How does this paragraph from Howard Kurtz make any sense?
Did Romney actually change a position? Nope. All that happened was that his spokesman misspoke. But in today’s sound-bite culture, the story can echo for days—this at a time when many journalists were finally willing to admit that Romney had the race all but wrapped up. And it plays to the negative narrative about Romney because he has changed his stance on such issues as abortion and is still laboring to explain how his Massachusetts health plan differs from Obamacare.
So, Romney never changed a position? Except for his positions on abortion and mandated health care? He's just a victim of the sound-bite culture that Kurtz, et al., have worked so tirelessly to create? Perhaps, unlike other manufactured "gaffes," the Etch-a-Sketch mega-gaffe is sticking because it actually plays to the facts of the Romney narrative?
It's like some sort of Jedi mind-trick to convince us all that on this particular issue, every side is equal.
National political journalism like this gives me the hives.