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Open Mic Catches Reporters Planning Romney Attacks

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Published on Sep 12, 2012

This "off the record" audio feed was captured at Mitt Romney's press briefing Wednesday morning before he made his statement on the Libya and Egypt situations. It catches mainstream media reporters teaming up to phrase their accusatory questions and possible rebuttals of Romney's answers in advance.

One is believed to be Jan Crawford of CBS News and the other Ari Shapiro of NPR.

The transcript is as follows:

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: ...pointing out that the Republicans... *unintelligible* ...Obama....

CBS REPORTER: That's the question.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: *unintelligible*

CBS REPORTER: Yeah that's the question. I would just say do you regret your question.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Your question? Your statement?

CBS REPORTER: I mean your statement. Not even the tone, because then he can go off on...

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: And then if he does, if we can just follow up and say 'but this morning your answer is continuing to sound...' -- *becomes unintelligble*

CBS REPORTER: You can't say that..

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