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It was a day of riveting testimony and new disclosures in yesterday's hearing on the deadly terror attacks in Ben Ghazi.
Whistle blowers revealing some brand new details and challenging the official version of events of -- offered by the Obama administration.
So how -- the Big Three networks handle this bombshell day of testimony well.
It was the second story on all three of the major network evening broadcast CBS evening news.
Offered the most coverage of plotting at four minutes 41 seconds NBC giving it two minutes 59 seconds on nightly news.
It got the least coverage on ABC's world news tonight at two minutes 24 seconds.
Let's talk about him Charlie -- a columnist for The Washington Times AB Stoddard and associate editor and columnist for the hill.
-- so Charlie does it surprise you that that this story did not get a whole lot of attention especially on ABC and NBC.
Well you know I get that what a lot of these reporters saying they're saying that either this is an event that happened you know some time ago in the midst of the -- can.
Presidential campaign where people were focused on mainly the economy it happened to you know far far away.
And things like that but the bottom -- -- you had a terrible attack.
All on American interest you have for people that -- were dead.
And then you had the administration get politicians come out and give an explanation.
For -- that the attack on on -- some you know anti Muslim video that was posted -- line.
In order to sort of had to minimize the importance of the event and it turns out all that's not true it was a coordinated.
Attacked by terrorists and by any definition that sounds like I mean that is a cover up.
And and I don't -- I can I do you normally cover ups in this town.
Dominate the news and they become.
You know the stories that that everybody follows without any regard for for you know partisan politics or anything like that.
And for whatever reason that's not going on now and and that and I guess I guess they have to explain why they're not so interest and let us.
Let's take a look -- at some of the newspaper coverage and I hope you're able to see a monitor there where you are in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.
Before the testimony.
There was one little front page mention in the what's news column way in the left hand.
Column there just one little paragraph and then you had to jump inside the page a six to read the story.
After the testimony this morning's paper has a big front page right hand column diplomat Ayers attack details.
In the New York Times virtually no mention on the front page on Wednesday.
And then on Thursday after the testimony all of a sudden things get interest staying.
And you get a right hand column and avoid questions Libya.
And -- -- as Libya questions led to demotion.
The Washington Post.
Basically no coverage on the front page on Wednesday.
Except the column GOP probe of Ben Ghazi turns aimed -- Clinton.
That's suggesting that it's all political.
And then on.
Today's paper after the testimony.
You get that top right hand column officials facts on Ben Ghazi withheld.
It seems to have changed the tone of the coverage in the newspapers having heard these people testify.
Now I agree -- -- of that testimony was quite shocking and disturbing and it has become a huge story and I think it will remain one.
Until we get more answers.
-- interesting turning point for me it was Sunday when we -- who Gregory hicks was.
That there were other high level diplomats that we're going to come forward and be whistle blowers.
Share their stories.
And -- not only about the discrepancy about the facts on the ground what happened.
But what's happened to them since like Gregory hicks.
And the fact that he's been.
Scolded and demoted so I think that what's interesting is before we even learned that three women were abducted in Ohio and held.
In captivity for ten years.
Of Gregory -- and he was that the that the -- one thing we we knew.
-- most prominently in what he was going to say because the chairman of the committee previewed that.
Now it is understandable that people.
Approached these to these hearings.
With some caution because they actually don't know how -- will go and whether or not the witnesses will end up.
Saying in public what they've said the investigators in private.
But for me the turning point really came on Sunday when this became.
A much more damaging story about facts being withheld security being withheld.
An inadequate response during the fight on the ground in September 11 of course.
What happens in the review of the facts later on both of the accountability review board.
Com and -- with the fact that people who wanted to talk to congressional.
I'm delegations were discouraged from doing -- Not only to the Washington Post Charlie have.
That that right hand column article on today's front cover.
But they also have I think a riveting photo there in the center of the page the woman in the middle there is.
-- in -- -- woods she is the widow of Tyrone woods one of the ex seals Navy SEALs.
Who died when a mortar shell exploded on the roof.
And it's it's our understanding that he actually survived the initial attack but but bled to death because they couldn't get him.
To the hospital in time it's absolutely.
-- It's just heartbreaking.
And while of course -- is exactly right you know a lot of these details sort of -- -- the forefront starting on Sunday and then -- -- as you pointed out it became very dramatic yesterday.
But a lot of the stuff have been trickling out for a long time before now.
And you know for for months in the -- and and starting very shortly after the attack a lot of the little details started coming out.
And you know it it me in my book you know investigative journalists.
Who it's it's their job.
22 to take these little pieces and figure out and and followed them and and track them down and -- to try to illuminate what really did happen.
And that is what I think is sort of lacking in this story and has been with the exception of of a handful of reporters and then of course.
You know that the more conservative.
Press has been going bananas about it.
But but that's not a very healthy -- news environment I don't think where you just have.
People doing you know things that your your reporting stories that make their side.
And we'll see what kind of coverage this generated says it goes forward.
AB Stoddard and Charley thanks very much Charlie -- from Washington thanks.
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