Snubbing scandal

Why are media so disinterested in blowing Benghazi disaster wide-open?

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Watergate became an issue, and ended a presidency, only because of the dogged pursuit of the truth by the press.

The famous team of Woodward and Bernstein risked everything to pursue a damaging story about the most powerful man on Earth, the president of the United States. It took more digging than the Panama Canal did. It took the cultivation of a news source so secretive that he was given the name “Deep Throat,” and his identity was never acknowledged until his death just a few years ago.

Ultimately, the lonely persistence of those two reporters resulted in a feeding frenzy in the media and hearings on Capitol Hill and the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Let’s compare all that to the scandals of today – and how the media have handled those.

First there was Fast and Furious – a gun-running program under the U.S. Department of Justice in which mega-dangerous Mexican drug cartels were actually supplied powerful weapons by the U.S. government. The guns have been linked to dozens of murders, including mass murders – as well as the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Congress has tried for months and months to get to the bottom of the scandal, but Attorney General Eric Holder has given testimony that conflicts with documented evidence, and he has refused to provide papers subpoenaed by the House. He has been found in contempt of Congress, and President Obama has tried to avert further scrutiny by claiming the documents in the scandal are protected by executive privilege.

Like Watergate, except that no one was killed in that scandal.

Now we have the Benghazi Bungle.

This administration allowed its consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to be grossly underprotected – even after the nearby British pulled up stakes and left, and after our ambassador there and other officials pleaded the Obama administration for more security. On Sept. 11, 2012, the embassy was attacked by what is now described as an al-Qaida-style band of well-armed terrorists. Yet, for nearly two weeks after the attack, the Obama administration described the attack as a protest gone bad
over an anti-Muslim Internet video.

Evidence now indicates there was never any protest, and that the Obama administration knew very quickly that it was a terrorist attack, despite its repeated claims to the contrary.

In short, they lied through their teeth to the American people for days on end.

To cover up their lies, they’ve been claiming that intelligence officials were wrong. Yet, State Department e-mails reportedly indicate that officials knew of the likely link to terrorism within hours of the attack, and that an al-Qaida-linked group was claiming responsibility.

Again, this might be like Watergate, except that four people, including an American ambassador, were killed.

Yet, at an Obama campaign event in Ohio recently, person after person after person had no knowledge of the Benghazi attack or its aftermath.

That might be because the news media are trying their best to give Obama a pass on this, as well as the Fast and Furious scandal.

They once clawed and scratched and dug to get at Watergate in off-the-record conversations and back alley interviews. Today, the media have had the evidence of two scandals dumped on their desks – and, with just a few exceptions, they appear to have little desire to get at the truth.

Interesting. And very sad.

If this administration gets away with this, and is even rewarded with re-election, what won’t it lie about?

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KSL
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KSL 10/25/12 - 12:10 am
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It will set a very dangerous

It will set a very dangerous precedent if this corrupt administration gets away with this.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/25/12 - 04:33 am
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Well goodness gracious. The

Well goodness gracious. The AC finally got around to printing an anti-Obama editorial, and even used "Fair and Balanced" Faux News talking points. I've been waiting and waiting, to the point I was beginning to doubt their journalistic integrity. I was getting so tired of their nit picking every little thing the Romney camp could do wrong, from their missteps, misstatements, and flip-flops, to the outright lying about their policies and previous positions, even Romney's lack of grasp of geography. I was also tired of their blatant attacks on the Bush administration for not following up on security briefings that said terrorists were planning on flying planes into buildings. The last straw was when they attacked the Bush team for confusion in the days after the attack and any mistatements they might have made. And who can forget the way they relentlessly went after the Bush administration just because they attacked the wrong country just because they lied and said it was related to 9/11, held some secret meetings on energy with Cheney's and Bush's good friend "Kenny Boy" Lay who ran that ultra successful company Enron. Add that to the attacks when the Bush adminstration started up this gun running scheme in Mexico. Yes, have no fear. Journalistic integrity is finally alive and well the Augusta Chronicle. Now if they'll just start runnig editorials against those Democrats who keep saying crazy things like "evolution and embyolgy are lies from the pits of hell" and that there's "legitimate" and "illegitimate" rape, that women's bodies can just shut down rapists, and that rape babies are "gifts from God". I know they jump all over these nuts and all of the other carzy things those Democrats say. Amen.

