Rick Santorum Attacks NY Times Reporter

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Rick Santorum had a melt down yesterday after he was asked a simple question by Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times. The reporter approached Santorum after a speech as he was signing campaign posters, asking him to clarify something he said in his speech.

“You said Mitt Romney was the worst Republican in the country. Is that true?” Zeleny can be heard asking in a video obtained by “CBS This Morning.”

“What speech did you listen to?” a disgusted-looking Santorum shot back. “Stop lying! I said he was the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that’s what I was talking about!”The confrontation quickly escalated with Santorum becoming visibly angry.

“Would you guys quit distorting what I’m saying?” he says in the video, arguing he was simply repeating a point he has stressed on the campaign trail that Romney is “uniquely disqualified” to beat Obama when it comes to health care. “Quit distorting my words,” Santorum said. “If I see it, it’s bulls—! Come on, man! What are you doing?” “You sound upset about something,” Zeleny responded.

“I’m upset when the media distorts what I say, yeah, I am, I do get upset,” the former Pennsylvania senator said, shaking his head. “What are you guys in the business of doing, reporting the truth or are you here to try to spin and make news? Stop it! You don’t care about the truth, do you? Asking that question shows me you don’t care at all about the truth.”

In an interview on CBS’ “This Morning,” Zeleny told Charlie Rose he had “simply asked for clarification” and that he thought Santorum’s outburst was done for dramatic effect. Santorum knew the cameras were rolling and he was trying to score some points with the Republican base by bullying the Times reporter.

“He said in his speech to a room full of supporters that he believes Mitt Romney is the worst Republican in the country. Health care was not attached to that sentence in his sound bite there, so [I was] simply asking him for clarification,” Zeleny said. “It is a very common tactic for Republican presidential candidates, or even Democratic presidential candidates, to try and use the media as a foil here… So he clearly knew the cameras were rolling here.”

Bottom line here is that Santorum attacked the reporter because he was from the New York Times and the Republican party sees the Times as a liberal media outlet. He would have never erupted like that to a Fox News crew. Santorum proved in this exchange that he’s not Presidential material. If he’s going to go off on a reporter like that, could you imagine the guy trying to negotiate with foreign leaders?

To watch the video of Santorum’s meltdown, check out our friends at [NYDailyNews]

 

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Scott St. John

About Scott St. John

I have worked in the media for over 30 years as a Producer,director, cameraman,photographer and in publicity. I have worked for the four major television networks and for over 20 different cable networks. From American Idol to the Today Show to HBO Documentaries to the Academy Awards, I have been fortunate to work at the highest professional level in television. As a photographer, my work has been published or seen online in magazines such as Maxim, Stuff, Us weekly, InTouch,Gotham, Shock, OK magazine and more. My work has taken me to the four corners of the world from Africa to South America to Europe to Japan. It's been a great run and I am happy to be on board with the News Burner team.

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One Response to Rick Santorum Attacks NY Times Reporter

  1. Jackie March 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    He is just what we need, someone who cracks under pressure.

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