All the president's men

Is odor of White House scandals spreading to all media?

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If it weren’t so serious, it would be comical to watch the media try to spin the Obama administration scandals the president’s way.

When White House spokesman Jay Carney continued Friday to cling desperately to the fairy tale that the administration had not substantively altered the CIA talking points on the Benghazi attack – ABC News has released evidence that the talking points were revised 12 times to hide the truth of the attack – some in the media wanted to downplay Carney’s fable.

“Jay Carney has got caught saying something that wasn’t completely true,” liberal commentator David Corn meekly admitted on one talking heads show.

“That’s called a lie, David,” responded Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute.

Even Watergate legend Carl Bernstein quickly came to Obama’s defense after the IRS admitted targeting conservative groups, saying he “can’t imagine” the outrageous and frightening tactic could’ve had the president’s blessing.

Really Carl? It seems to us if that had been your attitude in the 1970s, that you would’ve never broken the Watergate scandal.

Meanwhile, conservative information outlets are reporting that some high-placed news media types are either married to or otherwise related to key officials in the Obama administration. Carney, for instance, is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman. CNN executive Virginia Moseley is married to one of President Obama’s deputy secretaries of state, Tom Nides.

They’re also reporting that high executives at ABC and NBC have siblings working in key portions of the Obama administration.

Beyond that, we’re all aware by now of the love affair much of the media have had with this president. They’ve even admitted they gave him favorable coverage – and the favoritism was so obvious so early on that Saturday Night Live performed a skit in which reporters offered him a pillow to be comfortable in a 2008 primary debate with Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Obama also has benefited indirectly from the manic, unfocused attention of most media outlets, who run from sensational local story to sensational local story (e.g., Jodi Arias, the Cleveland kidnapping). Now that the victims in the Cleveland case have asked for privacy, will the media leave a place where they’re not wanted – and finally go to a place (the Benghazi and IRS scandals) where they’re actually needed?

For now it appears inevitable. The whistleblowers in the Benghazi scandal, and the IRS admission of targeting conservative groups, appear to have put two scandals on silver platters for the media.

You would think it would be impossible for them to deny the scandals now, although – as noted above – many in the media will reflexively continue to downplay the scandals or pre-judge how high up they go. And they appear to not want to acknowledge, perhaps even to themselves, the extent of lying coming from this administration.

The IRS scandal even broadened over the weekend: The Associated Press reports that senior IRS officials had long known that agents were targeting conservative nonprofits for extra scrutiny.

Certainly “mainstream” media outlets aren’t naturally inclined to care much about the IRS scandal; the agency was going after conservatives, after all. But here we have another “Nixonian” scandal, as with the Benghazi coverup.

Some also allege the Benghazi lies are covering up an Obama administration gun-running operation that would be illegal – can you say Iran-Contra? – and at the very least highly hypocritical for an administration intent on gun control here at home.

It will be interesting to see how much interest the media take in all this.

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carcraft
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carcraft 05/14/13 - 12:05 pm
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why Obama declared excutive Priviledge to cover Holder

Holder got caught lying to congress and so Obama declared communication to Holder about Fast and Furious priviledged communication. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7383343n Of course if you can lie about 2,000 guns and over 300 killings what is the problem with a lie about Bengahzi?

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justthefacts 05/14/13 - 12:05 pm
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carcraft
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carcraft 05/14/13 - 12:06 pm
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'Well at least our right wing

'Well at least our right wing editorials contain more truth than Obama's statements about Bengahzi!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/14/13 - 12:07 pm
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Ho Humm

Same ole attack the messenger.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 12:18 pm
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Ho hum....attack the
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Ho hum....attack the messenger when your ilk is called out on making statements they can't back up. I actually LOVE the fact that it infuriates the left when I ask them to prove the accusations they make. After all....one of the rules of posting here is that you can't make comments that contain (and I quote) "gross exaggeration or unsubstantiated claims."

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/14/13 - 12:19 pm
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Editorials

Don't like the AC. Go read the USA Today or the Times. I don't think you are going to like that either. Best to just stick your head in the sand for as while.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 12:23 pm
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"Anything that isn't singing
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"Anything that isn't singing praises to my exalted leader is boring to me....It's especially boring when they are speaking facts."

dahreese
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dahreese 05/14/13 - 12:31 pm
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"It's especially boring when
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"It's especially boring when they are speaking facts."

