Terror attacks in Libya
Media still ignoring the details?
- Duration 5:58
- Date Oct 6, 2012
Media still ignoring the details?
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Well let me start -- cautioning everyone against.
Seizing on any single statement -- piece of information to draw final conclusions.
It's essential that we go through all of the information.
And the entire context so that we can get a full and complete.
Accurate understanding of what happened.
I take this responsibility very seriously and I believe that our diplomats our leaders and the American people deserve a rigorous.
That's secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Wednesday vowing to provide a full and accurate account of the attacks on the US consulate in -- -- That killed four Americans.
The terror attack taking place just a little over three weeks ago on September 11.
So was that directed at the media Rick I mean was she telling reporters hey back off don't don't be looking into the story don't be.
You know pulling diaries out of the rubble.
When I actually heard her say is in summary -- Susan -- misspoke there.
Susan Rice the UN ambassador -- -- on the Sunday shows -- a few days after the attacks to say on politically this was this was all just a spontaneous.
Attacks spontaneous demonstration.
Out with what we saw from the secretary of state there was don't jump to conclusions.
However she should have said that to the US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice because.
Susan Rice jumped to conclusions and told us unequivocally what happened.
I'm actually really perplexed as to why the media.
Has not gone to Susan Rice to as a follow up to say what were you talking about because the facts have now proven you to be wrong.
Where is the UN press corps.
Whereas the State Department press corps well why are they -- don't ask.
You cannot get onto Susan Rice and mainly -- also does not long term nobody she does not make herself really very -- she was.
Very available NASA and dwelling lies arrives at the show and when you're trying talked -- -- the United Nations you will come out sometimes in front of the Security Council make a couple statements take one question she's gone future.
She tried to press visibility and thing and look how that worked out right.
And -- -- and everything when you when I -- -- I heard that secretary Clinton's it was that I thought well look.
Let's get to this after the election please -- -- us one favor gives a couple months and then you can investigate -- -- I think that when at the same time that Susan Rice was making her unequivocal statement about what this -- in what had caused it.
We had Eli lake and the Daily Beast writing.
That within 24 hours there were indications from more than one intelligence source that this had been a pre planned.
Attack involving -- height now or some elements -- so clearly.
There is conflicting view of the facts here and we do need to get to the bottom of it.
Think that we have CNN in the Washington Post did go scour that site all the crap what I call -- and I might GM if you recall when you and I went to.
A -- in 2003 Jim actually walked into what was then they're CIA and picked up documents that our government had just left behind and had.
A halt all building thought to be honest yeah and it was quite something and and and a lot of fun frankly back and I haven't however they've -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well and Rick is that is the administration concerned that you know one month out to an election they don't want to read a bunch of headlines.
About how this nation may have known or should have known about terrorists planning an attack on our facilities so clearly the narrative that the Obama -- the administration is pushing.
That Osama bin Laden is dead.
And we are fine al-Qaeda has been pushed aside so.
And the media are following however have once quick prediction I think ABC's Martha Raddatz who is the moderator for the vice presidential debate.
She's a foreign policy expert I think she'll get Joseph Biden and that's.
But you know -- talking about you know al-Qaeda being on the ropes this apparently was an al-Qaeda affiliated group.
That carried out some fairly sophisticated attacks on our -- diplomatic facilities in the guys there's no question and there were there was more security for Susan Rice going to her Meet the Press interview.
Then the US ambassador had in Libya.
ABC news found a State Department communication an email from may third.
Indicating that the embassy diplomatic staffs in the State Department I should said denied a request.
From the embassy security team in Libya they wanted to DC three.
To be kept in the country to better conduct their duties.
You know it's it's.
Was a money decision -- -- that somebody made the decision to not spend money on security -- well we had intelligence that was -- And -- Qaeda is is beginning to pick up but is not the kind of thing that -- the media should be jumping on.
Well I think this has largely been a media driven story because Kirsten Powers -- other people Catherine Herridge is doing doing wonderful work at this network.
What we've been encountering a stonewalling by the White House they do not want to talk about this story even when -- story shifts day today because they don't want to look back because they don't wanna look bad and Tom Pickering who heads the commission is going to be investigating this.
Is excellent -- him.
He's -- talent and he's going to be reporting.
After he's never gonna blame this state park this -- I don't know how loud I don't know about that actually I think Tom Pickering is a pretty Arafat but I have to say this.
-- his interest in the Wall Street Journal both a couple of times said that journalists have stayed on the case they really if I have followed how the journalists have stayed on the case.
And I think journalists can't -- -- I don't know -- you -- and also their lives in Albany.
You're trying to get its front page on this certain allies -- has made it possible to open up a lot of the information congressman nice.