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Media cooperating with Benghazi cover-up?
Hot Air ^ | 1:31 pm on October 30, 2012 | Ed Morrissey

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 isn’t 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 Chronicle’s 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 today’s 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 don’t have foreign bureaus or reporters with the sources needed to break this type of story. “I don’t think there’s a bias issue, but we do have to rely on our primary news services,” Chronicle Editor Ward H. Bushee told me.

That doesn’t 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 haven’t prompted much coverage or follow-up elsewhere.  And if this had happened in a Republican administration, Saunders argues, we’d 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 hadn’t known enough about what was happening in real time to authorize a military rescue.

The Chronicle’s 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 didn’t 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 don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazicoverup; benghazigate; shadowwars; threatmatrix

1 posted on 10/30/2012 6:27:52 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; onyx; SunkenCiv; blam; Grampa Dave; NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; ...

Pulling names off a search list showing prior threads on Benghazi coverup.


2 posted on 10/30/2012 6:36:08 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Correction required to Ed's opening statements:
"There has been a curious Serious lack of curiosity among the media about the chain of events that left an American consulate largely undefended in a terrorist attack...."

There. Fixed it for him.
3 posted on 10/30/2012 6:36:32 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: mgist
Related thread:

Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now ^

4 posted on 10/30/2012 6:40:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

co-conspirators period


5 posted on 10/30/2012 6:42:24 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Well, DUH!

Gutless FAIL!


6 posted on 10/30/2012 6:43:27 PM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Confidential ABC Program for handling Democrat scandals:

10: Ignore;
20: If Ignore=0 THEN GOTO 40
30: GOTO 10;
40: Blame_On_Bush
50: If Blame_On_Bush=0 THEN GOTO 70;
60: GOTO 40;
70: Obfuscate;
...


7 posted on 10/30/2012 6:45:32 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Marine_Uncle; PJ-Comix
Very true....thanks for the Fixing....LOL!

I really lick the "Toon"

8 posted on 10/30/2012 6:46:16 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nice to see retired Admirals and Generals starting to open up on this issue. At least Fox will hear them out.


9 posted on 10/30/2012 6:46:37 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "Well I don't know if I would that far to lick the screen, but indeed the toon was rather cute and clever. :)

It is obvious at this time it will take a number of reads to wade through the large Library of Congress paper a number of us probably downloaded. So full of details.
So much in public form that point to the total bull shit claims the guy in the White Hut had been making about having Al Qaeda on the run. What bull shit.
10 posted on 10/30/2012 6:50:29 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

” - - - 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.


11 posted on 10/30/2012 7:06:20 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 7:15:27 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Well... just reading the executive summary blows away any claim that Al - Queda wasn’t moving into Libya in a very obvious way.


13 posted on 10/30/2012 7:18:36 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Bon mots

Excellent.


14 posted on 10/30/2012 7:19:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Here's my modified version of the "meme" image that Facebook is censoring, according to Breitbart. (I added the punctuation-mark bullet holes, "X" and "can't hear you" text.)

Save it to your machine and/or post it around.


15 posted on 10/30/2012 7:19:54 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: ModelBreaker

LOL!


16 posted on 10/30/2012 7:20:53 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Travis McGee; Marine_Uncle; Grampa Dave; TigersEye; SunkenCiv; RummyChick; onyx

Powerful!


17 posted on 10/30/2012 7:24:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thank you. I appreciate all pings on this.


18 posted on 10/30/2012 7:24:34 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ask the dead of Benghazi how much "Obama cares.")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Paragraph after paragraph, just heighten what you just wrote. I'm on page 11. I plan on making some yellow bookmark notes as I go along. I have already sent a copy to some folks at my end plus one I tried to start a business with that now lives on the Island of Borneo. We call him "the Borneo kid". :)
No response required.
19 posted on 10/30/2012 7:27:27 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Graewoulf
Had you taken the opportunity to download a very detailed Library Of Congress report on the Libyan scenario? If not and you so desire to do so click here to download in PDF form.

Just click on the top most far left URL to go to site, then do a save page as, assuming you are using a Microsoft system and any of the standard browsers or say Fire Fox.
Once the dcument loads, you will be able to do the "save page as".
No response required. I just think this is a nice doc to store for future reference.
20 posted on 10/30/2012 7:37:54 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Great item thank you.
Bouquets for Freerepublic.
Brickbats for Democrats.


21 posted on 10/30/2012 7:54:39 PM PDT by idaho foxtrot (Don't give up the ship!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 8:02:56 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

23 posted on 10/30/2012 8:26:48 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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To: Tench_Coxe

I think the democrat party is funding some of these liberal rags.


24 posted on 10/30/2012 9:12:12 PM PDT by virgil
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Do bears...?


25 posted on 10/30/2012 9:38:49 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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?


26 posted on 10/30/2012 9:56:50 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk oMnly to me.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; onyx; bitt; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ..

Thanks Ernest. Gosh, what are the odds of that? ;”)


27 posted on 10/31/2012 3:46:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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