Reporter overheard saying there’s “a 40 percent chance” Romney ‘says something stupid’

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

At least one reporter has low expectations for Mitt Romney’s performance at a storm relief collection event in Ohio today, as a live stream ahead of the event revealed.

“Reporters overheard on [P]olitico live stream speculating before Romney event that there is “a 40% chance that he says something stupid,” The Huffington Post’s Jon Ward tweeted.

This isn’t the first time that media figures have been overheard showing contempt for Romney. “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Yahoo News’ Washington bureau chief David Chalian was overheard saying, in the context of the Republican National Convention taking place as a tropical storm brewed. The remark cost him his job.

And today’s comment is also in keeping with this election cycle has been dominated by fairly insignificant stories. “What about your gaffes?” one reporter asked Romney as he visited a war memorial in Poland.


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