Journalists on Monday's Good Morning America
chided the Republican presidential candidates for "equivocating" and
not strongly condemning Rush Limbaugh's comments about Sandra Fluke.
Analyst Matt Dowd appeared to deride Mitt Romney for "missing a huge
opportunity" to slam Limbaugh.
John Berman focused on the fact that the conservative radio host called his own words "insulting" and that his apology went "much further than the words used by the Republican presidential candidates, whose condemnations all came with equivocations or deflections." [MP3 audio here .]
Berman harped on this point, making it twice: "...Because of that
language used by Rush Limbaugh, which even Limbaugh now calls insulting,
Mitt Romney and all the candidates find themselves caught between a
Rush and a hard place."
The reporter closed by making mischief, noting, "Some people have taken notice of the fact that the company that syndicates Limbaugh's show is partly owned by Bain Capital, the company founded by Mitt Romney."
In a follow-up segment Dowd gave some odd advice. He urged Republican front-runner Romney to take on a man loved by many Republican voters: "I think Mitt Romney missed a huge opportunity to show some strength, basically take on Rush Limbaugh. Say this is not the kind of thing we want in our political discourse."