National Journal Tries To Play Defense Attorney For Team Obama, FAILS UPDATE: Stealth Edit
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The media is trying desperately to make Libya and Egypt all about Romney and not Obama.
National Journal tries to undercut Romney’s version of events but fails to take into account the deletion of tweets by the embassy in Cairo.
The protests and killings in Cairo and Benghazi have sparked a political clash between Republican nominee Mitt Romney and the Obama campaign. Romney, citing a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, has accused the Obama administration of making the equivalent of an apology to protestors after they breached the embassy grounds. A timeline of events suggests that is wrong — that the embassy statement came hours before its grounds were breached.
Not covered in the timeline National Journal produces? This Tweet that was eventually deleted by the embassy.
This morning’s condemnation (issued before protest began) still stands. As does our condemnation of unjustified breach of the Embassy
Contra National Journal, when Romney said the embassy apologized after the breach he was on solid ground because he was relying on the later tweet that reaffirmed the apology like language after the mob breached the embassy grounds, tore down our flag and flew the flag of our enemies in its place…on 9/11.
This is why the deletion of public records (which official government Twitter feeds are) is so dangerous.
UPDATE: National Journal does a stealth edit that undermines their entire thesis. Note the 6:30pm update in the second screen grab that wasn’t in the original story. No mention that they added this later. Busted!
Naturally there’s no mention of this in the revised story.
— DrewM (@DrewMTips) September 12, 2012