Once upon a time (six months ago) Mitt Romney opted out of dumb cable news controversies, letting the other Republican presidential candidates fight over, say, whether the Fed chair is literally a traitor worthy of vigilante violence, but now that the primary is over -- at the exact moment he needs to look presidential! -- his campaign is opting in. Romney told Breitbart.com's Larry O'Connor Tuesday, "There will be an effort by the quote vast left wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me. They're going to do everything they can to divert from the message people care about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes. That's what people care about." But his own top aide, Eric Fehrnstrom, got sucked into one of those distractions just a couple hours later, tweeting about President Obama eating dogs. It wasn't the first fake news story that tempted Fehrnstrom over the past couple days. Take a few of his recent tweets, for example:
- April 10: "Obama and all his little Scrooge McDucks sitting atp a pile of cash warning Romney he can't 'buy the presidency.'"
- April 12: "A clueless Hilary Rosen on #CNN refuses to back off her comments attacking Ann Romney. Will DNC/Obama sever ties?"
- April 14: "By not condemning Bill Maher, @davidaxelrod is signaling to supporters it's OK to keep up the attacks on Ann Romney. Shame."
- April 16: "Obama campaign tactic: launch fake issues to distract from high unemployment, looming tax hikes, massive debt #DemDistraction." (Back on message!)
- April 17: "In hindsight, a chilling photo RT @davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs." (Fehrnstrom linked to a photo of Obama with a dog, which Obama adviser Aexlrod had tweeted in reference to Romney roadtripping with a dog on his car roof, in reference to a Daily Caller story about Obama eating dog meat in Indonesia as a kid. Perhaps the economic message here is that dog meat retailers struggle to find work in the Obama economy?)