The Fox-induced hysteria over Benghazi collapses

What happens when a lie goes astray?

You may recall the right wing’s hysteria last week over the way that events had supposedly played out in Benghazi, Libya. Stoked by inflammatory, deeply irresponsible misreporting on Fox News, they insisted that this scandal was bigger than Watergate, and that for his cowardice President Obama would be disgraced as commander in chief and impeached and removed from office should he win a second term.

Oh, they were in fine, fine form, braying like so many hounds certain they have finally treed the fox.

President Obama, we were told, had AC-130 gunships within an hour of Benghazi but refused to use them to try to intervene on behalf of his ambassador. We had Special Forces units ready to go just two hours away, at Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, but a cowardly Obama again barred a rescue operation, fearful that it might endanger his re-election if it went astray.

And twice — TWICE!!! — former SEALs at a nearby CIA compound had requested permission to intervene in the assault on the U.S. consulate, but twice they had been ordered to stand down and do nothing. Finally, the ex-SEALS defied orders from Washington, made their way to the consulate and rescued some of their fellow Americans. Obama, in contrast, was ready to just let them all die.

Fox News also reported that upon returning to the CIA annex, those same ex-SEALs had “lasered” a mortar targeting their position in hopes that an AC-130 would arrive to take it out, but again no help came. That same mortar later killed two of those ex-SEALs.

But as predicted here, none of that turned out to be true. None. From beginning to end, and in all its details, that story has proved to be false.

– There were no orders from the CIA or anyone else to stand down. According to a CIA timeline released last week, once those at the CIA annex learned that the nearby consulate was under attack, an ad hoc rescue mission was quickly put together and launched within 25 minutes.

– As Pentagon spokesman George Little described it Friday, “there was no AC-130 within a continent’s range of Benghazi” that night. The closest gunship was in Afghanistan, some 2,500 miles away. The two surveillance drones that eventually reached the scene in Benghazi also had to be reassigned from elsewhere; neither was armed.

– Contrary to the Fox report, there were no Special Forces units available for insertion into the situation. Soon after word of the attack reached Washington, a special ops team was scrambled from a training facility somewhere in Central Europe — some sources have reported Croatia — and transported to Sigonella.

In addition, a second special ops unit was immediately alerted and transported from a military base here in the United States to Sigonella, as an option should a hostage situation develop. In other words, major preparations were underway to provide a military option should the opportunity arise to use it.

But as Little put it last week, the units “did not arrive until after the entire sequence of events was complete. … They were in Sigonella many hours after the attacks.” Two platoons of specially trained Marines had also been hustled to Sigonella, but again too late for intervention.

– Finally, there had been no “lasering” of the mortar position used to attack the CIA annex in the second phase of the assault. (That second phase occurred more than seven hours after the attack on the consulate had ended). There was no reason to use a laser in that fashion — the SEALs knew they had no air cover to intervene — and more importantly, no opportunity to do so.

According to the CIA, its personnel at the annex were not even aware that the mortars existed until mortar shells began falling on their position; from beginning to end, the deadly mortar attack lasted all of 11 minutes.

In conclusion, last week’s entire controversy was spectacularly, embarrassingly wrong-headed. No facts exist to justify the overheated rhetoric and allegations directed at Obama and top officials in his administration, but no apologies will follow either. Quite the contrary, I’m sure.

– Jay Bookman

749 comments Add your comment

Hell-bent

November 5th, 2012
8:50 am

Of course it did! You try to use your propaganda platform to stir up the uneducated with all kinds of lies, what do you think will happen? The sad part is, that the dumb people who hear it actually believe it ’cause they heard it on Faux Noise.

Back in the USSA

November 5th, 2012
8:50 am

First. You go Jay, tell ‘em. Tomorrow’s the big day. We won’t be worried ’bout Barry ‘cept for his lame duck, pardonin’ felon, implimentin’ the last vestiges of Communism days until January. Go Mittens.

Back in the USSA

November 5th, 2012
8:51 am

Oops….second.

Back in the USSA

November 5th, 2012
8:51 am

& 3rd, and 4th…

stands for decibels

November 5th, 2012
8:52 am

In conclusion, last week’s entire controversy was spectacularly, embarrassingly

no. that last word is incorrect. You have to have a sense of shame in order to be embarrassed, and FoxNewers simply don’t.

