There is no end to the chutzpah of the Obama administration and its enablers in the press. In the wake of violent attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in 33 years, Barack Obama tries to pretend that the real story is Mitt Romney’s criticism of the statement that the State Department released after the Cairo attack. And, incredibly, the press shows little interest in the September 11 anniversary attacks by al Qaeda members or sympathizers, and instead follow’s the administration’s line: it’s all about Mitt!
For the record, here is Romney’s statement:
I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. 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.
What Romney said was precisely correct: the administration’s first response was not to condemn the attacks, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. We wrote about that here and elsewhere. And Obama can’t really disagree with what Romney said, since he disavowed responsibility for the embassy’s statement and someone apparently directed the embassy to delete tweets that defended the initial apology.
Nevertheless, when Romney held a press conference to talk about these events, what happened? Reporters collaborated to make sure that appropriately hostile questions were asked, “no matter who he calls on.” The Right Scoop picked up reporters planning their attack on Romney on an open microphone. (What is it with liberals and open microphones?) You really should watch the video; I would put it up here, but it doesn’t appear to be embeddable.
This is quite remarkable: when Democrats alleged foreign policy failures during the Bush administration, do you remember hostile questions from reporters along the lines of, how dare you question the administration’s foreign policies? Don’t you know politics stops at the water’s edge? No, I don’t remember it that way, either.
STEVE adds: I was about to post on this outrageous story too, and will add a term that Dr. Marty Fox, a frequent caller to the Bill Bennett show, passed along to me one day: he calls the mainstream media “Presstitutes.” I like it.
UPDATE: Now Barack Obama, the king of shamelessness, has given an interview in which he accused Mitt Romney of shooting from the hip and having a tendency to shoot first and aim later. (I think he is remembering when Romney needlessly jumped into the Cambridge police/Henry Gates and Trayvon Martin controversies, also when he eagerly deposed the rulers of Egypt and Libya without having any plan for what would come after. No, wait…) He went on to say that Romney should get his facts straight before speaking.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had reporters? If we had reporters, one of them could ask Obama what facts Romney got wrong in his statement. The answer, of course, is: none. On the contrary, we know that Obama agrees that his administration’s initial statement was inappropriate, since he disavowed any responsibility for it as soon as it came under fire. It’s always fun to imagine an alternative universe in which we have reporters!
And oh, by the way, a crowd has gathered outside the embassy in Cairo again tonight. Obama meanwhile is at a campaign event in Las Vegas. But let’s not let anything distract us from the narrative!