Media coverage of Romney's Mideast response
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:37
- Date Sep 13, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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General feeling out there that the presence I think among the press corps generally -- everybody but -- general that that the -- -- -- -- that they agree with.
And when you agree with somebody's policies it effects -- how you go after the the person that your coverage.
And I think it did it in reverse that most reporters who were covering the White House.
When President Bush was president.
Didn't generally agree with this policies and that makes a difference how do you think the President Bush would have been treated if he'd gone -- to Las Vegas after this.
-- journalism professors take on the the questioning the coverage of this week.
All of the embassy back and forth and Mitt Romney.
Frankly a lot of Mitt Romney if you look at some of the statements the tweets from.
Some reporters mark -- Halperin from time.
Romney doubling down on criticism of the president for the statement commander Cairo is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill advised tactical moves.
In this entire campaign John Avalon.
I was CNN.
Romney foreign policy attack was disgraceful Ben Smith of buzz feed.
Bungle utter disaster not ready for prime time not presidential Lehman moment and that's just the Republicans judge your thoughts and all this.
I have not hesitated to disagree with the governor around me where I felt we had different value judgments.
But this was one of the best things I have ever heard him say in all of his years in public life.
It was strong it was direct it was clear it was forceful it was anger angry.
And it was true and these guys that are criticizing what he said don't wanna -- and elected and that's why that jump.
-- a lot was made of the press conference and the talking before the press conference about it what kind of questions would be asked to Mitt Romney and then.
The questions came in there were about seven in a row that were roughly the same.
Your thoughts about covering this campaign year you've been on the trail with all this folks and there are a lot of great journalists on the travel with the governor round.
And I think what you saw with that was just an instance where in fact if there's discussion about such questions the aim is really to make sure that a wide variety of topics are covered.
You know in this instance we had -- hyper focus on this one particular subject which was obviously what.
Governor Romney was fair to talk about but you know more broadly I think the questions that were raised about what Romney has said is that if you know -- he's gonna stand up and make this argument.
Against President Obama and essentially say he's apologizing for America sure they've stood by that argument I think the questions were mainly about.
The timing of his statement and the fact that they made a statement without.
Knowing all the facts on the ground which is something that you know American officials are usually pretty careful about -- who weighing that -- It seemed like it it.
I think there was some surprise.
You know you still had events unfolding on the ground in Libya late on Tuesday -- we knew -- hit one American had been killed at least we didn't.
We knew from Hillary Clinton about the same time that that person was an American official.
And at that time we were all of a sudden hearing from the Romney campaign with some criticism of president Barack Obama when the president himself had not yet had -- A chance or have not.
Did not have the information that he needed to weigh in at that point.
Charles you talked about the -- -- talk about the Cairo embassy statement and there is.
Pretty detailed article in foreign policy.
It's called the cable it's a blog but if you put that up.
It goes into detail about how that statement came out.
When he came out and how the State Department reacted even Secretary Clinton reacted.
During that time and it has specific quotes from from our senior State Department officials.
Saying they didn't understand they statement was quote tone deaf.
It didn't provide adequate balance we -- all of the references to 9/11 were inappropriate we strongly advised against it.
To your point.
Look very apparently have no idea how to handle this because your speech today.
Reiterated didn't use the word apology but -- said we are sorry for this expression of -- intolerance and that's the problem that was at the beginning that they can't decide on that.
Can't decide to be viewed as an ally and can't decide if Obama's policy still stands.
That's the issue that Romney's statement that is it for the panel -- want to save time for a final.