(Image source: C-SPAN)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

At one of the tensest moments in Tuesday’s presidential debate, Romney questioned the president on his reaction to the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans back in September.

Romney: “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, governor.” (Video via C-SPAN)

Romney went on to say Obama did not, in fact, call the Benghazi attack an act of terror for 14 days. But moderator Candy Crowley...  

Obama: “Get the transcript.”
Crowley: “He did in fact, sir.”
Obama: “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?”
Crowley: “He did call it an act of terror.”

She did throw Governor Romney a bone, saying he was correct that the administration took two weeks to say there was no riot. But the damage was done — and depending on who you asked, Crowley was either praiseworthy or biased.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews gave her the praise.

“Boy, does she deserve credit here for her memory, and confidence in her memory.”

And the Washington Times took the other side.

“...not once did the president say the word ‘terror’ or ‘terrorist attack’ in his address. This is just another blatant display of the clear bias in the mainstream media.”

Crowley defended herself on CNN saying — she heard Obama deliver the line in the Rose Garden.

“I knew that the president had said act of terror, because this has kind of come up before. And also — I heard him that day.”

So what exactly did Obama say on September 12? We’ll do better than check the transcript — here’s the video.

“No act 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.” (Video via WhiteHouse.gov)

So wait — was he calling the attack an act of terrorism, or just making a general statement? A writer for the National Review says if he meant to call it an act of terrorism, he didn’t do so very clearly.

“...there was clearly no effort made to label it an act of terrorism. One reason why this might be: According to U.S. law, acts of terrorism are premeditated. The Obama administration’s line for days following Obama’s Rose Garden statement suggested that the attack wasn’t premeditated.”

Conservative pundits came down against Crowley on Twitter, with Glen Beck tweeting:

“I am sorry, the Libya question was not a win for the president. [Romney] was right as [Obama] did not call it a act of terror. He said [the] word terror.”

And Michelle Malkin adding:

“Candy Crowley STILL sticking to Obama lie on ‘act of terror,’ [says] she ‘brought clarity.’ WRONG”

But Fox News’s Chris Wallace thought Obama got the better of the exchange, and that the point Romney was trying to make was wrong.

“He tried to say, ‘Well, look. You’ve given up the game here, because you declared it an act of terror on September 12, but then Susan Rice went out on the 16th and said it wasn’t an act of terror. I’m not sure that either of those are true.”

 

Crowley Challenges Romney in Benghazi Dispute

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Oct 16, 2012

Crowley Challenges Romney in Benghazi Dispute

 

(Image source: C-SPAN)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

At one of the tensest moments in Tuesday’s presidential debate, Romney questioned the president on his reaction to the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans back in September.

Romney: “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, governor.” (Video via C-SPAN)

Romney went on to say Obama did not, in fact, call the Benghazi attack an act of terror for 14 days. But moderator Candy Crowley...  

Obama: “Get the transcript.”
Crowley: “He did in fact, sir.”
Obama: “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?”
Crowley: “He did call it an act of terror.”

She did throw Governor Romney a bone, saying he was correct that the administration took two weeks to say there was no riot. But the damage was done — and depending on who you asked, Crowley was either praiseworthy or biased.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews gave her the praise.

“Boy, does she deserve credit here for her memory, and confidence in her memory.”

And the Washington Times took the other side.

“...not once did the president say the word ‘terror’ or ‘terrorist attack’ in his address. This is just another blatant display of the clear bias in the mainstream media.”

Crowley defended herself on CNN saying — she heard Obama deliver the line in the Rose Garden.

“I knew that the president had said act of terror, because this has kind of come up before. And also — I heard him that day.”

So what exactly did Obama say on September 12? We’ll do better than check the transcript — here’s the video.

“No act 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.” (Video via WhiteHouse.gov)

So wait — was he calling the attack an act of terrorism, or just making a general statement? A writer for the National Review says if he meant to call it an act of terrorism, he didn’t do so very clearly.

“...there was clearly no effort made to label it an act of terrorism. One reason why this might be: According to U.S. law, acts of terrorism are premeditated. The Obama administration’s line for days following Obama’s Rose Garden statement suggested that the attack wasn’t premeditated.”

Conservative pundits came down against Crowley on Twitter, with Glen Beck tweeting:

“I am sorry, the Libya question was not a win for the president. [Romney] was right as [Obama] did not call it a act of terror. He said [the] word terror.”

And Michelle Malkin adding:

“Candy Crowley STILL sticking to Obama lie on ‘act of terror,’ [says] she ‘brought clarity.’ WRONG”

But Fox News’s Chris Wallace thought Obama got the better of the exchange, and that the point Romney was trying to make was wrong.

“He tried to say, ‘Well, look. You’ve given up the game here, because you declared it an act of terror on September 12, but then Susan Rice went out on the 16th and said it wasn’t an act of terror. I’m not sure that either of those are true.”

 

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