Romney’s Response to the Embassy Attacks and the Media
I know I am a day or so late on this observation, but it remains on my mind as I keep seeing commentators, and especially friends and friends of friend on Facebook commenting upon it. To wit: the assertion that the media paid too much attention to Romney in the wake of the embassy attacks earlier in the week. The general lament (indeed, the accusation) was that media was making the story about Romney! Indeed, one would think that a meeting was held to use the event as a means of criticizing the GOP candidate (because, dontcha know, the media is out to get Romney).
The media focused on Mitt Romney yesterday because Mitt Romney asked them to.
Let’s face facts: Romney jumped on the story, and too quickly because he jumbled the timeline, because he was hoping to generate positive media attention. However, when you go before the cameras in a rush to score point, you sometime screw it up. As such, Romney (and his supporters) has no one to blame but Romney (and whoever advised him on the statement in the first place).
As such, I found the WSJ‘s editorial, Romney Offends the Pundits: Doesn’t he know he’s not supposed to debate foreign policy?, to be especially silly in its stance.
His political faux pas was to offend a pundit class that wants to cede the foreign policy debate to Mr. Obama without thinking seriously about the trouble for America that is building in the world.
No, the problem was this:
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. 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.”
Because, well, that is an erroneous statement, as we all now know. The problem, therefore, was not offending pundits, it was making incorrect statements based on an incomplete and incorrect understanding of what was said, who said it, and when it was said.
Live by the press release, die by the press release.
To restate: don’t blame the media, blame the responsible party, Mitt Romney.