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Crowley Lends Support to Obama’s Benghazi Deception

by Keith Koffler on October 17, 2012, 12:16 am

As predicted by many on the right, presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley of CNN Tuesday evening came to the aid of President Obama, lending clear support to his effort to deceptively suggest that he had on Sept. 12 characterized the Sept. 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate as terrorism.

Obama noted during the debate that he had referred to the incident as an “act of terror,” something Gov. Mitt Romney did not appear to be aware of. But Crowley backed Obama’s contention instead of letting the argument play out and giving Romney a chance to fully and clearly make his point that the administration had spent two weeks inaccurately suggesting that the attack was a spontaneous reaction to a video denigrating the Prophet Mohammed.

Crowley’s interruption of the debate gave Obama’s contention a kind of official stamp of approval by asserting that the president did indeed refer to the incident as an act of terror.

In doing so, Crowley added support to the president’s deception that by “act of terror” he meant “act by terrorists,” which he clearly did not.

Here’s what Obama actually said on Sept. 12 in the Rose Garden:

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.

But at another point in his remarks, Obama directly tied the “act of terror” to a spontaneous reaction to the video.

Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

It’s clear from this context that by “act of terror,” Obama meant the terror inflicted by a mob incited by the video, not a planned terrorist attack. But Obama did not explain this during the debate, merely noting he had called the attack an “act of terror” and leaving the erroneous impression he was referring to premeditated terrorism.

Obama’s misleading contention was adjudicated as accurate by a supposedly neutral moderator. For the first time I can remember in a presidential debate, the moderator got involved and came down on the side of one of the candidates.

And that’s exactly as conservatives feared.

Here’s the video of the exchange Tuesday night.

{ 35 comments }

Sadie October 17, 2012 at 12:25 am

Thanks, Snark, for finding this clip.

***CNN’s Candy Crowley: Romney Was Actually Right On Libya***:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=athcyCTnTTs&feature=player_embedded

SnarkEsq. October 17, 2012 at 3:35 am

No problem, Sadie. I snagged it from Twitter. I didn’t credit it because it seemed like everyone was tweeting it out.

AZ Granny October 17, 2012 at 12:58 am

Crowly was a terrible moderator. At times I felt she and Obama both were debating Romney. It was frustrating too, that she didn’t stick to the planned format.

Sadie October 17, 2012 at 1:26 am

According to the time keepers, Obama had 10% more time than Romney to speak. (40 min. vs 44 min. rounded out). Don’t think she ever planned to stick to the format. She didn’t sign on the dotted line.

Candy is a sour ball.

srdem65 October 17, 2012 at 1:30 am

This was an awkward, terrible format for a debate and MsCrowley forgot that she wasn’t on the set of CNN. When she backed up MrO, she left herself and him open to more scrutiny of who said what and when.

It’s time to rethink hiring TV personalities as moderators and find others who would really be unbiased.

Sadie October 17, 2012 at 2:26 am

We’re all biased. If journalists practiced the five w’s – who, what, where, when and why instead of wanting to be prom queen/;king or prom LGBT of late – it would be less of an issue. The ratings race has toppled democracy or any sense of fairness.

Cooper October 17, 2012 at 1:36 am

The feigned indignation of Obama, that no one has a right to say that anyone on his team was playing politics with the facts. It was all I could do not to throw a hockey puck through the flat screen at his skinny little noodle. The lying bastard and Hillary have blood on their hands and they know it. If Clinton had any shred of decency her fat ass would have resigned weeks ago. Any other President would have been chewed up and spit out over this but not our Skinny, he gets special treatment from his press buddies. Their afraid of being called racists if they don’t go along to get along, plus their lefties anyway. Plouffie, Axeldouche, Carney, Val, Mooch and Stephie will see to it that they don’t step out of line.

AFVET October 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Nice Cooper, nice.
My thoughts exactly.

Anonna October 17, 2012 at 2:04 am

1. Hillary took responsibility so that BO could take responsibility on the air, thus making himself look gallant or terrifically brave and honest, depending on the viewer’s bias.

2. Candy was a set up by the Dems, I bet. They agreed together that she would not go along with the rules. This is how BO operates — follow a rule if it serves him, ignore it if it doesn’t. Dems got the Republicans to agree to the rules, knowing that Candy would refuse to go along and the Republicans would not cancel the debate because it might make it look as if Romney was afraid of a woman.

3. I think Romney won if you look at facts and substance. If you just wanted to swoon over BO using his fake folk-accent and getting all masculine and angry, then BO won.

