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Joe Klein: Benghazi Consulate Controversy 'The October Mirage - It Really Isn't An Issue'
NewsBusters.org ^ | October 21, 2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 10/21/2012 4:39:16 PM PDT by Kaslin

The Obama-loving media were out in force Sunday downplaying the significance of the White House's ever-changing position on the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi last month.

After New York Times White House correspondent Helene Cooper called the death of four Americans "peripheral to what's going on right now" on Meet the Press, Time magazine's Joe Klein told Face the Nation viewers this matter "has been like the October mirage - it really isn't an issue" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Joe Klein: Benghazi Consulate Attack Controversy 'The October Mirage - It Really Isn't An Issue'

JOE KLEIN, TIME MAGAZINE: Tomorrow night is fascinating because, in truth, these guys don't disagree all that much on all this stuff. They essentially have the same positions on foreign policy. This business about the, you know, the Libya consulate has been like the October mirage - it really isn't an issue.

And so, once again, tomorrow, Obama is going to have a very strong position because his foreign policy has been largely successful in terms of substance, but in terms of style, he still has to climb -- re-climb the mountain and make a convincing case to the American people that they will be more comfortable with him in their living rooms the next four years.

Honestly, have you ever in your life seen so many so-called journalists dismiss the importance of American officials being killed by terrorists?

Makes you wonder why they all aren't forced to wear "Obama-Biden" buttons so viewers would better understand the propagandist nature of the reports they're watching and reading.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012presidential; barackobama; benrhodes; cbs; chrisstevens; debates; demagogicparty; facethenation; helenecooper; hillaryclinton; jaycarney; joeklein; libya; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; susanrice; time

1 posted on 10/21/2012 4:39:22 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’m ashamed to share the same country with such ungrateful, gutless, skirt-hiding, presstitute sissies.


2 posted on 10/21/2012 4:42:11 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Kaslin

I had made up my mind that Romney should avoid getting into the tall weeds with this issue, but now that Klein has weighed in, I may have to reconsider my position.


3 posted on 10/21/2012 4:42:31 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (To bid on this tagline space: www.jeffchandlerstaglinespace.com)
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To: Kaslin

If this dickweed, Klein, was one of those four Americans murdered in Benghazi, I’ll bet he’d think it was an “issue”.


4 posted on 10/21/2012 4:42:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Get the transcript Candy! - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Kaslin

The Party of Death Spokesman...............


5 posted on 10/21/2012 4:43:02 PM PDT by Lockbox
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To: Kaslin

Certainly not an issue for REMF’s like the marxist weasel Joe Klein. For those of us who give a crap when jihadists murder our fellow countrymen and especially our brothers or sisters in arms it is damn well an issue.


6 posted on 10/21/2012 4:45:23 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Kaslin

No, little Joey of Primary Colors fame....now a dead AMB and 3 others are just a BYMP IN THE ROAD to Obama’s PARADISE of SOCIALIST AMERICA!! <P.The Fourth Estate is our FIFTH COLUMN!!


7 posted on 10/21/2012 4:46:06 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Not only should Romney get into the Benghazi weeds, he should also jump headlong into the Ft Hood weeds where O’s reticence to call a terrorist attack a terrorist attack is costing wia’s and the families of kia’s benefits.


8 posted on 10/21/2012 4:47:19 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Kaslin

It’s really an insult to the American people when the Sunday morning crowd has political buffoon’s like Klein on their show.


9 posted on 10/21/2012 4:49:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Get the transcript Candy! - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: tomkat

I believe many of us are


10 posted on 10/21/2012 4:50:44 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

But I am sure he thinks that mitt romney’s 12 year old tax return is a major issue


11 posted on 10/21/2012 4:51:26 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Kaslin

12 posted on 10/21/2012 4:51:26 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin

Benghazi is not an issue...

..and Joel Klein is an excellent reporter.

In bazaaro world, people will buy off on this.

Klein loses more credibility by the day...

I’m surprise his head doesn’t squeak, it’s running so low on 30 weight reason oil.


