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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Spanish Fork, UT

I think foreign press is increasingly and understandably likely to be hostile when any person cultivates -- as does Romney -- what Stephen Covey might have termed an "enemy-centric" worldview. Romney's diplomacy is -- to this observer -- unfathomably obtuse and bellicose.

America once had founders and leaders that promoted "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none." (Jefferson, for instance) That was wise counsel that too many in our country now dismiss at our peril.

But Mitt Romney, disappointingly, takes the misbegotten notion of American "exceptionalism" to frightening conclusions. Where once our nation sought to be "exceptional" in example and in deed, Romney preaches some sort of unaccountable entitlement. Where once our great nation took care in Christian policy -- including even "apologies" when justified, Romney preaches the alleged importance of a mask of imperturbable strength and claims that our old traditions of communication, equality, explanations, and apology are somehow dangerous and anathema to the unforgiving militant juggernaut he envisions.

I *hope* the press overseas was hostile to such notions. I pray that our domestic press would develop the principles necessary to *also* be hostile to such nonsense.

Cedar Hills, UT

@Red Corvette - yeah, I know what you're saying. Romney can't seem to stop the slow but steady direction of increasing his poll numbers while Obama slides downward. Whatever will he do with that trend?

Seems more like petty, and sometimes fabricated miscues created and driven by the media, which the anti-Romney crowd latch onto, hoping their exaggerated, pretend outrage will convince the yawning masses.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

So the media does not like Mitt Romney. Is anybody surprised by this information?

Hayden, ID

The media asks stupid questions in inappropriate times, and Romney is the problem?

Iowa City, IA

So, the traveling press is angry simply because they were allowed to cover Romney's trip but he didn't want to meet with them personally to take questions?

Call me old-fashioned, but at what point did reporters become entitled to certain types of interviews for their stories? Normal reporters who are unable to interview a person for their story either mention that they were unable to do so or go on writing the story with the information that they were able to obtain.

It is sad to see the deterioration of journalistic standards.

Salt Lake City, UT

Romney refers to the press as "you people."

On his trip to Europe he took a total of _three_ questions from the press corps, including this one:

"In the one tax return you've provided the public, you paid an overall rate of 13.9%. Have you ever paid a lower overall tax rate than that?"

Romney's reply was, "I'll have to look that up. I'll get back to you."

And then his campaign refused to provide that information when the reporter tried to follow-up on that promise the next day.

Journalists aren't being mean to Mr. Romney - they're trying to do their jobs and doesn't want them to.

Running to FOX news for puff-piece "interviews" doesn't prove you can effectively deal with the media. It only proves you're desperately trying to hide from the media.

If Mr. Romney takes the Sarah Palin approach to dealing with journalists then he, like Ms. Palin, will have fully earned the ridicule that inevitably follows this kind of stonewalling and dissembling.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

the pro-Obama press core is giving Romney's campaign problems? REALLY!?

and this is surprising - how?

metamora, IL

DougB: a careful reading of the article indicates that it is the American traveling press corps that is taking offense at Romney's apparent unwillingness to speak with them -- not the foreign press.

You frankly observe that Romney's diplomacy is "unfathomably obtuse and bellicose." I agree that foreign policy may be his greatest weakness. On the other hand, if he is able to get the American economy jump started he will make plenty of friends abroad -- especially in Europe -- in a hurry.

I feel that "unfathomably obtuse and bellicose" describes well Mr. Obama's "diplomacy," though I use that term very loosely. In three and a half years, this administration has demonstrated nothing but contempt for our closest allies (return of Winston Churchill bust, toasting Queen during playing of "God Save the Queen," near complete ignoring of Israel, canceling building of missiles in Poland, etc) and been nothing but conciliatory with our foes -- killing of Bin Laden excepted.

Judging Romney's foreign diplomacy based on only 7 days of a whirl wind tour while giving a free pass to the president after nearly 4 years blunders seems highly irregular.

Saratoga Springs, UT

Why would anyone really care what the media has to say anyway, half of it is generally mis-truths, made up lies by what the media somehow interpreted, or they tell half the story. I in no way support Obama at all and want him out as quick as possible, but even the media does it with him. It is what keeps us posting on DesNews. Besides, it is no secret that international media does not like any Republican candidate. I am all for Romney, but my question right now is, when are we going to see a VP running mate?

Springville, UT

The media proved their only interest was to ridicule Romney (which they're still doing today and will do forever). No wonder he blew them off.

It's akin to the same media's code of not saying anything critical of President Obama. Even the Deseret News and its sister station have held to that code.

