Audio: Press caught on open mic coordinating Egypt/Libya questions for Romney?

posted at 3:21 pm on September 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

I don’t think it’s the collusion that’s troubling so much as their priorities in what they were colluding on. Hard to make firm judgments on a 100-second piece of audio that cuts in and out and is sporadically unintelligible, but part of it is clear enough. From the Right Scoop’s transcript:

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..

**Later**

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?

Someone sent Jake Tapper the link to the audio and asked him if this is business as usual. His reply:

But then he added:

In other words, knowing that they’ll have a select few opportunities to press Romney this morning, the press might have huddled to make sure that different angles of the story would be covered in the Q&A — one person asks him how he’d alter current U.S. policy on Egypt and Libya, one person asks him how to balance free-speech principles with concerns about provocations, etc etc. Instead he got five sub-moronic questions about the tone and timing of his statement last night, which was issued before anyone even knew that Chris Stevens had been killed in Libya. This latest iteration of the media’s “WHAT ABOUT YOUR GAFFES?” idiocy towards Romney is transparently a bit of concern-trolling designed to change the subject from Obama dropping the ball on security for the consulate in Libya — and that’s precisely what they seem to be coordinating on in the audio clip. They’re huddling to make sure that someone asks him the concern-troll question about the optics of his statement, because evidently that’s the one topic America needed him to address this morning, you see. It’s dishonest on its own terms, in fact: Even if, for whatever bizarre reason, your chief concern this morning was whether someone “jumped the gun” in saying something impolitic, the story should have been why the Cairo embassy’s craven statement yesterday jumped the gun on the White House’s reaction. But this is what you get when most of your national media is openly playing for one team.

Click the image below to listen. Exit quotation via conventional-wisdom-setter Mark Halperin, helpfully nudging the media on what its news narrative should be this morning: “[Romney's] doubling down on criticism of the President for the statement coming out of Cairo is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign.”


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Wow. CNN showing the debt clock and talking about the deficit.

This must be less unpopular than talking about a terror attack on US soil.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Romney wore Reagan’s cowboy hat today and it looked good on him. :-)

Punchenko on September 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Legacy Humpers…sounds good.

d1carter on September 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

So first there is jummah @ the dem condomcon,
then they boo God and Jeruselum,
then Hussein ” addresses” arabs on 9/11 anniversary,
then Hussein snubs Bibi ,
then arab muslims who were helped and armed by Hussein attack and kill Americans,
I don’t see any coordination ….do you ?

burrata on September 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I stand corrected. :)

Lily on September 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

At least Mitt has the testosterone to act like a president, unlike that worm we now have?
L

letget on September 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

..this is a question? Can there be any doubt?

The War Planner on September 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Ed Henry at Fox said he did shout a question at Dear Leader’s back this morning…does that count?

d1carter on September 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Was it “Are you playing golf this weekend?”

gonnjos on September 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Romney handled himself very well at the press conference. Far more Presidential than the actual President, who took no questions. Nice.

SAZMD on September 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

The Fourth Filth Estate

Bitter Clinger on September 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Fifth column is more like it. Of course, we already knew that. And have for fifty years.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Jan Crawford. CBS Reporter per Newsbusters….

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Journo-Listic malfeasance.

rayra on September 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

If so, I wonder how they’d square the circle of Obama’s foreign policy criticisms of Bush in ’08?

Bitter Clinger on September 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Or Kerry in ’04. Lurch slammed Bush’s foreign policy in a stump speech on the same day 7 marines were killed in Iraq:

John Kerry as the Democratic nominee in 2004 while on the campaign trail against George Bush:

Later, addressing a crowd at a picnic in Racine, W.Va., Kerry devoted almost his entire 27-minute address to a critique of Bush. On a day when seven U.S. servicemen were killed in a suicide bombing attack in Iraq, Kerry termed the war in Iraq “catastrophic.” Still later, he referred to it in a statement as “a quagmire,” a word often applied to the U.S. conflict in Vietnam. He also blasted the president’s record on job creation, health care, energy independence and education.

From Wapo. h/t John Nolte, Breitbart

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

CNN: “Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?

