May 4, 2014
There is an incredibly incestuous relationship between the media and the administration.
Because of this, and because of the media’s puppy love crush on Obama and desire to see him re-elected, the seven-hour-long slaughter of the ambassador and three defenders at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi and the administration’s role in facilitating it and covering up their fecklessness never received the attention it deserved.
Secretary of State Clinton’s refusal to provide the necessary security teams the ambassador repeatedly begged for, the murky arms dealings going on there, fallout from the unnecessary removal of the then-compliant Libyan head Kaddafi, and the refusal to send in troops to aid the beleaguered U.S. forces were all brushed aside by means of a dog-and-pony show about a barely viewed cockamamie video whose producer was quickly bundled off to jail before the paparazzi. Hillary, the president and even Colin Powell made appearances as the coffins of the 4 Americans slaughtered there arrived home and disingenuous expressions of sympathy and concern were uttered. All of this was a cheap show for the dummies. No one with any sense at all believed the official explanation even after Susan Rice — who had no operational part of the events nor firsthand knowledge of them — was trotted out with the fantastical story.
Efforts to get to the bottom of this have been routinely stymied and Congressional committees stonewalled by the malfeasants and their staffs. Judicial Watch, less constrained by law than the committees, finally got the smoking gun emails which establish beyond peradventure of doubt that the administration covered up the truth to boost Obama’s re-election.
As Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard reports:
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed last summer by Judicial Watch, the Obama administration last week released 41 documents related to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. An email from the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, has received most of the attention. In it, Rhodes laid out four goals for Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who would be appearing on five Sunday talk shows 36 hours later. “To convey that the United States is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities abroad; To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy; To show that we will be resolute in bringing people who harm Americans to justice, and standing steadfast through these protests; To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”
The Judicial Watch documents also included White House talking points for Rice, with possible questions and answers she might provide to meet the goals set out by Rhodes. These new White House talking points included a broad discussion of the Arab Spring and its challenges, as well as several specific references to the attacks in Benghazi — a mention of Ambassador Chris Stevens, a question on Benghazi intelligence, and a separate section under the header “Benghazi.”
The Rhodes email and new talking points went to many top Obama administration communications and political officials, including press secretary Jay Carney, communications director Dan Pfeiffer, and Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe.
Top diplomats and intelligence officers in Libya offered assessments of the Benghazi attacks that were true when they made them and remain true today. But top Obama administration officials ignored those assessments. Six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, those officials — at the direction of White House communications and political strategists desperate to maintain the fiction that al Qaeda was “on the run” — lied to the public about how four Americans were killed in a sophisticated attack carried out, on the anniversary of 9/11, by terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda.
In case you missed it, Ben Rhodes’ brother, David, is the president of CBS who is reported to have stymied Sharyl Attkisson’s reporting of this and other Obama scandals.
To make matters worse for the administration, former NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor, who seems to have been awarded that slot because years before he volunteered to drive a press van for Obama’s senatorial campaign, appeared on Fox News, called Bret Baier “dude”, claimed to not recall his role in crafting the talking points as they were written ”like two years ago”, and conceded that Obama never was in the situation room when the battle in Libya was taking place.
In response to these disclosures, House Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a select committee headed by Trey Gowdy (who does know how to ask questions of witnesses, unlike most of his colleagues) to investigate what happened at Benghazi and the administration’s handling of the incident. This seems to have compelled the Washington Post to cover the story. (Not on page one, however, where more important stuff like how Palestinian terrorists in Israel are smuggling out their sperm to impregnate their wives is covered instead.) Here, the story by Wesley Lowrey is cast as a Boehner concession to the far right and half the wordage is devoted to quotes from Democrats opposed to the expanded investigation for all the usual reasons — already investigated, old stuff, purely political — which the Clintons trailblazed. The paper didn’t use the expression “vast right wing conspiracy” though they said as much.
The NYT version of events (at page 11 below the fold) also pegged conservatives and political concerns as the impetus for Boehner’s move but was slightly more nuanced, noting: :
Conservative passion around the story is driven as much by the notion of a corrupt Obama White House as it is by a grievance that the news media has largely turned a blind eye.
Speaking of the unearthed email, Charles Krauthammer, the conservative pundit, said on Fox News recently, “To me, it’s the equivalent of what was discovered with the Nixon tapes.”
Maybe if we spread the word that one of the Kardashians was dating a guy named Ben Ghazi, low information ears would prick up at the sound of the name. Still, in both newspaper accounts the writers observe that, even with the full-blown lying and covering up and the media aid in concealing this mendacity, more than half of Americans believe the administration was hiding something even though a few percentage more thought the criticism was fueled by politics….
Journalism used to be an honorable profession, today there’s a revolving door policy where political hacks pretend to be journalists and journalists sell out to the highest political bidder – not unlike our politicians, revolving door with big business. They’re all lobbying each other and guess who isn’t in the sight of their greedy eyes…