-By Warner Todd Huston
What was the most striking thing about Mitt Romney’s overseas trip this week? Says Powerline, the most striking thing is the “hypercritical” coverage given the trip by the American press. In what could only be seen by an unbiased person as a success, Romney’s trip has instead been reported as a gaffe-filled mess.
Romney’s non-controversy comments about the Olympics aside, the worst part of the coverage was all the attention the Old Media lavished on the absurd claim from a member of the Palestinian Authority that Romney was a “racist” for his comments about Israeli culture in comparison to Palestinian.
In a very well received speech to fundraisers in Jerusalem, Romney noted that there is a “dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality” between Israel and the Palestinian held areas.
In citing the work of author David Landes, who wrote the book The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, Romney said, “If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world, it’s this: Culture makes all the difference.”
“As I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”
This is a no-brainer comment. It is flat out obvious that the nihilistic, violent culture of PLA held areas is not conducive to prosperity. Who cannot see this? Most everyone in Israel saw this as a no-brainer and Romney’s speech was widely hailed as welcome sentiment compared to the arms-length treatment they’ve gotten from President Obama.
Powerline also notes that there are parallels elsewhere. This culture question is correct, “much as America’s culture explains its economic advantages over Mexico.” For that matter, Canada’s culture explains its success over Mexico’s.
But the Old Media focused entirely on the so-called “outrage” of the Palestinians over what they call Romney’s “racist” comments instead of Romney’s successes.
It seems amazing that anyone ever reports on Palestinian “outrage,” to be sure. When are Palestinians not “outraged” over one thing or another?
Powerline goes on to say, “The Palestinian objection was silly, and here is a news flash for American media: Romney isn’t angling for the Palestinian-American vote.”
The media establishment also gave short shrift to the warm welcome Romney received in Poland. I suppose that Lech Walesa giving Romney a warm endorsement doesn’t mean much to the American Media. Walesa’s just a Cold War hero, is all, but probably one most of the media never heard of.
If Romney didn’t understand it before, he’s got to understand now that the American media will do anything it can to destroy him in order to help Barack Obama to get reelected.
Finally, it must be noted that Obama has never visited Israel as President. One has to wonder why that is?