Washington Post: “What about your gaffes?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”

CNN: “Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven’t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!

Expect it to get worse…

… It’s their boyfriend, and only one can polish the knob at a time.

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

PS: Crawford also says at the very end of the clip, “I shouldn’t have my notebook visible, should I? It says ABC News on it!”

Also per Newsbusters.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Weekly Standard (March 31, 2011): Senator Marco Rubio offered his full-throated support Wednesday for the U.S. intervention in Libya and called on President Barack Obama to be clear that regime change is the objective of America’s involvement. In an interview yesterday afternoon, Rubio said that failing to remove Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, after Obama publicly called for him to go, would have grave consequences for America’s reputation in the region and in the world. Last night, Rubio sent a letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate, calling for Congress to affirm Obama’s policy by authorizing the use of the military force in Libya and to make explicit the goal of regime change. “This resolution should also state that removing Moamar Qadhafi from power is in our national interest and therefore should authorize the President to accomplish this goal. To that end, the resolution should urge the President to immediately recognize the Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate government in Libya.”

Weekly Standard (March 31, 2011): Senator Marco Rubio offered his full-throated support Wednesday for the U.S. intervention in Libya and called on President Barack Obama to be clear that regime change is the objective of America’s involvement. In an interview yesterday afternoon, Rubio said that failing to remove Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, after Obama publicly called for him to go, would have grave consequences for America’s reputation in the region and in the world. Last night, Rubio sent a letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate, calling for Congress to affirm Obama’s policy by authorizing the use of the military force in Libya and to make explicit the goal of regime change. “This resolution should also state that removing Moamar Qadhafi from power is in our national interest and therefore should authorize the President to accomplish this goal. To that end, the resolution should urge the President to immediately recognize the Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate government in Libya.”

VorDaj on September 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that the media will succeed pushing this narrative. Most people would agree that we shouldn’t blame Islam’s critics for Islam’s violence, and most people would agree that Islam does not trump the 1st Amendment. (That should be obvious, but looking at comments from HuffPo readers, it’s not.)By pushing this part of the story, the press has to pay attention to the Embassy’s horrible apology for an American speaking freely. This will not help Obama. Also, by not backing down, Romney looks decisive and principled. These two things, on top of the fact that Obama is partly responsible for the chaos in Libya, make this story a bad one for Obama. Look for the media to drop this story rather quickly.

EricW on September 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

“I thought he Mark Halperin was a kind of a dick yesterday today

pain train on September 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Romney wore Reagan’s cowboy hat today and it looked good on him. :-)

Punchenko on September 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

That just made me smile. Thanks for that!

JPeterman on September 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

The Presidential AutoPen sent out 4 letters to the dead today.

/?

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

“[Romney's] doubling down on criticism of the President for the statement coming out of Cairo is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign.”

“. . . or at least it will be if we in the MSM have anything to say about it, and we do.”

Romney criticized a cowardly, mealy-mouthed attempt at appeasement of Islamofascists that was issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo, headed by an Obama apointee, hours before the Obama administration itself criticized that very same cowardly and mealy-mouthed statement from Cairo.

Meanwhile, in Libya another group of Islamofascists, in a pre-planned attack of which the Obama administration apparently had advance notice, mobs the U.S. consulate and murders the U.S. ambassador and three other American staffers.

But instead of questioning Obama about the inadequate security at the consulate in Libya, the MSM makes today’s top story about Romney’s completely justified criticism of the cowardly, stupid, and (according to Obama himself) inappropriate statement from the Cairo embassy staff.

Talk about “craven and ill-advised” MSM. You should know.

AZCoyote on September 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Ed Henry at Fox said he did shout a question at Dear Leader’s back this morning…does that count?

d1carter on September 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Was it “Are you playing golf this weekend?”

gonnjos on September 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

How about “Can I have this chair if you aren’t using it?”

Or perhaps, “Would you like someone to get the phone for you, sir? It’s been ringing since 3am.”

Lily on September 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

OBAMA LIED! A US ambassador, three staff members, two US Border Patrol Agents, Hundreds of Mexican Nationals, Hundreds of Syrian Freedom Fighters,the Heads of State of Egypt, Lybia and Osama Bin Laden DIED!

