I can tell you as a political reporter this sort of thing happens all the time, in the United States, and here in Canada. Most often it happens when reporters are told that they will get a limit of two questions. When that happens people will try to make sure that the big story of the day their editorial desk wants is covered off.
What happened here with Romney though is a pile on. These reporters decided there would be only one question and they would ask it again and again. That is wrong, it is collusion between competing outlets to drive a story line. Cooperation when needed is fine, cooperation to drive a story line is needs to be called out.
The Right Scoop caught the video and provided the transcript below
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: …pointing out that the Republicans… *unintelligible* …Obama….
CBS REPORTER: That’s the question.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: *unintelligible*
CBS REPORTER: Yeah that’s the question. I would just say do you regret your question.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Your question? Your statement?
CBS REPORTER: I mean your statement. Not even the tone, because then he can go off on…
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: And then if he does, if we can just follow up and say ‘but this morning your answer is continuing to sound…’ – *becomes unintelligble*
CBS REPORTER: You can’t say that..
CBS REPORTER: I’m just trying to make sure that we’re just talking about, no matter who he calls on we’re covered on the one question.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you stand by your statement or regret your statement?