Skip to comments.8 journalists who downplayed the Benghazi scandal
Posted on 05/08/2013 3:15:48 PM PDT by Mozilla
As new facts are uncovered about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last September, its become increasingly clear that many in the mainstream media really did cover up the severity of the attack during their initial reports, choosing instead to paint it as a overreaction by Washington Republicans.
Here are examples of the cover-up:
1) National Journals Michael Hirsh:
Benghazi: The Real Libya Story Is No Story
No evidence has surfaced to indicate the administration is guilty of anything other than looking flat-footed
It sounds very plausible. Theres only one problem with that view: No evidence has surfaced so far to support the idea that the Obama administration deceived the public deliberately.
2) The New York Times Nicholas Kristof: Nicholas Kristof ✔ @NickKristof
I'm sick of Republican intransigence over @AmbassadorRice. Her misstatements were small potatoes. Time to move on.
3) Salons Joan Walsh:
The latest right-wing conspiracy porn features a return of 2008 Obama-Clinton tensions played out over Libya
But the latest right-wing allegations about Benghazi have reached the realm of lurid conservative conspiracy porn. Far-right websites are ablaze with stories of Obama administration perfidy, incompetence and infighting, overlaid with tensions between President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that supposedly go back to the 2008 Democratic primary.
4) The Atlanta Journal-Constitutions Jay Bookman:
The Fox-induced hysteria over Benghazi collapses
In conclusion, last weeks entire controversy was spectacularly, embarrassingly wrong-headed. No facts exist to justify the overheated rhetoric and allegations directed at Obama and top officials in his administration, but no apologies will follow either. Quite the contrary, Im sure.
5) Mother Jones Kevin Drum:
Keeping Up With the Latest Benghazi Conspiracy Theories
And why are we only hearing about this now? Because everyone who knew about it was afraid to come forward, natch. You know how ruthless Obama can be. Today, though, Billy Birdzell, a former special ops team leader, pretty much torched the whole conspiracy theory.
6) The Washington Posts Jonathan Bernstein:
The real Benghazi story: The dogs that arent barking
If youre not inside the conservative information feedback loop, you might not be aware that within that loop the Benghazi scandal is still going at 100 percent strength. Months after the actual incident, which was back in September. Even though no one has ever made clear exactly what terrible secret was the subject of the supposed cover-up; even though a succession of revelations have all turned out to be nonsense
7) Talking Points Memos Josh Marshall: Josh Marshall ✔ @joshtpm
RWs certain Benghazi is massive scandal, just can't seem to decide why. Deep breath & repeat: the election is over. #desperate
8) The Atlantic Wires Elspeth Reeve:
The GOP-Fox News Benghazi Feedback Loop
The problem is that while Congressional Republicans are sure that theres something scandalous about Benghazi, theyve had little luck convincing anyone other than Fox News and its viewers. But to keep the momentum going nothing sinks an agenda-driven story more effectively than when nothing new happening they have created a feedback loop, in which Fox reports something, the Republican-controlled House holds hearings on it, and then Fox reports on those hearings.
90 percent of the media is in the tank for Obama..not surprised at all, they will do anything to protect Obama..his agenda is their agenda..a Commie liberal who wants to destroy America..if Obama had an R next to his name these same media pricks would be calling for his impeachment
These people did not spread false information because they are dumb. These people knew what they were doing. Notice how all their stories are all slight variations on the same exact theme.
The 10 slime balls in question were simply following orders and parroting the talking points provided by the Obama Administration.
These people are nothing but paid liars. To think they are anything else is naive.
He had carried the water early on for the administration on Benghazi and then got blindsided by these recent revelations ...
All I have to say to Bob is that it used to be that when a journalist got a tip - he ACTUALLY check it out and vetted sources BEFORE reporting it ...
well philly isn’t covering it and looking at the above 8, I am rest assured that this will be swept away unless the mothers follow these baztards around.
The overall Left wing Journ-O-list consensus seems to be that it’s only politics; Republicans trying to cause trouble that doesn’t exist. So others should not even listen... There’s nothing there except attacks from the right...
Spoon fed by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...
4 American died
Ambassador - Represents the US - killed
No response when response WAS available
CIA Agents bravely fighting — REFUSED relief and backup by who?
Witnesses ordered NOT to speak — not even to Congress!
Knew it was terrorism - Still sent UN Ambassador out to lie to the american People about an anti-Mulsim video
The Leftwing faction in media is the Country’s greatest threat.
Change "Benghazi" to Watergate" and you can see the "news" media's hypocrisy. Democrat President? Protect t all costs. Repub President? Magnify every little utterance and/or "clue" to look like a coverup.
Shouldn't that be "journalists"?
Everything you said, I say again.
What you said times two.
I agree completely with you.
Exactly what I was thinking.
These creeps aren’t dumb they are lying treasonous bastards.
But, not only that, the media is obstructing justice.
They would be lucky to be writing one liners for shopping channel infomercials, in a just world.
Weird thing is, the world they are trying so hard to bring into being would have them all shot, right after they finished digging the trench they'd be buried in.
Who was he livid about?
Wrinkled old fart, Schieffer, has been carry Donkey-water for decades....
GBA, I think you are misunderstood, the LSM know their media is dying, they are closing, going bankrupt, or sold to Republicans. They have to go Pravda.
This is all connected.
I believe originally it was a kidnapping trade deal for the Blind Sheik that went bad. Real bad, I mean Al-Quada is on the run don’t ya know.
They never expected 2 CIA agents to show up and give a fight. It was suppose to be a clean kidnapping.
As a matter of fact I would not be suprised if the Cairo protest, video crap was also staged to get the thing going. I mean the Muslim Brotherhood does want the Blind Sheik back.
Schieffer was Dan Rather’s buddy. He is now tight with Scott Pelley and the crew ion their morning show. Propagandists.
Maybe it should be actors playing journalists or as they call it the fake news. It is all state run media. That is why I am so eager to get going with the new sources of news going up against Fox News because the more competition on the right the better.
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