WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012
Where do these bungles come from: Question:
Will Mitt Romney’s world-class bungle make the highlight reel? His world-class bungle last night about what Obama said?
Will it make the highlight reel of Wickedly Great Debate Moments? Will it turn into one of the tales the “journalists” love to tell?
In yesterday’s New York Times, Jeremey Peters almost broke the sound barrier repeating the press corps’ ridiculous tales about key moments from past debates. Now that Romney has made an actual bungle, on tape, will our fair-minded journalists add it to their life lists?
For ourselves, we’re sorry that those lists exist; they lead to pitiful displays of pseudo-journalism. Before the week is done, we plan to run through the crazoid list which appeared in yesterday’s Times.
Apparently, the claims were sourced to Michael Beschloss, the brown-eyed handsome man the NewsHour drags out in the guise of “presidential historian.” Did Beschloss really say those ridiculous things? For now, though, a moment of sympathy for Candidate Romney in his moment of bungling.
Romney was extremely certain! He was sure that Obama hadn’t described the attacks in Benghazi as an act of terror.
Why was Romney so sure of that fact?
We can’t answer that question, of course. But for weeks, the press corps has parroted right-wing scripts about what Susan Rice supposedly said—about what she said on the Sunday programs about the Benghazi attacks.
By yesterday morning, the Washington Post was publishing a disgraceful front-page report which grossly misstated what Rice really said (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 10/16/12). In the New York Times, David Kirkpatrick seemed to feel that he had to play that game too.
So much bullshit has been recited that you almost can’t blame Candidate Romney for what he thought and said!
Irresponsibly slandering Susan! In the last month, it's been the latest party game for the boys and girls of the press. If Romney has been watching that crap, you almost can’t blame him for feeling sure that Obama couldn’t have said what he said.
The children have been slandering Rice. Perhaps as a direct result, a candidate filled with certitude managed to slander himself.