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On Thursday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer once again returned to "Piers Morgan Tonight" as guest host, filling in while his British colleague remains on assignment across the pond.
As news of additional deaths resulting from the assault on the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi were learned, Blitzer welcomed a panel of political and media insiders to evaluate reaction from both campaign parties.
With Mitt Romney calling the Obama adminstration's response "disgraceful," Blitzer asked Ben Smith if the Republican presidential nominee had made a strategic error.
"A lot of folks who work in that field in both parties...thought it was a mistake to go out and make a statement before the facts were clear," suggested the BuzzFeed Editor in Chief. "I think people were surprised he jumped out like that."
Joining Blitzer in the nation's capital, Ric Grenell saw it differently:
"I don't think you should be characterizing this as jumping out in front...First of all, if you are the president of the United States, you have to own up to the fact of escalating and developing violence," said the former Romney foreign policy spokesman. "I think that we are missing one point here. When the White House is silent, that's a weak message. Silence and a lack of a message is really a problem. I think that's what Mitt Romney was saying."
Not necessarily denying Grenell's point, Smith closes with what could be deemed a back-handed compliment, or at the very least, a zinger:
"If only Rick were still Romney's spokeman. I think what Rick said just now made a lot of sense. It isn't exactly what Romney said."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Grenell and Smith further place recent campaign reactions into political context. Also, hear journalism professor Jeff Jarvis debate Google and YouTube's handling of the video which helped ignite the recent explosion of unrest.
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