"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace is calling out Mitt Romney for avoiding press scrutiny.Now, I know what my fellow Rombots are going to say: "Fox News is completely, 100%, in the tank for Perry and Cain." Agreed. Fox News long ago shredded any pretense at attempting to conduct actual journalism. It is now the public relations firm of the Tea Party. It makes no effort at informing its audience of the actual issues that Americans are facing. It is the natural consequence of a media-driven politics that has taken over America. Fox News is market-driven "news" and Romney fans are not it's market.
At the end of a 26-minute interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Austin, Wallace noted that he has now interviewed all the major candidates as part of his 2012 one-on-one series, except the acknowledged frontrunner.
“He has not appeared on this program or any Sunday talk show since March of 2010,” Wallace said. “We invited Gov. Romney again this week, but his campaign says he’s still not ready to sit down for an interview.”
Romney has mostly avoided giving interviews to any print or TV reporters who would ask tough questions this year.
That being said, one of the things that I have always admired about Romney is that he is not afraid to go into enemy territory. And yes, Fox News, is literally and publicly opposed to him. So what? That is part of running for President. Mitt needs to put his big boy pants on and face down Wallace. No, he won't get a fair shake, but he doesn't need to turn into a Sarah Palin without the whining.
Regardless, Wallace is somewhat of a well of water in a barren land. Fox does have some talent on board. Flashes of actual journalism can be seen at times from Wallace and Shephard Smith. It is one thing to skip the clowns on Fox and Friends in the morning, but Romney needs some of what Wallace and Smith have: non-Romney voters.
Come on, Mitt. You are better than this.
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