They’ll be back with more fact-free crap in the days ahead. (They are still peddling an extremely suspect “Noble, Selfless Alabama Power Utility Volunteers Turned Away by Evil Union Thugs” story on their homepage, I see.)

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
8:53 am

Fox news jumps the shark again…

Their viewers, however, do not care and now anxiously await the next wild goose chase…

However, despite being led about by the rings in their noses again, they will feel ‘victimized’ by the ‘liberal MSM’ and certain, CERTAIN I say, that despite this whole thing being completely overblown and misrepresented…that’s okay, cuz Obama is an American hating, socialist, Muslim, Kenyan that attended Rev Wright’s racist Christian church for 20 years…

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
8:53 am

Sock puppets coming out early…must be worried…

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
8:54 am

I posted the CIA story to my Benghazi-addled friends … they’re saying that the CIA is lying to protect the WH and it’s all just a CYA exercise.

you want to talk about “can’t handle the truth”? FOX viewers definitely can’t.

Aquagirl

November 5th, 2012
8:54 am

Oh, our armchair special ops warriors were mistaken? We’re not awash in these manly-men and big guns that deploy just like our con experts fantasize at night in the privacy of their beds?

Nah, it’s a coverup.

Lee

November 5th, 2012
8:54 am

Someone died and Obama lied. THAT IS A FACT!

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
8:55 am

But, Amb. Stevens was sodomized!

stands for decibels

November 5th, 2012
8:56 am

y’see…

I have a cow orker whose browser homepage is set to FoxNews. I only learned this last week, but it really does explain a lot, as to why this person seems to operate in a parallel universe when discussing some of the most mundane-imaginable things. I am reminded of a discussion some months ago regarding some minor change to flex-plan medical benefits coverage; this person was so angry you’d think a coronary might be in the offing. Of course now I realize it’s because OSAMAKKKARE was surely to blame.

That’s embarrassing to me to behold, and if that’s what Jay meant earlier I stand corrected for my post @ 8.52.

beachmom

November 5th, 2012
8:56 am

Thanks for the reality check, Jay. The second one will be tomorrow night/early Wednesday morning for Fox News viewers.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
8:56 am

“Someone died and Obama lied. THAT IS A FACT!”

um

no.

that’s the point.

Reading is Fundamental.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
8:57 am

“But, Amb. Stevens was sodomized!”

sort of tells you what the FOX folks daydream about …

East Lake Ira

November 5th, 2012
8:57 am

Less than 36 hours to go… Can we quit Mitt then?

larry

November 5th, 2012
8:58 am

Remember when the term “yellow journalism” used to be relevant?

Thats why i always compare Fox News to the National Inquirer, they sometimes get a news story right every once in a while.

I’m actually suprised that someone hasnt sued Fox News for the lies they have told throughout the years. Like they have sued the National Inquirer.

Doggone/GA

November 5th, 2012
8:59 am

“what do you think will happen?”

I think the better question is: what do they WANT to happen? IMO, they probably want to scare people into not voting for Obama…and they probably succeeded with a lot of voters.

Lee

November 5th, 2012
8:59 am

USIN….No, it is a fact. Even the president accidently admitted that he knew about it before the claimed he had earlier. HIS OWN WORDS!

Lee

November 5th, 2012
8:59 am

If the white turnout increases on Election Day, it will be very difficult for the president to win. If it decreases, it will be very difficult for him to lose. Rasmussen Reports currently estimates that white turnout will be similar to the 2008 totals. Black voters, however, are far more likely to have voted already than any other segment of the electorate.

East Lake Ira

November 5th, 2012
9:00 am

Articles of Impeachment are ready and waiting for Obama once he wins.

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:00 am

‘ HIS OWN WORDS!’

Really? Where?

larry

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am

Fox News and the Romney campaign …………………..

WE DONT NEED NO STINKIN’ FACTCHECKERS!!!

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am

“No, it is a fact. Even the president accidently admitted that he knew about it before the claimed he had earlier. HIS OWN WORDS!”

yay!!!

I’ll play!!!

please show your work and provide a quote.