And the PRESSTITUTES question Mitt Romney, POTUS candidate, about his questioning of OBAMAS IRRESPONSIBLE, DANGEROUS, MURDEROUS FOREIGN POLICY!

Presstitutes, lower than Osama Bin Ladens corpse and Lawyers, barely!

ConcealedKerry on September 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The Presidential AutoPen (PAP) sent out 4 letters to the dead today.

@SCOAMF This is a PAP smear

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The fact that all this happened and the president didn’t have time to attend security briefings prior to the savages attacking our Embassies, wouldn’t answer questions today, kept his schedule to party and collect money from Beyonce and Jay Z and the elite Hollywood donors, and refused to cancel Vegas tells me one thing. The media is going to rip Romney to shreds. They won’t have ANYthing to say about the rest.

scalleywag on September 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I went to the NBC news blog.. and they are in a blind screaming panic mode.. Halprin and the others are simply going ape. They act as if Mitt had said something that the vast majority of America DIDN’T believe was true…

Their outrage is so over the top, it’s laughably cartoonish..

and the CBS tape….

Welcome to the One Party State Media Complex.. Where all questions are co-ordinated in advance so the left wing narrative is set firmly in place. Where ONLY the democrat agenda is pursued and ONLY their talking points noted.. That this same halfassed president made vile nasty statements while running for president, which where ignorant in the extreme.. makes no difference to this press pool…

WAR.. the media is the enemy, unAmerican.. and so biased to the left wing choice, they decide before hand how they should set up the questions to make sure Obama’s campaign statement is THE narrative.. and nothing else.

In a just world, they’d all be fired for gross malpractice, and attempted election rigging… That’s what this is.. The attempted theft of the presidency by the left which basically built this empty suit from scratch.. sold him as the hopey candidate who was so nice and moderate.. instead of the smirking left wing thug in chief we got.

The extreme over the top rage of the media is Mitt’s best weapon, they make themselves look like Obama stooges.

If I could… I’d fire every “journalist” from every alphabet news agency, and hire from scratch randomly from the midwest colleges.. you could not do worse than the sleazey con-men we have now at ABC CBS NBC MSNBC CNN and NPR.. they may as well have been KGB trained members of Pravda.

mark81150 on September 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The attacks on our Embassy and Consulate are an Act of War, plain and simple! So, what we see here is the Press trying to cover for the weakness of the Obama Administration. Romney has the guts to stay and answer a few questions, which ludicrously address the “tone?” Obama didn’t even have the courtesy, much less the guts, to answer what would probably have been softball questions, per usual! Sorta reminds one of the fearless, feckless Carter years.

tomshup on September 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

How about “Can I have this chair if you aren’t using it?”

Or perhaps, “Would you like someone to get the phone for you, sir? It’s been ringing since 3am.”

Lily on September 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Remake the Hillary 3AM ad with a scene of Obama brewing beer in the basement, sneaking a cigarette, Michelle wandering the halls with a rolling pin?

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The coordination from the media to not talk about substantive issues and to focus on nitpicking Romney’s campaign is working. I don’t think it will help Obama get reelected, but it’s definitely all I hear on the news and online.

rndmusrnm on September 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Of course it is.

Romney will not attack the Press. Thus they can get away with anything they want. They know they are a Cat up against a mouse.

Same with Obama. Romney did not mention this was two coordinated attacks against American soil an Act of War. By the conference this morning I believe it was known that these attacks were planed in advance and 9/11 was no accident. Romney said nothing about this being the newest 9/11 against America.

Romney is a WIMP. Romney has no clue about the actual enemy we face Islam. Romney seems to not understand Obama will not leave office willingly.

Steveangell on September 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

pain train on September 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Halperin is one every day.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

But nice try. Shill.

kim roy on September 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Yep. IMO, Tapper’s schtick is posing as The Last True Journalist who will ask the tough questions, while the rest of the pro-TFG media dutifully suck up to TFG. He saw a niche, and he filled it. However, he seems to get a bit snippy/curt when asked about his craft–Ace has seen (wish IIRC which story it was).

