candidates? All Romney should agree to is not running over them with his bus or kicking them out of the plane without a parachute.

  3. tommy says:

    MSM, Obots : Its the Jooooos. Theres a conspiracy, I tell ya. /s

  4. Lulu says:

    For the what it is worth files: In reading the hard lefty blogs this morning I am finding that they are projecting Obama’s personality disorders onto Romney. He is a sociopath, liar, lazy, greedy, ill tempered and suffering from rage. He is also rich, elitist and hates the lower classes. Oh and he hates his wife. He is also a hater, can’t sing soul songs in wheezy falsetto two bars at a time due to COPD, and has a fancy horse that contributes to global warming. He also is not skinny and cool and wears clothes that fit. And getting a double degree concurrently (law and MBA) from Harvard is not as difficult as getting a Obama single law degree (I have not figured out yet how that works) also from Harvard so he must be especially stupid. I think that was the general gist of comments.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    From the wayback machine…..Obama barred the press from a WH press award event 😀

  6. votermom says:

    Did he stuff any of the reporters in a closet?

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Back to the Mitt-Romney-Was-Right-Olympics …..

    I was wondering why all those empty seats especially at prime events such as swimming and gymnastics. Saw #emptyseats trending and had to check it out.

    I’ve never seen this at any other Olympics, even the qualifying rounds used to be packed because those were the only tix available to those who just want to experience the Olympics.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    What drives the Obama doubters and haters?

    They are racist birthers!

    No, seriously – that’s what he says.

  9. Honora says:

    The ‘reporters’ had already written ‘breaking news reports’ about how Romney blew it in Israel. (Which means they had incorporated White House talking points about how Romney blew it in Israel into paragraphs. ) All that wasted time. Now the ‘reporters’ are forced to take new White House talking points about how Romney is a double-crossing, secretive liar and place them in new paragraphs.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Looks like covering his remarks but not Q&A part is a nice compromise, and more than we get from Obama’s team.

      • elliesmom says:

        Except that it will be spun as a “cave-in”, and they will never acknowledge that they are being treated better than they are by Obama. If I were Mitt, I’d keep them as far away as possible from any event that isn’t open to the public. When the public is there, someone with a camera will record the event and post it somewhere w/o editing it. Absent “citizen journalists” and we never no what really happened and was said.

      • Lulu says:

        Maybe he make a joke out of it. He welcomes the attendance of the Obama campaign who are represented in the form of the press at his campaign remarks. He is making wi-fi available for them so they can email their stories to the Obama campaign for re-write without delay. Also the Romney campaign is recording the entirety of the speech just in case the networks have some “glitches” in editing.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    Obama evolves on Israel security bill just before Romney visit

    On Friday, President Barack Obama announced the United States will provide Israel with an additional $70 million in funding for its short-range rocket shield, known as the Iron Dome — a program the president initially failed to fund in his 2013 budget requests.

    The sudden announcement came on the eve of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel, who arrived in the country late Saturday night and plans to meet with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

    • srisude says:

      Why am I not surprised! Even during the 2008 primary season, he would always bring the big guns endorsements each time Hillary would win big.

    • cj says:

      Johnny-come-lately, tossing crumbs to another demographic. In a sane world, he’d be laughed out of town.

    • gram cracker says:

      Hahaha! At one point Obama flubbed his announcement and said 70 BILLION instead of 70 million!

      “As he reiterated his administration’s commitment to Israel, the president flubbed the amount of new aid, initially giving the correct $70 million figure and later saying it was actually $70 billion.”

      My daughter used to have responsibility for preparing the annual budget for some of the agencies under HHS. She and her coworkers were on standby during the State of the Union Address in case the President announced some new program he wanted funded. They would then go into overdrive to find funds to divert from one program to fund the new one. Bush at least presented a budget to congress. Obama has not presented one.

      • cj says:

        I used to think Obama didn’t bother do the dirty work but after the last 6 months, it’s obvious he doesn’t do any work at all. Someone just hands him talking points, and the slacker can’t even get those right. Pathetic.

        • Lulu says:

          He gives slackers a bad name. Have you ever looked at his actual schedule. I’ve known people in assisted living centers who did more in a day. And fundraisers don’t count.

    • He is the most transparent president ever. The most transparently desperate.

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Original post updated

    • cj says:

      Makes sense to me. Why hand them another media distraction when he’s trying to establish some foreign policy cred. The FU’s will be sweeter when he’s sitting in the Oval Office.

