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(Becket Adams) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a press conference Wednesday issued a statement on the recent attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the White House’s handling of the situation.
Afterwards, he took questions from members of the press.
As noted by National Review Online, all but one of the questions asked of Gov. Romney had to do with his “tone” and/or whether he thought it was a good idea to criticize the administration’s initial response to the attack on the Cairo embassy.
Not a single reporter asked Romney what he thinks the U.S. should do going forward.
“[N]one of the questions asked Romney to give details or be more specific about what he thinks the United States should do,” NRO’s Katrina Trinko writes.
“[T]oday’s press conference was really an example of how the media sometimes just doesn’t deserve [access to a presidential candidate]. Let political consultants talk about the timing and tone of the statement. The candidate should be grilled on policy, on issues, on what he thinks is the right course going forward, not politics and strategy,” she adds.
Not long after writing that entry, The Right Scoop posted a video that appears to show that, yes, some of the reporters waiting to hear Gov. Romney’s statement on the embassy attacks coordinated their questions specifically to address his “tone” and his timing and not his policy.
UPDATE– NewsBuster’s Tim Graham identifies the reporters heard in the video as NPR’s Ari Shapiro and CBS reporter Jan Crawford.