13 posted on 10/21/2012 4:52:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: Kaslin

I’ll bet it was an issue to Stevens, Smith and 2 ex seals!!!! Libs make my head want to explode...but not gonna give them the satisfaction.


14 posted on 10/21/2012 4:53:14 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: Kaslin

“Bunch of BLIPS....? Meh...! Don’t worry ‘bout it....”
—important Pearl Harbor telephone call


15 posted on 10/21/2012 4:53:40 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Kaslin

Non issue, no way. Justice with Judge Jeanine opening comments about Benghazi attack (last night’s show on FNC):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lleTlFdJJ38

CIA Operatives speak about Libya Massacre

http://www.therightscoop.com/former-cia-officials-say-no-way-wh-didnt-know-benghazi-was-a-terrorist-attack-even-during-the-attack/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX1uukcLdd8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNCkhYSMko8


16 posted on 10/21/2012 4:55:27 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Kaslin
let's see:

Binders = big deal...Lying to American public about American deaths = no big deal. puke

17 posted on 10/21/2012 4:56:25 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Kaslin

The criminal negligence (at minimum) that led to the death of an Ambassador and 3 other Americans is not an issue, but a ‘binder’ is? What world do people like Klein delude in?


18 posted on 10/21/2012 4:57:51 PM PDT by expat2
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To: Kaslin
Joe Klien ought to be embarrassed of himself. He is nothing but a two-bit whore. He masquerades by calling himself a jorn-o-list, but everybody knows he is nothing more than mouthpiece for Obama and the DNC. He is shameless and will leave no part of himself unsold to ply the DNC line. Geez, dude, wake up and get a life.
19 posted on 10/21/2012 4:59:03 PM PDT by Obadiah (The corrupt MSM is the enemy of the American people.)
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To: Kaslin

I want a fighter.

Otherwise, there’s no reason to lay down your life.


20 posted on 10/21/2012 5:01:36 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Kaslin

Klien has no credibility, period... He is a liar!

Klein denied writing the book “Primary Color” and publicly condemned Foster. Klein denied authorship again in Newsweek, speculating that another writer wrote it. Washington Post Style editor David von Drehle, in an interview, asked Klein if he was willing to stake his journalistic credibility on his denial, to which Klein agreed. On July 17, 1996, Klein admitted that the speculation had been correct.


21 posted on 10/21/2012 5:03:18 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Jeff Chandler
0bama talked about "politicizing Benghazi"???..

Romney needs to go 'MAN UP' on this issue and accuse 0bama at attempting a cover-up on Benghazi to save his re-election bid. That is what REALLY happened here.. Everyone in the White House, State Dept., etc., freaked out saying 'Oh my God this will destroy Barack's presidency if the people find out we pulled back security then Stevens died from a terrorist attack because we ABANDONED HIM TO BE A SITTING DUCK'...

The 'protest over a movie' line was CONJURED UP as cover, given to Susan Rice to FOOL US WITH. It didn't work. Now we know they attempted to cover this up to shield 0bama's re-election from harm. Why can't the TRUTH be said here? Nixon was beaten up for YEARS over Watergate and no one died!! Oh, that's right, he wasn't liberal or black, so..

22 posted on 10/21/2012 5:05:32 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Kaslin

And, he is a mean & arrogant asshole!

In May 2009 he invited further controversy when he was quoted in an article in Politico.com, wherein he stated that the reasoning and ideas of prominent conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer were of limited value because of Krauthammer’s wheelchair use:

“There’s something tragic about him... His work would have a lot more nuance if he were able to see the situations he’s writing about.”


23 posted on 10/21/2012 5:07:24 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ExTexasRedhead
"How do you sleep at night?"

That's a damn good question, your Honor...

24 posted on 10/21/2012 5:11:22 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: jwalsh07

Liberals never want the war word mentioned because war never happens in their world except their war on Americans.

