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8 journalists who downplayed the Benghazi scandal

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As new facts are uncovered about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last September, it’s 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 nine examples of the cover-up:

1) National Journal’s 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. There’s 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: 

3) Salon’s Joan Walsh: 

Benghazi madness

“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-Constitution’s Jay Bookman:

The Fox-induced hysteria over Benghazi collapses

“In conclusion, last week’s 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, I’m 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 Post’s Jonathan Bernstein:

The real Benghazi story: The dogs that aren’t barking

“If you’re 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 Memo‘s Josh Marshall:

8) The Atlantic Wire’s Elspeth Reeve:

The GOP-Fox News Benghazi Feedback Loop

“The problem is that while Congressional Republicans are sure that there’s something scandalous about Benghazi, they’ve 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.”

 

Comments

Comments

  1. MeMikeT says:

    Years ago, when you could trust the news, a news reporter would have jumped all over this story big time. They would have thought of the story as Pulitzer Prize material. An opportunity to sky rocket their career. Now the Mainstream Media is full of kiss-ups to the liberal agenda. They all have the skill to report the news, but they lack honesty and their responsibility to the duty to the Constitution. News reporters should be the ‘first responders’ protecting the American people against a Tyranny Government. The Mainstream Media is negligent on all counts. I call it criminal.

    1. AquaStar says:

      This is what happens when ideology trumps finding out the truth.

      The media has been in full circle mode around Obama whenever any story threatens to touch him.

      This is not their function and directly violates the public’s right to know the facts wherever they may lead.

      1. suegee says:

        Go Blue.! I am so sick of the lamestream media.I cannot watch it as far as news goes,have given up our local papers because of the liberal outlook.If anyone says anything negative about this communist regime you are then alinskied.Sick

      2. Dave says:

        This is ridiculous! 4 people died! 4! Plus they were in extremely hostile territory so what the f do you expect? More people have died of domestic tragedy since and we are still talkin about this . Let it go!

      3. Dave says:

        This is ridiculous! 4 people died! 4! Plus they were in extremely hostile territory so what the f do you expect? More people have died of domestic tragedy since and we are still talking about this . Let it go!

  2. Laz A. Mataz says:

    “AP” clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and /proudly/ Soviet. They are the enemy of America and friends to Communism, Socialism, and Fascism.

    Actually, they are worse than the Soviet-era Pravda. Pravda had to print and announce what they did, under pain of death. THESE people do the same work as Pravda, VOLUNTARILY.

  3. OldmanRick says:

    How many from this gang of eight, alleged journalists are Marxists? Or would it be better to ask how many aren’t?

  4. Arnonerik says:

    These media slimes have zero credibility. It’s time to start ridiculing them and the ignorant people who still believe their BS.

  5. J. HUDSON says:

    Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE! Your lord and savior has MOST DEFINITELY BEEN CAUGHT LYING, and STILL you try to protect him. You “people” have discredited yourselves. NOTHING you have to say holds ANY merit WHATSOEVER now. Thats what is wrong with you liberals. You dont know when you’re beat. Just like all of the recent gun control bills that were ALL DEFEATED. DEFEATED! Now you liberals need to fabricate another non-issue, and run it into the ground. Rally to get a rainbow flag recognized as the national symbol, or something equally a complete waste of time.

  6. suegee says:

    Everyday I cannot get my head around the fact that people actualy voted for Obama again. Once was bad enough, but twice?Just goes to show how stupid people can be.They listen to some bozo, who was never vetted by anyone , and he says what they want to hear,even though he lies.His entire cabinet is Marxist and if people would take an hour and vet these people they would be horrified. But they cannot be bothered. Easier to just listen to the baloney than to investigate.There is little if any leadership In Congress and they speak with forked tongue.I can think of maybe 5 people that I would trust.

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