In a letter to the staff of CNN, the company's managing editor attempts to do some damage control for Candy Crowley who is being blamed for inserting an inaccurate "fact check" into the second presidential debate to protect President Obama:
"On the legitimacy of Candy fact-checking Romney on Obama's Rose Garden statement, it should be stressed that she was just stating a point of fact: Obama did talk about an act (or acts) of terror, no matter what you think he meant by that at the time."Really, Romney and Obama were disputing whether Obama talked about acts of terror? That's certainly not how I remember it. If I recall, they were talking about whether Obama specifically called the attack on the consulate an act of terror. But, don't take me word for it. Let's check the transcripts, shall we?
Romney: I think it's interesting the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack, he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror. You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration.
Obama: Please proceed.
Romney: Is that what you're saying?
Obama: Please proceed, Governor.
Romney: I — I — I want to make sure we get that for the record, because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.
Obama: Get the transcript.
Crowley: He did, in fact, sir. So let me call it an act of terror in the Rose Garden. He used the word--
Obama: Can you say that a little louder, Candy? (Applause.)
Crowley: He did call it an act of terror. It did, as well, take--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. (Applause.)
Huh, imagine that. Candy Crowley did not say the president mentioned acts of terror in the Rose Garden, she specifically stated, "He called it an act of terror."
This horse carcass has been severely beaten.
We now know Obama never called the attack an act of terror in the Rose Garden, instead he went on about several past terrorist attacks and the said the US would not tolerate acts of terror. He then went on to say an anti-Muslim video on YouTube was responsible for protests that led to the violence and their deaths.
We also know Obama sent his State Department spokesperson to go on all the talk shows and explain it wasn't an act of terror and was instead a spontaneous reaction to the video. All the while the Libyan president was making public statements to the contrary. Obama even went before the UN and blamed the video for the attack.
We also know it took more than two weeks before Obama finally admitted it may have been terrorist related and more than a month to admit the video played no roll.
More importantly, we know when the cameras were off on the debate Obama went to the person who asked the questions and explained to him why he never called it a terrorist attack, contradicting what was said just a few minutes prior.