Pray for America


25 posted on 10/21/2012 5:12:09 PM PDT by bray (Islam- A billion medieval savages can't be wrong!)
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To: Kaslin

Anyone who’d like to help old Joe out on Twitter: @JoeKleinTIME


26 posted on 10/21/2012 5:19:50 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: kcvl
"He is a liar!

The deaths of four Americans any time is a big deal, with the exception maybe of South Side Chicago....be that as it may....The progressives who allow Obama to try and two-step this atrocious crime are no better than Hillary and Obama, two politicians this country can do without. They didn't want God to be part of their convention, they want this Marxist for a second term...a man (?) who is has nearly destroyed America's exceptionalism in less than 4 years....Klein must be a poster boy for Baghdad Bob for surely that ilk is cheering this sorry sob on.

27 posted on 10/21/2012 5:24:21 PM PDT by yoe (Vote for the Real American whose love for his country was NEVER in question.)
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To: Kaslin

I shudder to think how these cockroaches will explain obama’s defeat, and I am sure that they will attack president romney with every bit of the passion that they are protecting president obama


28 posted on 10/21/2012 5:28:20 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Me thinks that after the election numerous broadcast licenses need to be re-examined.


29 posted on 10/21/2012 6:02:59 PM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: Kaslin

Ah...the latest from the Goebbels..er Axelrod...nothing here move along folks...these fools are truly morally bankrupt


30 posted on 10/21/2012 6:27:59 PM PDT by databoss
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To: Kaslin

So the meme is to be Libya is a non issue contrived by Romney. They’ll ask about the courage of killing Osama, the successful end of the Iraq war, winding down of Afghanistan, weakening al-Qaeda, the success of the Arab Spring and keeping terror off of our shores.


31 posted on 10/21/2012 6:39:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama didn't fix it.)
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To: Foolsgold
Me thinks that after the election numerous broadcast licenses need to be re-examined.
We ought to above board about it - win the WH, Senate, and House majorities, and pass a law requiring FCC licensees to televise one debate a week from the end of the conventions to the week of the election.

No restrictions on the use of notes; in fact the use of Power Point presentations would be encouraged, along with web site documentation of all facts adduced in debate. And no moderator other than a chess timer controlling the microphone and the clock, so that equal time would be automatic.

Democrats and journalists would hate that. Too much emphasis on facts and logic, and too hard to demagogue.

32 posted on 10/21/2012 6:43:17 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Kaslin

Well, I’m sure Ambassador Stevens is comforted to know his murder is not a serious concern.

We’ve come to a point in this country where the press thinks it’s more appropriate for the nation to be outraged over some college student failing to get her birth control paid for than it is to be outraged over the omcpletely preventable murder of four Americans by cavemen.


33 posted on 10/21/2012 6:50:44 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Reagan @ only 39/Mondale +5/Dukakis +17/McCain +3...panic is unwarranted. So is complacency.)
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To: Kaslin

Everything the administration and the fawning MSM (aside from the few MSM voices that aren’t fawning) says about Benghazi merely damns themselves even more. Ever word they utter is a shovel digging the hole deeper.


34 posted on 10/21/2012 9:23:45 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Ann Archy
These people are odious and beyond odious, they are loathesome in their self-consequence that devalues every other thing, including the lives of serving military and, in this case, diplomatic-corps people.

FRiend is right, Romney needs to get after Barky on his ass-kissing and ring-kissing (hey, what's that ring, Barky? It says, "There is no God but Allah?" Is that what it says?) and his refusal to use the word "terrorist" -- which means, as FRiend pointed out, practical consequences to widows and orphans.

Kissing up to barbarians and murderers, while letting dead soldiers' widows and kids languish -- dressing down America while strangers promise to murder Americans in their beds. Sixty years ago, Barky would be lashed to a rail and covered with feathers, sitting by the road on the edge of town.

35 posted on 10/22/2012 7:58:53 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Obadiah
Geez, dude, wake up and get a life.

Why? So he can waste it like the one he's got?

36 posted on 10/22/2012 8:02:51 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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