The Mainstream Media’s Sudden Hard Ball Questions about Benghazi

November 6, 2013 at 5:00 am / by

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It seems that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews wants to get to the bottom of what really happened in Benghazi.  Really Chris? Because last October, you had the chance to ask what happened, but since it was only a month before the election, you didn’t bother. Instead, you helped push the narrative that the attack was over some movie that until the Obama administration started pushing it, no one had ever heard of.

He starts his show’s segment asking why reinforcements didn’t arrive in time, and then broke to a clip of last week’s CBS’ 60 Minutes piece when Lara Logan asked Gregory Hicks about military assets.

He was interviewing former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb who along with former Army Ranger/Green Beret Jack Murphy wrote the book ‘Benghazi: The Definitive Report.   Brandon brought up the fact that the State Department wasn’t prepared to deal with the situation.

Matthews responds, “I guess this is the question that gets to me. If you’re out there pinned down and word gets back to Washington in real time at the National Security Agency, rather the National Security desk, why didn’t we try to send somebody from somewhere? What happened?”

According to my research notes from October 8th 2012, when asked by CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson if  there was a disconnect between what he saw on the ground and what the State Dept. folks thought was going on in Libya, Green Beret  Lt. Col. Andy Wood replied, “There was certainly no disconnect in our transfer of information to them. They were getting the information on the situation on the ground. We sent it up through State Dept. cables and I sent it up to the military side on the D.O.D. side. So, there was awareness of what the situation in Libya was about….” When asked when they received word that they would not be allowed to stay, Lt. Col. Wood replied, “We knew that was coming through the cables and the draft cables that were going back and forth. The requests were being modified to say ‘don’t even request for D.O.D. support’” Some of the security teams would have remained in Benghazi if they had been allowed to.

Matthews continued, “Well you know, as an American, that doesn’t work for me.  The president, the security people were sitting in the White House twenty four seven, there’s officers on deck, they’re getting an instantaneous report on what’s happening there. Why, what were they looking at in terms of assets that could have been sent? Where was the US Cavalry, to use an American image, where were the people who could have come or tried to get there within how many hours it took to save the lives of the people still living? Where were they and why weren’t they called to do it? That’s, I’m going to ask that question until I get an answer.”

Well Chris, let me say that as Americans, this whole cover up and media “blackout” on the hard hitting questions haven’t worked for many of us since day one.  You may be indignant now, but where have you and many of your fellow journalists been all year when many of us have been asking these same questions?

The Calvary was there Chris. They were stationed in a few places, ready to go- but they were told to stand down. By Who?  It seems that some may have been relieved of duty because they refused to stand down.  Why was no CBA ever given, when Obama as president is the only person who can give that authorization.  And why were there blackouts at a major military operations center as it occurred, and news stations that were covering were switched off? Special Command could have been called but were not. They could have been sent in plenty of time but were not. Why?

From my research notes from last year, October 25, 2012 At a Pentagon press briefing, a reporter noted that “there was, in fact, a drone over the CIA annex [in Benghazi] and there were intelligence officials fighting inside the annex.” He then asked Leon Panetta: “Why there wasn’t a clear intelligence picture that would have given you what you needed to make some moves, for instance, flying, you know, F-16s over the area to disperse fighters or dropping more special forces in?”

Panetta’s answer, “there’s a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here.  We, we quickly responded…. We had FAST platoons in the region. We had ships that we had deployed off of Libya. And we were prepared to respond to any contingency and certainly had forces in place to do that. But, but the basic principle here, basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.”

The Defense Secretary claiming that they don’t deploy men who are trained for war into harm’s way to save Americans doesn’t make any sense as Special Forces have been and still are sent into harm’s way every day all over the world. They are specifically trained for these kinds of scenarios. But even if they were worried about dropping Special Forces in, they could have used the C-130 that was on station in Tripoli to disperse the terrorists at least.

Now, back to Matthews, who then asks, “My facts questions I have about this are, what was the State Department’s role in real time, not beforehand, but at the time of the attack in defending the lives of their people. Especially the US Ambassador who was a friend, a friend of the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton? What were their actions? What was their tick tock? What did they do when they got the warning? Of the attack?”

