Recently revealed White House emails show that the Obama Administration knew the September 11, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi was a planned terror attack – and they lied to the American public anyway, blaming the loss of American lives on a video that no one had ever seen.
On September 12, 2012, the day after the attack, CBS News president David Rhodes spoke to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and spoke about how he thought the attack would be covered by the news:
On September 14th, a full three days after the incident and in the face of CIA intelligence showing a terror link to the attack, David Rhodes’s brother and then White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes instructed Ambassador Susan Rice“to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.” All in an effort to make Obama look like a statesman with mere months to go before the November election.
This direction is one that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would repeat time and time again on September 14th, telling reporters “we do not at this moment have information… that would indicate that any of this unrest was preplanned… The cause of the unrest was a video… ”
From this point on, CBS News repeated these talking points, going so far as to remove a portion of a 60 Minutes interview with President Obama recorded on September 12th where the president acknowledged that the attack was not tied to an offensive video, instead “that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start. ”
That segment of Obama’s interview would not be released until October 19th and highlighted in an October 24th article online by CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who would eventually be railroaded out of her job over her dogged effort to uncover the truth of what the White House knew about Benghazi .
CBS News had President Obama on tape acknowledging that the attack was not the result of video. Yet the White House narrative mere days later ran contrary to the President’s own statements, which CBS News was all to happy to edit out – in a clear violation of the public trust.
The American people deserve answers on Benghazi – especially the families of those who lost their lives on that tragic day. But we also deserve to know how involved CBS News president David Rhodes and the media was in covering for the White House and Ben Rhodes before the November election.
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