Doggone/GA

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am

“Reading is Fundamental”

And reading comprehension is essential

independent thinker

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am

Really Jay – Fox News lied??? Shocks me to my core. Mittens lied – never! Ryan a good Catholic boy lied? can’t be. This is all a bunch of Malarkey made up by the left wing media.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 5th, 2012
9:02 am

Well, we’ll think of something else. Anyway, the election is tomorrow so there’s no big hurry to come up with something right away. After tomorrow it won’t matter anyhow.

Have a good Monday everybody. It sure is nippy out here. I hope a big fire breaks out in your comfy offices. It will serve you right. Not that I’m resentful or anything.

Marty Huggins'

November 5th, 2012
9:03 am

Because if there is one thing we can all rest easy about its that the CIA always and I mean always tells us the American citizens the truth about everything.

Anyway,

I was never really worried about the incident itself.
More about who told Rice and Carney to mislead the American public for days if not weeks after the initial attack.

Jay you easily cast Fox News as liars.
How much consideration if any have you given about those intentional deceptions and conflicting stories broadcast by mouthpieces of the administration?

larry

November 5th, 2012
9:03 am

If the white turnout increases on Election Day, it will be very difficult for the president to win. If it decreases………..

Just a gut feeling i have, I think, on the Presidential side, the race in Georgia will be too close to call for most of the night come Tuesday. I may be wrong, but its just a gut feeling i have.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am

Independent – 9:01 – word.

Lee

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am

larry…I respect you opinion but there has been no data to show that Obama has any sort of chance of winning Georgia. Ohio and Florida are the key factors and I believe Romney will take both.

gm

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am

Amazing fox opionion news are only as low as their viewers, we lost 3500 Americans 911 on our own soil, never did you see fox and idiots continue to dig in the truth on those attacks.

Obama has kept these right wing idiots safe for 4 years without any threats to Americans, we lost 4 during his whole term, yet the last administration lost 3500 and the nut jobs are quiet, these people are why people around the world label white conservatives as racist and bigots.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am

All this by Jay this morning might be true. But, the guy and three others are dead, and you can’t write that away. He asked for more protection prior to his death. You can’t write that away. On the Anniversary of 9/11 in a hostile Muslim country to US policy, he was left with downsized protection. you can’t write that away. He was murdered under Obama’s command, and you can’t write that away. Spin it all you want. The four men are dead. Write that away.

DawgDad

November 5th, 2012
9:06 am

OK, you sad leftist shills — explain what I saw at the memorial service, with Hillary proclaiming it was all about a video. Explain Susan Rice. Explain why that compound was there in the first place, in the middle of what is essentially a war zone where the host nation government is not in control.You cannot, with any shred of credibility.

straitroad

November 5th, 2012
9:06 am

You are reporting from planet Jay and appear innately incapable of objectivity. Not to worry though, your president will exact revenge on his fellow Americans. Ah, the perils of going off prompter…

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 5th, 2012
9:06 am

May I suggest some light reading on SEDITION.

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Sedition_Act.aspx

Lee

November 5th, 2012
9:06 am

I guess some of you didnt watch the last debate when the President slipped up and got called out for saying that he knew about Benghazi and was talking in the rose garden about the incident. I am sure you guys have a hard time remembering that.

Jeffrey

November 5th, 2012
9:07 am

I’ve said it before, you have to be afraid of something to watch fox news. Muslims, gays, immigrants, govt, hurricanes. It doesn’t matter what you are afraid of they’ve got you covered.

Fly-On-The-Wall

November 5th, 2012
9:08 am

I just hope there are no ‘issues’ on election day as in 2000. Let’s all hope that one side has a clear win however small. Then let’s move on regardless of who is the winner.

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:09 am

‘I am sure you guys have a hard time remembering that.’

You must be having a hard time backing up your lie…

indigo

November 5th, 2012
9:09 am

“deeply irresponsible”

That’s just a polite way of saying “flat out lying”, which is precisely what we’ve come to expect from Big Business owned Republican toadies who do and say what they’re told, when they’re told. Big Business CEO’s will stop at nothing to get Romney elected because, if that happens, they will smile and talk with confidence about “our man in the Oval Office”

gm

November 5th, 2012
9:09 am

Blacks and Latinos have broken records on early voting in Georgia and Fla. Ohio more then 2008, what happen to Obama supportors not being excited by fox and idiots?

Mike

November 5th, 2012
9:10 am

So, the same CIA that works under the current Adm. says “this is what really happened” several weeks after the fact, and you believe it?