Let me help you with that one too Chris. I know you and many liberals aren’t a huge fan of FOX, but some there have been trying to get to the truth since day one.  On her show, Justice with Jeanine Pirro, the Judge interviewed Ret. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer and Former CIA Officer, Gary Berntsen about the Critical Report, and the drone footage.  Here’s what they had to say:

Lt. Col. Shaffer, “This was in the middle of the business day in Washington, so everybody at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, everybody was watching this go down…According to my sources, yes, [Obama] was one of those in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching this.”

Gary Bentsen,” I was a Chief of Station three different times so I’ve done this before. That report, a Flash or a Critic going back to Washington D.C. goes to CIA headquarters but it also goes to the situation room in the White House. It goes to the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the State Department. It goes to the military committee – it goes to all of them. … When you’re a Chief of Station and you’re in a crisis, you fire out to the entire community and they all go it immediately.”

Back to Hardball, when Matthews’ other guest, Time Magazine writer Jay Newton-Small responded saying that Hilary Clinton admitted she knew what was happening in real time, but testified that they believed that the attack was over after the initial attack, was probably why no help was sent.  They thought it was over.

I have to agree with Matthews on his next question, when he asked, “Would that be good, let me ask you something if that was your brother or your father in there. Would you say that it was a nice, an acceptable response; ‘Oh it’s probably over now it’s no good to send anybody’ or would you say, ‘I don’t care if it’s over or not, I’m going to go in and collect the bodies if nothing else. I’m gonna get there and show I care.’ That’s what I’d do.”

Newton-Small admitted that yes, Hilary still has a lot to answer for, but then Matthews brought up an interesting point which others have wondered as well. He mentioned that when Bin Laden was killed, there was a lot of coverage.

That’s very true; in fact, Obama immediately set up a press conference to announce to the world that by his orders, American forces got Bin Laden.  In fact, OPSEC Team has been talking about this for over a year as well because the White House and others in the administration leaked so much about that operation that it put SEAL TEAM 6 members and many of our Special Forces in danger.  And you know what Chris? Most of SEAL TEAM 6 are dead now.

Special Operations Speak has also been working on finding Justice for the Benghazi 4 and their families. Over 700 retired Special Forces members signed an open letter to Congress, and have been trying to get John Boehner to create a select committee with subpoena powers; maybe you ought to demand the same Chris.

Back to Matthews’ question of why there was so much press coverage over SEAL TEAM 6’s success in getting Bin Laden; the answer is simply because it was good for Obama, it made Obama look good.

Matthews asks finally at the end of the segment, “How come this is shrouded in mystery? What I can’t understand is all these months later, we’re still trying to figure out what happened.”

What happened before, during and after the Benghazi attack does not paint Obama or his administration in a good light, and in fact, being so close to the election, most in the media intentionally did not cover Benghazi because they had a reelection to push.

Now that Obama’s non phony scandals, socialized health care disaster, Middle East disasters and an ever strengthening of al Qaida after Obama said he had them on the run, maybe the media realizes that things aren’t looking too rosy for Obama supporters anymore- including the media.  So, now after over a year of silence, the media has to cover itself and finally ask the questions they should have asked since day one.

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Carolyn Elkins

Carolyn Elkins' PolitiChicks articles have been shared by Mark Levin, NewsBusters and New Media Journal. She writes about everything from military issues, the Middle East, Islam, politics to the Founding Fathers. Carolyn is a guest writer on The Right Scoop and PolitiBrew under the name American Duckie. Born in Canada, but now a proud U.S. citizen, Florida PolitiChick Carolyn is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional Conservative. She studies the Founders and their writings, and uses what she learns to try and educate others. Carolyn is the founder of the Constitutional Freedom Party, a completely grass roots organization whose foundation is on God and the Founders’ intent for a Constitutional Republic. Carolyn is married with one child and has taught American Government and Constitution to her home school co-op group of 12- 14 year olds. You can visit her via the Constitutional Freedom Party blog or on twitter @ABiCduckie and @CFP4US

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  1. TexasPGRRider says:

    THANK You for keepin` this one on the Front Burner, Sister Soldier for Truth. PURE Tyranny and Treason are the Heart and Soul of Benghazigate ! ! ! The whole world has witnessed our Great Nation`s slide toward irrelevance since b.o. and his muzbro slugbuds took control. Maybe some in the mainstream are beginning to realize Americans are Wakin` Up to their tactics of disinformation, and may even be feeling a hint of shame and guilt for those left abandoned, while others were Chompin` At The Bit to ASSIST And RESCUE ! ! ! !

