A source familiar with the creation of the ad says the RNC leadership approved the ad but it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.
“White House Situation Room, this is Terri, how may I direct your call?”
The ad certainly issues a challenge, stakes a claim. It can’t be ignored. Romney was wrong to kill it. But while we can agree that he could have handled the situation better, he probably couldn’t have handled it successfully. The media not only stonewalled the story, they pushed back. Candy Crowley shut him down in the debate (later “regretting” it); any discussion of the story was met with derisive snarls of politicization; details were denied, cover stories adhered to.
It was not Romney’s place to conduct a review, or even demand one—it was the responsibility, the duty, of the press. Instead of doing their duty, they did diddly. With few exceptions (C-Span 3??? Who knew there was one?), they’re still doing diddly.
But it happened a long time ago. And Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Glen Doherty are still dead.