Trail of lies loops back to White House

E-mails show vividly how government, media combined to withhold truths on Benghazi

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The truth about Benghazi is finally trickling out. The curtains are lifting. The “smoking gun” has been found.

  Rick McKee/ Augusta Chronicle
Rick McKee/ Augusta Chronicle

And how do the news media respond to a lying White House caught red-handed – in a scandal far worse than Watergate, the political scandal by which all others are judged?

They don’t.

Virtually all major news outlets Tuesday ignored the newly declassified emails that confirm – for the first time – that top White House officials put forth lies about the 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans.

The emails, the first hard evidence leading straight to the White House, actually spell out that the purpose of the false narrative was to insulate President Obama from foreign policy criticism during his re-election bid.

Obtained through court order by Judicial Watch – after the “most transparent administration in history” stonewalled Congress for months – the emails clearly show White House officials promoted the now-infamous Internet video/spontaneous mob outrage cover story in order to deflect attention from the premeditated terrorist attack by al-Qaida affiliates on Sept. 11, 2012.

Most national news outlets have been either lazy or just derelict in their pursuit of the Benghazi scandal since the story first broke. Now they’re going beyond indolent, turning a blind eye – or at least a jaundiced one – to damning evidence that’s being served up on a platter.

A junior sleuth from a high-school newspaper could connect the dots on this one. There’s no elusive paper trail to follow, no obscure documents to uncover, no shadowy Deep Throat sources to interrogate.

The evidence is right there in black and white. It’s. All. Right. There.

The question now is, where did the lie originate? A top CIA official already has testified it wasn’t there.

This shameless obfuscation goes beyond hero worship, willful ignorance or good, old-fashioned liberal bias. This is the two most powerful institutions in America – the government and the media – joining forces to add their own clouds to the fog of war and keep the truth from Americans.

In the corporate world, that might be called collusion, and it would be prosecuted under antitrust laws. The government might even move to break the companies apart.

Do we need an antitrust suit to separate this administration from its lapdog media?

Americans’ trust in this administration was breached a long time ago. Whatever trust we had left in the mainstream media is now gone as well.

Benghazi is no longer merely a government scandal. It’s a media scandal as well.

Because most major newspapers and networks – Fox being the exception – failed to tell you the story, we’ll give you the highlights.

The trail of the blame-the-video-not-the-president PR strategy leads to Ben Rhodes, then-White House strategic communications adviser.

In an email he sent to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on the eve of her infamous Sunday news show appearances to spread the video fairy tale, Rhodes states the “goal” of the cover story is “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

In addition, Rhodes writes that the bogus video story is intended “to reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

Unbelievable. These people, who presided over four American deaths in Libya, were shamelessly more worried about how they’d look than about helping Americans get to the truth.

The emails were circulated to top administration PR personnel, including David Plouffe, then-White House senior adviser and political strategist; and Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary and husband of ABC News senior national correspondent Claire Shipman.

Rice parroted the phony story on five Sunday programs, including CBS’ Face the Nation – where her interview with host Bob Schieffer bore eerie similarities to a mock interview Rhodes outlined in his emails.

Rice’s adherence to the false narrative on NBC’s Meet the Press was particularly strong: “Putting together the best information that we have available ... our current assessment is what happened in Benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo ... which were prompted, of course, by the video.”

Obama Press Secretary Carney categorically denied in 2012 that the White House had anything to do with any talking points on the matter. That is now proven false. Mr. Obama last year also called the talking points allegations a “sideshow” – slickly implying it wasn’t true, without actually saying that.

Rhodes, who happens to be the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes, is now a deputy White House security adviser.

For her role as the messenger of myth, Rice has been rewarded with a promotion to national security adviser, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the person Rice spared from the talk-show circuit, also blamed the attack on the anti-Islam video, a video hardly anyone had ever seen. Later, when facts surfaced that put the lie to the administration’s cover story, Clinton famously told Congress, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Interestingly enough, a lying White House made a ton of difference to a young Hillary Clinton, who as an attorney advised the House Judiciary committee during the Watergate scandal.

