by JEREMY W. PETERS, The New York Times
One morning in January, Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative magazine and Web site Newsmax, sat with Mitt Romney in his hotel room at the West Palm Beach Courtyard Marriott in Florida and offered some blunt advice about dealing with the news media.
He needed to do a better job reaching out to conservative writers and pundits, Mr. Ruddy told the candidate. But then, sensing that he wasn’t breaking through, Mr. Ruddy stopped.
“There was a lack of interest on his part as to specific recommendations I might have,” he later recalled.
“My feeling from them was that while they were happy to listen to the information, they weren’t going to act on it.”
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