A survey of political media on Sunday suggests that the real story around Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate was the clandestine orchestration to keep the news under embargo.

Baseball Caps And Rented Cars: How Romney’s Team Kept VP Pick A Secret – NPR

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

Efforts to keep Ryan choice secret worthy of spy novel – CNN

How Romney Kept Paul Ryan’s Pick for VP a Secret – ABC

Paul Ryan selection shrouded in secrecy – Fox News

Cloak-and-dagger tactics helped Romney keep Ryan a secret – Los Angeles Times

Ryan Disguise and Woods Detour Keep Romney No. 2 Pick Secret – Businessweek

Inside the VP Pick: How Romney Decided On Ryan – and Kept the Secret – TIME (blog)

Paul Ryan, Vice President Pick, Disguises And Hikes Through The Woods – Huffington Post

Ryan’s clandestine journey to Romney’s ticket went from ‘surreal to real’ – CNN

Really? The Republican ticket adds a daring, young knight of the conservative party and talk is about the paparazzi-like coverage of the vetting process? Romney’s campaign ties itself to a host of divisive issues, namely Ryan’s budget-reducing overhaul of the federal government, and the press still goes for campaign-trail buzz?

“Have a serious debate” has long been a cliche among press and pols alike, but there is little to show for investing in more substance. In this case, perhaps the topic should be what the Romney campaign aims to do should they secure the White House, rather than what kind of french fries they prefer to stop the bus for.
Howard Kurtz’ “Reliable Sources” had a relevant discussion of the matter. Some excerpts:
DEBRA SAUNDERS: “[Journalists are] understaffed and we’re overworked…we can just write a really quick easy story…it’s like a re-write job. Editors are asking for more and more stuff from us.”
BILL PRESS: “There is a laziness than a part of the press corps…”