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We have all gotten used to having the MSM play a clearly partisan role in covering political contests and throughout the 2008 election and this election they have become almost a parody of themselves as they stumble over each other in their efforts to see who can be more blatant in the disparity of their coverage. So it comes as no surprise that those who accept the role of debate moderator have shown a propensity to allow that bias to infiltrate their efforts as an alleged "impartial"referee.
Last night Candy Crowley took a step beyond even the interrupter role of Vice Presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz who took it upon herself to interrupt Congressman Paul Ryan 82 times during his 41 minutes of talking time.
In response to Mitt Romney's criticism of the President for his administrations failure to be forthcoming with the fact that the attack was NOT part of any reaction to the film "Mohammed's Innocence," but a carefully planned and executed terrorist attack, President Obama claimed to have called it "a terrorist attack" in his remarks made from the Rose Garden on September 12.
It was during that exchange "moderator" Candy Crowley injected herself actively in the dispute by affirming INCORRECTLY that Obama had done so.
Here's the exchange:
Romney: “You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration — is that what you’re saying? 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.”Not only did Crowley support the President's assertion, but the exchange interrupted the flow or Romney's argument and clearly turned the issue, which has been a growing thorn in the Obama Campaign's side, back in Obama's favor.
Obama: “Get the transcript.”
Crowley: “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 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.”
The problem is, President Obama did NOT call it an act of terror. In fact he went out of his way to again reinforce the initial impression that it was a reaction to the film--a response to some insult to the prophet Mohammed.
The full transcript of his Rose Garden remarks follows. You will note towards the end of the second paragraph, he said:
"We reject all efforts to denigrate religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence."As a confirmation of Romney's claim, UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on the entire spectrum of talk shows the Sunday following the attack and declared unequivocally that it was a spontaneous uprising in response to that film . . . 5 days after the attack was made. If the President knew on Wednesday that the attacks was "an act of terror," then why was Susan Rice out there saying the opposite? Why was the President himself on the David Letterman Show perpetuating the "film myth" two weeks after the attack?
Was the President lying last night, or did he and his administration and its surrogates lie to the American people repeatedly for the two weeks following the attack? It can't be both.
Late in the Rose Garden remarks, the President did make a vague reference to "acts of terrorism," but in no way was that a specific allegation, rather a generic assertion that Americans will never yield to the threat of terrorism:
"No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."The President lied to the American people last night, barefaced and brazenly and instead of executing her duty as an impartial referee, at a critical moment in the debate, she wrongly and dishonestly defended that lie.
This is another in a long line of unconscionable lies streaming out of this White House and another in an unending tale of leftwing media bias.
The American people deserve better, both from their President, and from the self-proclaimed "Fourth Estate," which has again been revealed as nothing more than a mouthpiece for the lies Democrats tell.
Long Live This American Republic
UPDATE: Candy Crowley AFTER THE DEBATE admitted to the fact that Romney was correct:
". . . I did turn around as say "You are totally correct, that they spent two weeks telling us that this was about a tape and there was this riot outside the Benghazi consulate, which there wasn't. [NO you didn't say that, not so as to allow the audience in the auditorium and at home could hear it clearly. You more or less muttered an abbreviated, less definitive version of that] So, he [Mitt Romney] was right in the main, I just think he picked the wrong word [whatever the heck that means].
--As I said too little, way, way too late. Thanks for nothing, Candy. I hope you enjoy your 2 dozen doughnuts (or whatever it was Obama gave you for covering his butt during the debate).
Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya
Rose GardenSeptember 12, 2012
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. Often, they are away from their families; sometimes they brave grave danger. Yesterday four of these extraordinary Americans were in an attack at our diplomatic attack in Benghazi. Among those killed was our ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as foreign service officer Shawn Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed and today the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in their thoughts and in our prayers.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. In working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats, I've also directed my administration to increase our diplomatic security around the world and make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. Since our founding, the United States respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.
Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.
It's especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save. At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi. With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya. When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there. He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.
Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on. I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.
Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.
As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
But we also know that the lives these Americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. They should give every American great pride in the country that they served, and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity.
We grieve with their families, but let us carry on their memory, and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger America and a better world for all of our children.
Thank you. May God bless the memory of those we lost and may God bless the United States of America.