Spinning Benghazi -- Alex Koppelman, The New Yorker
It’s a cliché, of course, but it really is true: in Washington, every scandal has a crime and a coverup. The ongoing debate about the attack on the United States facility in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, and the Obama Administration’s response to it, is no exception. For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it.
On Friday, ABC News’s Jonathan Karl revealed the details of the editing process for the C.I.A.’s talking points about the attack, including the edits themselves and some of the reasons a State Department spokeswoman gave for requesting those edits. It’s striking to see the twelve different iterations that the talking points went through before they were released to Congress and to United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who used them in Sunday show appearances that became a central focus of Republicans’ criticism of the Administration’s public response to the attacks. Over the course of about twenty-four hours, the remarks evolved from something specific and fairly detailed into a bland, vague mush.
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My Comment: When a liberal outlet like The New Yorker comes out and criticizes the Obama administration for their Benghazi explanation and story line .... if you are in the administration that is when you know that you have a problem. And while the New Yorker targets White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for much of their criticisms .... the problem is more deeper than that. Here is an easy prediction .... this story will be the number one topic tomorrow on the Sunday morning talk shows.