Via Darragh Murphy:
Mitt Romney’s traveling press secretary walked to the back of the candidate’s plane midflight on Tuesday and teasingly asked a pair of journalists in an exit row if they were “willing and able to assist in case of an emergency.”
Under the circumstances, it was hard to tell whether it was a question or a request.
A palpably gloomy and openly frustrated mood has begun to creep into Mr. Romney’s campaign for president. Well practiced in the art of lurching from public relations crisis to public relations crisis, his team seemed to reach its limit as it digested a ubiquitous set of video clips that showed their boss candidly describing nearly half of the country’s population as government-dependent “victims,” and saying that he would “kick the ball down the road” on the biggest foreign policy challenge of the past few decades, the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
Mr. Romney himself seemed pensive on the early-morning flight Tuesday from California to Utah, sitting alone with a white legal pad and a pen as he picked at a vegetarian breakfast burrito. An aide said that he had eaten dinner alone in his hotel room the night before as the video controversy began to unfold.
“It was a palpably gloomy and openly frustrated night.”
Seriously, this is some atrocious writing. What does it tell us? Romney “seemed pensive?” He ate dinner alone? ZOMG! We’re doomed!!!
Was yesterday a tough day for the Romney campaign? Probably, almost certainly. Something unexpected happened and they had to play catch-up. They were understandably tired and maybe even a little irritable. Possibly even frustrated. That doesn’t mean they are depressed and pessimistic.
This is a “process” story. It doesn’t talk about policy, it focuses on the campaign itself. Inside baseball stuff. But it also is part of the approved media narrative.
Remember Al Gore the Liar and Hillary the Cold and Calculating Bitch? How about No Drama Obama, the Cool and Unflappable Candidate? Those were media narratives, a basic framework upon which all reporting must be based.
This year we are being told the tale of Romney the Gaffer.
According to the media, Romney is an awkward, clumsy, mistake-prone goofball. Every thing he does is wrong – it is poorly worded, poorly timed and poorly executed. All stories about Mitt Romney and his campaign must reflect that. (So let it be written, so let it be done.)
If you don’t believe me then keep watching the news the next two months. Or just google “Romney gaffe” and see how many hits you get. If the media can’t can’t find gaffes, they will make them up. Anything that doesn’t fit the narrative will be ignored.
That’s what they do.