Tapper gets asked if he normally witnesses media collusion, and he dodges with a I-don’t-do-it. Yep, that’s Tapper, IMO.

Christien on September 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

CNN: “2 dozen militants launched a” “coordinated military style attack” “planned”

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

“I thought he Mark Halperin was a kind of a dick yesterday today”

pain train on September 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

kind of hard for him not to be when he’s busy carrying Obama’s water AND playing spokestool for the WH. I mean, water’s heavy, and he can only kiss so much a** without outright admitting who his sovereign King is.

mark81150 on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Yes, it will work for Romney, assuming that he HOLDS FIRM and does not back down, because the clamor from the MSM is incessant and will continue for another 72 hours.

The MSM knows that Obama screwed up badly, so naturally this must transform to a Romney gaffe.

A good point I noted earlier: per the MSM logic, Romney is fully accountable for a few ill-advised words from Todd Akin in Missouri, but Obama is devoid of ANY responsibility for a statement from his own embassy and State Department.

matthew8787 on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Remake the Hillary 3AM ad with a scene of Obama brewing beer in the basement, sneaking a cigarette, Michelle wandering the halls with a rolling pin?

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Then a scene with Michelle watching Romney’s statement on the TV and a cartoon bubble coming out of her head with: “oh shiite”.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Lily on September 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Ot “How about da Bears?”

gonnjos on September 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Two questions I’d like to ask each reporter:

1. Who did you vote for in the last presidential election?

2. Do you think healthcare is a right?

“Journalists” become journalists so they can “make a difference,” as do politicians. Don’t tell me you can suspend your beliefs when speaking with someone who is against them. Bee-ess! If you believe in socialism, then those who don’t need to be defeated (and vice versa).

This election will have huge consequences on the media. If they choose the wrong side . . . Same with the pollsters.

RobertMN on September 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

A good point I noted earlier: per the MSM logic, Romney is fully accountable for a few ill-advised words from Todd Akin in Missouri, but Obama is devoid of ANY responsibility for a statement from his own embassy and State Department.

matthew8787 on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

That’s a fine point poster.

slickwillie2001 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Romney needs to have a shield for the podium that says “Republican Presidential Candidate”. You know, like the one the President-elect had made in November 2008

elm on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Scott Pelley just did a CBS Special Report and played an interview with Obama – - questioned about Romney’s statement.

The President replied,”Governor Romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

Way to reinforce the “jumping the gun” meme, CBS.

DarthBrooks on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I think Team Romney is doing a great job…Focused Discipline.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Yesterday, AQ issued a video warning in Libya.

What steps did Obama take to protect our Ambassador?

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Wow. CNN showing the debt clock and talking about the deficit.

This must be less unpopular than talking about a terror attack on US soil.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The terror attack is bad enough that CNN is now actually talking about the economy instead!

Doomberg on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

A good point I noted earlier: per the MSM logic, Romney is fully accountable for a few ill-advised words from Todd Akin in Missouri, but Obama is devoid of ANY responsibility for a statement from his own embassy and State Department.

matthew8787 on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Tapper could explain this, but we’re probably not hip enough to get it.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Then a scene with Michelle watching Romney’s statement on the TV and a cartoon bubble coming out of her head with: “oh shiite”.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Somehow I picture her as screaming “Off with his head!”

Lily on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Posted in comments over at Wapo:

“Obama, our Ambassador is dead and al Qaeda is alive.…”

Rovin on September 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Ed Henry at Fox said he did shout a question at Dear Leader’s back this morning…does that count?

d1carter on September 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

It was Ed that hollered “Mr. President, was the attack on the consulate an act of war?”

Little Bammie quickly turned and walked away.

slickwillie2001 on September 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Then a scene with Michelle on the phone, and just a hand picking up a phone with a label on it: “CBS News”

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Just fired off another donation to R and R. They need to come out swinging. They’re not going to win this on points.

ronsfi on September 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I’m surprised they can speak with Obama’s fingers in their mouths.

