On her Wednesday MSNBC show, Maddow said that conservative conspiracy theories—including claims that President Obama isn't really president, or that the unemployment rate hasn't really decreased—led Gov. Mitt Romney walk into what she called "a horrible wall" during the second presidential debate.
During the Tuesday forum, Romney asserted that Obama did not call the U.S. attack on Benghazi an "act of terror" one day after the incident, as the president had indicated. After doubling down on the charge, moderator Candy Crowley interrupted with a live fact check, saying that the president did call the attack an "act of terror" during his remarks in the Rose Garden one day following the incident.
Maddow said that Romney "face-planted" at that moment because he was repeating the story about Obama's response to the attack in Benghazi in a way that was very satisfying to conservatives.
"But the story of today," she said, "was that the right decided that what happened to Mr. Romney there felt too bad, so they were going to make themselves feel better."
Maddow laid into the fact-checking website PolitiFact for labeling Obama's use of the phrase "act of terror" in the Rose Garden as only "half true." She also called out Fox News for running a chyron on its dayside programming blaming Crowley for stepping on Romney's "major moment." Maddow was dissatisfied, to say the least. She said:
This infection is leaving the conservative media through purportedly neutral arbiters of fact like Politifact, these false conservative, feel-good assertions about noble facts that come from the right, end up becoming just the other side of a political issue..and that is bull.
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii; the unemployment rate is below eight percent; the day after the Benghazi attack the president called it an 'act of terror.'
Do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel better, but do not confuse your World Net Daily caliber, therapeutic, conservative alternative reality fantasy babble for what actually happened. Because stuff really does actually happen, and eventually you really do need to deal with it.
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