The media is being coordinated either directly from the White House, or doing their own recon for them to try to make Romney look/sound bad. The Right Scoop has the audio of reporters this morning coordinating their questions before Mitt Romney’s statement and press conference.
Here is a rough transcript:
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..
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?
Katrina Trinko @ NRO notes seven questions the reporters asked Romney this morning…
1. Reporter brings up that Romney had a “toughly worded statement last night,” and asks, “Do you regret the tone at all given what we know now?”
2. “Do you think, though, coming so soon after the events really had unfolded over night was appropriate, to be weighing in on this as this crisis was unfolding in real time?” Follow-up: “What did the White House do wrong then, Gov. Romney, if they put out a statement saying they disagreed with it?”
3. “The world is watching. Isn’t this itself a mixed signal when you criticize the administration at a time that Americans are being killed? Shouldn’t politics stop for this?”
4. “Some people have said that you jumped the gun a little bit in putting that statement out last night and that you should have waited until more details were available. Do you regret having that statement come out so early before we learned about all of the things that were happening?”
5. “If you had known last night that the ambassador had died, and obviously, I’m gathering you did not know . . . if you had known that the ambassador had died, would you have issued such a strongly-issued statement?”
6. Reporter comments that Romney is running on his “economic know-how and private sector experience,” and adds, “but now that foreign policy and the situation in the Middle East has been thrust into the presidential campaign, can you talk about why specifically you think you are better qualified than President Obama to handle these issues?”
7. “How specifically, Governor Romney, would a President Romney have handled this situation differently than President Obama did? You spoke out before midnight, when all the facts weren’t known. How would you have handled this differently than the president did?”
You would think the press would be demanding answers to why Obama has intentionally not attended nearly half of his intel briefings since being in office, and most recently as last week.
My take below the fold:
#1. Is a throw-away. Just another media “Aren’t you sorry you were wrong?” BS question that proves the person being asked was right … simply because they never ask Obama “Did you act stupidly?”
#2. The reporter pretty much damns the disorganized Obama administration with this.
#3. Another sign the MSM has a serious short term, and long term, memory illness. They had no problems with everyone under the global warming sun criticizing the Bush administration during the Iraq War and during Hurricane Katrina when “Americans were being killed”.
#4. Romney’s statement last night was in response to the US embassy in Cairo (by thet the State Department) pathetic statement of apology to Muslims having had their feelings somehow hurt by free speech. However, this question sets the premise that Romney’s statement of the previous night was somehow related to the 4 deaths in Libya.
#5. Is a spin-off of #4 to try to embed the premise into the mush-minds of the TV viewer, as proven by Romney easily shooting it down.
#6. Here’s the thing … Aside from being a globe-trotting child while growing up, Obama’s foreign policy experience wasn’t any deeper than Mitt Romney’s is.
#7. Toxic red herring. NO person worth his weight in national security blood and guts would ever telegraph such information. And the press knows it. But the viewers do not…