There is almost no level of repellent behaviour the American media will not stoop to in defending Obama. If the anti-American turn in the Middle East over the past three years is not entirely due to Obama’s policies, they must nevertheless have played an important part. For Mitt Romney to have pointed this out is, however, apparently the only issue that that same media can think of focusing on in the midst of one of the most devastating diplomatic disasters I have seen in my life. You really do have to go back to Jimmy Carter to find a parallel. This story reviews the first craven and defensive statement issued by the US embassy in Cairo and then describes how this episode was turned into a Romney gaffe:
Back in Washington, the Obama administration distanced itself from its own embassy’s statement, which isn’t some minor outpost but the representative of U.S. policy in arguably the most important Arab nation. Soon, the Embassy began deleting messages from its official Twitter account, including the one standing by its initial statement.
This looked like amateur hour, and it also fed into the broader critique many Republicans have made of the Obama administration. So it seemed natural that Romney would release a statement Tuesday night condemning both the attacks and Obama’s weak response. But Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt shot back and said he was ‘shocked’ Romney would play politics at such a time. And the media fell into line.
When Romney gave a press conference Wednesday, the questions focused on whether it was appropriate for him to criticize Obama at the time he did. Romney’s responses didn’t really matter, because reporters had already decided their narrative. Obama did not take any questions in his own press conference moments later.
In 2004, John Kerry routinely attacked President Bush’s handling of Iraq when things weren’t going well in the country. And the media dutifully reported on Bush’s foreign policy blunders in Iraq. But now, instead of scrutinizing Obama’s handling of a foreign policy crisis, the media has decided that the real story in Egypt and Libya is a Mitt Romney gaffe.
The American media thus not only owns the Obama presidency, it owns the disasters unfolding in the Middle East. Why it should want to take ownership of either really is beyond me. But being this is the way things are, the supposed “first drafts of history” are likely to be as false and misleading as if they had been written within the politburo itself which in their own way they have been.