RovesChins on September 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Dude, it’s not a finger…

Archivarix on September 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves

Craven is the best one word description of Obama’s entire foreign policy.

On another note, can we drop ‘gaffe’ when reporting on the media’s stupid and ubiquitous descriptions of Mitt’s truth telling?

The only ‘gaffe’ at play here is state media’s collective mental processing of hard truths as they apply to the real universe.

LetsBfrank on September 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Obama, our Ambassador is dead and al Qaeda is alive.…”

Rovin on September 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

For emphasis

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

A good point I noted earlier: per the MSM logic, Romney is fully accountable for a few ill-advised words from Todd Akin in Missouri, but Obama is devoid of ANY responsibility for a statement from his own embassy and State Department.

matthew8787 on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Obama can never be responsible for anything, it is always Bush’s fault .
This one is too .

burrata on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

CBS NEWS PHONE NUMBER: 212-975-4321

Jocon307 on September 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So to counter this. Tomorrow’s polls will be Registered Voters, 57/22/21 D/I/R.

Headline: “Obama widens lead on strong command of mid-east incident”.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So let me get this one straight:

Press exploits a crisis to coordinate a political attack on Romney, which consists of accusing HIM of exploiting a crisis to make a political attack.

Will you take your hypocrisy straight up, or with a little soda?

novaculus on September 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The President replied,”Governor Romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

If I apply the left’s civility test to his statement, I believe the President is accusing Governor Romney of wanting to shoot someone. Possibly a grandmother or tiny puppy.

/

LetsBfrank on September 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Headline: “Obama widens lead on strong command of mid-east incident”.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:13 P

In other news: “Obama heads beer judging table a Wynn Casino Microbrewery – Wynn missing.”

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

CNN: “2 dozen militants launched a” “coordinated military style attack” “planned”

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

CNN’s talking about the ROmney presser, right?

rayra on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

They should all be fired…we knew we could not trust them, but now they are in full blown display and caught in the act.

Hacks and liars.

Alinsky on September 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM

What don’t you not get ?

When the media says move along, we are all supposed to close eyes and move along. Resistance is futile and embarassing to Big Journalism.

Simple.

FlaMurph on September 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Okay, checked out several websites.

Had to dig for criticism about Romney on Fox News, had to dig pretty far in fact.

Similar situation on CNN’s website. There was a link to an article about the Romney campaign, “misleading on Libya,” but nothing about the optics and timing of his statement.

My sense is that meme peaked early this morning and the news media has moved on. Didn’t have a choice really, new information came out and they HAD to report on it.

WolvenOne on September 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Tomorrow’s polls will be Registered Voters, 57/22/21 D/I/R.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Soon, Gallup will be turning in any self-identified Republicans

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Sarah Palin: Apparently, Obama can’t see Lybia and Egypt from his house.

I’ve been hard on her, but that statement is perfection.

petunia on September 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

CNN’s talking about the ROmney presser, right?

rayra on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

.
WHAT MEDIA BIAS ???

FlaMurph on September 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Scott Pelley just did a CBS Special Report and played an interview with Obama – – questioned about Romney’s statement.

The President replied,”Governor Romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

Way to reinforce the “jumping the gun” meme, CBS.

DarthBrooks on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Obama just called Romney a gun-toting terrorist.

Remember Gabrielle Giffords, Obama? What’s with the violent rhetoric?!

sentinelrules on September 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

OBlah Blah didn’t miss the three A.M. phone call,worse, due to missing his Intell breifings he answered it and gave the wrong answer, which was:
Muslim Bruthahood = GOOD
America = BAD!

ConcealedKerry on September 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Man, I’m surprised Obama didn’t figure out some way to get Seamus or Ann’s horse into that statement.

rockmom on September 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

The attacks on our Embassy and Consulate are an Act of War, plain and simple….

tomshup on September 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Yes it was an Act of War…

… and Obowma has no clue of the nature of the threat, and what the results are of him spiking the football.

“Obama, Obama… We Are All Osama!!!”

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The media has been practicing baiting Romney with questions that either suit their own narrative, OR can be phrased to upset the conservative base.