Cynic7 October 17, 2012 at 2:19 am

Obama would have looked like a responsible leader had he stepped up as the captain of the ship once the truth about the cause of the invasion of the embassy and the resulting deaths was known by his administration. Instead his continually vague answers and references to the reaction by the Muslim peoples to the video, show him to be a liar. By allowing Hillary to announce herself to be the one ultimately responsible for the lack of security and letting her take the heat and then coming out shortly afterward during the debate to claim that the buck stopped with him, proved Obama to be the disingenuous liar that he is.

Sadie October 17, 2012 at 2:20 am

4. When Benghazi was brought up, what was the first thing out of Obama’s mouth, “get the transcript Candy”. He already knew that she would back him.

AFVET October 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Well put.
Obama needs a momma to run to, and that night it was Candy.

ImNoDhimmi October 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

Barry “masculine”? Hahahahahahaha……….

jdhwbt October 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

Yea, Obummer wears “Mom” jeans, how masculine is that?

Oregon Jarhead October 17, 2012 at 3:14 am

The Comisson that chose this awful woman seems to have a penchant for picking people sympathetic to the President. Next debate ought to have Brit Hume as the moderator, not a self-appointed “fact-checker.”

SnarkEsq. October 17, 2012 at 3:38 am

Actually, I agree with what Britt Hume said after the debate. He said that he thinks that after tonight the presidential debate commission will be rethinking this and end up doing away with the town hall format. That would be a very good thing, if you ask me.

Lizzy October 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

I wrote to the Commission today I’m sure they don’t care but I did after
venting on them!:-)

SnarkEsq. October 17, 2012 at 3:40 am

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/16/fact-check-libya-attack/

Fact Check: Libya attack
Posted by Glenn Kessler on October 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

What did Obama say in the Rose Garden a day after the attack in Libya? ”No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this nation,” he said.

But he did not say “terrorism”—and it took the administration days to concede that that it an “act of terrorism” that appears unrelated to initial reports of anger at a video that defamed the prophet Muhammad.

See the Fact Checker’s definitive time line on the administration’s Libya statements here.

The last sentence links to:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/from-video-to-terrorist-attack-a-definitive-timeline-of-administration-statements-on-the-libya-attack/2012/09/26/86105782-0826-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

RickW October 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

What I watched of the debate made me think of a basketball announcer screaming “Its a two on one break!” when two offensive players are running down the court against one defender. Romney actually held his own against this pressure and I think even his detractors would have to admit that. When he starts his own talk show next year, I hope Barry has the courtesy to invite Candy as a guest. She tried her best for him!

Tea Party at Perrysburg October 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

I heard Michelle Obama started the “spontaneous” audience clapping after Crowley did that.

Susan October 17, 2012 at 9:46 am
Girly1 October 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

The MOOCH should be barred from the last debate. In a pre-debate interview with CNN’s Jessica Yellin on Oct. 02, she said the following: “There’s rules – you don’t want to clap. I just want to make sure I’m following the rules.” Listen at 0:44:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxunh04Vhsc

Robin H October 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

Even if he had said it was an act of terror (and I’m sure the ambassador was terrorized) the more dispicable part of that Rose Garden speech was when he said they were taking the ambassador to the hospital. I will never forget that both Obama and Hillary said that. To me, that showed they either had their heads so far up their butts they couldn’t see, or it was on purpose to make it seem less of a horror than it was. Either way I hope neither of them are ever in a position of power in our government again.

ImNoDhimmi October 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

And where oh where are the autopsy reports? Will they ever be released?

RickW October 17, 2012 at 8:26 am

Robin, I see some potential for Bam and Hill to make a commercial for Clear Eyes or Windex come Spring, don’t you? “This stuff really helps you see after your head’s been up your butt!” I wish them well in their new careers…..

wcc October 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

You think Candy Crowley was bad? Wait for Schieffer next week!

RickW October 17, 2012 at 8:32 am

Fair point, W. “Mitt Romney vs Barack Schieffer” the mind boggles…….

movedtothefarm October 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

All I kept thinking while watching the debate is – who from SNL will play Candy? They should bring in John Goodman.

PennyBeach October 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

Romney had a few missed opportunities. When your that wealthy and running or planning to run for president as long as he’s been you should be a lot quicker on your feet.(Hire a coach.) He’s a better choice for me because we probably share the same total vision for the country. HE seems to have a solid work ethic.Obama doesn’t seem like he really wants to put the time in.

