POLITICO: Mitt’s blame-stream media problem

 

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the Republican playbook: In times of political crisis, blame the liberal mainstream media.

 

Whether justified or not, attacks against the press have served as a conservative defense mechanism for decades: From George H.W. Bush’s “Annoy the media!” bumper sticker in 1992 to Sarah Palin’s criticisms of the “liberal lamestream media” in 2008, to the billboards and advertisements around the country this year that read, “Don’t believe the liberal media!”

 

But in an election season where leading conservative voices have often led the charge in faulting their candidate, Mitt Romney, over his campaign strategy, his penchant for secrecy, and the vagueness of his policy platforms, “blame the liberal media” has become a problematic rallying cry.

 

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