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Jarring Benghazi revelations fail to grab mainstream media's attention

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Well, thank goodness we now know the sexual preference of pro basketball player Jason Collins. In case you were in a hole somewhere and missed it, it was the big national news Monday.

And that’s despite the fact that Fox News broke two big stories on Benghazi: that there may have been some troops close enough and at the ready to intervene and perhaps save American lives during the seven- to eight-hour siege of our embassy there last Sept. 11; and that whistleblowers in the government feel they are being threatened into silence in the matter.

But by all means, let’s obsess about Jason Collins’ love life!

It already has been reported that top Obama administration officials in Washington monitored, in real time, much of the deadly Sept. 11 attacks that killed four Americans, including our ambassador. Now, a confidential informant, described by Fox as a special operator, claims that a rapid response force was in Croatia at the time and could’ve been in Benghazi within hours – before the end of the two separate attacks, and perhaps toward the start of the second one.

In addition, an attorney for one of four whistleblowers at the State Department and CIA told Fox that “people have been threatened” by the Obama administration to keep silent in the case.

Her whistleblowing client, Fox reported, “has pertinent information on all three time periods investigators consider relevant to the attacks: the months that led up to the attack, when pleas by the ambassador and his staff for enhanced security in Benghazi were mostly rejected by senior officers at the State Department; the eight-hour time frame in which the attacks unfolded; and the eight-day period that followed the attacks, when Obama administration officials incorrectly described them as the result of a spontaneous protest over a video.”

“They’re taking career people and making them well aware that their careers will be over” if they give information to members of Congress investigating the scandal, the attorney alleged.

All this, after the Obama administration lied about the cause of the attacks and hasn’t even revealed how many were injured, where they are and how they are doing.

Nor have the major media, outside of Fox News, showed much curiosity about these things.

Just for fun, let’s compare Benghazi to Watergate, which the media rightly thought was a pretty big deal:

• In Watergate, burglars working on behalf of a presidential re-election campaign went after opposition information and got caught. The trail led inexorably to the president and, facing certain removal from office, he resigned. No one was killed or injured.

• In Benghazi, embassy officials pleaded for security for months, but were denied by the secretary of state’s office. The new allegations this week claim top administration officials were watching the attacks unfold and did nothing, despite there being special operations forces available. Then they fabricated a story about the attacks being the result of an anti-Islam Internet video – and even had the video’s producer imprisoned. They later admitted there was never any protest, but no one has confessed to concocting the lie.

How is Benghazi any less important than Watergate – particularly when four people were killed and untold others were injured?

When will there be a shred of accountability from this administration?

And how can the majority of the major media show such little interest in this scandal?

Would they be more interested if one of the people involved were gay?

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faithson
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faithson 04/30/13 - 11:08 pm
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faux news...

enough said...

specsta
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specsta 05/01/13 - 02:22 am
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Who Cares

We really don't care what Fox News says. They are, after all, Fox News.

Maybe ACES should utilize some other news resources that are actually reliable, like BBC...

carcraft
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carcraft 05/01/13 - 04:06 am
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Yep, just stick your head in

Yep, just stick your head in the sand! That's OK till you get kicked in the butt. If you missed watching Fox News, you would have misssed, Climate gate, The mayhem in the abortion clinic under Gosnell, and you would have missed coverage of Bengahzi. There is a reason Fox news is the number one news net work. We now know know that memos went to Clinton that requested more security for Benghazi embassies prior to the attack. We know that Obama lied and tried to miss lead the world and the citizens of America. But who cares, it's Obama's lies! Obama had time to tweet the NBA player, but not to respond to our Embassy staff? Oh well! the party in Vagas was much more important, party on Garth!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/01/13 - 04:08 am
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The British press actually

The British press actually broke stories that helped uncover the lies OUR US UN ambassador was spreading after the attack in Bengahzi! Fox news wasn't far behind!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/01/13 - 05:40 am
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Lybia, another Obama success story?

Just incase you missed it because you were not watching Fox News Lybia is going the way of the old neighborhood Obama community organized in ! Seems those darn militants just ain't got the message about Obama and Muslim radicals. They actually seized the Justice Building in Lybia and the French were bombed(the French must have done some something like invade another country or something to tick off the bombers). http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Storming-ministries-Libya-s-mil... Oh well no reason to get excited our embassy personel will be safe..

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/01/13 - 06:12 am
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separation of truth and state

but what, really, did we expect?
our President never held a job and even failed as a community organizer
“With all respect, the fact is we have [an incompetent administration] was it because of a [horrible education system] or was it because of [a traitorous media] who decided they’d go [deceive] some Americans,” [truth] shouted. “What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to [do it again] and do everything we can to prevent it from ever [not] happening again, [world].”

karradur
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karradur 05/01/13 - 06:32 am
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...

