The Washington Post decided they were going meta today. Like the terrorist themselves, they will bury the bones in a bonanza of blitz. Today, under the headline From video to terrorist attack: a definitive timeline of administration statements on the Libya attack they have thrown up several buckshots of bulleted quotes, and bolded some stuff that isn’t important in the hopes that you, dear reader, won’t be able to find the pertinent stuff under that mangled headline.
But for astute readers, the lies are there and so is the truth. WaPo will just leave it for you to sort out.
We will leave it to readers to reach their own conclusions on whether this is merely the result of the fog of war and diplomacy — or a deliberate effort to steer the storyline away from more politically damaging questions.
Now, to be fair, they did give the whole story 4 Pinocchios (the maximum), but they denied it the Upside-Down Pinocchio (defined as “A statement that represents a clear but unacknowledged ‘flip-flop’ from a previously-held position”) which the story clearly deserves. My favorite quote in the whole piece might be this from Jay “good luck finding a job next year” Carney:
“It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of American officials.
Bolding theirs. When Jay Carney uses “self-evident” in an answer, especially when there’s been deliberate attempts at obfuscation, you know he’s projecting his contempt for the press. Now, that was September 20th, and there’s more to the quote, which I would be remiss in not sharing, so here it is:
So, again, that’s self- evident. “He also made clear that at this point, based on the information he has — and he is briefing the Hill on the most up-to-date intelligence — we have no information at this point that suggests that this was a significantly preplanned attack, but this was the result of opportunism, taking advantage of and exploiting what was happening as a result of reaction to the video that was found to be offensive.”
Since then President Eye-Candy has gone on The View where he was asked about Benghazi by the amazing journalists comediennes Joy Behr and Whoopi Goldberg, where amidst the Jello® shots and the ring filled with KY Jelly®, he gave a rather slippery answer. Carney was asked about that as well. His response?
QUESTION: “Is there any reason why the President did not — he was asked point-blank in The View interview, is this a terrorist attack, yes or no? Is there any reason why he didn’t say yes?”
CARNEY: “He answered the question that he was asked, and there’s no reason that he chose the words he did beyond trying to provide a full explanation of his views and his assessment that we need to await further information that the investigation will uncover. But it is certainly the case that it is our view as an administration, the President’s view, that it was a terrorist attack.”
— Carney, news briefing, Sept. 26
Dear Lord, say it’s not so! Say our blessed leader would not mislead his fan base. I mean the ladies of The View are among the few living fans he’s got left. The rest are living large in the zombified wasteland of Obamanation.
We’ll see if this blows up. The Big Benghazi Lie is beginning to get some traction in the news, so much so that WaPo, the official Applause Generator of the Obama campaign, felt the need to publish this hackneyed attempt at journalism.
I’m sure Axlerod and Messina are working to fix this as we speak, but with just under a week before the first debate I don’t know how much damage control they can do. They already have too many plates spinning atop sticks in the air and sooner or later the whole thing has to come crashing down. The question is, will it be before November 6th?