Press Shy Romney Keeps Media Away In Israel Trip

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Raw video of Mitt and Ann Romney arriving in Israel

Clearly, this magical mystery international tour hasn't gone as well as Mitt Romney and his campaign staffers would have it. Smarting from the absolutely brutal coverage he's gotten for his insensitive remarks in London, Romney reacted the only way someone not used to being challenged would: he barred the media:

U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to raise campaign money in private while in Israel, so what he tells wealthy American supporters abroad will be kept quiet from voters at home.

Romney's campaign is barring reporters from a fundraiser at Jerusalem's King David Hotel and not saying why. At U.S. events, Romney's remarks to donors in communal spaces such as hotels are typically public.

President Obama allows reporters to hear his words at fundraisers, though he generally bars them from listening to question-and-answer sessions with those in attendance. The president sometimes allows coverage of his remarks at events in private homes.

Romney traveling press secretary Rick Gorka, asked to comment, simply said, "Closed press, closed press, closed press," as he walked down the aisle of the candidate's campaign plane during the flight from London to Tel Aviv.

Look, I don't want to tell Romney how to do his business, but I will say one thing: no candidate has never succeeded by alienating the media covering him.


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