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NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny Reacts To Santorum Outburst: ‘He Clearly Knew The Cameras Were Rolling’

New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny — the one whom Rick Santorum snapped at for asking “bullshit” questions — reacted to the little debacle on CBS This Morning. Rather dismissive, Zeleny said candidates often use the media as a “foil” — and that Santorum full well knew the camera was rolling.

RELATED: Santorum Chews Out NYT’s Jeff Zeleny: ‘Quit Distorting My Words… It’s Bullsh*t!’

Zeleny had asked, “You said Mitt Romney is the worst Republican in the country. Is that true?” And then came Santorum’s outburst — which he has since defended, claiming you’re not a real Republican until you’ve cursed out a NYT reporter.

Zeleny said he was “simply asking for clarification.” Saying Santorum “can certainly do whatever he would like,” Zeleny went on to say: “It is a very common tactic for Republican presidential candidates, or even Democratic presidential candidates, to try and use the media a foil here. We’ve seen Newt Gingrich do it throughout the campaign season.”

He further observed, Santorum “clearly knew the cameras were rolling here” — and that “he’s very sensitive to these questions.”

Meanwhile, Santorum is now championing his readiness to take on The New York Times.

Take a look, via CBS:

(H/T Huffington Post)

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