Last summer Mitt was campaigning in NH, and everyone was saying Mitt is nowhere to be found, that was the narrative, and yet he appeared every day, talking about the economy, talking about jobs talking about the budget…it was July, when Cut cap and balance came out, and he was accused of ignoring cut cap and balance…because that was the narrative…but he was talking about it almost every day.

Then one day he did an all day workshop with a group like The Rotary, all day long on the economy. Outside the liberal press was annoyed that not enough of them could get into the conference. When they got in, they didn’t care about the presentations on the economy or cut cap and balance…they asked Mitt how he was going to stop the gridlock in Washington.

An all day economic conference resulted thanks to the media, in a headline in the L.A. times: “Romney says he can work with democrats.” It was not intended to make him seem reasonable to democrats, it was intended to upset the base.

Just for a lark, you could watch this video and see what YOU would write for the headline/caption for this video. And what is wrong with a media that writes the previous headline? It’s 28 minutes long, and you can’t even hear the question at the end about the gridlock in Washington, but it is the last one, and nothing at all about the economic presentation.

http://www.rightspeak.net/2011/07/mitt-romney-talks-debt-ceiling-at.html

http://bcove.me/kl7eqwc2 (just the video)

Just so you can see what we put up with.

Fleuries on September 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Bam, this has got to be the first QOTD today

We already know that President Obama likes to “speak softly” to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a “big stick” to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.

Sarah Palin 16 hours ago ·

Also, half kudos on Romney for calling out Hussein initially, even though he inevitably flip flopped and took it back later by saying the same thing as the Obama administration

Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.

at least he tried attacking Obummer for a couple of hours.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

My sense is that meme peaked early this morning and the news media has moved on. Didn’t have a choice really, new information came out and they HAD to report on it.

WolvenOne on September 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

They will double down on it. The only other thing they have for the evening news cycle is footage of Obama campaigning in Las Vegas.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

You know what this does? This way they don’t have to talk about what Romney actually said. If they did that it might make their master look baaadd. Can’t have that.

bluealice on September 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Scott Pelley just did a CBS Special Report and played an interview with Obama – – questioned about Romney’s statement.

They call it special with Pelley for other reasons. It’s a diversity thing.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Man, I’m surprised Obama didn’t figure out some way to get Seamus or Ann’s horse into that statement.

rockmom on September 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Second best laugh of the day.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The President replied,”Governor Romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

Way to reinforce the “jumping the gun” meme, CBS.

DarthBrooks on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

More like Romney figuratively conducted recon by fire.

Christien on September 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Romney Ad: Footage of Marines on journey to Libya to secure Embassy.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Second Scene: Footage of Marines Securing Embassy in Allied Country.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Also, half kudos on Romney for calling out Hussein initially, even though he inevitably flip flopped and took it back later by saying the same thing as the Obama administration

Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.

at least he tried attacking Obummer for a couple of hours.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

How is that a flip flop? He didn’t say oh, by the way, Obama handled everything correctly…all he did was say he didn’t like the film. Get a grip.

changer1701 on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Just fired off another donation to R and R. They need to come out swinging. They’re not going to win this on points.

ronsfi on September 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Now that is productive and positive action. Believe I’ll do the same.

RushBaby on September 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Paging Mr obama, your lab constructed testicles are ready…..

crosshugger on September 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

BOMBSHELL: NOW… A HOSTAGE

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.

at least he tried attacking Obummer for a couple of hours.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Depressingly predictable. Well, Mitt, you had me there for an hour or two. Now do what you do best and go lose.

rrpjr on September 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The President replied,”Governor Romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

DarthBrooks on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

A proposed Romney response -
Under Obama, our foreign policy has a tendancy to apologize first, dismiss our allies and embrace those who kill us.

gonnjos on September 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Similar situation on CNN’s website. There was a link to an article about the Romney campaign, “misleading on Libya,” but nothing about the optics and timing of his statement.

My sense is that meme peaked early this morning and the news media has moved on. Didn’t have a choice really, new information came out and they HAD to report on it.

WolvenOne on September 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

..tangential but somewhat related: on Ed’s show today, Guy Benson and MKH were pretty Eeyorish about Romney’s prospects for election — principally based on electoral count. Not trying to “Pollyanna this away”, but I would lay some of this to their relative youth.

