Why Mitt Romney’s new spokesperson doesn’t read the New York Times

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Amy Graham is leaving Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office to join Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, the Miami Herald reported Thursday. Scott announced Thursday that all emails to and from Scott and members of his leadership team would be made available online. That same day, SaintPetersBlog’s Peter Schorsch published a sequence of increasingly testy emails between members of Scott’s communications staff and New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. The transaction soured, and Kovaleski accused Scott communications director Brian Burgess of “distortions” when he was reporting on the Trayvon Martin case.

“This guy is exactly why I don’t read the New York Times,” Graham wrote in an email to Burgess.

On Wednesday Romney met with conservative media outlets in an off-the-record session in Washington, D.C., a meeting one attendee characterized to Michael Calderone as “sort of an olive branch to conservative media”:

Some conservative journalists left satisfied with what they heard. At one point, Romney told attendees that the campaign intended to work closely with their outlets and will even help conservative outlets writing about Obama with opposition research, according to an attendee.

The Romney campaign also prompted a minor rumpus when it initially declined to allow BuzzFeed to join its press pool. “We do not have a separate blogger pool report,” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul told Calderone. Traditionally, the press pool, not the campaign, decides which media organizations will cover a campaign; other news organizations including The New York Times and The Huffington Post pushed back against the decision. BuzzFeed’s editor, Ben Smith, told Calderone, “We are part of the pool, and are looking forward to receiving tonight’s pool report and taking our turn in the rotation.”

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  • Anonymous

    “That same day, SaintPetersBlog’s Peter Schorsch published a sequence of increasingly testy emails between members of Scott’s communications staff and New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.
    The transaction soured, and Kovaleski accused Scott communications
    director Brian Burgess of “distortions” when he was reporting on the
    Trayvon Martin case.

    “This guy is exactly why I don’t read the New York Times,” Graham wrote in an email to Burgess.”"

    Mr. Beaujeon:

    I read the above sentences and was curious to see how testy the emails actually were.
    I read Mr. Schorsch’s piece with all of the quoted parts.
    I find you are half-right.
    I am not sure if you read the whole piece.
    Nothing in Mr. Kovaleski’s emails exhibited testiness. He was persistent. He would not be denied. But he was not testy.
    The testiness came from the governor’s staff whose members ignored requests, obstructed the news-gathering process, misrepresented Mr. Kovaleski’s earlier emails, sent him on wild-goose chases and, in total, stonewalled him.

    I am not sure how you can give equal weight to the two sides in this disagreement.
    I am not sure how you can use the passive voice “the transaction soured” when Mr. Kovaleski was doing his job as a journalist; the governor’s office was not doing theirs, serving the public and being transparent as they are mandated to.

    So, when Ms. Graham writes “This guy is exactly why I don’t read the New York Times,” she is basically saying “This guy is trying to get information from me that I don’t want to give him. He won’t give up. He angered me, so I won’t read the paper he works for.”

    To me, the REASONS for her not reading the Times is much more important than the soundbite that she doesn’t.

    Which, the title of the article notwithstanding, is not answered.

  • Anonymous

    Surprise! Surprise! Mr.Beaujon, Everyone doesn’t read the NYTimes.