The worst moment of last night’s debate involved moderator Candy Crowley interjecting her own fact-checking into an argument in which she was ultimately proven wrong. She back-tracked post-debate. But what’s worse is that several weeks ago, Crowley was arguing with the Obama administration about the same topic, by using the same exact argument that she fact-checked Romney on last night.
Why then, did she argue against her own knowledge and facts?
Clearly to throw the President a lifeline.
Here’s the exchange via the Washington Times:
The most shocking exchange took place on the Benghazi attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others dead.
Mr. 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.”
Mr. Obama made no defense. “Please proceed, governor.”
“I want to make sure,” Mr. Romney said. “Get the transcript,” the president said. Then Ms. Crowley jumped in to do her own fact-check, on the spot. “It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. … He did call it an act of terror.”
The truth is, he didn’t. The day after the attack, he said only this: “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.” It took another two weeks before the White House would label the attack an act of terror.
After the debate, Ms. Crowley walked back her inappropriate comments.
Via the Washington Free Beacon:
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.
What a weak defense for blatant bias.
What’s even more interesting is that Crowley sounded exactly like Romney a couple of weeks ago in debating the issue with Obama adviser David Axelrod.
On CNN’s “State of the Union” on September 30, Candy Crowley insisted David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, was wrong when Axelrod tried to claim President Barack Obama called the Benghazi attack “an act of terror” on the day after.
“First, they said it was not planned, it was part of this tape,” Crowley said when Axelrod tried to spin her.
This was Crowley the journalist, unlike the pro-Obama advocate who moderated Tuesday’s debate between Obama and Mitt Romney and interjected herself into an argument between Obama and Romney on the exact same issue — and took Obama’s side.
During the debate, Crowley affirmed Obama’s assertion that he referred to the Benghazi attacks as acts of terror on the day after.
After Romney correctly said it took Obama 14 days before Obama said the the Benghazi attacks were acts of terror, Crowley took Obama’s side — to an ovation from the town hall audience — and she proclaimed Obama had indeed claimed the Benghazi attacks were acts of terror the day after the attacks in the White House Rose Garden.
On September 12, the day after the attacks, Obama did say the words “acts of terror” but he was not referring to the attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
Here’s the video…
David Axelrod made an appearance on Fox News this morning with Chris Wallace, and went above and beyond the call of duty in trying to spin his way out of answering a serious question.
Wallace asked, “David, can you honestly say that the average American is better off today than they were four years ago?”
Watch as Axelrod dances around the question…
At one point he claims, “we are in a different place” and then goes on to rail against Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention. We most certainly are in a different place, and it’s far worse economically than anyone could have predicted when Obama took office.
Wallace rightly points out that he’s asking Axelrod about Obama’s record, not Romney’s, and asks the question a second time. He avoids it once again, despite being provided this helpful, yet damning graphic…
A DNC adviser and strategist, Hilary Rosen, is under fire for criticizing Ann Romney as having “never worked a day in her life”.
Apparently raising five children doesn’t constitute a real job to Ms. Rosen.
Via ABC News:
Ann Romney’s debut on Twitter couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
Ann’s first tweet came just moments after Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.
“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” said Rosen, who was being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the “war on women.”
That’s when Ann herself chimed in …
And then, just like that, a familiar name popped up on Twitter: @AnnDRomney.
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted.
Democrats then proceeded to toss Rosen under the bus for ruining their War on Women lie by – attacking a woman…
“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet.
Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
UPDATE: Rosen has apologized…
The most interesting part of that apology? The admission that the War on Women is a fabricated lie.