Brent Bozell

Romney adroitly tossed the fairness issue right back. "I think it's unfair that this president has been in office three and a half years and 93 percent of the people who lost their jobs have been women."

Sawyer hammered him about the tax returns: "Why not release 12 years as your father did?" She said Romney gave 23 years of tax returns to the McCain campaign during the vice-presidential vetting process in 2008, so why not release those?

Do you recall Sawyer even asking for this from John Kerry?

By contrast, Sawyer's last interview with the current president ended with her asking how much Kentucky would win by in the NCAA basketball tournament and she compared Obama to Lincoln, as she encouraged him to talk about his prayer life: "What about the famous quote from another beleaguered president, Abraham Lincoln, who said he had been driven many times to his knees because his own wisdom and that around him 'was insufficient for the day'?"

Obama replied: "I do a lot of praying." Actually, he does a lot more golfing on Sundays.

Sawyer asked Romney about Mormonism and whether he could "really talk ... about something that holds a lot of curiosity for people? ... do the people think you're reluctant to talk about being a Mormon?" Sawyer did not ask Obama, "Your mother was an atheist who married two Muslim men. Are you reluctant to talk about that?" Never mind Jeremiah Wright.

Sawyer even stooped to raising that stupid -- and 29-year-old -- story about Romney putting his incontinent dog Seamus in a car-top carrier on a family trip. "First about Seamus -- which as you know is out there forever -- would you do it again?"

One host on NPR actually called Romney "the Michael Vick of presidential candidates." Sawyer underlined the vulnerability: "You said it was the most wounding thing in the campaign so far." That's why she wanted to ask it.

So for the record: Bill Clinton was never asked by a TV anchor whether he raped Juanita Broaddrick in 1978. But they can ask Mitt Romney if he shouldn't have put the doggie in a car-top carrier in 1983.

If anyone can point to anything Sawyer has ever asked the Obamas that compares to this low personal blow, they should speak up. This is just the opening mud bath. It's going to get only worse for Romney as we get closer to November.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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