FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
"A vast left-wing conspiracy."
That's how Mitt Romney describes the media's effort to sink his presidential bid.
In an interview with Breitbart TV, the likely Republican nominee was asked whether he was ready to take on the media and liberal nonprofit groups that are "working together."
Here's what Romney said in response: "There will be an effort by the vast left-wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me. They're going to do everything they can to divert from the issue people care most about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes."
Romney said that dealing with journalists is an ongoing problem for Republicans. He added that many in the media are "inclined to do the president's bidding" and described it as an uphill battle for his party.
But Romney insists he's ready for the fight, saying Democrats will try to make the race about anything but President Barack Obama's record and the economy.
Of course, Romney's attack on the media is an echo of words made famous in 1998 by Hillary Clinton. She said her husband was the victim of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" in the early days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
And we all know how that turned out. Bill Clinton was eventually impeached before being acquitted by the Senate.
Nonetheless - between 24/7 cable news and instant reaction from pundits on the Web and social media - it seems the news media play a larger role in the political process than ever before.
Just how much does all the blather actually matter on Election Day?
Here’s my question to you: How much do the news media ultimately affect how you vote?
Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.
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