  2. NYGino says:

    It seems the Criminally Negligent Media ( at least some of them ) have gone from a convenient coma into a sudden, self serving sense of inquisitive outrage about Benghazi. Maybe they didn’t get the message from the White House, via Jay Carney, that since it happened over a year ago it is a non story, not worthy of attention.

    Could this new attitude, as temporary as it will surely prove to be, be just another distraction to take away from the Obamacare fiasco? Have they gotten to the point that they have to drag out previous “phony” scandals for this use? Can’t they come up with any new and unique examples of incompetence? This has never been a problem for them before, they have proven dozens of times that their particular penchant for deception and lawlessness has been their strong suit.

    What “inconveniences” from the past will Tingles drag out of the closet next, Solyndra, Cash for Clunkers, Winston Churchill’s bust? I guess this will depend on how long this Obamacare nuisance proves to hang around.

    It’s also possible that the Criminally Negligent Media realizes that this Obamacare situation is different. This time as more and more people are forced to dip their toe into this toxic pond and realize just how cold the water is, a realization that will directly hit the most sensitive nerves, those in the recesses of their wallets, that even the MSM spewing liberal lines at low information voters will not be able to put lipstick on this pig and they don’t want to be dragged down by the civil outrage sure to follow.

  3. reggiec says:

    Clinton got impeached over a blue dress. Obama has Fast and Furious, spying on Americans, intimidating the press, Benghazi and 29 lies he is now lying about and trying to add an “if”; an “if” that was ALWAYS absent before.

  4. tinlizzieowner says:

    All I keep hearing is everybody saying “I want to get to the bottom of this”. Well, I want to get to the TOP of this!

    • NYGino says:

      The top…..that’s where the cancer is.

    • BGills says:

      At the bottom, is exactly where you will find those at the top!
      Unfortunately, we suddenly find ourselves living in Bizzar-O-World, one where success is punished, and failure rewarded. A lie the new truth, and truth is the old lie. Where the people are now expected to serve government, and not the other way around.
      During the investigation to uncover the truth about Benghazi, Hillary Clinton declared ” What difference, at this point, does it make… ” Well Mrs. Clinton, that’s exactly the point of an investigation, to reveal who is responsible, and who will be held accountable, and in a case of multiple deaths, there’s no statute of limitations for those responsible.

      • tinlizzieowner says:

        Precisely. As Barack Obama’s (Commie) pal Van Jones said, “Top down, bottom up, inside out”. It’s all part of the ‘Fundamental Transformation’ Barry promised us.

  5. lawngren says:

    Precisely. The disparity in the reporting of the two incidents, bin Laden’s death and the Benghazi Betrayal, is perfectly logical once you understand that for obama AND the suck-up media, it’s all about The One: protect him and serve him.

    There’s another point I think worth consideration here – was it blind self-promotion that caused obama to mention SEAL Team 6?

    Or was it the price his muslim contacts demanded for allowing him to kill bin laden? They were willing to look bad briefly to their own people in exchange for helping the muslim in the White House stay in the White House, but they demanded a sacrifice – the deaths of those who killed bin laden.

    • NYGino says:

      Interesting scenario lawngren, but then we all know this is “..the most transparent administration ever..” right?

      • lawngren says:

        Of course. What was I thinking?! Too much caffeine, I guess. It’s making me paranoid. That batch of coffee must have been grown on the republican plantation.

    • TexasPGRRider says:

      Your questions are legit and warrant Pursuit, lawn. Our Special Operations Forces conduct “Black Ops” missions, worldwide, daily. It is understood within the community that public displays and recognition compromise their mission. You might start your research with what these Heroes told their respective loved ones before returning to duty. Best Wishes in your Search for Truth, and Peace be With you….

    • It was all about Obama for sure, but your other point is very well possible too. Remember dear leader didn’t hesitate to give them the Pakistani Dr. who tipped the US about OBL’s hideaway. That doctor still rots in prison today.
      The leaks afterwards were purely for dear leader’s glorification, especially to his Hollywood pals who got documents about the raid that no civilian- especially a Hollywood producer should EVER have unless they are members of the immediate family.
      Excellent points lawngren. I think you just gave me another bone to chew on.