John

November 5th, 2012
9:10 am

Bookman, there really is no other way to say this. You are a jackass. I’m sure if Obama led the Jews to the gas chambers, you’d still support him. You, sir have no credibility or any brains.

DannyX

November 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Jay, this is like the birther hysteria a few years back. Remember when you asked people not to comment on the birther issue because it was so ridiculous? Well, the whole birther issue ended up taking on a life of its own and became overwhelming to the point where the Fox News fantasy couldn’t be ignored. These same people are creating another hysterical myth with Benghazi. They will ignore common sense and the facts to feed their rage. There is no stopping them. Fox News knows how easily manipulated their viewers are, and their viewers happily follow along.

Ironically the Bengahzi bump that Fox News thought would go to Romney has gone to Obama. Fox News tried to manufacture an October surprise and it backfired.

The Truth

November 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Obama killed my son. Words spoken by the father of one of the Seals that died.

bookman parrot

November 5th, 2012
9:12 am

that darn Fox, trying to have Mr. Untransparent, finally be transparent as he said he would, but never had any intention of abiding by. kinda like a full fledged LIAR.

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:12 am

‘I’m sure if Obama led the Jews to the gas chambers, you’d still support him. ‘

The head exploding has already begun…

Lee

November 5th, 2012
9:13 am

DawgDad

November 5th, 2012
9:13 am

“These same people are creating another hysterical myth with Benghazi.”

The lies put forth by Hillary and Susan Rice are no myth. Sorry for the inconvenience of facts.

Fly-On-The-Wall

November 5th, 2012
9:13 am

John at 9:10 – that sir was way over the top. You should be banned from any an all blogs for comments like that. But so you don’t scream 1st Amendment rights, you should at least be timed out.

Mick

November 5th, 2012
9:14 am

**He was murdered under Obama’s command, and you can’t write that away**

Poor choice of words, so, yes we can WRITE that away…

Cosby

November 5th, 2012
9:14 am

the problem is the way the USA is preceived…we are weak! There was signs that protection and military show of force was needed but as usual, the annoited one chose not to engage…to busy building his celebraty status among the illerate masses / voters. That tingly feeling down the leg again!

Mr Right

November 5th, 2012
9:14 am

No matter which candidate wins Tuesday, it’s clear the media didn’t just cover this election, they shaped it. To paraphrase Dickens, it was the best of coverage and the worst of coverage.

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:15 am

Are their any prominent members of the GOP that have criticized the gross incompetence of Fox’s ‘reporting’ on this?

GoodScout

November 5th, 2012
9:15 am

You don’t get it. They don’t care. Their model is trumpet the lie, embed it in the brains of the simple-minded (a growing demographic in this country, sadly) and then by the time the truth catches up to point out the utter fallacy of what they’ve been saying, they’re already on to the next Big Lie. They don’t care that you, or the fact-checkers prove them wrong. Their model works. How do you think a party that empowered rich, predatory Wall Street plutocrats to destroy this country can nominate a rich, predatory Wall Street plutocrat and he can get 48%-plus of the nation’s votes!

RealTalk

November 5th, 2012
9:15 am

Obama’s Time is up tomorrow.What a Waste of 4 years. This Regime from the Top allowed our People to be Murdered and left them to die because of the firestorm it would have created Internationally. Jay Bookman is a Total Liberal Loser. Your Time is up too. Romney/Ryan.Landslide.

Liberal Nightmare

November 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Ah back to work lib-turds…..or in the case of the frequent posters on here, back to stealing from your employer while you feverishly post something no one cares about on Jay’s blog. Berating the number ! news channel in the US is not going to change anything.

Georgia “too close to call”…now that there is funny stuff and a sure sign of the need for IQ tests in order to vote.

Mick

November 5th, 2012
9:16 am

We are perceived to be so weak that….we killed bin laden! Yes, that surely was an act of weakness if there ever was one…

Jay

November 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Thanks, John, for your willingness to debate issues in a rational, fact-based manner….

Geez.

larry

November 5th, 2012
9:17 am

Blacks and Latinos have broken records on early voting in Georgia and Fla. Ohio more then 2008

That’s the reason why i have a gut feeling that Ga. will too close to call for most of the night Tuesday.
Plus the fact that most people do not trust Romney , or will not vote for him because of religous purposes ( Mormonism is a ” cult” ). Do not assume that white voters automatically voted for Romney. The day i voted, a couple had to remove their Gary Johnson for President caps, so i think Johnson may eat into Romney’s vote totals.