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wayne2410 10/25/12 - 04:34 am
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It used to be the press was
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It used to be the press was a safety net for the citizens to insure the govt did not get out of hand, now they are just another arm of the administration. We are so much closer to what Russia used to be like now than what we used to be. I thought we had defeated communism but apparently they just attacked us from within and now one of their own sits in our White House.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/25/12 - 04:58 am
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Oh, I forgot. We need to cut

Oh, I forgot. We need to cut scientific funding because those pesky scientists read all of the time. They should be sciencing, not learning. Or when Malia Obama said she wanted to take a swing at Romney, or when those left wing talk show people call someone a "retard" or "slut", or how great it was to shoot down the Kent State protesters, or that they're sick of 9/11 victims families complaining. Don't forget the liberal guy who edits videos in favor of ACORN, Shirley Sherrod, Planned Parenthood, etc. to make them show exactly the opposite of what really happened. I know the AC sould take that guy down and for darn sure wouldn't cite his work as a source. Keep the pressure on those liberals that do this stuff AC.

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Riverman1 10/25/12 - 05:06 am
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Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews, on camera, stopped at the teen with the Romney sign and asked him what he didn't like about Obama. The young guy said the Libyan cover-up. Matthews laughed and said everyone knew the attack was in response to the video. What a blatant lie and attack on someone who spoke the truth.

Matthews needs to retire with his spittle down his chin commentaries and buy a vibrator to use on his leg to keep that thrill running up it while he worships Obama in front of his TV.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/25/12 - 05:39 am
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May 1, 2011- Newscater-"Mr.

May 1, 2011- Newscater-"Mr. President,do we have a Seal team on the way to kill Osama bin Laden?" President Obama- "No."
THE PRESIDENT LIED!!!!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!

If all of this wasn't so obviously a story ginned up by Murdoch and his crew, then taken up by all of the right wing media as an attempt to throw the election (and "I'll shut down my own witnesses if they start telling the truth and it doesn't follow my predermined storyline" Rep.. Darrell Issa (R), it would be laughable. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who thinks the DoD, State Dept., etc., doesn't hold back facts and disseminate false information during and after actions related to national security is kidding himself.

Why no concern about truth telling when we were leading up to the Iraq War? The right gave the neocons a pass on that one. So what if it's cost over 4,000 lives (just ours, not counting Iraqi civilians), over 30,000 wounded, and a trllion dollars. Let's sweat something the Bushies started that went bad under this administration, and when they said the consulate attack was an act of terror. Where do each fall on the scale of importance?

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Retired Army 10/25/12 - 05:55 am
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High Treason

When I see this bunch calling Daryll Issa to task for outing American allies and confidential sources in his political witch hunt and endangering their and their families lives, then I'll begin to think of ACES as high minded.

Daryll Issa ought to be impeached and charged with high treason for what he did. Outrageous!

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Rhetor 10/25/12 - 06:15 am
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So far, I see no evidence of

So far, I see no evidence of anything except the confusion that often follows during the initial days of a terrorist act or act of war. To attribute outrageous malice to the tragic events is, so far, unsupported. In hindsight, which is always 20-20, I'm sure that more could have been done. Let's remember the similar confusion that followed the Beirut barracks bombing (under Reagan) and the Bush administration's futile search for WMD's in Iraq.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/25/12 - 06:18 am
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Attempted Cover-ups

When will politicians learn? Attempted cover-ups are always the worst thing. Richard Nixon would have never had to resign if he had apologized early on for the bungled burglary of the Watergate and completely took the blame for the exuberant operatives.

