On Friday I had the pleasure of sitting down with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, on my Newsmax TV
We had a wide-ranging discussion on topics from the campaign to Brian Williams' new assignment. In between, we talked about the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
I must say, I am extremely disappointed but not surprised by the misleading headline that The Washington Post and other media outlets have used to represent that interview.
"Rick Perry calls Charleston church shooting an 'accident'," blares the Post story. It could just as easily read, "Rick Perry calls Charleston church shooting a 'crime of hate'," but it did not.
You see, Perry said both, and in listening to the entire segment on the shooting it is more than apparent that the latter more honestly represents what is in Perry's heart and mind.
To its credit, the Post story does quote the governor correctly when he said he did not know if the shooting was an act of terror but he did know it was a "crime of hate". (Other media did not include that quote) That statement came less than one minute after Perry uttered the word "accident" to describe not only this shooting but also to other incidents.
In response to my question regarding what many consider to be the president's exploitation of the shooting, Perry answered, "This is the M.O. of this administration anytime there is an accident like this. You know the president is clear. He doesn't like for Americans to have guns, and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message."
And less than one minute prior to his "accident" remark, Perry reacted to the shooting by speaking of "evil and cowardice in the world."
The governor's campaign has responded that Perry misspoke and meant to say "incident" not accident. Based on our entire conversation surrounding the Charleston shooting there is certainly more than enough evidence to give the benefit of the doubt to the Governor. I wish The Washington Post and the other media outlets had elected to do so.
You can watch the entire interview with Rick Perry here
. The relevant section starts 12:26 into the video.
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