I don't know about televised coverage because I don't watch any live tv, but this story was covered by many major news outlets on the web. I don't think this is indicative of a media conspiracy, btw.Huckleby wrote:Romney held a sham campaign rally in Ohio yesterday where he pretended it was a relief effort. They had a photo op collection of canned goods for the Red Cross that the Red Cross explicitly has no use for.
If the mainstream media is so in the tank for Obama, why didn't they highlight this embarassing lack of leadership and judgement on Mitt's part? I suppose they didn't want to have a political dust-up in the midst of a tragedy. Only MSNBC dared to run with it.
The Red Cross took the donations in the end, and Romney events have switched to asking for cash donations for the RC at campaign events. The canned good thing was a little ridiculous, but again, what else was Romney to do that would demonstrate his willingness to help? Obama has a photographer to document his actions while he is conference-calling with governors and steering federal resources from the Oval Office - this looks great for the campaign! The best thing Romney could do, from the perspective of charity, would be to redirect donations to the Red Cross, which doesn't look like anything at all from a photographic standpoint. It wouldn't even be worth a writeup. If you turned that sort of thing into a photo-op (e.g. Romney and Ryan standing behind a 4-foot check to the Red Cross), he would be criticized for being crass in much the same way he is now.