Romney was right… But the media spun the news, blacked-out information and covered for Obama while the RNC and Team Romney played it safe.
Candy Crowley Admits Romney was Right on Libya and a lot of other things… And the American People Were Had
One of the most talked about moments in tonight’s debate was when Candy Crowley “fact checked” Mitt Romney on Libya. Make no mistake, this was an attempt to cover for President Obama, who has been bleeding on the issue all week.
However, when confronted about it after the debate, she started to backtrack:
Of course, I’m with RedState founder Joshua Treviño:
PROTIP: Correct yourself onscreen, Candy. You know, where it matters.
If she’d really cared about this–and it sounds like she knew about this as she was saying it during the debate – she would have corrected herself during the debate, when the people were still watching.
EDIT: (via @seanmdav) Back on September 28th, Crowley was saying that the Obama administration needed to explain why they didn’t call what happened in Libya a terrorist attack. The CNN transcript tells all:
The question I think too is what you asked and Peter King wouldn’t play, but the idea is why would you be so adamant? When most people look and said, well of course it’s a terrorist attack. I mean, they had you know large weaponry. It’s not something you bring to a protest. And now we’re finding out there might not even have been a protest at the time this attack took place. So I think there are lots of questions to be answered here that the administration is going to have to talk about.
I’m betting the media’s not going to call her on this, and they’ll let her admission that Romney was essentially right about Libya slide as well. We have to make sure this kind of information gets out there.
Washington Free Beacon Staff: After the debate, debate moderator Candy Crowley said Republican nominee Mitt Romney was “right in the main” but “picked the wrong word” on the Obama administration’s immediate response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.
Crowley interrupted Romney during the debate, insisting that President Obama had in fact called the attack an “act of terror.”
ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.
OBAMA: Get the transcript.
CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…
OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?
CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.
In a statement given in the Rose Garden on Sept. 12, Obama emphasized an anti-Islam video, before saying that “no acts of terror would shake the resolve of this great nation.”
The administration’s narrative on the attack over the next two weeks was muddled.
On Sept. 16, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice attributed the attack on the U.S. Consulate to violent protests stemming from a “heinous and offensive” video.
On Sept. 25, the president himself declined to call the attack an act of terrorism during an interview with “The View,” saying that an investigation was still ongoing.
Update (12:22 a.m.): After the debate, “Romney was actually right on Libya” trended on Twitter in the United States:
Romney was also right about Russia being our biggest geopolitical foe. Washington, in fact, has been getting Putin’s real aims largely wrong since George W. Bush infamously declared that he had “a sense of his soul” after their first meeting in 2001, naively adding that “the more I get to see his heart and soul … the more I know we can work together in a positive way.” In truth, in Putin’s and Moscow’s eyes, America has been screwing up the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq, creating more extremism around the world, and has been an especially poor steward of the international system in the aftermath of the Wall Street-generated crash of 2008. That comes after an era when Russians went from being friendly acolytes after the Cold War to a people increasingly suspicious that America’s often errant free-market advice in the 1990s was largely designed to turn Russia into a second-rate power. Beyond that, Putin is clearly trying to recreate some semblance of a sphere of influence in his region that resembles that of imperial Russia and the USSR—much to the approval of the Russian public. …
While China’s military is decades away from being able to project force beyond East Asia, Russia is still in possession of thousands of nuclear weapons and a still-active military and arms industry. While China and the U.S. are still financially and economically interdependent, Putin’s Russia is trying to become a “natural-resources superpower” that vies with the U.S. and Europe for global influence. (In the mid-’90s, after 15 years in the KGB, Putin attended graduate school in St. Petersburg and wrote a dissertation titled “Toward a Russian Transnational Energy Company.” The topic: how to use energy resources for grand strategic planning. This underlines how, to a remarkable degree, Russia has failed to turn its scientific and technological advantages into competitive global industrial might and still relies largely on its natural resources.) And while China has proved rather ambivalent about asserting its way–outside of East Asia–Putin has not been shy about seeking to stymie, at nearly every turn, America’s influence around the world. As John Arquilla of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School wrote last fall: “In classic geopolitical terms–that is, by giving attention to territory, resources of all sorts, and their influence on beliefs, behavior, and policy–it is quite clear that Russia is the major counterweight to American power and influence.” Read Full Article
It is every American’s responsibility to educate themselves, especially before voting… and watching the news coverage on NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN is not the way to do it!!