"Prove it."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 12:45 pm
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"Fast and Furious was NOT
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"Fast and Furious was NOT started under Bush. WIDE RECEIVER was. Under Wide Receiver the Mexican government was involved, tracking devices were placed in the weapons and only 600 guns walked and it became clear the program didn't work it was terminated. Under Fast and Furious the Mexican government didn't know it was happening. There were no tracking devices. Over 2,000 guns were allowed to walk! http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/062212-615871-fast-and-furious-... Wide receiver ended before Bush left office!"

It seemed that THAT fact bored you. I could be wrong, but you did post your "ho hum" post immediately after that completely factual comment was made.

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Fiat_Lux 05/14/13 - 01:07 pm
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Why bother with the Kool Aid drinkers, HA?

They cannot understand because they do not want to see the truth. They have fallen for the PR image like children watching Saturday morning television commercials. They placed their unquestioning trust in the slick and false image the main sleaze media has set before them, and by golly, they are LOYAL!

To a fault.

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dahreese 05/14/13 - 01:11 pm
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"I could be wrong, but you
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"I could be wrong, but you did post your "ho hum" post immediately after that completely factual comment was made."

You? could be wrong???

Oh......say it isn't so!

Say it isn't so....!!!

My comment was about "The usual right-wing editorial" and "the usual conservative comments, especially from "prove it."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 01:35 pm
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"You? could be
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"You? could be wrong???

Oh......say it isn't so!

Say it isn't so....!!!"

Nice....more of "attack the writer." So much class.

dahreese
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dahreese 05/14/13 - 01:49 pm
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"Attack?" What attack? What
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"Attack?" What attack?

What DID you write that could be attacked?

I merely mentioned another right-wing editorial and the usual conservative comments, especially from "prove it."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 01:54 pm
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You are right
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You are right Fiat.....there's no point. There's no logic...just ad-hominem insults and attacks.

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burninater 05/14/13 - 02:08 pm
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"... Kool Aid drinkers

"... Kool Aid drinkers ...
... children ...
... sleaze ..."

"....there's no point. There's no logic...just ad-hominem insults and attacks."

HA, you do an excellent job of generally avoiding ad hominem insults and attacks. I will leave it to you to decide if you want to lend support to those who cannot help themselves but resort to insults and attacks without logical substance.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 02:08 pm
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So it goes both ways, Burn...
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So it goes both ways, Burn... I would advise you to not participate. Don't start rationalizing. Just my opinion.

burninater
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burninater 05/14/13 - 02:11 pm
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Agreed -- it's just

Agreed -- it's just disheartening to see words of support for those types of tactics from one who generally avoids them.

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burninater 05/14/13 - 02:13 pm
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Ah, "rationalizing". The new

Ah, "rationalizing". The new way to dismiss the discomfort that arises when it is shown that unilateral criticism has bilateral applications.

I'll leave you to it. Good day.

General Disarray
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General Disarray 05/14/13 - 02:35 pm
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There simply is NO SCANDAL &
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There simply is NO SCANDAL & No LIES

In the early days of the attack, reports coming in were actually VERY consistent with Rice's talking points.

NYT Article: "Libya Attack Brings Challenges for U.S" By David Kirkpatrick and Steven Myers by from Sept 12, 2012.

"...Tuesday night, a group of armed assailants mixed with unarmed demonstrators gathered at the small compound that housed a temporary American diplomatic mission there."

"Interviewed at the scene on Tuesday night, many attackers and those who backed them said they were determined to defend their faith from the video’s insults."

"That assault was led by a brigade of Islamist fighters known as Ansar al-Sharia, or the Supporters of Islamic Law... "

However, the next day "...the brigade said in a statement that its supporters “were not officially involved or were not ordered to be involved” in the attack."

So, it certainly seems like actual accounts pointed to both "possible" organized and also "possible" unorganized elements to the attack, and references to the video were clearly made by attackers.

It may have been partially planned but also somewhat spontaneous with the timing inspired by the video.

I think we still do not know for certain, but it does not seem like anyone was attempting to be dishonest in the statements made.

It seems quite the opposite, like they were attempting not to give an inaccurate account without first confirming all the details.

General Disarray
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General Disarray 05/14/13 - 02:36 pm
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Also for you all whining
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Also for you all whining about the emails and other classified info...

Classified reports always go across several desks and often get edited multiple times before public statements are made.

This is standard procedure in every administration. If classified information had been accidentally released, you'd be whining about that too.

At worst, maybe the administration spun a story after the fact. Republicans have also been spinning this from day one. We've known exactly who attacked us and how it unfolded for months, so if it's a "coverup", it's the worst one in history.