Saratoga Springs, UT

@ Blue, you say "Running to FOX news for puff-piece interviews"

Wouldn't it be great if Obama even did an interview. Better yet, wouldn't it be great if Obama did an interview where he did not already know and prescreen the questions to be answered. Better than that, wouldn't it be great if Obama did an interview where he did not already know the and prescreen the questiosn to be answered and didn't have his answers already prescripted on the teleprompter so all he had to do is read them. Wouldn't that be great. Puff-piece, c'mon, you are listening to the media way to much.

And also Blue, I never knew Palin to dodge a question, I have yet to see Mitt dodge any intentionally either. You bring up the tax issue again, that is the question you chose to use in your address of Romney answering questions. Alright then, do you know how much taxes you paid in the past for each year to answer a question like that, I would guess not. So why would you expect him to. Romney has money, so what, get over it.

Salt Lake City, UT

The press tosses Obama fluff balls and then tries to catch Romney in another "gaff." The press corps are surrogate Obama campaigners and not objective journalists. They are looking for sensationalism and not substance. If they were truly reporters, they would take away the teleprompter, but Obama's handlers would never permit that.

Spanish Fork, UT

Metamoracoug, I *do* also find Obama's foreign policy to be deplorable. I'm, in fact, a little bit more critical of Obama's actions because he campaigned largely on a totally different plan of action.

I don't, however, agree that the American press -- in general -- has been very critical of Romney's long history of foreign policy mis-steps. They're mostly just parroting the Europeans right now.

In 2007, I was a Romney supporter but I was dumbfounded by his foreign policy, which seems largely outsourced to the wrong people in my best estimation.

I'd love to see Romney jump-start the economy but his proposed budget differs in only the slightest degree from the the Obama proposed budgets - and not in ways that are historically proven to certainly "jump-start" the economy. It's really strange.

I *wish* Romney looked at the job of President the same way that he'd look at a business consulting job: bottom-line is that we gotta bring in more than we spend (cut the deficit), jump-start our long-term business (friendly business environment), and repair our public relations with our potential audience (foreign policy and diplomacy).

Farmington, UT

Sometimes we need Freedom FROM the Press, not just Freedom OF the Press. I find it astounding that on a foreign trip the best question a reporter can ask is about the percentage of income tax Mr. Romney paid in previous years. Just WHAT are they thinking and WHAT are they teaching in this country's schools of journalism? Reporters will tell you that when you run for President that everything about you is the "people's business" and "right to know." Strange, isn't it, that remaining silent instead of answering stupid (yes, I said s-t-u-p-i-d) questions isn't allowed by the reporters? It reminds me of a few centuries ago when a female reporter told the rather-quiet sitting President that she bet her boss $5 (a weeks salary back then, no doubt) that she could make him say three words. He smiled at her and replied "You lose."

Mary E Petty
Sandy, UT

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clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism;

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advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

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Salt Lake City, UT

"Romney can't seem to stop the slow but steady direction of increasing his poll numbers while Obama slides downward. Whatever will he do with that trend?"

Then why does Obama have his second highest daily model forecast percent likelihood of winning the election (69.0%) yesterday from Nate Silver's model (his high is 69.1% which he will likely reach in today's model run since polls from Quinnipiac of likely voters find him ahead by 6 in Ohio and Florida and 11 in Pennsylvania).

Salt Lake City, UT

The only people who will be impressed with his hissy fits with the press are those who are already going to vote for him. Anyone who is in politics knows you don't make enemies with people who buy ink by the barrel. From here until the election both candidates are fighting for Independent voters. Are independents going to celebrate a tiff with journalists? I am thinking that they are looking for a bit more substance which by the way would probably satisfy the folks who have to produce several stories a week about Romney regardless of their political persuasion.

Bountiful, UT

The media doesn't like a conservative politician . . . and in other news the sky is shown to be blue and water is found to be wet.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I think this trip was intended to make Mitt Romney look more Presidential. Having a Press Secretary who is vulgar and contemptuous of the press does not serve Romney well. It will be interesting to see if he makes any changes in his staff. They frankly advised him very poorly on this trip which turned from an opportunity into an embarrassment very quickly.

USS Enterprise, UT

To those of you who think that Romney won't win, you should look deeper into history. So far Romney's numbers are similar to Reagan's when he was up against Carter. How well did things turn out for Carter? Remember Obama is like Carter, FDR, and Woodrow Wilson all rolled into one.

Obama is running from his record, while Romney keeps pushing the one thing that Obama has failed miserably at, the economy.

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