Of the three major networks, only ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday covered the "dog wars" counterattack by Mitt Romney's operatives.
Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos highlighted that the
campaign is "tweeting around a picture of the President and
trying to focus on a revelation he made in his memoir, that he actually
tried dog when he was a young boy in Indonesia."
CBS This Morning and NBC's Today both skipped the story. The Romney team used the dog-eating revelation from Obama's book to hit back on Democratic complaints that the Republican once put his dog on the car roof during a vacation. On January 31, 2012, Today made sure to bring up that liberal talking point.
Peter Alexander explained, "...David Axelrod, the president's senior
campaign strategist, tweeted this photo of the president with his dog Bo
inside the car. Axelrod's caption, 'How loving owners transport their
Yet, so far, Today has avoided this latest revelation in what Stephanopoulos called "the dog wars."
GMA covered the story, though correspondent Jon Karl didn't seem too happy about it. He pointed out that the dog eating occurred when the President "was only a kid" in Indonesia." He added glumly, "But I think the dog wars, George, unfortunately are here."
Stephanopoulos, a former Democratic operative turned journalist, hopefully concluded, "Yeah, maybe they'll cycle through quickly."
On Tuesday, GMA played clips of World News anchor Diane Sawyer grilling Romney about his late dog Seamus.
A transcript of the April 18 GMA segment can be found below:
-- Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.