From this Wednesday evening's CBS News, Mitt Romney, who is running a presidential campaign based on lie after lie, after lie, taking his opponent out of context, flip flopping to the point where he can't even make it though one news cycle without changing his story about the last thing that came out of his own mouth, accused the Obama campaign of "character assassination."
And naturally Jan Crawford just allowed this to pass without pressing him for a single specific on what has been said about him that he believes is not true. She didn't bother to ask him about his campaign setting a new record for the number of lies told either. As we've noted here before, Steve Benen's been keeping a running list, and the number is simply staggering. Here's his latest from last Friday -- Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXXV.
Here's more from CBS -- Romney: Obama engaged in "character assassination":
Mitt Romney told CBS News Wednesday that despite calls from conservatives to be more aggressive, he is not going to engage in a campaign of "character assassination" - despite the Obama campaign's willingness to do so.
"This is a campaign, not about character assassination, even though that's what I think has come from the Obama camp by and large," Romney told CBS News' Jan Crawford before a rally in Toledo, Ohio. Crawford asked Romney if he was saying the Obama campaign was engaged in character assassination.
"Oh yeah, sure, they try and completely misrepresent my point of view, along with why I'm in this race," he said. "But I think fundamentally the American people are interested in who can make their life better. Who can make people get better jobs and better incomes. And I can. He's proven that he does not have the capability to do that."
Later, Crawford asked Romney if the mainstream media is "in the tank for President Obama," as many conservatives allege.
"Well, I think we have a system of free press, people are able to provide their own perspective based on their own beliefs, I think there's some people who are more in my camp, there's a lot of people who are more in his camp, and I don't worry about that," Romney responded.
Pressed, Romney added: "I don't think anybody in my business thinks they wouldn't like to re-write the stories, and write the media accounts in a way that's more favorable to them, but I don't worry about that. I take my message out, I know I'll have a chance through ads, through the debates, to get my message home to the American people."