I didn't get a chance to watch the NAACP speech Romney gave, but I read or saw some of the coverage. The takeaway given by many reporters was that Romney was booed. A friend emailed me today a list of other audience reactions to the speech.
According to this list, the audience applauded 27 times in 25 minutes. That includes when Romney said, among other things: he will represent every race; he will help the middle class; Americans are entitled to an answer about the economy; he supports strong families and traditional marriages; he will help the middle class; bring jobs back to the United States; will stop spending; will protect social Security and Medicare with higher benefits for those with lower income and lower for higher income; wages will rise again; if you want a president to make things better for the African American Community, you're looking at him; he joined with the Black Legislative Caucus in Massachusetts to promote Charter Schools; he won't let special interest groups stand in the way of education reform; money for education will be linked to the student for true choice; his father was a man that he admired for equality and justice; and that his father was a man of faith that knew that everyone was God's children.
He was booed regarding overturning ObamaCare.
What's particularly stupid about the way the media are manipulating this story is that it makes the audience look somewhat bad (although for my part I wish far more audiences would boo politicians) and it makes Romney look strong and principled.
I have seen so many politicians pander to their audience. One of my absolute favorites was when Hilary Clinton adopted the worlds worst drawl for a few moments while campaigning in a black church in the south. I would have assumed Romney would have pandered, too, in this case. But his speech seems like it was tailored to his audience without being patronizing.
I wonder if the media realize that the message they're trying to push might not be the one that is received.
Also, why did so many in the media fail to show that the audience supports traditional marriage or gave Romney a standing ovation at the end?