And, oh by the way, no one died in Watergate.

Columnist Charles Krauthammer lamented Tuesday – before being proved correct – that the “mainstream” media probably wouldn’t report much on the Benghazi “smoking document.”

“They should,” he added, “because this exposes a cover-up of a cover-up. And that is a serious offense.”

Absolutely.

And failure to dig into it exposes the media’s cover-up of a cover-up of a cover-up.

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dahreese
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dahreese 04/30/14 - 10:03 pm
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Must be a slow news day. This
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Must be a slow news day.

This might be an ok article if the “editorial staff”
had cited its sources.

On the other hand, when you’re in the bed with a
FOX....

deestafford
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deestafford 04/30/14 - 11:00 pm
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The den of vipers and thugs in the White House...

The den of vipers and thugs in the White House are now lying about the lies they told before. Carney even said today that the email was not even about Ben Ghanzi. He said that when the email talks about it.

This outfit has got away with the panting lapdogs of the media so long they can now say like the husband who got caught by his wife in bed with another woman, "Who are you going to believe...me or your lying eyes?" and the media slobbers back, "You of course. We are sorry to have doubted you."

We now have a twofer...The worst president in history and the worst performance by the media in history.

deestafford
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deestafford 04/30/14 - 11:09 pm
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Here's a fairy tale...

Here's a fairy tale. Obama holds a press conference and one of the MSM lap dogs rises and asks the President, "Mr. President. Where were you and what were you doing during the time our people were under attack in Ben Ghanzi?"

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/01/14 - 04:08 am
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Smoking gun?

Has the Chronicle gone nuts? Don't even bother to answer that, what with the anti-American Cliven Bundy editorials, nonsense, propaganda, half truths, and non truths you've been splattering all over the editorial page the answer is obvious yes. It's freaking nothing. It's an email from the CIA, not the White House. Since serial car thief and arsonist Darrell Issa can't conduct an honest hearing, and only makes sure his predetermined side of the story gets told, even shutting up his own witnesses, and that bad little habit he has of leaking classified material, he should have been thrown out of Congress years ago. This email doesn't add anything that hasn't been said 1,000 times before in this witch hunt. Judicial Watch is a scam. It's nothing but billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife's private army to attack the Clintons, and now Obama. It also has a nice little incestuous relationship with NewsMax, with Christopher Ruddy and Scaife being the owners, who runs Judicial Watch press releases as news. Hey, sort of like the Chronicle using right wing PAC press releases as "facts" in their editorial. The typical joke of the right wing media, that lies, distorts, bends, and eliminates the truth always projecting and claiming the real media is biased (strange that the stories they whine about are always covered), yet the right wing incestuous coverage is the same, almost word for word, almost, plagiarized if you will. Covering all sides to you is biased. Slanted, jingoistic, partisan, paid for advertising passing as news is "fair and balanced" to borrow from the master of yellow journalism and propaganda. If the billionaires say it's true it must be true, even if the billionaire didn't want to become an American, but it was the only way, by law, he was allowed to buy massive amounts of our media outlets and bend the minds of the feeble to his political desires. Next I'm sure the Chronicle and its anti-American cronies will back the nuts planning to mass in Washington to to nothing but cause trouble later this month. They want to start a war. They want to destroy America. They way you've been going I'm sure you'll promote the heck out of them. Unless, of course, they had long hair and leaned a little to the left, then they'd be nothing but scum. Armed far right extremist are just fine with you. Traitors.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 04:55 am
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As usual Bod....don't dispute
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As usual Bod....don't dispute one single thing in the letter....just personal attack after personal attack. Is that really all you have?
So sad and pathetic.

carcraft
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carcraft 05/01/14 - 05:22 am
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Bod, Rhodes worked in the

Bod, Rhodes worked in the White House, he wrote the memos, the memos make it pretty clear the White House chose to lie to the American people. Copies of the memos were sent to Hillary. Clinton and top White House aides. The situation in Bengahzi was ignored and when the AMBASSADOR and 3 other Americans were killed because of negligence we were lied to. I have no idea what right wing group hacked Rhodes computer to put the memo in there!