This scenario played out before in 1980; the economy, the hostage crisis, feckless POTUS, and seething anger over what this country is becoming. We went into the voting booths wanting to toss Carter out on his asss. I cannot envision that it won’t be the same.

Back in those days maybe the MSM didn’t have to work to skew the polls that much as the alphabet networks had a smothering control. These days they’re losing control and have what is left of their influence AND the polls to push the meme.

The questions posed by the press cabal were shamefully slanted. “Do you still beat your wife, Senator?” Only worse.

The War Planner on September 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

How is that a flip flop? He didn’t say oh, by the way, Obama handled everything correctly…all he did was say he didn’t like the film. Get a grip.

changer1701 on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.

There is “no room” for free speech in this country? He made the exact same mistake the Obama administration did.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Jan Crawford. CBS Reporter per Newsbusters….

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I’d like to start seeing a return to the practice of having reporters introduce themselves and identify the news organization they represent before they ask their (asinine) questions. That way we can keep better track of who the Journolisters 2.012 are.

Name them, shame them, for Obama we will blame them!

CitizenEgg on September 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

He was taken hostage in August 2011. You mean new video released.

Christien on September 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Are John “Bats” McCain and Marco “The Boy Blunder” Rubio still in love with their Libyan “Rebel” heroes?

VorDaj on September 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I’m surprised they can speak with Obama’s fingers in their mouths.

RovesChins on September 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Dude, it’s not a finger…

Archivarix on September 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

His fingers are bigger.

RovesChins on September 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

The President replied,”Governor Romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

DarthBrooks on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

A proposed Romney response -
Under Obama, our foreign policy has a tendancy to apologize first, dismiss our allies and embrace those who kill us.

gonnjos on September 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Another devastating ad ripe for the taking. Show Zero, let him blab his drivel. Show your “Under Obama” tag….

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM


BOMBSHELL: NOW… A HOSTAGE

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The DNC bounce is gone and the economy is deteriorating further –private polls look terrifying to Obama-Biden — so Dems and their MSM handmaidens are manufacturing this foreign policy “crisis.”

They want a hostage crisis et. al.

matthew8787 on September 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Was it “Are you playing golf this weekend?”

gonnjos on September 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

No. It was “is this an act of war?”

Washington Nearsider on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

There is “no room” for free speech in this country? He made the exact same mistake the Obama administration did.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I don’t take that as Romney’s point at all. The right to freedom of speech is not the same as the right to not be offended. Religious hatred and intolerance are usually what people on the receiving end of an opinion they don’t like project back towards the source. If you’re offended, that’s too bad. If your only rebuttal is physical violence, you’re a savage who should expect violence in return. Mockery is cruel, but using religion as an excuse for violence is so 7th century dude.

CitizenEgg on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Where are all of the “Romney Sucks – There’s No Difference Between The Two Trolls” today?

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

This isn’t news. This is standard operating procedure for the MSM. Remember journolist where MSM journalist coordinated their stories among themselves–principly to support Democrats and to denagrate Republicans?

When discovered, journolist disappeared, but I assure you they are coordinating in some other way today.

Ever wonder why every liberal news paper, magazine, and broadcast outlet has practically the same headlines, the same story, and the same spin? Buler, Buler, anyone?

BMF on September 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

So Romney thinks any criticism of the monstrous totally intolerant, totally hateful, mass murdering and enslaving Islam is itself hate and intolerance? He’s going to soon lose me.

VorDaj on September 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

BOMBSHELL: NOW… A HOSTAGE

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Blackhawks on the way, or are we going to roll out some of the old Sikorsky CH-3 just to bring back that Carter nostalgia? Maybe our Egyptian allies have some in their fleet we could borrow.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Remember these times. It will be understood historically as the beginning of the end of what we have termed Lame Stream Manipulated Stories Machine. LSMSM will be the long acronym. And it will be signified by a loyal dog humping (LSMSM Humpers) a sharply creased trouser leg (that tingles).

Missilengr on September 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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