How ridiculously meta: The media reports about how the Romney campaign fooled the media about the Ryan pick

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As Michael Calderone noted last night, “News orgs simultaneously publish stories about Romney camp outwitting media with Ryan pick — details of which were provided by Romney camp.”

Among those in the media writing about how the media was “duped” by the brain trust in Boston were:

ABC News: “How Romney Kept Paul Ryan’s Pick for VP a Secret” (ABC News)

“The Associated Press: Ryan selection shrouded in secrecy

BuzzFeed: “The Inside Story Of How Mitt Romney Chose Paul Ryan And Kept It A Secret

Reuters: “Ryan’s path to Romney’s No. 2 was steeped in secrecy

-TIME: “Inside the VP Pick: How Romney Decided On Ryan – and Kept the Secret

The Washington Post: “When Mitt Romney settled on Paul Ryan and how he kept it a secret

Even Calderone’s own publication, The Huffington Postgot in on the action: “Paul Ryan, Vice President Pick, Disguises And Hikes Through The Woods.”

This ought to be embarrassing for everyone involved. As Elon Green insists, you all got played.

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