Coverage of Benghazi attacks
Media reporting spin or real facts?
- Duration 7:07
- Date Nov 17, 2012
Media reporting spin or real facts?
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This is about the role she played.
Around four dead Americans when it seems to be that the story coming out.
But the administration and she's the fourth person is so disconnected to reality I don't trust it.
And the reason I don't trust her.
It's because I think she knew better and if she did know better she showed me the Voice of America.
Somebody is got to start paying a price around this place but I am dead set -- making sure we don't promote anybody.
That was an essential player -- the name guys seek the -- As I've said before.
She made an appearance.
That the request the White House.
In which she.
Gave her best.
Of the intelligence that had been provided to her.
If Senator McCain.
And senator Graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me.
And I'm happy to have that discussion with a but for them to go after the UN ambassador.
Who had nothing to do -- doesn't.
And was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received.
And this divert besmirch her reputation.
-- compilation began with South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham giving his view of ambassador Susan Rice and her role in the administration spin on the Ben Ghazi terror attacks.
And the president's reactions to those statements at his first news conference since being reelected.
Obama defending ms.
rice but his defense is actually added more to the controversy.
Senator Graham reacted to the president by saying Mr.
President don't think for one minute I don't hold you ultimately responsible for -- Ghazi.
I think you failed as commander in chief before.
During and after the attack so much to get to on all of this -- but first this this -- down.
Between the two senators primarily Graham and McCain and and the president ABC's Terry Moran called it and Obama smackdown.
The Washington Post said it was John McCain's been Ghazi side show some in the media.
Are saying that is all about McCain being bitter because he lost to.
Obama four years ago we think.
I think -- five stories are now coming together and saying beltway and for that matter international contribution number one was Petraeus and brought well -- Two bit and -- -- number number but Ghazi Petraeus brought well military ethics.
McCain Obama redux.
And then fifth the Susan Wright story which you know.
And life imitates art.
If you go back and watched a movie advise and consent.
The novel in -- movie.
There was a South Carolina senator opposing the president's nomination as -- secretary of state.
That is the whole dynamic of the movie and I'm telling you find it on YouTube or Netflix says it.
Parallels really echo out.
It's it's a media criticism show we'll have to turn it into a movie review but seriously.
The media had the opportunity to ask some hard questions and didn't get any element that has got.
-- -- -- Because the format itself is not conducive to follow up the president totally controls.
That forum he picks the people he's got a call line.
People can't respondents and -- at Mr.
President we want to follow up on this.
This is his chosen.
Forum I'm surprised he hasn't it does get more.
Because we do know that until the election he was actually hiding from the media on this issue.
-- maybe you can explain the president's thinking here and there to speak for the front yeah I'm sure you talk about the haircut but his defense un ambassador rice really only added fuel the fire because they have you heard -- say -- well you heard him say that the White House sent her out -- on those Sunday morning talk shows.
And then he says but don't go after her because she didn't have anything to do but with Ben -- so why is she on this and while I can she represented administration administration decided to put her out clearly on the Sunday morning talk shows but what was her involvement -- -- -- was she part of a cover up of course not.
She was giving as the president said in the clip we just played the intelligence that was known at the time and they were all kinds of different strains of intelligence as we know coming and David Ignatius elective -- I understand.
Reported early on that there were reports that it was about a video the president himself use the word terror both the day -- today after the day after the Rose Garden the day after that.
In Denver so.
I don't know it -- me like the right wing media is trying to make something here they try to do it during the election.
As if we're somehow change the results of the election which it didn't and the continuing this rap on the president about.
Something which I don't think is a cover up.
Well amendment and then there was this I mean the media generally seem to love the defense of ambassador rice that the president issued from the podium -- powers who is a frequent panelist.
On this show took umbrage at -- for -- -- and she said.
There is no damsel in distress and Obama is paternalistic bravado in defense of a top administration official is going to come back to haunt him.
She's a big girl in a big position and she should defenders Nelson and what -- that.
At one I don't think it's necessarily -- right wing smack down of Susan Rice and if anything.
Not this is this is the liberal media going after John McCain making about John McCain's comments about Susan Rice and if you noticed John McCain never use the word filibuster and he said he would.
You know have serious issues the Susan Rice being nominated as secretary of state.
But I mean I agree totally with Judy what is Susan Rice doing -- representing the administration.
On these -- is an issue if she had nothing to do with this and why should the.
And that is not her fault that simply -- what -- maybe of an issue with the administration putting -- out there but that does say that she should not be secretary of players because she somehow.
Is wrong here but what did she do about how we we have a -- -- of -- dating shoes.
-- -- -- Friday Peter King I think was exclusive fox -- and making and making -- was saying listen we now know that the CIA.
A -- Peter -- at least knows that the CIA original apology the original narrative of the bank Gaza attacks was -- By somebody along the chain -- time -- -- is -- that is Susan Rice called herself did she know who did Alfred I mean these are questions I mean.
That -- the confirmation hearings which is under oath they are going to be epic on this because somehow.
The Petraeus version which Petraeus obviously willing to explain now now these liberated from being a bomb -- -- -- From.
Rice it's her fate have to answer from for a whole bunch of seeming cover up.
And if she's such -- shrinking violet if she -- she needs the president to defend her if she can't and for herself and she doesn't know anything about.
And god or Libya why would she be nominated secretary of style because we do know.
There's always -- -- -- to -- I got on this particular -- wait a minute that's not an issue it's not it's a sexist issue.
The president could easily we've -- defended anybody in his administration I was whatever gender.
Didn't do that for Eric Holder and fast and furious Diddy we're.