Mitt Romney Criticizes Right-Wing Media's Influence on the GOP

Mitt Romney, the Utah senator and former GOP presidential nominee, has sharply rebuked the right-wing media, blaming it for the drastic shift in the Republican Party's ethos

by Faruk Imamovic
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Mitt Romney Criticizes Right-Wing Media's Influence on the GOP
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Mitt Romney, the Utah senator and former GOP presidential nominee, has sharply rebuked the right-wing media, blaming it for the drastic shift in the Republican Party's ethos. Mitt Romney's candid remarks were unveiled in a soon-to-be-released book, offering insight into the inner dynamics of the party and its evolving identity.

"A Dangerous Propaganda Factory"

In "Romney: A Reckoning", penned by McKay Coppins of The Atlantic, Romney does not hold back in his criticism. He describes the right-wing media realm as a "dangerous propaganda factory detached from reality." According to him, it has been instrumental in fostering extremist views within the GOP, drawing party members away from their traditional principles.

Romney conveyed his concerns to Coppins, referencing prominent media figure Tucker Carlson, stating, “It’s hard to imagine, but Tucker Carlson is turning the GOP into the pro-Russian, pro-authoritarian party”.

He contrasted this new direction with the party's earlier values, emphasizing, “And that’s not what it used to be”.

Distorting Praise into Criticism

Romney’s remarks reveal his deep-seated unease about how some dominant narratives in the right-wing media sphere have taken a negative turn.

One significant example he highlighted was the unjust criticism of an Olympian battling mental health issues. Romney commented, “It’s almost like you take what is praiseworthy and of good report and you say, ‘Let’s attack that!’.

The disintegration of Romney's relationship with prominent figures in the right-wing media is particularly striking given his former camaraderie with them. However, as Donald Trump's influence grew within the GOP, the party's core began to shift.

This new era ushered in a more aggressive political climate, with rampant attacks on adversaries, a growing distrust of the media, an increased inclination toward conspiracy theories, and a blatant disregard for the truth.

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