Skip to comments.Audio: Press caught on open mic coordinating Egypt/Libya questions for Romney?
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 thats 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 cant say that..
CBS REPORTER: Im just trying to make sure that were just talking about, no matter who he calls on were 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.”
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.
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.”
But...no...they’re not biased at all. They tell you so. Has to be the truth...
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.
No credibility left in MSM. What a bunch of kiss up hacks we have reporting the news.
Who are the journolists that were there? All of them? Anybody know?
“My gaffes don’t cost people’s lives.”
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.
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.