  6. BGills says:

    Thanks for refusing to abandon this story, as so many others already have.
    Gross incompetence by those in power who attempted to cover-up their failures with lies, has only been compounded by those who denied those actions the journalistic scrutiny they deserved. The mainstream media in this country has been more than willing to repeatedly betray the publics trust by allowing all actions of this administration to go unquestioned, no matter how suspect. In fact they chose instead to stifle any real journalistic attempts with the use of vile labels for those who dared ask the most basic of probative questions. Those in the mainstream media that spoke loudest in defense of this administrations incompetent actions, have betrayed a time honored profession of revealing the truth to the American People, and by doing so have put at risk the character of a nation. They have on multiple occasions used their considerable resources to vilify anyone who dared ask the very questions they should have been asking.

    • NYGino says:

      BGills, my detest for the mainstream media ( criminally negligent media ) is intense. I don’t think I have to explain my feeling to anyone in a forum such as this. I have to say your post solidifies and defines my feelings in the most eloquent and precise way. I feel this way but I couldn’t have stated it any better. Thank you.

    • Excellent comment. Thank you! I will never abandon this until all the truth is out for the families. But I agree so many others have, but worse so many in our government have too.

    • TexasPGRRider says:

      Your comments are Spot ON, BGills,,,Tyranny can Not stand against TRUTH, and lies will be exposed in Time….

  7. texrollie says:

    I guess Matthews is no longer having chills run up his leg at the mention of O’Dumbo

  8. Dirty Daug says:

    The mainstream media will all open up on this when people again start watching their shows. Most people stopped watching the mainstream media when it was plain that they were covering for Obama. Then also maybe time limit of the bribes to the media just ran out. Anyway the mainstream media will start the news that’s really news of all of the crap that Obama has been doing and up till now, getting by with. When Obama sees that he no longer has the protection to the mainstream media he could be dangerous and really get into (destroying America) the reason why he was put there as President and should be removed from the White House as soon as possible.

  9. dskancer19 says:

    “Just” Benghazi?? They have blacked out everything since that clown took charge of his select news casting (meaning O’s c.e.o./director status of the public tv/media). Classical socialist ideology – and broadcasting select situations to direct away from chaos he is creating within our own Constitution at that time. Journalism at one time – was honorable and investigated everything – until 2008. Then…silence. Non-news agencies have investigated barack and found plenty – but media refuse to broadcast the FACTS. Dumming down of “O’s Amerika” via “O’s publik” media

  10. toongoon says:

    Chris Matthews and the media is adept at covering for for Obama. Chris Matthews said it himself that it is his job to make sure this president succeeds. What Matthews is doing is taking the focus off of obamacare and it doesn’t matter if the story is about one of Obama’s other great failures. If the Benghazi report should start to arouse voters they will quickly change the subject to another failure that they will soon lose interest in. Those who read and trust their dribble will follow their lead and forget it when they are told to.
    This is the media works now, show people blinking lights here and there and their eyes follow, losing their focus as new blinking lights attracts their attention unwittingly to their own destruction
    Another great article, thank you!

  11. MichelArm says:

    I think that was the crisis that went to waste that would’ve put Obama on the hero pedestal but his hatred toward our nilitary blinded him to that golden opportunity. Replay last year with Obama taking out the rebels and using that for campaigning. Free advertising off rhe deaths of 4the men. And as far as Chris Matthews and his motley crew are concerned, I remind everyone that when a ship is sinking the first ones to jump it are the wharf rats! Some things never change!

  12. Kent2012 says:

    Have to do something when you are wearing scrambled eggs for weeks and your viewers are leaving in droves….What chaps mine is the fact that these cheer leaders for the communists have all the “sound bites” from today back to Teddy R and they conveniently “lose” them when criminals like kenyan boy spout garbage today, making it appear that what was just said is “virginal”….no 180 degree change in thought or conviction for this punk…

  13. cajun_2 says:

    Excellent article Ms Duckie and happy that NB introduced you to many of us NBers. You are now in my bookmarks…Please continue to expose the sabotage of our country by the coordinated efforts of the useful idiots.

  14. BarrackHussein says:

    To all of those WATCHING IT GO DOWN… and that have never said anything.
    You own it… period.

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