In 2008, the Obama campaign seemed to be everywhere with his “hopey-changey” rhetoric and was unquestionable the media darling for journalists big and small. But he bloom is off the rose and the Obama campaign doesn’t appear to have time for the little people in the journalistic world–even in hugely important areas of the country like Youngstown, Ohio. Reporter David Skolnick had a less-than-inspiring experience with the Obama campaign — getting effectively blown off twice –but was able to sit down one-on-one with the top dog on the GOP side. Here is is explanation of the blow-offs and the personal attention from Mitt Romney:
So how did I end up in a place I had previously never heard of, stand in the pouring rain and then conduct an exclusive one-on-one face-to-face interview with Mitt Romney on Father’s Day? It was a combination of the fallout from my public complaints about being denied a few minutes with Vice President Joe Biden when he campaigned in Youngstown on May 16, a June 15 conference call with Biden and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman that had the vice president get off the call before reporters could ask questions, social media, and a smart move by the Romney campaign.
Following the May 16 blow-off, the Obama campaign “tried” again:
Then on June 15, the President Barack Obama campaign organized a conference call for Ohio reporters with Biden and Columbus Mayor Coleman. The call started 35 minutes late, Biden spoke for 10 minutes — essentially reinforcing/repeating statements made a day early by the president during a Cleveland event — and jumped off the call when it came time for questions from reporters.
Romney reaches out:
That led to the Romney campaign emailing me Saturday to ask if I would be in Brunswick on Sunday. I told them I didn’t know where that is. It turns out it’s in Medina County, near Strongsville, and Romney was speaking at a rally there. That was followed by an invitation to speak for about 8 to 10 minutes with Romney after a rally. It helps Romney’s image — he’s accessible to local print media while Biden isn’t. After waiting a while inside, I had about nine minutes with Romney to ask questions. I had about 10 questions just in case, but knew there would be time for only a few. I ended up asking three questions on my list and one follow-up. The article gave insight into Romney’s thoughts on issues that impact our area. Look for an article this Sunday on Romney’s opinions of fracking and coal. The article in Monday’s newspaper was fair, according to local Democratic and Obama campaign officials.