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Audio: Press caught on open mic coordinating Egypt/Libya questions for Romney?
Hotair ^ | 09/12/2012 | AllahPundit

Posted on 09/12/2012 2:20:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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:

@andylancaster not over here

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 12, 2012

But then he added:

@andylancaster i should add that i dont see this as some grand conspiracy, he only takes a few q’s (POTUS i’ll note took none)

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 12, 2012

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2012; democrats; egypt; enemedia; liberalmedia; libya; mediabias; mediawingofthednc; partisanmediashills; press; romney; romneytruthfile

1 posted on 09/12/2012 2:20:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Anybody who would believe this would believe that the press would set up a mailing list and coordinate how they were going to attack a candidate throught that.

Oh, wait...


2 posted on 09/12/2012 2:24:32 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney should say:

“My only regret is that we have a President who’s first instinct is to apologize for something America didn’t do.”

“Such behavior is a sign of weakness that only invites the type of violence we have witnessed.”


3 posted on 09/12/2012 2:25:06 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: G Larry

Perfect!!!


4 posted on 09/12/2012 2:27:53 PM PDT by diamond6 (http://catholicknight.blogspot.com/p/catholic-prophecy.html)
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To: SeekAndFind

But...no...they’re not biased at all. They tell you so. Has to be the truth...


5 posted on 09/12/2012 2:28:53 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: SeekAndFind
For consideration: at what point does the GOP's continued abetment of the MSM's calculated treacheries become, in and of itself, an unforced error (at best), or craven complicity in their own eventual defeat (at worst)?

CBS reporter(s) have been positively identified, on audio, as attempting to coolly manipulate the outcome of a national election. Both the Romney campaign and the GOP should immediately institute a full and thorough ban of any/all contact with said network -- including any debate(s) they might happen to sponsor -- all the way through Election Day.

Anything less serves as knowing and de facto condoning of their actions, to greater or lesser degree.

6 posted on 09/12/2012 2:32:55 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: SeekAndFind


7 posted on 09/12/2012 2:36:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No credibility left in MSM. What a bunch of kiss up hacks we have reporting the news.


8 posted on 09/12/2012 2:38:05 PM PDT by FreedBird
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To: SeekAndFind

Who are the journolists that were there? All of them? Anybody know?


9 posted on 09/12/2012 2:38:38 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: G Larry

Even better:

“My gaffes don’t cost people’s lives.”


10 posted on 09/12/2012 2:44:12 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: combat_boots
From a comment and freeze frames of the video here,

at 01:06, 01:09 and at 1:17:

"Anyone know who the future Dan Rather producer is?"

11 posted on 09/12/2012 2:48:53 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

bkmk


12 posted on 09/12/2012 2:49:54 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Yehuda

Seems to me she and the rest of the room should get dumped in Cairo and Benghazi. In the middle of town. After Friday prayers. Without hotel rooms or money.

This is a plan.

They could report and compare notes.


13 posted on 09/12/2012 2:52:22 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: SeekAndFind

At this moment when actual journalists from all over the world are risking their lives to cover the violent events in the Middle East, America’s journalistic imposters of the MSM have nothing better to do than conspire to make Mitt Romney look bad.

If Obama doesn’t contain the current crisis, it might expand to the point where CBS and the other alphabets have no choice but to send their silly pseudo-journalists to the Middle Eastern hotspots.

So you’d think these fools would be supporting Romney, who’s serious about foreign policy, rather than Obama, who’s likely to allow the whole embassy situation to deteriorate at the possible cost of life and limb to themselves.


14 posted on 09/12/2012 2:57:58 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: combat_boots

Works for me.


15 posted on 09/12/2012 4:51:34 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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