Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has accused President Barack Obama of violating “the spirit of the 1st Amendment.”
In an interview with WBZ Radio, Romney criticized the President for banning one of Boston’s major newspapers, the Boston Herald, from covering Obama’s recent visit to the Hub. He said that the White House unfairly held a grudge against the publication because of some of its negative coverage of the President.
According to the Boston Herald, administration officials objected to the newspaper’s front-page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed about job creation in America. In an email to the Herald, the White House Press Office said that pool reporters are selected based on whether they cover news “fairly.”
Romney, a likely contender for the 2012 Presidential nomination, said that Obama is thin-skinned and took out his frustration on a reputable publication, ignoring the ideals of the 1st Amendment.
“I think it’s embarrassing for the White House to have taken a retribution-type of act against a leading journal like the Boston Herald,” Romney told WBZ.