"Rep. Paul Ryan is still complaining about CNN’s Candy Crowley’s 2012 debate moderation. Specifically, about the fact that she corrected Mitt Romney for saying President Obama took 14 days to call the 9/11 attack on the Benghazi compound “an act of terror,” when Obama said those words in the Rose Garden the very day after the killings of four Americans.
Talking to Hugh Hewitt Wednesday night, Ryan rehashed the Crowley moment, agreeing with Hewitt that it was “perhaps the most significant intervention by a member of the media in a presidential campaign ever.” While Ryan wouldn’t speculate about whether Crowley would do anything different if she knew what we know now (more on what we know now, later) he alleged that Crowley “violated the rules of the debate.”
And what's more, he is spreading a deliberate falsehood. Even though I bet you never heard about this, I am sure Paul Ryan has:
In a 1980 Presidential debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, it so happens that someone from the Reagan camp managed to steal Jimmy Carter's debate briefing book, which his aides had assembled. This book was used to prepare Reagan for the debate. One of the people coaching Reagan using this briefing book was that paragon of Conservative journalism, George Will. Not only did Will fail to disclose the fact that the briefing book had been stolen, but he did not even reveal that he aided Reagan in preparation for the debate. And after the debate, Will went on television and proclaimed to all what a great job Reagan had done.
Many of you will have no knowledge at all of a reporter named Janet Cooke. She worked for the Washington Post at around the same time, and was caught having fabricated a story about a little boy who was addicted to heroin. For this crime, she was fired, and her entire journalism career destroyed, even though the story hurt no one.
For participating in an abominable deceit on the American people that directly affected the outcome of a Presidential election, Will faced no penalty at all, and has continued for decades to enjoy a lucrative career as a "journalist," with his reputation unstained by any unpleasant recollections about an incident that dwarfs any wrong Candy Crowley might have committed.
Well, it's okay when they do it.