Sunday, September 23, 2012

Easy on Mitt: NPR Doesn't Overstate Romney's Mistakes

Seaira Christian-Daniels

NPR news isn't totally condemning Mitt Romney, even if other news organizations are.

In fact, on 's main page,  only one of the top five stories specifically--though fleetingly--mentions the upcoming elections in light of the 75th anniversary of the New Deal.
In NPR's political section, news stories ranged in headlines from highlighting the increase in number of women running for congresswomen to quirky restaurant polls using cocktails and cheeses as a gauge for Democratic or Republican success. 

The two stories pertaining to Obama and Romney pitted the Democratic and Republican strategies against one another, stating that Americans will have to wait until debate night to see which candidate will be the "best seller" of their policies to the American people.

Small Section with Large Number of Insights

It is only when one navigates to the elections column that Romney's big gaffes are explained in detail.

However, I was impressed with the amount of details NPR included about Mitt Romney's resurfacing tax tensions.

Included with the report was the front page of Romney's tax return, Democrat and GOP commentary on the Romney tax release, and a side-by-side comparison of the past 2 years of Obama and Romney taxes to the past 2 years of Biden and Ryan's.

Otherwise, the stories covered were largely issue based, focusing on voter suppression, and two stories focusing on the senate races, which had not been largely covered in previous weeks.

Perhaps this is exactly what Romney's camp hoped for, according to NPR's Frank James: that by the time the first presidential debate airs, this whole situation will be "old news."

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