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Benghazigate: 60 Minutes Covered Up Obama’s Terror Waffling

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On November 6, 2012 @ 10:59 am In The Point | 6 Comments


60 Minutes was always tilted well to the left, but once upon a time it had a smidgen of journalistic credibility. That smidgen went out the window with Dan Rather. Now 60 Minutes is just a pompous institution of the media left. Its ominous ticking clock broadcasting a seriousness based entirely on style, rather than on content.

As FOX News’ Bret Baier shows [2], 60 Minutes selectively edited their Obama interview to misrepresent Obama’s position.

KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya [3] Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?

   OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans.  And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.  

KROFT: It’s been described as a mob action, but there are reports that they were very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn’t sound like your normal demonstration.

OBAMA:  As I said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened, I don’t want to jump the gun on this.   But your right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt.  And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were looking to target Americans from the start.  So we’re gonna make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out.

The bolded section was excised and released only later. In context and even out of context, Obama was clearly reluctant to call Benghazi a terrorist attack. Out of context, it could be made to seem as if he was sorta conceding that it was a terrorist attack. In context he was clearly avoiding the terrorism label.

CBS made a deliberate decision to release a clip favorable to Obama while suppressing the one that would have been unfavorable to him.

Journalism. It’s like working in the White House but with more cameras.

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[3] Libya: http://www.foxnews.com/topics/libya.htm#r_src=ramp

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