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 04:57 am
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" If the billionaires say
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" If the billionaires say it's true it must be true........."

Are you talking about George Soros there Bod? Oh yeah...being a billionaire is only evil if you are a conservative. Silly of me to forget that.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 05:24 am
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"Armed far right extremist
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"Armed far right extremist are just fine with you. Traitors."

You mean like the founders of this nation? I guess you prefer unarmed far left extremists. Subjects.

localguy55
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localguy55 05/01/14 - 06:04 am
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Bod, I would love to know how

Bod,

I would love to know how you would feel about this lying president and the hag Hillary if it were you in that embassy as the murderous Muslims stormed the gates, set fire to the building, and slaughtered everyone.

How would you feel if one of those who died was a relative?

Bod, I guess if it doesn't hit you personally, it's easy for you to defend the indefensible.

southern2
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southern2 05/01/14 - 06:13 am
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Where is the coverage ABC,

Where is the coverage ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC? The FCC should revoke your broadcasting license for this continued coverup. All we want is the truth.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/01/14 - 06:15 am
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our own domestic Walter Duranties

whose lies contributed to the deaths of more people
than any "journalist" in history
(Walter Cronkite is second; his lies about the Tet offensive
contributed to the deaths of fewer millions)
Benghazi is the first domino in the most corrupt administration
in our history
Nixon's people got caught doing something they were not supposed to do
O's people are getting caught doing what they were told to do
and these same people, these "vanguard elite," are in control of the people who control our public education system
and the same people who control our other educating system- Hollywood
the day after the video lie came out, there were many youtube videos with far worse things about Mohammed. Far worse.
so the lie was easily known
only a few newspapers, just one page in our own included
(the rest of this paper still pasted democrat talking points, such as the health care article yesterday) raised doubts
Democrats have so rotted over the years that they've forgotten the ends that their "means" should justify
hint- it's power... just like Stalin and Mao
and all power paths end at the same destination

edcushman
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edcushman 05/01/14 - 06:51 am
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" Are you talking about
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" Are you talking about George Soros there Bod? Oh yeah...being a billionaire is only evil if you are a conservative. Silly of me to forget that."
PL, don't forget about ole Warren Buffet who donated 10s of thousand to the community organizers campaign and is making $$millions if not $$billions because the racist, America hating communist in the WH will not approve the Keystone pipeline.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/01/14 - 07:05 am
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All I Can Say Is.....

If at all this time you believed that the King SMNCICBHO(M) the Hammer and Sickle man was not the creator of this massive Lie, than you are more stupid than a imbecile!

edcushman
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edcushman 05/01/14 - 07:23 am
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" Democrats have so rotted
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" Democrats have so rotted over the years that they've forgotten the ends that their "means" should justify
hint- it's power... just like Stalin and Mao
and all power paths end at the same destination"
You are correct the Marxists/communist, hippies from the 60s & 70s and their students are running the democrat party. Many on the left feel it is OK to lie, cheat or even steal if it advance their cause.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 07:30 am
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If you like your insurance
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If you like your insurance you can keep it.............PERIOD!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 07:36 am
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Bod such lunacy-everyone knew

Bod such lunacy-everyone knew he was pushing lies at the time cause of coming election. No one could prove it but that was transparent. How can you talk about Issa (like a criminal when Obama has done the same thing) when Cummings can't allow an honest investigation and is usurping it all he can. If you would bother to inform yourself you would discover they are building a case against WH advisors to the president. The evidence is indicating that Obama himself was at least informed if not had directly crafting the talking points. The majority of America "believe" he lied for political gain-polls indicate. So you are a "fringe" minority. With all your penchant for conspiracy theories I'd thought you'd be all over this. I know you only watch MSNBC so you have absolutely no info on the topic because they won't cover it-except as a phony scandal. Gosh I bet Nixon wished he had such a dedicated press to cover his lies.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/01/14 - 07:41 am
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Impeach them all!

