CNN’s Crowley Admits Obama Didn’t Call Benghazi a Terror Attack

On the May 19 broadcast of CNN’s State of the Union, host Candy Crowley said that Obama was late in identifying the attacks in Benghazi as terrorism quite contrary to what she said during the Presidential debates late last year.

As Crowley questioned White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer, she pressed him on whether or not the President was aware of the Benghazi talking points being written and re-written by the Department of State and the intel community, re-writes that eventually eliminated any mention that the attacks were perpetrated by terrorists.

In reply, Pfeiffer blithely told Crowley that “no president” would get involved in writing talking points like that.

Crowley went on to point out that Obama was late in calling it terror saying, “in an interview on CBS–which we later learned after the election–but a week and a half after Susan Rice was on [the Sunday shows calling the attack a reaction to a Youtube video] he did say he wasn’t sure if it was a terrorist attack.”

Pfeiffer the somewhat quixotically replied that, “no one was sure at that point.”

Crowley countered that saying “well, no the president, first of all in Libya they were sure of it and the CIA seemed pretty sure of it!”

This all runs contrary to what Crowley claimed during the late Presidential Debate she moderated between the President and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

At the October 16 debate during which she acted the role of partisan moderator, Crowley backed up the President’s claim that he called the attacks at Benghazi an act of terrorism. This threw Romney for a loop and made him second guess his assertion that Obama took weeks to definitively call the attacks terrorism. The segment made Romney look suddenly unsure of himself and hampered his performance that night.

But in fact, Crowley’s own news agency, CNN, had reported that Obama called the attacks at Benghazi terrorism “for the first time” only on September 20, nine days after the attacks.

Crowley herself also reported that the President was recalcitrant in calling it terrorism. As it happens her inexplicable and unwarranted support of Obama on the debate stage contradicted her own reporting on Benghazi.

In September, only a few weeks before the debate, Crowley had said on CNN that Obama took 17 days to give a “sort of definitive statement” that terrorists orchestrated the attacks.

By February of 2013, and conveniently after the election, the co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Frank Fahrenkopf, admitted that Crowley was simply wrong about her assertion that Obama called the attacks an act of terror.

Now, it seems that Crowley is back to asserting that Obama took weeks to call the attack on our facilities in Benghazi, Libya an act of terror. This track record seriously calls into question her motivations for coming to Obama’s support during the October 16 debate.

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  • Walter_Cronanty

    Amazing what the MSM is reporting on – after the election.

  • retired.military

    Gee only about 9 months late. Hey maybe next year the MSM will report the latest news on Bhengazi (that Obama didn’t know anything about it and he will ensure that it is looked into).
    What a tool

  • jim_m

    I suppose protecting the president is a slightly lower priority now that journalism is considered treason.

  • GarandFan

    Hmmmm….what did Candy know, and when did she know it?

    Watching the noon newscasts today, it’s evident that everyone in the current administration knows nothing about anything. But if you don’t like today’s answers, new one’s will be forthcoming tomorrow. Unless someone invokes the 5th. Or Barry claims “executive privilege”.

  • Vagabond661

    Can the next debate be moderated by a moderate?

    • Jwb10001

      How about a moderator instead of an operative.

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  • herddog505

    If the GOP doesn’t learn a serious lesson from this about who they agree to “moderate” future debates, then they deserve to disappear as a party.

    • retired.military

      You are 100% correct there.
      Next presidential debates I say have
      Rachel Maddow moderator at one debate
      Ann Coulter Moderator at 2nd debate
      No 3rd debate
      Those 2 can comoderate the VP debate.
      mikes should be cut off at the exact second time runs out for speaking.

      • Jwb10001

        Which mics should be cut off the candidates or the moderators, maybe both?