Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From Special Report with Bret BaierFriday, September 28, 2012

On the report from the Director of National Intelligence claiming that the intelligence community provided the false information about the Benghazi terrorist attack:

If you read the DNI statement, it’s clearly a cover-your-rump statement for the people at the political end of this.

On media bias:

The role of the media in the campaign – they’re an auxiliary of the Obama campaign. They ought to relocate to Chicago — they’d save the travel time.

If you look at specific issues and how they’ve been covered — for example in Charlotte, the removal of Jerusalem from the party [platform] versus the huge amount of coverage that Republicans were given over the abortion language [in their platform].

Or, for example, look at the way that the media have covered the [Obama] “bump in the road” comment, which if Romney had made would have been a story for a week — versus how they covered the Romney statement when the Cairo embassy issued this groveling statement about… the video on the day of the first riot outside the U.S. embassy.

The coverage Obama got on his gaffe… was minimal. It was almost ignored. The Romney story lasted for three days, at a time when U.S. policy in the region was in collapse — [a story] which is almost entirely ignored.

I think what we saw in the poll and how people conceive this is exactly right. They watch, and they see, and it’s quite obvious which way the bias is going. In `08 I think you could excuse it by saying, “Well, they were caught up in the euphoria of the Obama campaign. There was the idea of the historic advent of the first African-American to the presidency.”

What is the excuse in 2012?

On polling bias:

I don’t think there’s any conspiracy. I think that’s a mad idea. I think if you accumulate all the polls together, you get a fairly small margin of error, if you add up all the numbers. So I think they are probably reflecting reality, unfortunately.

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