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Eleanor Clift says Amb. Stevens not “murdered”

Eleanor Clift says Amb. Stevens not “murdered”


Eleanor Clift, who is a “key member of the political team” at Newsweek and regularly appears the television program, The McLaughlin Group, declared last week that Ambassador Chris Stevens was not murdered in the September 11th terrorist attack in Benghazi.

I would like to point out Ambassador Stevens was not murdered. He died of smoke inhalation in the safe room in that CIA installation.

According to her bio, Clift has followed the Clinton family as a journalist since the early nineties, and it appears she may have grown a certain fondness for the former Secretary of State, as that is the only logical explanation for making such a outlandish statement on purpose.

But Clift didn’t stop there. After being challenged by others on the panel, she spouted off the same lines that were spoon fed to the media in the immediate aftermath of the attack, that we all now know are completely untrue.

PAT BUCHANAN: It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor. He was murdered in a terrorist attack.

CLIFT: It was an opportunistic terrorist attack that grew out of that video.

BUCHANAN: The video had nothing to do with it.

SUSAN FERRECHIO: She’s still talking about the video?

CLIFT: There were demonstrations across the world.

BUCHANAN: Not in Benghazi. There was no video related to it at all.

CLIFT: It was still opportunistic… If we’re going to put people on trial we should put David Petraeus on trial, not Hillary Clinton.

So, if I follow Clift’s logic, Ambassador Stevens wasn’t murdered in the Benghazi terror attack because the coordinated mortar bombardment he was seeking shelter from that night did not land a direct hit. Instead, maybe Clift thinks they were a series of warning shots, one of which accidentally created enough smoke to suffocate the late Ambassador?

Contrary to Clift’s intent — which was to say the Benghazi investigations are overblown and redundant — her outlandish and downright false statements demonstrate the critical need for the special committee on Benghazi.

The Administration’s misleading talking points, and the media’s general refusal to even slightly scrutinize them in the lead up to the 2012 election, demand a full inquiry into the truth of the matter. Perhaps the this investigation will clear some things up for Clift, who seems incapable of absorbing the reality that this attack was not the result of a YouTube video.

One final note: Clift also repeatedly characterized the attack as “opportunistic,” which is essentially another way of saying it was spontaneous (like the protest about the video that never actually occurred).

This assertion, too, may be far from the truth.

Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, is weighing whether to recall one or both of those officials over their Benghazi congressional testimony.

Rogers said the evidence suggests a highly skilled team carried out the mortar strike. Fox News has confirmed five rounds were fired in under a minute, with three hitting the annex roof — a target roughly the size of two convenience stores.

“This was exceptionally good shooting. It was clearly accurate. They adjusted their fire, which is a term a mortar crew might use, so they went a little long and a little short and they fired for effect,” Rogers said. “When you fire for effect and you have three rounds hit exactly where they were intended that ended up taking the lives of our American heroes there, that tells me that they knew exactly what they were doing. So that was either significantly preplanned, or it was a mortar crew that was exceptionally good.” [Emphasis Added]

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So…on 9/11 all those people died not because of a terrorists attack but because of gravity and kinetic energy?

What a world we are in when people like this are treated seriously.

    Close. It was because of a “kinetic military action.”

    There was a movie a few years back (Collateral) where Tom Cruise played a hit man. At one point a taxi driver (I think played by Jamie Fox but I might be wrong) sees a guy fall from a building and land on his cab. He accuses Tom Cruise of killing the guy and cruise said, “I didn’t kill him, It was the bullets and the fall that killed him.”

    The whole theater laughed at the line, because it was so ridiculous.

    I guess Eleanor Clift never saw that movie.

LukeHandCool | May 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I think Eleanor Clift’s inhalation of some funny kind of smoke caused her to murder her own reputation.

She is a Democrat shill. A leftist gasbag. The ultimate Blue Dress Clintonista. A Marxist whore.

    walls in reply to ZurichMike. | May 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    A Marxist whore … nailed it head on. I don’t watch McLaughlin anymore because this loud-mouthed bitch continually butts in out-of-turn to make her points. Where are her manners? John needs to occasionally ram a sock down her throat to shut her up … a wet, smelly sock at that.

Eleanor Clift is a prostitute.

Eleanor had a brainectomy years ago. Nothing. NOTHING she says ever makes sense or has any relationship with the facts.

She makes Joe Biden seem smart.

She tried to join MENSA but her application lowered everyone’s IQ

When you look up Moron in the dictionary, there’s her picture.

McLaughlin either is banging her or keeps her on for comic relief.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to jakee308. | May 13, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Clift is as psycho as Pelosi. She’s been babbling these idiocies for thirty-plus years. She should retire.

Newsweek and The McLaughlin Group have her on as a court fool. She doesn’t mind. She makes a good living at it.

So glad she let us know just how really stupid she is.

Fair assessments above. I did write PBS once that they should stuff a sock in her mouth.

The four Americans were at work when they were murdered, and so were the al Qaeda terrorists (murder being their job description), so Benghazi must quality as workplace violence.

Huh, they’re not even pretending any more. Maybe because they realize that they don’t have to. And in a country which not only elected but later re-elected malignant dwarves like Bill Clinton and Obama, maybe they’re right.

So it was just a spontaneous demonstration that spiraled out of control, a sparkler started a fire and caused the accidental death of our ambassador from simple smoke inhalation.

And we should put Petraeus on trial for it.

Liberal logic.

OK, Eleanor Cliff cleared up the whole Benghazi thing very nicely over the weekend.