It's good to know Fox News had not dropped the ball on this issue and has continuously sought to find answers. Soon the IRS scandal will be clearly revealed to, another issue that fix has persisted on investigating. Obama had a chance to make a difference, now his legacy is clearly one of lies on top of lies on top of lies. They all need to be impeached! When a piricuan puts party preferences over truth, that's when you know the core is corrupt. America deserves better than Obama.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 07:43 am
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Boy I've seen it all with

Boy I've seen it all with this president. During debates a moderator siding with one side and even bailing out a lie, the press not even covering what could be criminal activity and even trying to rationalize it. Now we have hard evidence coming in and people want to trivialize it. Man if the next president is a Rep and the media or Dems attack well then the hypocrisy will shut them in no time. The Rep investigations of Obama pale in comparison to the investigations and lengths Dems went to after Bush.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 07:55 am
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If Obama and Dems aren't

If Obama and Dems aren't blocking and holding up all these investigations, then why did Judicial watch receive in no time what Congressional investigations has been requesting for a long time. Then the new IRS head smiling and smugly stated it will take years to get them the info. All need to be held in contempt. The Obama administration is just pure lies we an say with impunity, but likely also criminal-he sure acts like covering things up rather the transparency he "lied" about. It is transparent he is a liar and with evidence we will prove he is a criminal. I don't understand Dems they want to get the criminal Bush, but now a new and even worse criminal they turn a blind eye. They have no credibility nor integrity.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 07:57 am
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Come on Dems Bush got away

Come on Dems Bush got away with lying criminal activity that you so boldly pursued. But now an even more lying criminal and you do nothing. Makes me think all of Bush's accusations were phony scandals too and all attacks politically motivated.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 08:01 am
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Actually Bush was never
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Actually Bush was never proven to tell any lies. Not that they didn't spend a ton trying to find one.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 08:08 am
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Ah Pond like I'm figuring

Ah Pond like I'm figuring out=it was all a phony scandal. I was mislead and now deduce the Dems are liars and criminals it seems is the only viable answer. Go after an innocent to promote their criminal and then cover for their criminal. It is how criminals function-like in Chicago.

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Jon Lester 05/01/14 - 08:13 am
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So why aren't you more skeptical of the Ukraine story?
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Seriously, you somehow believe what you want about that, even when told by John Kerry, despite the blatant and obvious untruths we've been getting all along.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 05/01/14 - 08:19 am
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What's even scarier is

There are millions who think like Bod. The memo is written plainly for all to see - yet they are blind!

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Riverman1 05/01/14 - 08:25 am
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Surrealistic Pre-election Period

What gets me is that most everyone knew what had actually happened within 2-3 days after the attack. The comments in the Chronicle after the attack are proof of that.

It was a surrealistic, pre-election period as we watched Susan Rice throwing out the big lie while Hillary took off for weeks to Australia and the major media refusing to question the administration.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 08:28 am
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Well parsimony (the simplest

Well parsimony (the simplest answer) pretty well describes the situation: Democrats are liars and criminals and they must be supported by people who support such activity and thus must be liars and criminals too. You know most Dems don't pay their taxes-I can say this just like Reid stated about Mitt-I have my sources-bee,hee,hee.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 08:48 am
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Daryl Issa has never been

Daryl Issa has never been convicted of auto theft nor admitted any crime-the first a rumor an army buddy stated he stole but then returned his car (no charges) , and then the other (charges) related to his brother who committed the crime. Now Obama has admitted his criminal activity of smoking dope and what not.

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dichotomy 05/01/14 - 09:07 am
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Poor Bod.....just can't seem

Poor Bod.....just can't seem to stay on topic. I guess if you keep moving further and further out in left field you eventually lose sight of the ball game.

Here is a fact or two Bod. FOX News has been right about this White House Benghazi cover up for over 2 years and now they are being proven RIGHT. Just like the Republicans have been right about the negative effects of Obamacare and now they are being proven RIGHT.

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Darby 05/01/14 - 09:26 am
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Bod - I'm reminded of the line from that old favorite,

"There is none so blind as he who will not see."

Logic and truth don't work with people who are illogical and averse to the facts.

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