Skip to comments.Media cooperating with Benghazi cover-up?
Posted on 10/30/2012 6:27:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
There has been a curious lack of curiosity among the media about the chain of events that left an American consulate largely undefended in a terrorist attack, resulting in the death of four Americans, despite a number of military resources at hand. Does this equate to a cover-up by the national media, or at least cooperation on their part with the Obama administration to avoid answering questions about it?
Deborah Saunders, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, finds the lack of interest in this story very, er, interesting. She argues that this isnt a total media blackout by any means, but implies that the aversion to this story has a lot to do with the party affiliation of the President:
Some readers tell me that they see The Chronicles failure to run a rash of front-page stories as proof of bias. They have a point, but they fail to appreciate the local emphasis in todays front-page placement, especially during a presidential election and World Series, which the Giants, incidentally, won 4-zip.
Most important is the resources issue. Most dailies dont have foreign bureaus or reporters with the sources needed to break this type of story. I dont think theres a bias issue, but we do have to rely on our primary news services, Chronicle Editor Ward H. Bushee told me.
That doesnt let the media off the hook. Saunders notes some very troubling information that has come to light in the last few days through some good work at Fox News, among others but which havent prompted much coverage or follow-up elsewhere. And if this had happened in a Republican administration, Saunders argues, wed be seeing a much different response from the media:
On Friday, correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported that sources told her that a CIA team, including Tyrone Woods who also died in Benghazi, had requested military backup during the attack but was told to stand down. The CIA dismissed the story as inaccurate.
A drone was deployed over Benghazi during an attack that lasted about seven hours. Yet, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters that he hadnt known enough about what was happening in real time to authorize a military rescue.
The Chronicles most recent story on Benghazi ran on Oct. 25. It reported that on Sept. 11, the State Department e-mailed the White House that Ansar al-Shariah had claimed responsibility for the attack. That would be shortly after 6 p.m. Eastern time. What did Obama know that night, when did he know it and what did he do about it? Ditto Langley and the Pentagon.
Now ask yourself this: If George W. Bush were president, and the press didnt know what he did on the evening of the Benghazi attack, do you think there would be the same focus in the media? I think we know the answer.
Michael Ramirez offers his Pulitzer Prize-winning perspective at Investors Business Daily on the media response:
Also, be sure to check out Ramirez terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez career, and it gives fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And dont forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.
Pulling names off a search list showing prior threads on Benghazi coverup.
Confidential ABC Program for handling Democrat scandals:
20: If Ignore=0 THEN GOTO 40
30: GOTO 10;
50: If Blame_On_Bush=0 THEN GOTO 70;
60: GOTO 40;
I really lick the "Toon"
Nice to see retired Admirals and Generals starting to open up on this issue. At least Fox will hear them out.
” - - - The CIA dismissed the story as inaccurate. - - - - “
The key to finding the truth about Benghazi may to assume that the rest of the CIA’s “inaccuracies” are in fact accurate.
There is no al-Qaeda, there is only islam and the ‘straight path’ that leads back to the 7th century...and it looks like the path winds through 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Well... just reading the executive summary blows away any claim that Al - Queda wasn’t moving into Libya in a very obvious way.
Save it to your machine and/or post it around.
Thank you. I appreciate all pings on this.
Great item thank you.
Bouquets for Freerepublic.
Brickbats for Democrats.
I really am a strong believer in the 1st amendment, but there is something criminal about the way the media is acting on behalf of this administration. I think the free market and the new media is slowly solving the problem, but still.
I think the democrat party is funding some of these liberal rags.
watched all three network Sunday shows and the “moderators” never brought Libya up. When any of the Republican participants tried to bring it up, they were overridden and the subject was changed by the moderator.
I hate to say that the news media have lost all pretense of bias, but you’d think there would be some professional pride or patriotism among some of them, wouldn’t you?
Thanks Ernest. Gosh, what are the odds of that? ;”)
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