"How can the majority of the major media show such little interest in this scandal?"

Because Fox News is literally making it up and you actually believe their facade of impartiality.

"Would they be more interested if one of the people involved were gay?"

Wow, really, Michael Ryan? You just had to write an anti-Obama editorial that was also homophobic? Is there an inter-office "Ignorance Bingo" game happening?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/01/13 - 06:40 am
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Karradur, Mr. Ryan has a keen
Unpublished

Karradur, Mr. Ryan has a keen sense of what his readers will buy.

karradur
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karradur 05/01/13 - 06:52 am
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Michael Ryan's thought process:

"Gosh, you know what we should do? We should print an editorial about Benghazi and perpetuate a false conspiracy narrative, but let's ALSO mock those darn gays who just can't keep it to themselves!

Never mind the fact that my readers can go to a multitude of independent sources like BBC, Al-Jazeera, or Wikipedia for an objective analysis of the event and learn the real story and draw their own conclusions.

And never mind the fact that this story has absolutely nothing to do with gay people. But I have $20 riding on a bet I made with Barry Paschal that I could somehow make it about gay people."

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/01/13 - 07:17 am
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" Now, a confidential

" Now, a confidential informant, described by Fox as a special operator" Does "operator" mean that one of Murdoch's minions tapped the telephones line of one of the dead relatives? It's happened before. We wiretap and report. You decide.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/01/13 - 07:26 am
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they weren't called useful "low information voters"

in Stalin's day... it was useful "more accurate term"
and village's had them
we are lucky to have Fox news... the only news organization speaking truth to power

jack234
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jack234 05/01/13 - 07:56 am
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I guess very few people

I guess very few people really depend on Fox news anymore. Fox news could not find anything positive to say about the president the first four years and now its only objective is to make the president a two term president. Fox news helped to convince the voters that he needed a second term. Who knows, if Fox stays on the current path of always searching to find the negative, we might change the constitution and give him a third term They have the same old beat-up consultants all the time, the John Boltons, the Newts, etc. The dem. consultants couldn't explain their way out of a paper bag. By the way, is the AC endorsing Sanford or not? or will they just remain silent. Fox is running out of consultants because everyday one will say something stupid that Fox can't defend. Look like the bias at Fox is just too obvious for the voting public. Overkill.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 05/01/13 - 08:23 am
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Complaints about Fox News are

Complaints about Fox News are reflexive and never quite backed up with facts, and are usually made by people who don't watch it and therefore don't know what they're talking about. Fox is trouncing CNN and all the others in the ratings, too. Meanwhile, it was CNN, for example, that perpetrated the Tailwind scandal it later retracted -- and they've gotten little better over the years, and decidedly worse in many ways. And it was CNN's John King who was the butt of Conan O'Brien's jokes at the correspondents dinner this weekend after he apologized for reckless reporting in the Boston bombing.
But regardless, it's foolhardy to look past what Fox is reporting -- and past this administration's lies and suspicious stonewalling about Benghazi -- just because your cool friends have told you not to like Fox. Let the story play out and see if they're right or wrong.
http://www.cnn.com/US/9807/02/tailwind.johnson/

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/01/13 - 08:40 am
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Yeah right. Fair and

Yeah right. Fair and balanced. CNN was sold and gutted, and is shell of what it was when it was the premier news organization. When you got in trouble were you one of those, "But Billy did it too." kids? Ailes had dreams of a GOP news channel under Nixon. He got it with Fox. Anyone who can actually say fox is not in the tank for the right and the GOP with a straight face is either A: Delusional, B: A pathological liar, or C: In it for the money or the power. The fun is watching, listening, or reading and picking which is which.

karradur
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karradur 05/01/13 - 08:41 am
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"it was CNN... that perpetrated the Tailwind scandal"

That was FIFTEEN YEARS AGO.

And it was a story about the VIETNAM WAR.

"Fox is trouncing CNN and all the others in the ratings, too."

Just because you're the most popular doesn't mean that you're the best, or that you're the most factually accurate.

And if that's seriously your defense, you might need to reconsider your position as a newspaper editor.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 08:44 am
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I thought the gay reference

I thought the gay reference was kind of funny, although I wouldn't have used it. It just doesn't fit. But as I said from the very start, the whole Benghazi episode is so obvious to everyone. Hillary screeched at the hearing, "What does it matter now?" Bless her heart, bless Obama's heart, too. They are really in over their heads.

