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Crowley Carries Obama's Water

Candy Crowley, CNN's anchor and chief political correspondent, Carries Obama's Water
Making no pretense of impartiality, presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley fact checked Mitt Romney after the Republican presidential candidate charged that President Obama failed to call the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi an "act of terror" - which anyone paying even casual attention to recent international affairs knows President Obama did not.

More than an hour into the debate, an undecided voter in the town hall forum asked President Obama about the recent attack in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three additional Americans. Obama stated that he had called the attack in Libya an "act of terror" the very next day, September 12, from the Rose Garden.

When it was Romney's turn to speak, he reacted to Obama's response, charging that it took Obama days to call the Benghazi attack an "act of terror." It was obvious to all that Obama was caught lying to the nation - Romney was beside himself and attempted to capitalize on Obama's blatant falsehood. However, as much as he tried, there was no getting around Crowley, carrying the water for President Obama.

What President Obama actually stated one day after the Libyan tragedy was:
  • "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," Obama said in the Rose Garden. "Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America."
It would seem that President Obama, appealing to his base, pinned his hopes on no one noticing that referring to "acts of terror" is quite different from identifying the the attack on the Libyan embassy an as "Act of Terror!"

Obama's ploy might have worked had President Obama not spent many days following the attack, first telling Americans the Libyan attack was because of the video (even arresting the producer), followed by denials that the State Department was in possession of bonafide intelligence regarding actual cause.

As to the debate, Obama interrupted Romney, telling the Republican presidential candidate to "get the transcript" of his remarks. When the governor doubled down on his charge, Crowley committed the unprecedented offense of interjecting her point of view by declaring President Obama "did in fact" call the attack an act of terror.

"He did in fact call it an 'act of terror,'" Crowley said.

"Can you say that a little louder?" Obama asked.

Crowley continued speaking to Romney. Referring to the president, she said, "It did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that."

The succinct live factcheck left quite the impression. Twitter exploded with messages praising and criticizing the CNN host.

Within minutes after the debate, even Crowley's colleague, Anderson Cooper, threw her under the bus, noting that while Obama did indeed mouth the words "acts of terror," this is not what he meant by it. Instead, Obama simply referred to "acts of terror"; clearly not only making no mention of Al Qaeda or any of its affiliates with respect to the actual attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi but later making repeated statements in various venues that he was uncertain as to the cause of the attack. 

After embarrassing herself with her incompetently biased attempt to “fact check” GOP presidential candidate Romney, Crowley has already began salvaging her credibility. Shortly after the townhall debate, the embarrassed Crowley in a CNN panel discussion tried to say that Romney was indeed correct to criticize the Obama Administration’s wrong-headed refusal to tell the public that the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya were indeed the work of a terrorist organization.

 “He was right in the main, I just think he picked the wrong word,” Crowley said, echoing the extremely legalistic reading of the facts about what President Obama meant when he said “acts of terror” in reference to the Benghazi attack.



Mark
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