Fox Tries To Distract From Criticism Of Romney's Reaction To Embassy Violence
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Fox & Friends is trying to distract from criticism of Mitt Romney over his response to violence in Egypt and Libya by crying liberal media bias.
After it was learned that an American had died in Libya, Romney released a statement saying "It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." The statement was widely criticized by experts from across the political spectrum including former Bush and Reagan administration staffers.
The next day, Romney held a press conference in which members of the media asked Romney if he regretted the statement.
As evidence of the media's anti-Romney bias, Fox & Friends played audio of CBS' Jan Crawford and NPR's Ari Shapiro speaking before the press conference and trying to ensure that Romney would be asked whether he stood by his earlier statement.
After airing the audio of Crawford and Shapiro, co-host Brian Kilmeade asked viewers, "Do we need any more proof that the major media organizations are in the tank for the president?" However, given that the statement was widely criticized, it was entirely appropriate for reporters to ask Romney if he stood by the statement. Indeed, it would have been negligent for the press not to ask such a question.
And as Fox's own Juan Williams explained in the same segment, members of the media often coordinate for the express purpose of making sure that politicians cannot duck hard questions:
STEVE DOOCY (co-host): Have you as a long-time Washington reporter ever coordinated with a bunch of people in the room to make sure you were able to trap somebody in a corner?
JUAN WILLIAMS: Of course.
WILLIAMS: Look, we coordinate before press conferences, before debates, before --
DOOCY: With some of your competitor journalists?
WILLIAMS: Oh sure. Politicians are spinners and they avoid questions. They don't want to tell you. They don't want to deal with the hard questions. They want to get their message out, and you're trying to get them off message. And so if they call one person or the other, they pick out their favorites or whatever.