-by Geoff Caldwell
Did White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, use his brother David’s position as president of CBS News to push the false “it was the video” excuse within hours of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi?
It would certainly explain how barely six hours after the second attack had ended that the CBSnews.com website had a story placing blame for the Cairo embassy demonstration and Benghazi attack as:
“Both incidents were sparked by hardline Muslims protesting a film made in the U.S. which insults the Muslim prophet Muhammad.”
While reporting by both Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard and Jonathan Karl of ABC news shows State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland as deeply involved in the editing of original CIA talking points that eventually scrubbed references to terrorism and pre-attack warnings, her involvement came days later when the CIA circulated it’s first draft for internal comment on September 14th.
Yet the CBS/AP story was up and blaming a “film” within hours?
That’s either very sloppy reporting, or someone at CBS/AP got the information from someone high enough up in the administration that it went straight into the story without independent verification.
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It was just David Rhodes taking a call from little brother Ben and dutifully doing what he could to help out the cause.
A terrorist attack by Islamic extremists less than two months before a Presidential election could far too easily be spun into a “game changer” by Obama’s opponents. Especially since there were clear warnings that such could happen and both the President and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did nothing but golf, campaign and collect frequent flier miles for months.
The sloppy reporting scenario isn’t a good one but considering mainstream media’s performance of late it’s at least a plausible and survivable one.
Heck, even CBS’s own anchor, Scott Pelley acknowledges it. Daniel Halper reports in The Weekly Standard that Pelley gave a speech at Quinnipiac University and revealed some obvious truths:
“Our house is on fire”….”These have been a bad few months for journalism”…”We’re getting the big stories wrong, over and over again.”
(Note to Pelley and the rest: Perhaps if you were actually doing “journalism” and not parrot publishing White House talking points your own houses wouldn’t be burning down around you.)
If on the other hand, the narrative was pushed from one branch of the Rhodes family tree to another then the network that was once home to I Love Lucy, most definitely has some serious “splainin” to do.
Granted, between Dan Rather’s George W. Bush fairy tales and 60 minutes continually passing off fawning chats with Barack Obama as “interviews” there isn’t much credibility left at CBS news but if the President of the news division did allow brotherly love to influence news reporting to protect little brother’s boss during a Presidential election than what little credibility there is left would evaporate faster than the truth being put in front of Joe Scarborough.
The organization that was once home to the likes of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Mike Wallace has become a trailer park of addicts just lying around waiting for Papa Barry’s to open his mouth so they can dutifully please their master with their flawless word by word “reporting”.
But as if that wasn’t bad enough, the one an only “journalist” CBS has left, Sharyl Attkisson is reportedly in trouble with network executives for, gasp, actually being journalist. According to Politico’s Dylan Byers her bosses think she is “wading dangerously close to advocacy” and “Attkisson can’t get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized”
Imagine that. A network that wades daily in the cesspool of Obama administration “advocacy” is apparently actively trying to silence a reporter for doing nothing more than trying to report the truth. (Another cup of Alinsky cheer anyone?)
But the incest between the White House and our national media is not just a sickness isolated within the walls of CBS.
The Right Scoop has the video of Richard Grennell appearing on Fox NewsWatch revealing that the President of ABC news, Ben Sherwood also has a sibling working in the White House and that CNN deputy bureau chief Virginia Moseley is married to Hillary Clinton’s deputy Tom Nides”.
So the Sherwood and Rhodes siblings both work foreign policy on the National Security Council and Mosely’s hubby is Hillary’s deputy.
We all know blood is thicker than water, but when it comes to Benghazi and the “mainstream” press, the blood has long ago coagulated into one big steaming pile of propaganda.
As if the “old” news of what CBS did “a long time ago” as the Benghazi story was breaking isn’t bad enough the New York Times shows it can get even worse.
In it’s May 9, 2013 editorial, the Times Editorial Board actually published an administration protectorate piece under the not so “objective” title: “The Republicans’ Benghazi Obsession” in which the esteemed board tells anyone willing to be self-deluded that no new information came out of the whistleblower’s Congressional testimony on Wednesday. And for “proof” they use “the most authoritative account” that is the State Department’s own Accountability Review Board that didn’t even interview Hillary Clinton and others!
While no direct incestuous relationship between the Times and the White House has been discovered to date, with the former executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union on its Editorial Board, and the likes of Maureen Dowd writing commentary, it’s only a matter of time before someone, somewhere finds at least one of them sitting pretty on yet another branch of the Obama family tree.