Romney may still win the state, but i think it will be closer than people think.

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:17 am

‘the annoited one chose not to engage…’

No. Fox lied to you…deal with it.

clem

November 5th, 2012
9:17 am

99.9% of faux folks would wet themselves if they had to make these war decisions….that is the ones with brains

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
9:17 am

“I guess some of you didnt watch the last debate when the President slipped up and got called out for saying that he knew about Benghazi and was talking in the rose garden about the incident. I am sure you guys have a hard time remembering that.”

so, that should make it extra-extra easy to find the quote …

we’re waiting …

gm

November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

Instead of fox and bigots showing benefit concert for hurrican victims hannity and scum bags spent hours bashing Obama, fox and scum and their low IQ viewers care less about other Americans until a storm destroys their homes and trailers, only then we these hypocrites call upon Gov and Femma.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

Golly…I can see the righties are unhappy that President Obama
missed what they saw as an opportunity to drop some bombs on human beings.

Isn’t that just too too special!

Shirley McGuire

November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

This President is covering something up. He lies to the American people and the media should be ashamed to be a part of this insult. Americans died in Benghazi because the president didn’t give them the security they needed and asked for AND refused to go to their aid as they were being killed. This information should be on every news channel and in every newspaper around the United States BEFORE the election. If you want this man to lead you for the next four years vote for him. As for me, I’ll take Mitt Romney any day AND Fox News. At least they don’t cower down when it comes to telling the truth!

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

‘This Regime from the Top allowed our People to be Murdered and left them to die because of the firestorm it would have created Internationally. ‘

No. Fox lied to you…deal with it.

straitroad

November 5th, 2012
9:19 am

You guys just cannot stand the fact that every news organization isn’t in the tank for your Lord O. There are those of you on the left that are more concerned about re-writing history in favor of obama than you are about the four who were killed.

RealTalk

November 5th, 2012
9:19 am

DannyX and Granny Godzilla are total Losers. Get some fresh air and get that Liberal chip off your shoulder. All that hate and nonsense you carry around is not healthy. Envy is a sin btw….Enjoy your American Idol President being defeated tomorrow. Have a Nice day.

TBone

November 5th, 2012
9:19 am

Some folks are willing to accept any amount of incompetence by the Obasma regime for the sake of what? Americans dying evidently don’t rank up there but a half-assed robbery of a donor list by a paranoid republican is treason. Can’t wait for tomorrow unless the hoodlums steal this election.

Grasshopper

November 5th, 2012
9:19 am

It was the video’s fault!

It was the video’s fault!

It was the video’s fault!

bulls_3y3

November 5th, 2012
9:19 am

Why the blind eye Jay? An ambassador died and the response from Washington is questionable. FOX News is not the only one reporting the facts on 9/11/12. All you do is stir things up and not doing your job as a reporter makes you part of the problem.

Patriot

November 5th, 2012
9:19 am

Mr. Bookman, you sir, are a disgrace as a journalist and now as an American. I realize you live to rip Fox News and everyone on the right, and that is your choice. But Americans died and Barry is in cover up mode, a mode he is well versed in. His days are numbered – in fact, ONE comes to mind.

larry

November 5th, 2012
9:20 am

Berating the number ! news channel in the US is not going to change anything.

Didnt know ! was a number

And you say voters need an IQ test to vote ??

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:20 am

‘Americans died in Benghazi because the president didn’t give them the security they needed and asked for AND refused to go to their aid as they were being killed. ‘

No. Fox lied to you…deal with it.

Mark T

November 5th, 2012
9:20 am

Jay Bookman The Fox-induced hysteria over Benghazi collapses
8:45 am November 5, 2012, by Jay

What happens when a lie goes astray?

You may recall the right wing’s hysteria last week over the way that events had supposedly played out in Benghazi, Libya. Stoked by inflammatory, deeply irresponsible misreporting on Fox News, they insisted that this scandal was bigger than Watergate, and that for his cowardice President Obama would be disgraced as commander in chief and impeached and removed from office should he win a second term.

Oh, they were in fine, fine form, braying like so many hounds certain they have finally treed the fox.

