Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fox News caught in another Benghazi lie.

Courtesy of the Washington Post:  

The news that Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin laid before the public more than a year ago was explosive. It came on Oct. 26, 2012, not long before a presidential election. It brought seismic allegations to the set of facts that voters possessed in regard to the Sept. 12, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya. Most seismic: 

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11. 

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.” 

The CIA at the time issued a rare and emphatic denial of that allegation, saying that “no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.” 

The Associated Press is now reporting that congressional testimony from CIA personnel and contractors “bolster” the agency’s denial. The situation on the ground that night was chaotic and unclear: A call to the CIA annex near the under-attack diplomatic compound came in at 9:40 p.m., and it took the security personnel about 25 minutes to move in.

Fox had reported that the team was told to "stand down" allowing Ambassador Stevens and his support team die, without the CIA responding to protect him. That was not the case.

This is what Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, chairman of a House subcommittee reported after hearing testimony:

Westmoreland said the CIA security contractors loaded into two vehicles, with weapons ready, the moment they heard the radio call for help from the diplomatic building. Some wanted to rush to the U.S. compound roughly a mile away, and their agitation grew as they heard increasing panic when the diplomats reported the militants were setting the compound on fire. 

The CIA team leader and the CIA chief at the Benghazi annex told committee members that they were trying to gather Libyan allies and intelligence before racing into the fray, worried that they might be sending their security team into an ambush with little or no backup. 

A critical discrepancy between Fox News’s Oct. 26 report and the AP’s scoop: In addition to presenting the imperative to wait for backup as “stand down” orders, Fox News reported that the security contractors “ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire.” The AP reports no such defiance: “When it became ‘clear that this additional support could not be rapidly obtained,’ the team moved toward the diplomatic compound,” reports the AP’s Kimberly Dozier.

So Fox News changed the circumstances from "wait for backup" to "don't go in there." Then claimed that the security contractors were forced to defy orders in an attempt to protect American lives, when no such thing happened.

And they did it right before a presidential election. Gee, what a coincidence.

Anybody, and I mean ANYBODY, who gets their news from Fox is a moron. They are a propaganda arm of, not only the Republican party, but of the most fringe Right Wing nutjobs in the country.


  1. Anonymous12:57 PM

    Issa asked Farris whether he knew that all applicant information ended up on the federal site. Farris said private information was not stored there.

    “You need to watch more Fox, I’m afraid,” Issa said.


    1. Sally in MI1:52 PM

      My God. Issa is such a tool. "watch Fox more?" seriously? Maybe Issa ought to read reports from federal officials instead of dreaming up fake scandals to lie about every week. hey Darryl. where are all the JOBS the GOP promised in 2010? And don't blame it on the ACA. Some voters are obviously imbeciles, but most of us have a working brain, and we will not forget what you and the Teascammers have done to this country.

  2. Anonymous1:16 PM

    But ... bbut ... bbbut ... BENGHAZI !

  3. Beldar Gopoop Conehead1:18 PM

    Let me tell you something, Mr. Fancy Pants Librul Alaska blogger, if that really is your name, which I seriously doubt! It was people like YOU 70 years ago that declared the Pearl Harbor attack was nothing! "What's a few boats?", they said! "Hawaii? That's not even Amercia.", they said! :"The japanese can't even build a decent automobile!", they said. Well, we all know how THAT turned out!

    According to GoPoop.com, the official news site of the conservative wing of the Republican Party, Benghazi is OUR Pearl Harbor. When the government says four Amercians were killed, you KNOW that Obama is hiding the true number! Is it 40? 400? 40,000???

    FORTY THOUSAND AMERCIANS DEAD and this Kenyum marxist sits around the White House playing golf all day long!!


    The time is NOW for ultra-conservative, tee hee hee party patriots, lead by the execrable and lovely (for an old broad) The Screechy Wretch(tm) to lead us from this certain path to destruction!


    But if she isnt available, Rick Perry, Shelly Bachmann, Rick "GOOGLE ME NOW" Santorum or Newt "Newt" Gingrich will do just fine, also, too

    CRAP!!! Gryphen, I made a typo and didnt notice it until after I hit Publish. The actual web address I intended to type is www.gogop.com, NOT www.gopoop.com. Repeating: www.gogop.com, not www.gopoop.com.

    1. Irishgirl1:59 PM

      "FORTY THOUSAND AMERCIANS DEAD and this Kenyum marxist sits around the White House playing golf all day long!!"
      Mebbe the Marxist from the Vatican will join him! We'd need pooper scooper for the goopers for sure.

  4. Randall2:25 PM

    Someone has said, and rightly so:

    Getting your news from Fox News is like
    trying to learn about the Holocaust by watching Hogan's Heroes.

  5. Anonymous2:36 PM

    FOX: The Southern Strategy Redux Channel

    Plutocrats and corporatists convincing ignorant plebeians of various stripes to fear Gubmint and vote against their self-interests.

  6. Anonymous2:50 PM

    I'm not saying that every administration doesn't have problems. I know that there are questionable situations with all of them. I do think that the way things were handled left the door wide open for conspiracy theories to abound.

    1. Anonymous3:37 PM

      No matter what happened the right wing would somehow distort the story to end up blaming President Obama. It's the only thing they know how to do; telling the truth is far beyond their capabilities. How could the Obama Administration handled things any differently; no one knew that the Benghazi attack was about to happen. At first it looked like another protest about the right wing US movie that were happening simultaneously. There are not US troops on every street corner in the world; nor should there be. Honestly even if God himself had reached out from on high to shield the people at Benghazi that would not have satisfied the GOP.

    2. Anonymous7:56 PM


    3. Anonymous9:38 PM

      Oh Really? How was it any different than the 60 attacks on embassies that happened during the Bush administration? And how about the numbers of people who were killed during those attacks? Crickets from the GOP establishment, where was the outrage then?


      What about 9i/11 where Bush and cronies were warned about far in advance? That one action gave them the excuse they were looking for to invade Iraq who had no part in it.

  7. Anita Winecooler7:11 PM

    Well, accordion to the Christian ABC's "FOX" stands for "Faith Omnipotent Xample"

    Pretty hard to argue, eh?


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