But first, from BuzzFeed:
On Saturday night, State Department spokesperson Philipe Reines slammed CNN for its “disgusting” handling of Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ diary. The diary helped confirm, as the network reported, that Stevens had been worried about the threat of an Al Qaeda attack, and even feared his own name was included on a hit list.
The blockbuster news contradicted the line the State Department and the administration had been pushing since the horrible tragedy took place almost two weeks ago: that there was no intelligence of a coming attack. In fact, the Ambassador himself was aware of a persistent high level threat against him.
“Perhaps the real question here,” CNN responded to the State Department criticism, “Is why is the State Department now attacking the messenger.”
That is the real question, and State Department’s bizarre criticism of CNN gives clues to the answer. Foggy Bottom is now in full-on damage control mode, with the primary goal of keeping Hillary Clinton’s legacy in Libya — and in Washington — intact.
So, let’s get this straight: For nearly a week, the administration lied its ass off with respect to what went down in Benghazi where a well-coordinated terrorist assault overran our consulate their resulting in the deaths of the Libyan ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others, instead choosing to blame it on an unruly mob whose rage was stoked by a the maker of a crappy Youtube video alleged to have dissed Mohammed.
No biggie, right? All administrations lie. And certainly any administration that reserves the right for itself to whack any of its country’s citizens without due process can certainly be forgiven throwing one of those citizens, like aforementioned crappy Youtube video-maker, under the bus in order to save its news-cycle hide. It’s still all good, right?
Here’s where were lost, though Where’s the press? Where have they gone? They’ve been played for fools in all this. Absolute fools and they are nowhere to be found… except sitting in their news trucks outside of the filmmakers home in Cerritos, California all but signing his death warrant.
They’ve been used by this administration and they simply don’t care. They’ve given up and the lack of outrage they have expressed with respect to how they’ve been played while the administration’s Arab Spring strategy has blown up in its face is stunning.
Congrats to the administration.
When Obama promised us a transformational change, he wasn’t lying: In just over 3-1/2 years he and his administration have managed to transform an entire media structure from what should be a naturally skeptical, if not confrontational, 4th estate into one that has decided to just lay down if not be entirely complicit in promoting the deception and hypocrisy of this administration.
Again, congratulations to the administration on a job well done and for inviting perilous damage to the republic.