Reporters overheard coordinating Romney questions
Was incident an example of 'collusion'?
- Duration 5:58
- Date Sep 13, 2012
Was incident an example of 'collusion'?
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Usually when there's news involving an open microphone and winds -- causing trouble for some celebrity or maybe a politician.
Well this time to reporters were overheard coordinating their questions for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
I would say do you regret.
Your question yeah.
Having your statement -- -- -- home because then you can go offline.
It -- yeah.
We calls on -- covered on the one question -- So let's talk about it with Cal Thomas a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Alan Colmes is host of the Alan Colmes show on syndicated radio.
And the setting what was the news conference that Mitt Romney put together on the morning after.
He condemned the Obama administration's reaction to the murder of our -- embassy personnel consulate personnel.
He put out a statement the night before.
And will get to that in a moment but cal first of all your thoughts on the news reporters reactions.
Well John I think there's a difference between collaboration and collusion.
I don't have a problem with reporters getting together and saying okay look we both have the same question here let's not waste time -- we've really wanna get.
Information out of Romney so you take this question I'll take that -- however pollution is something quite different.
If the intent of the question is to get a sound bite.
That can make Romney look bad and be used by the Obama reelection team to make him look -- I think that's quite different.
All the surveys have shown over many many years that most of the mainstream press.
Don't like Republicans don't like conservatives don't like religious people hate pro lifers and all of arrest and -- it just -- that perception frankly.
Is he right about that -- doesn't just say that protection up.
Her account makes a really good point and that there is a -- being collusion and cooperation.
And there's no evidence here that there is collusion.
That there is cooperation and why -- we think it's any different when reporters are on -- about to a question someone who's a Democrat or left of center.
Why jump to the conclusion the conservatives seem to have this paranoia about the press I want to jump to the conclusion look at the list a litany of things cal just said about all the things that the -- allegedly hates.
You know is if we can make such broad statement that -- everybody in the fifth the state.
We have no evidence that there was any collusion going on.
Look let's just take a look at the they recruit just concluded conventions and Tampa and Charlotte Allen capsized about -- owners who we love Bob -- -- all Americans they were both mind.
I kind of -- that you know that the liberals talk about diversity and and why there aren't more people of of color and different beliefs in the Republican Party.
But they never applied that same standard the Democrats -- don't -- the Democrats -- why don't you have any pro lifers they're what did you make any statements about the 55 million babies that have been aborted legally in this country what did you have more conservatives in your party it's what we ran into a variety of different things you're talking about and I cannot make up vs number inaugural on the left you have right wing views of -- about ideology.
Number I -- -- -- about is about vs says says geographic Democrat we're talking about the way reporters asked questions.
And the perception that they convey that you know this year a bit of the business long enough you know what.
Reporters say in private they don't like Republicans -- I really easy digital paranoia we always see -- on the RI yeah and it's look the media is pro media the media job is to get ratings are sell newspapers we get eyeballs to web site but they're not accurate and valid.
There aren't getting and that's why fox is getting on an NBC CBS ABC isn't the newspapers or decline the New York Times Washington both while they're not getting enough or do you live because of the -- not because of a left wing bias.
You you didn't mention the Wall Street Journal there cal and I want to read a clip from their editorial this morning they're talking about this whole.
Argument over Mitt Romney in -- statement Tuesday's assaults on the US embassies and and -- in Cairo have injected foreign policy into the presidential campaign but suddenly.
The Parsons of the press corps are offended by the debate they're upset that Mitt Romney had the gall to criticize the State Department.
For a statement that the White House itself.
Disavowed isn't that what this is all about Mitt Romney came out.
With a statement on the night of 9/11 saying essentially hey you know the administration is being too sympathetic.
To these people who just killed our ambassador now.
This -- absolutely right and again there's a double standard on this the media is bought into the war through weakness philosophy of the Obama administration that if you suck up and kiss up.
Instead of buck up against the islamists that somehow they're going to love us Hillary Clinton that was widely reported this thing.
G about the the big guys see consulate attack how I can't believe this happened why did this happen.
Well the Italian advance that is gonna happen and most of the media just don't want to believe what.
However there -- out about reported that Mitt Romney.
Earlier -- -- said this is not eleven not I don't think it's appropriate to be making political statements some of the with withhold from doing that.
But he couldn't contain himself because an hour and a half before the end of 9/11 there had to go attacking the administration unfairly before all the facts are in and basically accused the administration of being the spokesperson for an embassy even though the administration distanced itself -- the embassy said well -- and the -- Mitt -- needs to be called to account for that.
In fairness the embassy have been putting out tweets and statements all day long and it wasn't until 10:10 PM right at just about precisely the same moment that Mitt Romney.
Was making his anyone they decided to play -- -- ten for 10 PM political politics on nine elevenths -- -- -- he said he would not do what -- -- but he had a pretty White House was was revoking was backing away from the tweets that have been going out all day.
From the US embassy.
That's worth noting all right we'll leave it there -- are all right Alan Colmes Cal Thomas they gave.