On October 16th, during the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, there was a good deal of controversy caused when Barack Obama – with an assist from moderator Candy Crowley – insisted that he had consistently called the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi an act of terror. Specifically, Obama claimed he used the word during a speech in the Rose Garden, and Crowley endorsed Obama’s position.
But in a CBS interview conducted the same day as Obama’s Rose Garden speech the president specifically refused to call the attack an act of terror.
“In the interview, according to the latest portions, Obama would not say whether he thought the attack was terrorism,” writes Fox News’ Brett Baier. “Yet he would later emphasize at a presidential debate that in the Rose Garden the same day, he had declared the attack an act of terror.”
This is significant for two reasons.
Obama clearly lied during the debate. He tried to revise the history of his response to Benghazi to cast himself in a more positive light.
But worse than that, CBS News had video evidence that Obama was being something less than truthful, and sat on it until the day before the election. You’d think that a news organization might feel some compulsion to release this sort of footage contemporaneous to Obama’s debate lie, but apparently not.
Another low point in journalism for CBS.