Piecing together Benghazi
Media missing the key questions?
- Duration 7:06
- Date Dec 22, 2012
Media missing the key questions?
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You were aware of the security -- there we've read the cables.
You are fully aware and either.
You send people there with security or you don't send them there.
I looked at those people streaming through the front gate in Ben Ghazi.
The -- wouldn't have taken that much to to stop that attack if indeed did -- didn't they they would of responded to immediately.
The president and this at high level officials of this administration.
Immediately after the attack and four days afterwards.
-- an overwhelming part of their discussion of the issue dealt with -- movie -- About these -- Muslims being upset about portraying Mohammed and a bad way in some movie on YouTube.
Those are the congressional hearings that began this week to try to piece together some of the details surrounding the deadly terror attacks on our embassy -- been Ghazi.
The attacks killed four Americans including our ambassador.
On September -- left.
So -- this accountability.
Accountability review board appointed by the State Department takes a look at the State Department.
And finds that the security was quote grossly inadequate to deal with the attack what kind of coverage -- all that got.
Lot of coverage and it was grossly inadequate.
The people who speak the coverage and could go on interviews for example you know Hillary Clinton.
-- Hillary Clinton and President Obama they they are different there editor for kind of any anybody with undersecretary below is dead meat in terms this thing they can be fired embarrassed humiliated however.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton -- on their own category immune from this criticism you can have some questions Judy is -- weather's Secretary Clinton.
Answered questions about all -- -- right I mean that was the amazing thing about the press conference on Friday that.
That the senate Republican senators had because they suggested that she hadn't even sat down and talked.
To the man who are leading the panel that she.
If that's true that is truly an -- astonishing omission.
And I don't think she's going to be able to escape.
Responsibility for -- -- claimed responsibility.
But I think questions are gonna continue to be asked about what she knew -- and it's not good enough you're not going to be able to get away with saying.
This is just an assistant secretary problem.
No it's not.
Those those three Republican senators came out in that news conference and said he and other questions here that need to be answered about the president and his policies.
And suggesting that Secretary Clinton needs to answer those questions as well -- there -- depress our press answering more -- Actually we talk about -- -- -- -- press overall has not been terribly interested in this they they took arrangement from no interest to claiming it's a right wing conspiracy that's sort of where they fall on this and here's Secretary Clinton obviously needs to be the -- to testify I don't know why these.
People have even go through with it we're just watching they're just sort of -- in the slaughter they're not they're not the people that I'm in.
Tom knives is not really people displeasure he was my first box in the White House but I mean he's not really the one who was responsible for this and and so I think you know Hillary Clinton has said.
The buck stops with her the president says the buck stops -- -- and yet they're the only two people who don't see any really taking in but I responsible.
If he's the one Hillary says is going to testify because she's got a concussion.
That he's got to take responsibility for looking at the cables for the undersecretary in the in the different apartments for the regional bureau assistant secretaries -- That the State Department.
Is in the regional bureaus the assistant secretary of state for near east.
Beth Jones is not named in the report she's responsible if she would have approved security.
It would have been done you can't blame others and Tom -- Is her box so.
The fact of the matter is the coverage for -- for Tom -- showing up for Hillary Clinton was atrocious CNN.
Just basically said it was.
Something that Tom Knight said we could do better on.
When in fact Tom -- is married to the CNN deputy bureau chief Virginia mostly.
And that wasn't disclosed and so CNN is ignoring the story to benefit -- that a staffer and her relationship with Tom -- so I think.
The media have got to do a better job here they've got to get to the bottom of this I.
I think that that's a press conference on Friday rules.
Senator Graham Senator McCain and senator AA I think is now replace Joseph Lieberman has them.
Three amigos that it -- so much of an impact on US foreign policy over the last ten years ago.
I think that guarantees to Israel continue into the next year's -- and a big way I had thought that between fiscal cliff in Newtown Connecticut that the story would have fade away.
I don't think it will I think I handled the pressure on un Secretary Clinton -- testify while she's still on office -- state.
And then whatever carry over that takes over as Senator Kerry of Massachusetts confirmation hearings mr.
-- -- sometime early next year.
I think the story's got a lot of legs coming to third 2000.
Or do we know that Susan Rice lost her chance to become secretary of state because he went out on the morning shows and insisted that the -- the protests were all spawned by the video here's what the report concluded.
The board concluded there was no protest prior to the attacks which were unanticipated.
In their scale and intensity.
Lot of people in the media bought the administration's spin should there be.
No repercussions of that.
Pretty amazing thing about the way this whole story's been covered and the way certain news outlets continue to cover it.
Is as a political us attack on the Obama administration rather than an inquiry into why -- African diplomats -- -- And that team continues that theme continues despite such information.
Despite the report concluding that what the -- Susan Rice said was wrong the issue is when did Susan Rice know that when shouldn't she have known it.
What steps did she take.
To try and find out what the situation was on the ground apart from the talking points she was had it not -- what questions are being asked except by fox and if you whether -- You heard it at the top of the hour there are some Democrats who still insists this is just a partisan witch hunt well yeah I mean it's incredibly even if you look at what this report found.
It's stuff that you would've known if you just have been watching Fox News I mean that you it doesn't take an investigation.
To get this information and I think that's what's so frustrating -- that.
There was no curiosity I mean the it.
We knew it there wasn't a protest it was reported what was reported before she went on the air to say that there have been a protest there was no protest you know it.
Mean this is such a media scandal you know that the -- they're just the way that they'd not only -- Act of interest but actually smearing anybody who is asking questions as just being sums are right wing wing not to -- There's some women were positive about a democratic senators.
Because I think that some democratic senators -- recognized that no female democratic senator spoke up and Susan rice's defense now one.