White House Email: Goal of Rice TV Appearances was to Blame YouTube Video


The Susan Rice television appearances were carried out in bad faith to perpetuate a lie. And they were planned that way for the top using a YouTube video to avoid the blame falling on Obama and Hillary.

Judicial Watch has the story and the documents.

Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”

The Rhodes email was sent on sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line:  “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.”  The documents show that the “prep” was for Amb. Rice’s Sunday news show appearances to discuss the Benghazi attack.

The document lists as a “Goal”: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”

Among the top administration PR personnel who received the Rhodes memo were White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest, then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, then-White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, then-National Security Council Director of Communications Erin Pelton, Special Assistant to the Press Secretary Howli Ledbetter, and then-White House Senior Advisor and political strategist Davie Plouffe.

The Judicial Watch documents confirm that CIA talking points, that were prepared for Congress and may have been used by Rice on “Face the Nation” and four additional Sunday talk shows on September 16, had been heavily edited by then-CIA deputy director Mike Morell. According to one email:

The first draft apparently seemed unsuitable….because they seemed to encourage the reader to infer incorrectly that the CIA had warned about a specific attack on our embassy.  On the SVTS, Morell noted that these points were not good and he had taken a heavy hand to editing them. He noted that he would be happy to work with [then deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton]] Jake Sullivan and Rhodes to develop appropriate talking points.

The emails show that the very first impulse of the White House was to cover its ass, cover up and blame a filmmaker to protect Obama’s reputation before an election. They reveal the disgusting lack of accountability and corruption of Obama’s team and their obsession with rolling a lie out of the gate and sending a man to jail as part of a cover-up.

  • Judi

    I don’t think there has been enough attention given to how the video was so readily available to be used. It’s as though it was planned I. Advance if you ask me.

    • Habbgun

      That is the scary thing about the NSA program. It can easily mean that “enemies” of the state can be manufactured at light speed. It can now be just a database search. You know that with the thousands upon thousands of videos on Youtube there would and not just could be something that would offend Islam. Then you can further drill down for characteristics on the individual that can fit your political purposes. Nakoula was a dodgy character and a Middle Eastern Christian. It was this combination that made the video so valuable. Who would stand up for this guy?

      Isolate and freeze the target. Easier to do if the target is a custom made straw man. Just search and click arrest.

  • Arlie

    I remember reading a story here a few month ago, maybe 2013 where you named Ben Rhodes as the culprit in this affair…could your re-issue that story? You sure were ahead on this one…FPM

  • truebearing

    And the film director is probably still in jail, as opposed to the entire Obama administration who ought to be, but aren’t.

    How much happy powder will David Brock have to snort to gin up a defense of this exposed collection of lies?

    Now the cover-up is exposed. Will the American people get re-interested in why such a cover-up was deemed necessary by the pathological liars in the Whitehouse?

  • wildjew

    Speaker Boehner for some appears to be protecting Obama and his administration as he refuses to appoint a Select Committee on Benghazi with full subpoena power.