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CBS Sat On Obama Calling Benghazi Terrorism

From Fox News:


Interview shows Obama downplayed mob violence explanation day after Libya attack

October 24, 2012

The public understanding of when the Obama administration knew, or should have known, the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was terrorism got even muddier Wednesday.

As newly released emails showed a local militant group was on the administration’s radar within hours of the attack, CBS News released a quote from a Sept. 12 interview in which President Obama seemed to acknowledge the strike was more than just a protest over an anti-Islam film.

CBS News published the quote online, and it appeared to have aired for the first time on Oct. 19, more than a month after the interview was taped. The video has been available online.

In fact, it was Sharyl Attkisson who published this clip for the first time, in her report about the Benghazi emails.

In the interview with "60 Minutes," Obama downplayed the notion the attack was mob violence, as was thought to be the case with a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt.

"You’re right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt, and my suspicion is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start," Obama told CBS News.

It’s somewhat bizarre (and telling) that Obama calls these murders "folks" and not terrorists. And not members of an Al Qaeda affiliate.

In fact, CBS aired the rest of the Obama interview the following Sunday evening. Which was just a few hours after Ms. Rice had gone on the five talk shows to say there was not evidence that this was a premeditated terrorist attack.

So it sure looks like the White House might have asked CBS to leave out Obama’s comments from the ’60 Minutes’ broadcast.

(Instead, CBS chose to air Obama’s attack on Romney, where he said Romney “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Which drove the news cycle for days.)

On one hand, the comment lines up with the president’s Rose Garden remarks that day, when he referred to "acts of terror." However, it also sharply conflicts with what U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice would go on to say four days later on a round of Sunday talk shows, in which she claimed the protest in Cairo helped trigger the "spontaneous" attack in Benghazi…

Indeed, it is even more tellingly that CBS didn’t even air Obama’s comments after the townhall debate, when they could have used to buttress Obama and Candy Crowley’s claim to have called it a terrorist attack from the start.

For the record, this also comports with the McClatchy report that we posted back on October 19th, from McClatchy Newspapers:

U.S. description of Benghazi attacks, at first cautious, changed after 3 days

By Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay | Thurs October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — In the first 48 hours after the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, senior Obama administration officials strongly alluded to a terrorist assault and repeatedly declined to link it to an anti-Muslim video that drew protests elsewhere in the region, transcripts of briefings show.

The administration’s initial accounts, however, changed dramatically in the following days, according to a review of briefing transcripts and administration statements, with a new narrative emerging Sept. 16 when U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice asserted in a series of TV appearances that the best information available indicated that the attack had spun off from a protest over the video.

What prompted that pivot remains a mystery amid a closely contested presidential election and Republican allegations that President Barack Obama intentionally used outrage over the video to mask administration policy missteps that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens

Obama and company wanted to to pretend this was not a terrorist attack until after the elections.

In fact, it was Sharyl Attkisson who published this clip for the first time, in her report about the Benghazi emails.

In the interview with "60 Minutes," Obama downplayed the notion the attack was mob violence, as was thought to be the case with a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt.

"You’re right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt, and my suspicion is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start," Obama told CBS News.

It’s somewhat bizarre (and telling) that Obama calls these murders "folks" and not terrorists. And not members of an Al Qaeda affiliate.

In fact, CBS aired the rest of the Obama interview the following Sunday evening. Which was just a few hours after Ms. Rice had gone on the five talk shows to say there was not evidence that this was a premeditated terrorist attack.

So it sure looks like the White House might have asked CBS to leave out Obama’s comments from the ’60 Minutes’ broadcast.

(Instead, CBS chose to air Obama’s attack on Romney, where he said Romney “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Which drove the news cycle for days.)

On one hand, the comment lines up with the president’s Rose Garden remarks that day, when he referred to "acts of terror." However, it also sharply conflicts with what U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice would go on to say four days later on a round of Sunday talk shows, in which she claimed the protest in Cairo helped trigger the "spontaneous" attack in Benghazi…

Indeed, it is even more tellingly that CBS didn’t even air Obama’s comments after the townhall debate, when they could have used to buttress Obama and Candy Crowley’s claim to have called it a terrorist attack from the start.

For the record, this also comports with the McClatchy report that we posted back on October 19th, from McClatchy Newspapers:

U.S. description of Benghazi attacks, at first cautious, changed after 3 days

By Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay | Thurs October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — In the first 48 hours after the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, senior Obama administration officials strongly alluded to a terrorist assault and repeatedly declined to link it to an anti-Muslim video that drew protests elsewhere in the region, transcripts of briefings show.

The administration’s initial accounts, however, changed dramatically in the following days, according to a review of briefing transcripts and administration statements, with a new narrative emerging Sept. 16 when U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice asserted in a series of TV appearances that the best information available indicated that the attack had spun off from a protest over the video.

What prompted that pivot remains a mystery amid a closely contested presidential election and Republican allegations that President Barack Obama intentionally used outrage over the video to mask administration policy missteps that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens

Obama and company wanted to to pretend this was not a terrorist attack until after the elections.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 25th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “CBS Sat On Obama Calling Benghazi Terrorism”

  1. Right of the People

    I suppose in Obummer’s mind and in the twisted minds of his minions that it wasn’t an act of terrorism, just America getting her comeuppance.




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