You think Klien is not a liberal journalist?
It doesn’t make sense that a current “intimate advisor” of Romney would say this to a reporter, and Romney would denounce that person in a Twitter statement.
Because Klien is no friend of Romney. He KNOWS who the person is who said this, supposedly. If he knew that Romney knew who it was, Klein woudl attack Romney for pretending he didn’t know who it was.
So until I see Klein suggest that Romney would have any idea who this so-called “intimate advisor” is, I’ll stick with the thought best expressed in that liberal TV series “The West Wing”, after they won re-election, when some low-level minion got his fame by somehow convincing a journalist to run a story about how the victory was all their doing.
Journalists love to report gossip, and they love to make it “important” by attributing it to “important people”. It’s not just Romney, but this happened a lot to Romney in 2008, with these “anonymous close confidants” being quoted, and on the rare occasion that one was identified, we’d learn that they were someone on the periphery of the campaign, or just donors who had no say in how the campaign operated.
Same thing happened with Thompson’s campaign, with Huckabee, and of course all through the general election we’d see leaks attributed to people associated with McCain/Palin.
People even here at FR who are now trying to put Palin back in her place have been trying to overplay the connection between her and some who call themselves part of her inner circle.
It’s just the way things are. It’s not like it’s a “big lie” or anything, so there’s no point in pretending it doesn’t happen, or suggesting that because Klein SAYS that an “intimate” of Romney said something, that it reflects Romney, his campaign, or is from a person who is actually part of the Romney team at this point.
Heck, it could be some employee at one of the branch offices of his political PAC who Romney has shook hands with once in passing.
When these types of rumors attack those we see as conservative, we all know what credibility to give to a reporter like Klein.
But when they help attack someone whose ox we want to gore, suddenly the journalists are respected and can’t be possibly deceiving or in any way trying to dissemble.
The simple fact is that a few liberal media members decided it was important to get the Palin and Romney camps to go at each other’s throats, because it helps the Democrats. Fortunately, Palin and Romney didn’t take the bait — unfortunately, a lot of Palin supporters did.
That doesn't then prove that these statements were not said by actual Romney insiders (hint: Eric Fehrnstrom). Maybe, maybe not. However, based on past behavior of the Romney campaign, this fits the M.O. of Romney media relations to a tee. You bring up Fred Thompson. Quite ironic, since he was the recipient of Romney campaign dirty politics using a friendly media who did not want Fred and was more than willing to aid Romney. You say (source, proof, evidence?) that Klein is no friend of Romney. I say that Klein and many other MSMer's are great friends of Romney's brain, Eric Fehrnstrom. Just google Fehrnstrom. You'll not find a more duplicitous and corrupt snake in politics outside of the WH.