The involvement with the press is even more curious. I watched Meet the Press after the attack, before the election, and when Benghazi was brought up, David Gregory cut off the lady bringing the subject up and said they would get to that later in the show. I waited and waited, but the subject was never allowed to be brought up again.

burninater
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burninater 05/01/13 - 08:42 am
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"Complaints about Fox News

"Complaints about Fox News are reflexive and never quite backed up with facts, and are usually made by people who don't watch it and therefore don't know what they're talking about."

See, now that's just outright false.

http://mediamatters.org/research/2009/10/27/30-reasons-why-fox-news-is-n...

http://news.yahoo.com/fox-news-climate-coverage-93-wrong-report-finds-19...

http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/10/01/a-history-of-dishonest-fox-c...

http://www.opednews.com/articles/ERRORS-AND-NO-FACTS-Busin-by-Anthony-Ba...

Even if you close our eyes and pretend it's not true, it's still a fact.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 08:45 am
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MSNBC is such a biased news

MSNBC is such a biased news organization, not even the liberals take up for it. REVEREND Al Sharpton and all.

burninater
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burninater 05/01/13 - 08:51 am
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Riverman1, MSNBC bias in no

Riverman1, MSNBC bias in no way nullifies the distortions and outright falsehoods Fox has been caught perpetrating for years. Two rotten apples do not cancel one another out.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 09:01 am
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The liberals have more rotten

The liberals have more rotten apples. With Al Sharpton being a commentator MSNBC shows me they don't even try to have fresh apples, but only a mash that has fermented so the effect works on their low info viewers like the alcohol they consume in 40 oz while they wait for their checks.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 05/01/13 - 09:03 am
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Glad to see all the Obama

Glad to see all the Obama lovers posts today. I'm getting nauseous so I think I will go to work now.

karradur
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karradur 05/01/13 - 09:07 am
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So, Michael.

What was the reason for bringing gay rights into a weekly Benghazi article?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/01/13 - 09:11 am
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I love seeing the "faux" news

I love seeing the "faux" news comments from the closed minded blind haters who will ignore a substantial news story, which each day appears grow stronger legs, just because FOX is the ONLY one talking about it.

And when asked, Obama says he wasn't aware of the story. Are you kidding me? The White House has dedicated people who do nothing but scan the news, especially FOX, and Obama stood flat footed and told the lie that he was not aware of a story that has been on the air for two days solid with new information about the Obama administration cover up.

Well it ain't just FOX folks. Senators and House representatives who have talked to some of these people who are being threatened by the administration are telling the same story that FOX is broadcasting. Don't it make you at least curious to hear their testimony about what happened and why we did not respond when we know for a fact now that assets were available and capable of being there in time to save the ambassadors life?

But let's just ignore it because it's FOX breaking the story. Go ahead and stick you head into the Obama crap pile a little deeper.

karradur
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karradur 05/01/13 - 09:14 am
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Fun fact.

Team America: World Police is not based on a true story.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 05/01/13 - 09:42 am
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give me a break

First of all, basic English composition in journalistic writing suggests the use of a lead--what essay writers call a thesis--and a well-organized essay that follows the lead using pyramid style. This practice is suggested for future editorials. Second, wild accusations from unnamed sources made, not by the sources themselves, but by their attorney, do not constitute proof. If the charges are true, they are serious and important, but in the absence of proof or confirmation they mean nothing. Third, the mainstream media outlets have reported the Benghazi matter thoroughly and have been rather tough on the administration, which you would all know if you actually read the MSM. Have a nice day. Research, BTW, is good.

Pal
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Pal 05/01/13 - 10:05 am
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Specsta, Faithson, Karradur, Bod, and other

DemDefenders would be shrieking at the top of their lungs if a Republican administration had been involved in a tragedy like Benghazi.

Don't bother denying it. We all know the truth.

And don't bother replying to me. Won't be around to read it. I gotta get to work so my tax dollars can pay for more terrorists like the Tsarnaev brothers so they can come to our shores, hate us, live off our tax dollars, and bomb us. Have a good day!!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/01/13 - 10:08 am
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The
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clintons were trashy liars while in Arkansas and are trashy liars in Washington and New York now. lefties, such as some of you who post here, aren't honest enough to be trusted with saving America. Learn to speak Chinese, very quickly!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 10:13 am
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It's pretty obvious those in

It's pretty obvious those in Benghazi hiring lawyers to voice their side of what happened is major news. But some don't like that fact and attack those who point out what has happened. Rhetor, I didn't get the memo appointing you to be the editorial writing critic...basic English composition and all that.

jack234
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jack234 05/01/13 - 10:18 am
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I guess I'll turn on Fox news

I guess I'll turn on Fox news and see what they are crying about today.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 10:20 am
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Rhetor

"First of all, basic English composition in journalistic writing suggests the use of a lead-"

Basic English composition does not suggest anything about journalism. Master that concept and we can get into a discussion of editorial writing.

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