Romney Angers Media by Closing Israel Fundraiser

Angry Journalists Say Move Violates Deal With Campaign

By Haaretz

Published July 29, 2012.

After angering quite a few people in Britain for questioning London’s readiness for the Olympic Games over the weekend, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney landed in Israel and already managed to infuriate the dozens of American reporters accompanying him on his trip.

During his flight from Britain to Israel, Romney’s spokesman, Rick Gorka, notified the reporters on the plane that, in contrast to previous agreements, press will not be granted access to the fundraiser held by the Republican nominee at the King David hotel in Jerusalem on Monday morning.

The numerous reporters that have accompanied Romney on his foreign policy trip claim that closing the fundraiser to the press is a violation of an agreement signed between Romney’s campaign and media outlets back in April.

According to that agreement, a representative from one of the news agencies, one of the television channels, and one of the major newspapers was to be granted access to every fundraiser that would take place in a public space such as a hotel or banquet hall. Fundraisers taking place in private homes, however, were to be closed to the press.

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