By Mark Rhoads
A debate moderator who cannot hide her personal bias deserves to be called out publicly. Candy Crowley of CNN did not even try to appear to be neutral or objective. But her low point was when she interrupted Mitt Romney to claim that President Obama did say on the record in a Rose Garden news conference on September 12 that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed was an act of terror.
According to the transcript, when Obama spoke in the Rose Garden on September 12, he only made a vague and nonspecific reference in general to the idea “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this country” and the context was about the attack on the World Trade Center 11 years ago on September 11, 2001. But Obama never, for more than 14 days, specifically condemned the Benghazi attack as an act of terror because he and his administration were still blaming a You Tube video.
Obama talked about the video six times in his address to the United Nations but State Department officials have since testified before Congress that there was never any spontaneous demonstration outside the Benghazi consulate related to any video and the first noise that was heard in the consulate came from gun shots fired by the attacking terrorists of an Al Qaeda affiliate group on the anniversary of September 11.
When all the networks do any fact checking at all, they will know that Candy Crowley was actively trying to save Obama from himself and his misleading statement. Crowley should never again be trusted to moderate anything, not even a student council debate in a high school.
(Also published in Illinois Review.)