The model on how to handle these things was made by Ronald Reagan with the Iran-contra affair. He comes on TV, apologizes, says he will get to the bottom of it.

The Libyan attack was a serious matter that should have been admitted on day one. The evidence is that they knew immediately what had happened, but began a cover-up with the State Dept and White House involved that went on for weeks. If Obama would not have connocted the story of the video and a mob getting out of hand, the American public would have accepted the truth and not blamed him excessively.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/25/12 - 06:40 am
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Where has the media gone?

Too many have taken political sides and defend the side they are rooting for.

While forgetting who buys the papers and watches the ads

KSL
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KSL 10/25/12 - 07:57 am
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So, Rhetor, you don't

So, Rhetor, you don't know about the leaked emails.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/25/12 - 06:31 am
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Lets face it

Watergate was a Hotel in Washington where a few inept "burgulars" broke into the Democratic Headquarters with sophisticated bugging devices and were caught because a security guard noticed a door's locking device had been taped so the door wouldn't lock.
A couple of the burgulars had White House connections specifically Howard Hunt.
It was because of Woodward and Bernstein that the slush fund was created to keep people quiet.
It was because of Woodward and Bernstein that Nixon who was always paranoid became increasingly unstable to the point that as John Dean put it "There's a cancer growing on the Presidency."
It was because of Woodward and Bernstein that John Mitchell payed money to people from the fund of the Commitee to Re-Elect the President.
The problem with CNN and Fox and every newspaper in the country is that with 24 hour news there's always a new headline and a different perspective until it all becomes a blur. People have short attention spans and the news organizations know this.
Come on ACES tell me you guys try hard not to have a jump page and when you do all the reader has to do is flip the paper to the last page.
Don't get me wrong I agree 100% with this editorial but you have to admit. Woodward and Berstein were HUNGRY and the people were hugry for news. At the moment we're choking on too much news and people want to move on to the next story without fully appreciating the gravity of the one they just read or heard.

KSL
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KSL 10/25/12 - 06:33 am
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Or the drone feeding video

Or the drone feeding video back to US.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 06:41 am
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Techfan....do you care to
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Techfan....do you care to refute ANYTHING in the editorial, or just make silly comments about it and the ACES? It's amazing how far you and others will go to defend a President who WATCHED our citizens getting killed, then lied to the American public for weeks about what happened.

Discusting is the word for it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 06:42 am
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Rhetor...you DO know that
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Rhetor...you DO know that WMD's were found in Iraq, don't you?

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Bizkit 10/25/12 - 06:47 am
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Tech using the ole Alinsky

Tech using the ole Alinsky strategy of changing the subject when you can't deny. I guess he forgot about Obama request in sequestration to cut defense, research, etc, etc. etc. So now we see immediately after the attack he calls it terrorism but then after day 2 moves to the movie crap which he maintained another 12 days. We now know the Prez monitored the attack within 2 hrs of it starting-and did nothing for the next 6 hrs. He is either incompetent or a cover up. They followed this in real time-not days of unknowing at they protest. Sadly if you don't watch Fox new you won't know about this story because MSNBC will protect the prez even if he were a pedophile.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/25/12 - 07:01 am
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It isn't just that the Obama

It isn't just that the Obama Administration appeared clueless but that President Obama appeared at the UN and spun a false tale to world leaders on Sept 25th for heaven’s sake. You mean to tell me that Obama could not get the story straight in two weeks? We have two choices in how we look at the White House response. Either the Obama White House was kept out of the loop and the intelligence community and State Department choose not to inform the Obama Administration of the truth or the Obama administration knew the truth and choose to lie. So Obama lied at the UN to World Leaders or was ignorant for two weeks. The Obama Administration has the nerve to ask us to trust Obama? Will if Obama will spin and prevaricate to world leaders at the UN, who is free from Obama’s lies? Certainly not the American people because the Obama Administration had e-mails and data that indicated they knew the truth!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/25/12 - 07:17 am
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What about Barack chastizing

What about Barack chastizing Mitt for consistency and making sure you get the story straigh. Shheeezzzz. I forgot the other Alinsky strategy of impuning the messenger-which is his other tactic. It is kind of fun watchin' fundamentalist progressives have apoplectic fits over this-they just can't twist and spin this. Like believing in the green-eyed monster-the accussation is you have to set aside logic and reason. Back to Libya-apparently they knew Al qaeda was in the area and they monitored the attack in the situation room for at least 6 hours.

