Is there a single responsible adult in the U.S. major media?
It is absolutely unbelievable that the media’s main take on the events this week in Muslim North Africa is that the Republican presidential nominee did a very bad thing by criticizing the administration for first condemning (or condemning at all) a movie made by private citizens instead of condemning the violent attackers on our embassies.
Here, summed up by Daniel Pipes, are the administration’s varied and repeated statements condemning a private filmmaker who insulted Islam:
As for the Obama administration: acting in its usual appeasing and apologetic mode, it blamed the critics of Islam. “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims. … We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others”) and Barack Obama (“the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others”) confirmed the initial cringe.And Romney’s retort was:
“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.”
Romney’s statement is of course correct. How could anyone object to it? Well, the entire liberal system of America objected to it, vociferously. Obama and the mainstream media have over the last 24 hours treated Romney’s remark as some terrible misstep and the main problem in this affair.