If last night’s debate is remembered for anything, it will be as the final confirmation that left-wing media outlets cannot be trusted to provide unbiased moderators for debates. CNN’s Candy Crowley threw even the pretense of neutrality out the window to bail Obama out of his Benghazi mess. Via NewsBusters, a transcript of the disgraceful scene, starting from just after Obama shocked Romney with the arrogant lie that he characterized the attack on our consulate as a terrorist act from the beginning:
“I think it’s interesting the president just said something, which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror,” Romney said.
“That’s what I said,” Obama replied.
“You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror,” said Romney. “It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?”
“Please proceed governor,” said Obama.
“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,” said Romney.
“Get the transcript,” Obama replied.
For the first time during the debate, Crowley moved to correct one of the candidates.
“He did, in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…”
“Can you say that a little louder, Candy?” Obama asked.
“He — 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 there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that,” Crowley clarified.
In the speech they refer to, Obama clearly blamed the terror attack on “efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others” — i.e., the American YouTube video that he spent the next two weeks stridently and repeatedly accusing of inspiring a fictional mob that sodomized and murdered Ambassador Stevens due to understandably uncontrollable rage. Toward the end, the phrase “acts of terror” did find its way into the speech, but to say he characterized the attack as a terrorist operation is such a gross distortion as to constitute a clear lie.
See for yourself:
Secure in the knowledge that most people watching the debate would not be reading errata afterward, Creepy Crowley later admitted that Romney was “right in the main.” No matter: the damage to him on Obama’s behalf was done. Crowley also gave Obama 9% more time. As pointed out at PJ Tatler, her bias didn’t stop there:
She chose the questions and the questioners. She let Obama’s towering ignorance on gas prices slip by unremarked. She corrected Mitt Romney with incorrect facts, allowing Obama to escape the most dangerous moment of the entire debate. She did what she could to tilt this debate in Obama’s favor without ever acknowledging that she was doing so. She knew what she was doing.
It would be interesting to know how Crowley just happened to have a transcript of Obama’s September 12 Rose Garden speech in front of her with a big red circle around the words “acts of terror” — unless the entire farce was coordinated in advance between her and the Obama Regime.
On tips from facebkwallflower, Bob Roberts, Byron, and Shawn R.