Benghazi leaks finally breaking the damn media dam
ABC News blows the lid off the lies of the Obama administration regarding Susan Rice’s talking points.
That lid already had been blown off by Stephen Hayes, but now it’s in the mainstream media.
Exclusive:The Benghazi talking points underwent 12 revisions, extensive edits from State. They are all here: abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics…. #GMA
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) May 10, 2013
(added) The graphics in this clip demonstrate the media dam:
Someone is leaking to the press from inside the government, and those leaks may burst the damn media dam.
Expect furious pushback from those trying to preserve and protect Hillary 2016.
Update — A preview of ads to be run in 2016:
I think Ben Shapiro gets it right:
Media still trying desperately to boil down GOP push on #Benghazi into “PARTISAN ATTAAAAAAACK!!!!1!” Only one problem: GOP is right.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 10, 2013
Via Noah Rothman, BBC North American editor admits the ABC report changes everything because not from the right wing:
In the interests of full disclosure I have to say I have not in the past been persuaded that allegations of a cover-up were a big deal. It seemed to me a partisan attack based on very little.
I remember listening to reports from the BBC and others at the time that did suggest the attack in Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to a rather puerile anti-Islamic video….
But the evidence is there in black and white, unless we doubt the documents obtained by ABC, which I don’t….
This is now very serious, and I suspect heads will roll. The White House will be on the defensive for a while.
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Will America wake up?
It doesn’t look promising.
For example, the new ‘spire’ that was put on top of One WTC today sure does look like a minaret. A sort of ‘victory mosque’ towering over NYC?
Will Al Jazeera have exclusive broadcast rights?
The video would be better with a narrator who is less polished in the Madison Avenue style.
This is good but I can’t get too excited. If only they had done it back before the election, when the whole rest of the world knew it, that would have been exciting.
The other problem with them waiting to cover it more or less honestly now is that for most of America, Benghazi is very much in the rear view. Most of my co-workers didn’t know about the hearings yesterday. None of them are going to be reading ABC’s coverage at this point. It’s all about Jody Arias and the Cleveland kidnapping.
CIA director David Petraeus was surprised when he read the freshly rewritten talking points an aide had emailed him in the early afternoon of Saturday, September 15. One day earlier, analysts with the CIA’s Office of Terrorism Analysis had drafted a set of unclassified talking points policymakers could use to discuss the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. But this new version—produced with input from senior Obama administration policymakers—was a shadow of the original.
The original CIA talking points had been blunt: The assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi was a terrorist attack conducted by a large group of Islamic extremists, including some with ties to al Qaeda.
These were strong claims. The CIA usually qualifies its assessments, providing policymakers a sense of whether the conclusions of its analysis are offered with “high confidence,” “moderate confidence,” or “low confidence.” That first draft signaled confidence, even certainty: “We do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al Qaeda participated in the attack.”
Another bomb shell article, this weeks Steve Hayes.
For a heavy dose of media reality, check out the NYT Editorial, The Republican’s Benghazi Obsession and click Reader Picks in the comments. 100% of them laugh in the face of the death of four Americans, saying instead we should be bitter clingers to all the deaths when Bush was president.
The tragedy of Benghazi is American apathy. And I blame the media.
There’s no reason that this should be limited to Hillary as the anointed one himself is neck high responsible.
Just hope that all of this is enough to end her aspirations and perhaps bring down this administration as well…
Bernie Goldberg: “MSNBC is not a news organization; it is a public relations firm….”
“Hope” has become a four-letter word.
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Ray of hope – Often, once legitimate whistleblowers come forward it starts a rush of other whistleblowers. There must be a boatload of people itching to come out, especially at the CIA given that the WH tried to throw them under the bus first.
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If you build your house on sand …..
Benghazi is the centre of anti US activity with data from theIraq war showing significant foreign fighters originating there. It was at the very least a recruitment centre.
It was not a consulate . What were the numerous operatives doing at the other site?
Until these are addressed it will be a roundabout .
To answer the co ordinated Bush = 52 embassy attacks + 13 deaths meme – can anyone here say where that comes from?
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