Accuracy in Media

In one of those extremely rare instances when liberals come to the defense of a conservative, Whoopi Goldberg on The View questioned whether or not Romney deserved the criticism he received for calling Newt Gingrich “zany.”

Goldberg: You know a lot of people are reporting that Mitt Romney called Newt Gingrich “zany.” But here’s some of the interview that they’re talking about and I think it didn’t quite start with Romney. Let’s look.

She then cut to the interview Romney had with The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Ashley Parker.

Zeleny:  Do you think the American voters are getting enough of a sense of what he (Gingrich) might do or is there some worry that as president should he win that there may be some zany things coming from the Oval Office?

Romney:  Well zany is not what we need in a president. Zany is great in a campaign. It’s great on talk radio. It’s great in print, it makes for fun reading, but in terms of a president, we need a leader, and a leader needs to be someone who can bring Americans together.

Even uber liberal Joy Behar seemed to agree that the zaniness didn’t start with Romney.

But you wouldn’t know that from the media, including The New York Times, which only focused on Romney’s response and not Zeleny’s question.

The Times did link to a video of the interview in the article on their website, but by only quoting Romney they gave readers the impression that Romney came up with the word all on his own.

All Romney did was answer a question that was posed to him, which now clearly looks like a set-up by the Times to make Romney appear zany by his use of the word.

For this story the Times masthead slogan should be changed from ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print” to “All the News That’s Fit to Omit.”

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