Skip to comments.The Media’s Coverage of the Libya Attacks: From Slanted to Suppressed
Posted on 11/02/2012 7:55:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Americans of all political stripes were distressed by the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador. But the reaction of the national broadcast networks has been demonstrably and shamefully partisan from the beginning of this story.
In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack, all three broadcast networks touted the political angle that the events would bolster President Obama reminding voters of his power as commander-in-chief, as NBCs Peter Alexander asserted on the September 14 edition of Today while Mitt Romney would be damaged by his supposedly flubbed initial reaction.
But as the story progressed and reports indicated that the Obama administration knowingly misrepresented the nature of the attack, failed to provide adequate security, and refused to authorize a potential rescue mission to save those under fire, those same journalists have been either slow to report those developments, or altogether silent.
Taken together, the shifting coverage provides a case study in how the elite media will skew an important story to aid the political interests of the liberal incumbent. A chronology of how ABC, CBS and NBC have twisted this story from the very beginning:
■ First, Blame Mitt Romney: In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, all three networks pounced on the supposed mistake Romney made by deploring a September 11 U.S. embassy statement that condemned a YouTube video for hurting the religious feelings of Muslims. Team Obama claimed that Romneys statement showed he was over his head on foreign policy, and all three networks dutifully incorporated the Romney flap into their September 12 Libya coverage.................
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The media’s coverage of Benghazi may be paying off. Last night, Bill O’Reilly said that because of it, Benghazi has become a minor issue that Obama will ride out.
Bill Hemmer on Fox just ‘hinted’ a few minutes ago that another shoe is about to drop...today.
Everyone needs to try to TREND #benghazi on Twitter!
AND, BOR is a supersized jerk who doesn’t have MOST of his information straight MOST of the time.
I can’t see a damn thing that Romney said that was wrong.
My “cross-border authority” meme is picking up steam.
Here is the FR thread with the PJ Media essay I wrote for them yesterday.
“The Smoking Gun of Benghazi? Only the president can grant cross-border authority.”
The original PJ Media link:
What an ass.
Then as they were going to a break, the next segment was on in-state tuition for illegals, he spouts, Oh great. Now theyre going to go get lynched.
I especially like to watch O'Reilly when Laura Ingraham guest-hosts. I wish she could replace him.
Not sure if that got its own thread yesterday.
CBS has damning emails and will sit on them till after the election.
Bill Gertz - Nov 2, 2012: ............The disclosure that secret U.S. military forces were dispatched to Libya recently was revealed in a letter sent Wednesday to the House Armed Services Committee by Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd, director of operations for the Pentagons Joint Staff.
Tidd said that after the attack in Benghazi, the U.S. European Command sent a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoon to reinforce security at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.
Additional classified capabilities were deployed to the region, Tidd said, in what other defense officials said was a reference to the deployment of special operations commandos.
Tidd was responding to a letter from Rep. Howard P. Buck McKeon (R., Calif.) about whether the military recommended bolstering security in Libya prior to the Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans...............
.......McKeon wrote to the military leaders Oct. 18 seeking answers about whether there was advance warning of an attack in Benghazi and the need for increased military and security forces.
McKeon had demanded a response by Nov. 19 but an aide to the chairman said the military leaders were blocked from responding by the office of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
McKeons questions revealed that there were indications that within the military there were warnings about terrorist threats........
“Missed” Geraldo — but I can imagine how it was...
MSNBC/CNN and the rest of the anti american leftist media’s motto. THE HALF OF THE NEWS THAT WE FEEL IS FIT TO PRINT. THE FOREIGNERS election has accelerated the collapse of the SOCIALIST LEFT. The little anti american turds working to protect this regime in the leftist MSM will go right down the toilet with them.
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