    • votermom says:

      The reporters, however, will be escorted out before Romney takes questions from the audience during the event on Monday.

      I am guessing he is trying to protect his pro-Israel donors from the media obot attacks. Just look at what they are doing to Adelson, frex.

  12. yttik says:

    “I must say I’m disappointed in Mitt. He should have told them to fuck off.”

    I think he should strap them all to the roof of his car!

    I’ve got a new bumper sticker idea, “I’d rather ride on the top of Mitt’s car than under Obama’s bus.”

  13. conner43 says:

    How absolutely shocked are we to learn that Romney thinks members of the Press are not his friends ?
    I may have to put a cool cloth on my head, and lie down over his outrageous behavior!

  14. cj says:

    Astounding. That little silver & white number that looks like it was designed to stablize a torn rotator cuff cost MO (or us) $6,800 !

    They’re not that rich yet. If she keeps this up, the woman will bankrupt them in his first year out of office.

  15. DandyTiger says:

    More on NBCFail:

    According to a report on Deadspin, NBC’s broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremonies lacked a crucial portion of the performance – a nearly six minute long tribute to the victims of the 2005 7/7 terror attacks which occurred less than one day after London was selected to host the 2012 games.

    Apparently NBC says they cut it out because their American audience doesn’t care.

  16. myiq2xu says:

    Just a co-inky-dink, I’m sure.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Twitchy’s reporting vile comments towards Sarah for this CFA visit, lots of C and F words and death.

      Wait til they hear Bristol’s going to be on Dancing With The Stars All-Stars 😀 Funny tweet I saw earlier “Bristol on DWTS will cancel all election coverage” … heh.

    • angienc says:

      Man, Palin’s trip to CFL really pissed off the Obamacrats (I’m not even calling them liberals anymore because they aren’t — they are Obama cultists) — every single one of my Obamacrat FB friends posted that pic of Palin & Todd at CFL that she tweeted with commentary about what a “fame whore” Palin is and how she is “desperately grasping for the last remnants of relevancy” —

      If I discussed politics on FB (which I don’t) I would point out that the fact that they are *all* mocking her as irrelevant kind of belies their argument, but whatever. I can’t understand how they think (having the exact same position on SSM as Obama did 6 months ago makes you a homophobe, etc) so I sure as hell can’t get through to them. I

      t does strike me as quite ironic that I don’t bother to un-friend them because I don’t care what they’re political views are, but that if they knew mine they’d un-friend me in a heartbeat.

  17. DandyTiger says:

    Dick Cheney decided this would be a good time to say McCain picking Palin for VP was a mistake. Given the facts say otherwise, it’s pretty clear the Repub establishment hates the Palin’s just as much as the Dem establishment. Which just tells me the Palin’s must be doing something right. 🙂

  18. DandyTiger says:

    Ouch, Romney delivers a slap to Obama:

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a foreign policy speech in Jerusalem on Sunday, saying it was a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, “the capital of Israel.”

    • angienc says:

      Yeah, maybe we now know why Mitt decided to let the press cover his remarks at the fundraiser — more naming Jerusalem as the capital. Really, that Carney clip was ridiculous (of course, it didn’t get a lot of play in the MSM — Mitt’s accurate assessment of the London Olympics was more important to gin up into a controversy) — did you see it? The man (Carney) flat out refused to answer what the Obama WH’s position is on the capital of Israel. Pathetic. So yeah, Israel has *never* had a stronger ally in the WH than Obama. /rolls eyes.

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile over in Beckistan, I did not know about this event, he filled Cowboys Stadium !? Nice photos at the twitchy link ….

  20. myiq2xu says:

    Votermom, Lola:

    Do one of you want to use this for a post?

    • I wish. I’m still so fuzzy headed from two days of Vicodin, and still in pain, my writing would be for shit. Plus I have a few hours of grading to do today, and all week. Semester ends Tuesday; grades are due Friday. I won’t be writing much of anything except carefully crafted notes on student essays until Thursday or Friday, I’m afraid. Great article, though. I hope votermom can write about it.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Great article. Good to know the very liberal book world is so fair to women. /s

    • votermom says:

      It’s always been that way, and it’s not a new complaint by RITA or women writers. I’m too busy to do a post today, but if you think it is on-topic I could work on one tomorrow.

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