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The MSM’s relentless piling on over Romney Libya remarks

posted at 2:59 pm on September 16, 2012 by

Here is a litmus test you can use to determine the source of a possibly offensive comment that has gained traction in the press. If stories expressing outrage are still being written nearly a week after the comment was made, the speaker was a conservative or Republican.

Need evidence? Look no further than The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristoff, whose Sunday column deals with Mitt Romney’s attack on the president for his initial underwhelming reaction to the embassy attacks. Romney, who was in Jacksonville at the time, said, “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

Kristoff writes that Romney “hit a trifecta” with his statement, calling it “erroneous, inflammatory and offensive.” The only problem with Kristoff’s commentary (apart from its being “erroneous, inflammatory and offensive”) is that it is a day late (the Romney statement was released late on Sept. 11) and a dollar short. Kristoff’s numerous journalistic clones on the left have been on the offensive against Romney since early Tuesday and the meat of the story—which was a lean feast to begin with—has been picked from the carcass. Kristoff’s addition of his two cents might be defensible on the grounds that he writes a weekly op-ed and that his turn doesn’t come up until Sunday if he offered a new insight or fresh angles. But he doesn’t.

In fact, his views, like those before him, amount to what FOX News Channel’s Brit Hume correctly sized up as a “ludicrous overreaction.” Speaking earlier on FOX News Sunday, Hume said:

I think what he [Romney] said was correct but it was clumsy. And it opened him up to charges that he made a terrible mistake. We had an almost ludicrous overreaction in a lot of the media about it in which what he became the big story rather than what was happening over there, which was not a great moment for the national media, I’m sad to say. [Emphasis added]

What makes the ongoing coverage of Romney’s alleged insensitivity even more puzzling is that since the Romney statement was released, both the president and his secretary of state have delivered soul-searching disquisitions on First Amendment rights vs. Americans’ obligation to “respect all faiths and rejects all effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”

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How dare Romney act Presidential!

If you are getting a lot of flak you are over the target…GO MITT

clnurnberg on September 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

How about the optics of going to Vegas for a campaign fundraiser the day after a US ambassador was killed? W. would have been crucified over that.

rbj on September 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM

How about going to bed/Vegas/Letterman instead of looking beyond some movie as the cause?

1) Anniversary of 911
2) OBL killed last year

How about the negligent lack of curiosity in not having his intel briefed to him?

There are a hundred better avenues of questioning that need to be pursued here. A free citizen speaking his mind is nowhere near the top in terms of priority.

StubbleSpark on September 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

It is only in the children’s story “The Emporer’s New Clothes” that it turned out with a happy ending when one person spoke the truth.

Funny, thing, ever since 1/20/09, no lefty has said anything about “speaking truth to power.”

Wethal on September 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The sooner everyone realizes the old rules of engagement between the parties is dead the better.

The left is employing a scorched earth policy 24/7.

Truth and fact have no place in their agenda.
Propaganda is the weapon of choice. Obama has convinced them of this.

Wake up, we are at war within our own borders..

RockyJ. on September 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

MSM has shat its collective pants.

pat on September 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Ironically, the dem media in a sick way is taking advantage of the deaths of those people. Like I always say the dems do the same thing they rail against.

tomas on September 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I was proud, so proud to put on the uniform of a free country, a great country.. one that was the noblest of nations.. and after this election, if that scum and his fellow travelers in the White House steal this election through media collusion… Then that country is dead, murdered by thieving left wing thugs and a criminal gang of media whores.

When the Soviets fell, who knew their long fed client the NEW left would simply work to infiltrate and infest our media, academia, and an entire political party…

The radical, crazy left has finally gotten their dream leftist in office, and the slave media will literally kill itself to win him re-election, lying so often and so shamelessly, even rank and file democrats, blind before, are starting to see the truth of what we’ve been saying…

Pray to God we win, because if we don’t, with this crew of thugs.. there will never be another free and fair election..

we’ll just be another thuggish one party state.

mark81150 on September 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Boy, do we need Hitchens right now, his uncompromising defense of free speech and disdain for “faith.”

Hey, State Department and Obama — I have NO obligation to respect ANYBODY’s faith. So bugger off.

rrpjr on September 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

To see the real impact of the msm you need to look no farther than at the title of this blog entry.

Romney has NOT MADE any statements about LIBYA!

Romney made his comment about the US Cairo Embassy statement.

Howard Portnoy has fallen for the media propaganda about this statement.

Freddy on September 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Losers always bash the media.

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HotAir — Politics, Culture, Media, 2017, Breaking News from a conservative viewpoint

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Slow your roll, boss

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FIrst look at the Senate health bill

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Divide and conquer?

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You know, I may have cracked the case for you, guys

“They’re still running against her and still winning races.”

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When the Left lost their way on immigration

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More like wishful thinking on the American left

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Allahpundit Jun 21, 2017 11:21 AM


Physician, heal thyself

Maybe we’ll stay home and watch.

Good lack of work if you can get it

GOP takes 2 more special House races, meaning what?

Andrew Malcolm Jun 21, 2017 8:41 AM

Two more demoralizing moral victories for Dems.

Not a murder, but nearly as awful

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John Sexton Jun 20, 2017 7:10 PM

Late night?

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Allahpundit Jun 20, 2017 7:01 PM


Dashcam footage: The shooting of Philando Castile

Allahpundit Jun 20, 2017 6:31 PM

“Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.”

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Because that’s pretty much the same thing, you see

“Now is the time to be more visible.”

“If you’re frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration.”

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“No matter how radical, offensive, biased, prejudiced, fascist the program is?”

No regrets