New questions about coverage of Romney campaign after debate
'The Five' co-host Dana Perino reacts
- Duration 8:17
- Date Oct 5, 2012
'The Five' co-host Dana Perino reacts
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-- -- -- -- look at the political headlines -- the last 24 hours you would see it quickly changing story on this week's presidential debate.
The major media outlets changing the narrative from Romney the winner to Romney the liar.
After the president's election reelection team helpfully told reporters that that was the real story and that the media needed to look into it.
Now we're seeing stories like us.
New York magazine article headlined Romney's successful debate plan lying.
-- the Daily Beast report yesterday Romney won and the truth lost.
Huffington Post at least quoting the campaign writing quote Obama campaign colon Romney won debate because he -- the quote is always helpful.
Even this question coming for the president's own press -- one -- asking.
Use some weeks ago that one of Mitt Romney's strengths as a debater was his willingness to -- with ease.
Was -- adequately prepared to call him out on that last night's.
Jamie now Dana Perino former white house Press Secretary cohost of the five right here -- -- -- So that's very helpful that's -- was the president really adequately prepared to call him out on his lying.
So the media seems very surprise -- the candidate that they have.
Always long loved and supported.
President Obama was not a good debater is actually never been -- good debater.
Then they are totally surprised that Mitt Romney.
Was it good to -- there.
That I -- not understand this line thing from the beginning I have heard of people saying you lied when you ran because you didn't fulfill a promise.
Because but some of the current administration but.
When you stand in front of the American people and you're talking about your proposals the lions.
But that doesn't stand up for me and then it -- -- stand up to scrutiny you get all these headlines -- dig a little deeper every fact checker looks that it says.
That's -- -- they're really into -- really focused on his is his statement that he doesn't plan -- five trillion dollar tax cut as President Obama suggested back so then at one of the president's spokespeople who.
Herself accused of lying when -- I didn't know anything about the it's optic -- turns out she actually did.
This group is interesting to me that they talk about veracity.
But then last night on -- competing networks show she said.
Okay right stipulated it would be five trillion dollars and they try to -- other numbers here's what I think.
I don't think President Obama things from these -- I don't think President Obama personally -- and that's why during the debate -- -- he wasn't gonna say you're a liar because -- I know my campaign says that but I think that he really believes it and so kudos to him for not.
Plane into it but he probably should have been telling his campaign six months ago that they shouldn't create a character of somebody that is going to fall apart.
Printed Charles Krauthammer last night on the air and then in his -- today said.
That in one debate Mitt Romney was able to take a 150 million dollars worth of negative ads and reduce it to dust.
That's the interesting thing because he got to speak directly to the American public and they walked away with whatever impression they walked away with but now we're talking maybe seventy million.
People who watch the debate and got there impressions.
President ought to keep it interesting interview to sixty minutes not long ago where he said.
You know have somebody -- spend a little less than truthful maybe a little over the top of course that's gonna happen in -- campaign.
Do you think any reason -- point do you think that there is a divide between what he really believes about Mitt Romney.
And what those who are advising him on the presidency and how we win it I really I really do and you see a lot of these reporters and kind of suggesting coaching that.
President Obama being.
More aggressive in -- army to come out on this and again -- Sandra and help you.
Calling -- that's -- acts.
I'm wondering whether you rethought the strategy of not bringing up either women's issues of the 47% of some of the other issues that have worked so well for you when your campaign advertising and in your stump speech well that's a judgment about whether -- it's worked -- -- hasn't but.
There was a lot of that news conference -- What you get off and then all the reporters are so polite like thank you so much for taking the time to talk -- -- we are so grateful for this time talks to reporters all the time.
Become -- at all friendly hang out together they -- can't get on the Georgetown cocktail circuit.
But what you often find as a political consultant here in Washington is that the reporters fashion themselves a little bit like amateur political consultants.
But that advice is free and usually worth what you -- important and so it's like -- It would be so great if we could hear a little bit more about the 47% yet because you've and then it would really help us to hope you do.
But that was a legitimate question was -- not to be asking why didn't he bring that up I mean.
-- O'Reilly last night spent almost his whole -- asking that question -- Reilly doesn't have a dog in this and it is a polite way of saying to David Axelrod.
Did you not adequately prepare the president.
That is actually a different way to get to that question but -- seems to be -- blaming President Obama.
I think it would have been much better served if they would have come out into the spin room where you -- on on Wednesday night and said.
We didn't do as well as -- -- -- but we've got a great plan for America stay tuned for the next debate is we're gonna be there and then -- could move on instead they've they've blamed everybody else and now they're just trying to hang their hats on that he's a liar.
And -- to something that works for American people who watch it and say wait that's not the guy told me he -- now I'm Justine is in a moment ago at the press gaggle this is a question that was asked.
That was -- there.
The debate was the president's surprise that Romney took a turn for the moderate after all Romney had advertised.
That he would have this sort of Etch A Sketch moment and yet it seemed to catch the president off guard.
That he would take this turn for the moderate this is the new line that they're gonna try okay that now that Mitt Romney.
Not only has he lied to the American people.
He has lied to the conservatives.
He's not really the conservative that you thought he was that they're just trying all these things amazingly jury -- when Joseph Wilson congressman Wilson.
Yelled out during the -- idea you lie he was almost censure.
By the House of Representatives which is the most serious thing that can happen to you from the south government's perspective there.
But yet the Obama campaign does Willy -- says here's this man has spent his whole life.
With five children a lovely wife building a career serving as governor.
Traveling the world trying to make the world better place and that he's not why else Stephanie Cutter already suggested he might be a felon so you can correct don't ever I mean when you go from -- Wanna get to this Mitt Romney give an interview to -- Sean Hannity last night and spoke to that 47% coming it was he was caught on the tape at a fund -- and they put the camera on any.
He was talking about 47% of the country's not gonna vote for him and many of them believe that they are victims and so I'm very controversial.
And he did.
An -- Hannity asked him what would you have -- if President Obama asked you about it listen here.
Well it clearly in -- in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions.
It down then you're gonna say something that -- doesn't come out right in this case that's a thing that's just completely wrong.
And I absolutely believe however that my life has -- That I care about a 100%.
And and that's been demonstrated throughout my life and this whole campaign is about the 100%.
What I've become president he will be at about helping the 100%.
-- -- -- I -- at maybe at that President Obama now would be even embarrassed to bring it up at that town home debate.
On October 16 because now he's -- -- -- initially.
Mitt Romney's -- -- -- they know how he's going to answer and they're going to move on I thought as a stand up thing to say.
I was wrong to member of the mission accomplished poster everybody does -- on the -- during and the Bush Administration.
Years later at the press briefing I was -- on the anniversary was that the right thing to do and I said.
-- it was a mistake.
Headlines oh my gosh they admitted a mistake that you know what if that ends it.
It stops exit that I said the wrong thing and that's why I think if the Obama campaign had come out and said.
Not the best debate for weeks easiest next time right just will not move all the American -- Stand everybody has a bad night everybody has a bad show occasionally everybody has a bad moment.
And so -- people very forgiving it just must say you know I was off I don't know I was off but this was it absolutely I think they would have been better off for that but.
I talked about free advice earlier I don't think they -- in your mind if I think -- worth nothing if.
I denied that.
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