Well he did say the word "terror."
That basically was Candy Crowley's dismissive statement about the Obama Administration's coverup of its own gross malfeasance that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi.
I nearly choked last night during the debate when Obama tried to say he had described the attack as terrorism on September 12, the day after the murders of our personnel:
"The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we're going to hunt down those who committed this crime."
When Romney challenged that twisting of reality, Crowley jumped in and asserted, "He did, in fact, sir, call it an act of terror." Then she repeated that lie when Obama asked her to say it again.
For the record, Crowley was right that he used the word "terror" during his Rose Garden speech, but here's what he actually said:
"No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."
The statement came toward the end of the speech, and it is clear from the context that he is speaking about terrorism in general, including 9-11. The Benghazi assault is only referred to as "senseless violence," "these brutal acts" and "this terrible act," not as terrorism.
And he certainly did refer to the now-infamous YouTube video when he said:
"And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence."
The Administration has been covering and backpedaling ever since, the presidential spokesman more than a week later saying it was "obvious" that the deaths were a terrorist attack.
(So obvious that at least half of America figured it out the day it happened on the anniversary of 9-11.)
Ambassador Susan Rice even stood before the world and blamed the video, rather than terrorism.
In the debate, though, when Romney tried to pin down Obama on the issue, Crowley jumped in to save the weasel-in-chief and drag the debate to a different topic.
Now today, CNN's website is backing up Crowley's backhanded response by pointing out that the word "terror" did in fact appear in Obama's Rose Garden speech, the transcript of which you can read here. Some of Crowley's colleagues are less forgiving, though, calling her out on the legalistic twisting of the truth. Even Anderson Cooper admitted Crowley got her facts wrong.
When the media have to mince words so finely, it's only to use as compost to cover up a whopping big lie. The same thing happened under President Clinton. Remember "it depends what the definition of 'is' is"?
Now it depends what the definition of "terrorism" is.
And Candy Crowley took a high-flying cannonball leap into the Obama tank in front of the whole country.