You have no proof of anything.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 02:42 pm
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No..."rationalizing." A word
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No..."rationalizing." A word that describes among other things, the pointing out someone else's poor behavior in an attempt to justify yours or someone else's own poor behavior.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 02:44 pm
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I am still curious how you
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I am still curious how you interpreted 2 DIRECT quotes from you as "putting words in your mouth" yesterday?

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dstewartsr 05/14/13 - 04:25 pm
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“Through clever and constant application of propaganda

...people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”

(Famous German orator)

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faithson 05/14/13 - 04:46 pm
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car

so, 600 vs 2000 and somehow (bias) one gets lamblasted and the other is 'nice try'... I think we some times forget how all this information we get is a 'good thing', it keeps our government and some of the idiots (IRS) from getting away with subverting the laws of the land. I sure hope you aren't one to believe that these allegations are just because the democrats are in power. I remember well the 'tide' of get'em at all costs that flurished after 9/11. You really think there weren't some serious shananigans going on like the ap story. What we all want as good Americans is a non-partisan investigation to find out if there is criminality, not a partisian witchhunt to blow smoke up conservative's arse.

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owensjef3 05/14/13 - 05:13 pm
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And watch the AC try to spinn
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And watch the AC try to spinn everything against the President , so what's the difference,

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carcraft 05/14/13 - 06:54 pm
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Faithson the Mexican

Faithson the Mexican government was aware during wide receiver and were supposed to intercept the weapons . There were tracking devices in the weapons during wide receiver . When it became clear it wasn't working it was terminated . Fast and Furious Mexican government didn't know 2000 weapons were being smuggled, no attempt to track them etc.Then it seems Holder was lying under oath about it. Do you note ANY difference between the two operations?

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InChristLove 05/14/13 - 05:33 pm
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HA said ""It's especially

HA said ""It's especially boring when they are speaking facts."

You asked her to "Prove it."

LOL....dahreese you proved it yourself by your comment at 12:03pm. You stated "Ho hummm. The usual right-wing editorial, the usual conservvative comments, ..."

Sure sounds like you're bored.

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Bizkit 05/14/13 - 06:11 pm
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We all rationalize. Like Prez

We all rationalize. Like Prez Bush rationalizing that giving the surplus back to da people with tax cuts will in the long term pay off our debt and everyone eat cake. Despite going into office with a recession he gives away the means to keep our debt down. All his efforts of tax cuts, etc to stimulate the economy and jobs never took off-although the economy was briefly stimulated still no jobs till he started growing the govt with spend, spend, spend-all the while lowering the tax base. It is just a disaster waiting to happen-and it did. Now we have the Keynesians floundering around trying their hand at it-with no more success in creating jobs-although the economy is getting better. Seems the oval office has some effect on the overall economy but is just incapable of creating jobs. We need to try something else. In the last 12 years the only real job growth has been in the govt and the millions of jobs lost are still gone. But part of the problem has to do with a population resistant to adapt to a new economy and work force with different skills than the last 100 years.

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Conservative Man 05/14/13 - 06:31 pm
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If only a quarter of this....

....had happened during a Republican administration we'd be hearing 10 times the outcry from the MSM....
Heard a great analogy today about the AP scandal....
"The Obama administration spying on the AP is like a husband spying on his wife....'After all we meant to each other you do THIS?' "...
You get the picture....
What puzzles me more is that those of us on the right have been screaming from the rooftops for over five years that this administration makes the Grant years (low information voters, do your research) seem like Candyland....

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Bizkit 05/14/13 - 07:31 pm
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We need to "evolve". People

We need to "evolve". People like President Bush and Obama are really good people just both too ignorant and incompetent for the job. I like both really believe in their beliefs and will die trying to complete their "vision". But geez folks their "vision" is just weak at best-too much Star Trek and Star wars is my analysis.hee,hee.. Take any of us and it is the good, bad, and ugly, so I don't hold that to any measure-it's the final product and intent. Both Prez's really believe they are correct-just sadly both have the IQ of a flea-you can "rationalize" otherwise but proof is in the puddin' as my granma' would say, so we are just as accountable for giving both morons two terms. I think we need to only have one term presidents from now on to reduce the damage from such lemming stupidity of a society from killin' itself. So let us all lament and Let's hope there won't be a remake of Dumb and Dumber in our future. Hilary would be a dumb choice as well as any Bush (No Jeb) we need to end the dynasty mentality.

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