Political Media Continues to Disgrace Itself Over Embassy Attack Coverage

Islamist mobs attacked  TWO US embassies on 9/11, killed a US Ambassador, 2 marines and a foreign service officer yet the advice is to chill out and condemn the timing of Romeny’s statement.

The media is also shifting Romney’s statement about the feckless apology in Cairo, Egypt to the murderous actions in Benghazi, Libya.

National Review’s Dan Foster lays out the chronology:

If I’ve got it straight, here’s the actual order of events: 1) U.S. diplomats in Cairo shamefully apologize more or less preemptively for private U.S. citizens exercising their First Amendment rights in a way that “hurts the religious feelings” of Muslims. 2) “Protests” intensify into attacks on embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi. 3) Romney calls Cairo embassy response disgraceful.  4) News of murders of Americans in Benghazi. 5) Obama administration disavows Cairo embassy line. 6) Obama campaign flack LaBolt shames Romney for politicizing murders.

But the instant narrative from the media is that Romney “jumped the gun”, that using the death of Americans as a campaign prop and broken the sacred rule that “politics stops at the water’s edge.” Except that’s not what happened at all. Cairo jumped the gun on its controllers in Washington, and by the time Cairo’s disgraceful response filtered out into the media either it was being rendered more disgraceful still by the violent turn the protests took, and Romney rightly condemned it as disgraceful. The Obama administration then caught up to Romney and muzzled Cairo. So how is Romney the one with the bad messaging here?

His initial statement had nothing to do with Ambassador Stevens’ murder. But just about the same time the Obama administration started un$&%*ing its response to the crisis, Obama’s political hatchet man (not even his White House press secretary!) started condemning Romney for politicizing it.

I agree with Foster’s statement earlier in the piece that Romney’s statement was spot on. Our embassy’s were attacked and citizens murdered.  A strong forceful statement was warranted immediately and a full-throated refutation of the “apology.”  Yet the only condemnation the White House could muster until 24 hours later was a condemnation of Romney.

You got a full view on the media’s substance-less objectives during the Romney press conference Q&A when nearly every question was on the timing of Romney’s statement and not on ANY of the genuinely horrific acts in the Middle East.  The are trying to discredit Romney in order to de-legitimize all of his critiques.  It’s a very old tactic: If you can’t attack the substance, attack the process.  This is your political media in full Obama re-election mode.

UPDATE: Only two days ago it was revealed that Obama skips over half of his intelligence briefings, now reports are surfacing that the US knew these attacks were coming but the story is still the timing of Mitt Romney’s statements.  Got it.

UPDATE II: The gaggle covering Romney’s press conference were caught by a “hot mic” coordinating their questions to make certain they hit him about the timing of his statement and not anything substantive about the Embassy attacks.  Transcript and audio at the link.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: …pointing out that the Republicans… *unintelligible* …Obama….
CBS REPORTER: That’s the question.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: *unintelligible*
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?

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