Ambassador Stevens wasn’t murdered-murdered. No, no. He just died of smoke inhalation. And those guys with the RPGs? Those were an ad hoc Libyan fire brigade. See? Just one of those tragic things that happen when people get careless with fire.

But…seriously, folks…Cliff did us all a favor in her mindless statement. Anybody wondering if Benghazi is a “conservative conspiracy” and hearing this ditz will now see, given this laughable apologia, there is something going on.

2nd Ammendment Mother | May 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

If you don’t think that there is a concerted effort to spin…

Gwen Ifil set up the Boko Haram distraction (which backfired on top of Hillary) and now Clift is setting up a new interpretation of the circumstances of the Ambassadors death….

Sounds a lot like the “what is the meaning of sex” argument to me.

Is this the new story. This horrible woman can spin this horrible act anyway she wants; but Stevens was murdered.

Henry Hawkins | May 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

BJ: “Clift has followed the Clinton family as a journalist since the early nineties, and it appears she may have grown a certain fondness for the former Secretary of State, as that is the only logical explanation for making such a outlandish statement on purpose.”

This must be it. While spin is expected, this is not spin. This appears to be full True Believer faith in Hillary clinton, cogitated from so deep within the bubble Clift is unaware this tale has already been debunked and even Clinton and the White House have acknowledged it as horseshit.

Ironically, Clift did no favor for Hillary with this – she merely pointed out on national TV how ridiculous was the video tale which was already tried by Hillary and failed almost immediately back in 2012.

Talk about out of touch…

Phillep Harding | May 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Uh, yeah.

People who die in arson fires are not murdered. Arsonists who set those fires should not be convicted of murder.



How condescendingly dismissive of the Benghazi slaughter of Americans. If it was her son who had been killed would she lie for her peeps or would she seek answers?

It is “opportunistic” to call Eleanor Clift a journalist at any level. But, it is perfectly consistent to call her a “moonbat” waiting to swoop in with the agreed-upon ‘truth’.

“Ambassador Stevens was not murdered. He died of smoke inhalation in the safe room in that CIA installation.”

Was Eleanor there and just now giving us her first-hand account? Or, as she usually does, is she speculating from a Clinton armchair “opportunistic” perspective, after the smoke inhalation has cleared?

I think we now know who wrote Susan Rice’s talking points!

I don’t like the slur that “leftism is a mental disorder”; I think calling those you disagree with names is counterproductive. It hardens their position and you might believe your own BS.

Having said that, Clift makes me wonder.

Henry Hawkins | May 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

You’re under arrest.

For what?


I didn’t kill anybody!

You threw your boss off the roof of a ten story building!

It was the ground that killed him – he was fine the last I saw him!

An amateur. Pure amateur. Here she had the opportunity to link the smoke to carbon emissions and change the subject to global warming and she missed it.

We must have those ventilators replaced. This is a case for OHSA.

Eleanor Clift has been an idiot her entire life. Now she is getting senile. A deadly combination.

She deserves her own show on MSNBC

I’ll be generous and state that she’s not stupid. But, she has no soul. She knows that she’s lying. Her only purpose appears to be, as is often the case with these abhorrent talking points, giving the LIVs something to spew across chat rooms and in arguments around the country. ‘He wasn’t murdered!’ I can hear it now. Sickening.

There is something profoundly sad and frightening about this. It’s a mixture of human nature (defend my and my friends’ beliefs no matter what), human limitedness (eg. lack of logical ability), and leftist BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) methodology.

I find it disturbing that we are forced to respond to such sad nonsense, but we must absolutely do so. I hope we can do so charitably while examining ourselves for similar flaws.

KPBS had a discussion early this afternoon, pacific time, about the Republicans and how this whole thing just a bunch of illegitimate political maneuvering. They are outraged by the Republicans’ actions.

Seriously. Your tax dollars at work.

If the world were a better place, somebody in the audience, preferably a female to keep things fair, would have promptly jumped up and beat the living shit out of that lying whore as soon as those ridiculously insulting words passed her lips. Politicians of this ilk make me sick.

Clift has it right. Stevens would never have made it alive to the hospital unless the rebels allowed it.

The whole thing was a setup so they could swap the blind sheik for Stevens. You guys are all going to look a little silly jumping on the bandwagon going nowhere.

This should not be construed as support for Mizz Clift. She is still the vacant cranium leftist she’s always been.

I never understood how Clift got work. She isn’t smart, she isn’t a particularly good writer.

It’s horrifying to think someone as unattractive in looks and personality could sleep their way to the top in the news business, but it worked for Barbara Walters (according to her autobiography, she slept with all the editors, producers, and NBC executives who could help her career, as well as many others).

I haven’t read her in over 30 years, I decided she was a waste of precious time back when she was in Newsweek. I stopped watching McLaughlin because he insisted on keep the dimwit on the panel.

Nothing she might say would surprise me, and this only confirms my original decision to just skip the ditz wherever possible.

Come to think of it have you ever seen Clift and Biden in the same spot at the same time….just saying.

Just another case of workplace violence. It’s time to move on!

rabid wombat | May 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm

what? No Aykroyd riff “Eleanor, you ignorant sl..”

Henry Hawkins | May 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Clift has conflated a *cause* of death – she alleges smoke inhalation – with a *manner* of death – murder. A cause of death is a clinical/medical assessment. Murder is a legal term, of course. It evades her brilliance that the two are not mutually exclusive. Stevens can have both died of smoke inhalation and been murdered.

He was not murdered. He was aborted. Stupid semantic games. What do I win?

Doubting Thomas | May 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Might we assume then that Eleanor would conclude that the Jews were not murdered by the Nazis. They merely died of gas inhalation.