With this report, I am wondering if the mainstream media (CNN anyway) is finally beginning to understand the damage they have done to America by giving cover to the Obama Administration over the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three others in Benghazi twelve days ago (in addition to many other issues they’ve given Obama a pass on over the last three plus years).
Once again the US State Department is spinning the news to deflect blame from what is amounting to be one of the most important international security screw-ups in modern history.
According to the State Department it’s all about the family’s feelings and not about setting the record straight.
While the State Department screams at CNN for its “disgusting” action in reporting that Stevens was worried about Islamic extremism (before the family was given the diary), one wonders how it came to be that a CNN reporter should find the diary among the rubble in a largely unsecured crime scene when Secretary of State Clinton informed the public from the very beginning that an FBI investigative team had been sent in immediately?
Here is the Associated Press:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — CNN reported on the personal journal of slain American ambassador Christopher Stevens over objections from his family, a State Department spokesman said Saturday.
The news channel, in a story posted online Saturday, said that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Three other Americans also were killed.
CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador’s family that it wouldn’t report on the diary, said State Department spokesman Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In a blistering statement, Reines called CNN’s actions “indefensible.”
The channel said in the story online that it took “newsworthy tips” from Stevens’ diary and confirmed them with other sources. Citing an unidentified source “familiar with Stevens’ thinking,” CNN said that the ambassador was concerned about security threats in Benghazi and a “rise in Islamic extremism.”
In a statement Saturday, CNN defended its use of the journal’s contents and asked “why is the State Department now attacking the messenger.”
Why indeed? Because the message could very well signal the end of both Obama’s and Hillary’s careers.
There is more, read it all.
Here are our three previous posts on the Libyan murders.