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TParty 10/25/12 - 07:19 am
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I have only started reading-

I have only started reading- and had to post real quick. "disintersted"? Nope. Disinterested is correct.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/25/12 - 07:30 am
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The issue with Fast and

The issue with Fast and Furious is the claim by Obama that the information is executive privilege. This seems to imply that President Obama actually knew about this program. What happened to Obama's promise to have an open transparent administration? Oh just another Obama lie and broken promise, nothing to see here folks, move along...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/25/12 - 07:31 am
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Some of
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you who post on this site are MORONS! obama is at the very top of that list.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/25/12 - 07:42 am
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How would Americans respond

How would Americans respond to a nation that illegally imported 2,000 weapons into the US and armed Islamic terrorists and over 200 American citizens were killed? Oh don't worry no problem...

jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 10/25/12 - 07:46 am
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Hey shrimp
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Watergate was an office building. There is a Watergate hotel, but that is not where the burglary was. Get it right or don't get it at all.

TParty
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TParty 10/25/12 - 07:50 am
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Watergate was a blatantly

Watergate was a blatantly criminal act. Nothing in this article about why Benghazi should be "blown open". I personally prefer a leader who has all the facts before we bring people to justice for the murder of Americans. Even ACES would have to agree Obama has a good record of killing bad guys. We know Romney can agree on that from the recent debate.

What should be blown open is Republican exposure of classified information regarding the true nature of the consulate in Benghazi, and the names of covert Libyan operatives for the US, in their treacherous pursuit of politicizing this matter.

Also- the Fast and Furious, something I am still angry about, the GOP report and Republican investigators on the matter pinned the failures of Fast and Furious on five officials in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a joint congressional report. Not Holder, not Obama. But people at the ATF.

As much as the right hates Obama with all their heart and soul, Obama will be President again. Just like Reagan was unaffected by his scandals, and this country re-elected Bush even though his admin ignored many reports about al-Qaeda and thus 9/11 happened, and put us in a unnecessary war (Which Romney now disagrees with too) - this country will re-elect Obama. Because there is nothing to blow up here. At worst- it's communication incompetence with agencies and back to the American people. Of course- we now know there were secret classified operations going on at the consulate thanks to Republicans, so maybe the Obama admin had this mis-communication on purpose. To protect National secrets.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 07:52 am
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How many died because of
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How many died because of watergate/

TParty
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TParty 10/25/12 - 07:57 am
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Just because no one died,

Just because no one died, doesn't mean it was not a serious crime. Committed by folks in the white house. Kinda taints our election and government when things like that happen, which people have died to bring us this form of government, and have died to ensure it continues. So Watergate is a big deal.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/25/12 - 08:03 am
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Tparty wrote: ". I personally

Tparty wrote: ". I personally prefer a leader who has all the facts before we bring people to justice for the murder of Americans." Then please explain to me why Obama kept refering to a stupid video and demonstration that was not founded in reality? I prefer a leader who has all the facts instead of being like Oama and shooting off his mouth and aims later!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/25/12 - 08:04 am
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And when people are murdered,
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And when people are murdered, when they requested security,a serious crime has been committed.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/25/12 - 08:06 am
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Then we have Obama referring

Then we have Obama referring to the death of our Ambassador and the death of 3 other Americans as "a Bump in the road", and as "being less than optimal". Obama's concern seems to be ALMOST palpable!

TParty
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TParty 10/25/12 - 08:07 am
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"And when people are

"And when people are murdered, when they requested security,a serious crime has been committed."

You go to the consulate with the security you have---not the security you might want or wish to have at a later time.

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