Lizzy October 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

Candy did everything but pass notes, hold his hand and whisper in Obama’s ear. Again women come to hold little Barry’s hand. Can he do anything but
golf without women taking the blame for him, telling him why to say and probably Michelle cuts up his meat for him at dinner. Pathetic.

Girly1 October 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Don’t forget Valerie Jarrett, Lizzy – she gets to give him his nightly bubble bath with his rubber ducky, diaper him, and tuck him in his widdle crib.

FRS22 October 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The real question should be asked why Crowley participated in the lie. How did she just happen, of all the statements made before the five TV shows, the Obama U.N. speech, the many entertainment shows Obama appeared on, his subsequent campaign speeches, only the Rose garden speech was conveniently sitting on Crowley’s desk? Further, as we can see she did not read the speech in its entirety and still chose to interject her false interpretation. Are we all stupid and don’t know that Axelgrease set that up? I don’t think so, but it is interesting to see how far the lamestream media will go in support of the liar-in-chief..

MIKE October 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

THIS IS WHAT LOSERS SAY , YOUR A LOSER MAN BLAMING THE REFEREE WHAT A LOSER . YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE LOST LIKE FOX NOISE ARE THE SAME LOSERS ! TOTAL LOSERS! .NOW WE KNOW NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING YOU WRIGHT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT . YOUR LAIR ROMNEY THE JOB OUT SOURCE GOT SMASHED OVER .AND ITS ROMNEY AND THE REPUGNANCE PARTY’S POLICY’S ARE THE BINDERS OF WOMEN . TOTAL LOSERS! . IF ROMNEY DOES WIN I HOPE THE DEMOCRATS TREAT HIM JUST LIKE THE GOP TREATED OBAMA WITH TOTAL DISDAIN AND OBSTRUCTION BECAUSE THATS WHAT THAT REPUBLICAN LOSER! DISSEVERS . YOU CANT TAKE YOUR $ WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO TO MEET OUR BLESSED LORD RICH MEN OH I KNOW THAT EATS AWAY AT THE INSIDE OF THEM .WHEN ROMNEY PASSES ON WELL LOWER HIM INTO THE GROWN THEN SHOVEL ALL HIS MONEY MADE3 FROM PUTTING AMERICANS OUT OF WORK WITH HIM . YOUR DISGUSTING REPUBLICANS . WERE IS THE PARTY OF REGAN HE COULD NOT WIN A GOP PRIMARY TODAY . down with the gop they are the anti American party .,

wolfgang Halbig October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Why does anybody today want to have nine children or more when they cannot afford even one child. The fathers refuse to pay child support, they don’t live at the home with his children.

Why does anybody today want to have 12 or more children when the father is not even around to teach them about all the opportunities that await them through education and not selling drugs.

Why?

‘They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English.

I can’t even talk the way these people talk:

Why you ain’t,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be…

And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.

And then I heard the father talk.

Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.

The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.

These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.

$500 sneakers for what?

And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

Where were you when he was 2?

Where were you when he was 12?

Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?

And where is the father? Or who is his father?

People putting their clothes on backward:
Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?

People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?

Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

What part of Africa did this come from?

We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa…..

I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.

I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands. The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa. So stop, already!

With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua,… Mohammed, and all of that crap……..
And all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.

We have got to take the neighborhood back.

People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.

We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.

Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.

We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..

wolfgang Halbig November 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

When you see Bill Clinton praising Obama what picture comes into your mind?

Is it him getting a blow job from Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office with his sperm all over her work dress and tell a National television Audience that he never had sex with that women.

Do you not remember? How about Bill Clinton being disbarred from practicing law in Arkansas and was also disbarred from practicing law in front of the Supreme Court over the Monica Lewinski incident.

He also paid a $25,000.00 fine over the Lewinski incident. He also paid an $850,000.00 settlement over the Lewinski incident.

He was also fined $90,000 for giving false testimony in the Paula Jones case.

So now,..Bill Clinton, a disbarred lawyer, a President who was fined
for ‘lying under oath’, has the Balls to ask the American people to believe him,.. when he says,..
“The best thing for the Country, is FOUR more years of Obama.?????????”

NO WAY, SLICK WILLIE!!! WE’VE HAD ENOUGH LIES & OVER-SPENDING FROM OUR MUSLIM PRESIDENT. MAYBE LIBYA, CHINA, or ARABIA NEEDS A FAKE,..but WE’VE HAD ENOUGH.