President Obama, we were told, had AC-130 gunships within an hour of Benghazi but refused to use them to try to intervene on behalf of his ambassador. We had Special Forces units ready to go just two hours away, at Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, but a cowardly Obama again barred a rescue operation, fearful that it might endanger his re-election if it went astray.

And twice — TWICE!!! — former SEALs at a nearby CIA compound had requested permission to intervene in the assault on the U.S. consulate, but twice they had been ordered to stand down and do nothing. Finally, the ex-SEALS defied orders from Washington, made their way to the consulate and rescued some of their fellow Americans. Obama, in contrast, was ready to just let them all die.

Fox News also reported that upon returning to the CIA annex, those same ex-SEALs had “lasered” a mortar targeting their position in hopes that an AC-130 would arrive to take it out, but again no help came. That same mortar later killed two of those ex-SEALs.

But as predicted here, none of that turned out to be true. None. From beginning to end, and in all its details, that story has proved to be false.

– There were no orders from the CIA or anyone else to stand down. According to a CIA timeline released last week, once those at the CIA annex learned that the nearby consulate was under attack, an ad hoc rescue mission was quickly put together and launched within 25 minutes.

– As Pentagon spokesman George Little described it Friday, “there was no AC-130 within a continent’s range of Benghazi” that night. The closest gunship was in Afghanistan, some 2,500 miles away. The two surveillance drones that eventually reached the scene in Benghazi also had to be reassigned from elsewhere; neither was armed.

– Contrary to the Fox report, there were no Special Forces units available for insertion into the situation. Soon after word of the attack reached Washington, a special ops team was scrambled from a training facility somewhere in Central Europe — some sources have reported Croatia — and transported to Sigonella.

In addition, a second special ops unit was immediately alerted and transported from a military base here in the United States to Sigonella, as an option should a hostage situation develop. In other words, major preparations were underway to provide a military option should the opportunity arise to use it.

But as Little put it last week, the units “did not arrive until after the entire sequence of events was complete. … They were in Sigonella many hours after the attacks.” Two platoons of specially trained Marines had also been hustled to Sigonella, but again too late for intervention.

– Finally, there had been no “lasering” of the mortar position used to attack the CIA annex in the second phase of the assault. (That second phase occurred more than seven hours after the attack on the consulate had ended). There was no reason to use a laser in that fashion — the SEALs knew they had no air cover to intervene — and more importantly, no opportunity to do so.

According to the CIA, its personnel at the annex were not even aware that the mortars existed until mortar shells began falling on their position; from beginning to end, the deadly mortar attack lasted all of 11 minutes.

In conclusion, last week’s entire controversy was spectacularly, embarrassingly wrong-headed. No facts exist to justify the overheated rhetoric and allegations directed at Obama and top officials in his administration, but no apologies will follow either. Quite the contrary, I’m sure.

– Jay Bookman
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..46 comments Add your commentHell-bent

November 5th, 2012
8:50 am
Of course it did! You try to use your propaganda platform to stir up the uneducated with all kinds of lies, what do you think will happen? The sad part is, that the dumb people who hear it actually believe it ’cause they heard it on Faux Noise.

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November 5th, 2012
8:50 am
First. You go Jay, tell ‘em. Tomorrow’s the big day. We won’t be worried ’bout Barry ‘cept for his lame duck, pardonin’ felon, implimentin’ the last vestiges of Communism days until January. Go Mittens.

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November 5th, 2012
8:51 am
Oops….second.

LinkReport this comment.Back in the USSA

November 5th, 2012
8:51 am
& 3rd, and 4th…

LinkReport this comment.stands for decibels

November 5th, 2012
8:52 am
In conclusion, last week’s entire controversy was spectacularly, embarrassingly

no. that last word is incorrect. You have to have a sense of shame in order to be embarrassed, and FoxNewers simply don’t.

They’ll be back with more fact-free crap in the days ahead. (They are still peddling an extremely suspect “Noble, Selfless Alabama Power Utility Volunteers Turned Away by Evil Union Thugs” story on their homepage, I see.)

LinkReport this comment.Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
8:53 am
Fox news jumps the shark again…

Their viewers, however, do not care and now anxiously await the next wild goose chase…

However, despite being led about by the rings in their noses again, they will feel ‘victimized’ by the ‘liberal MSM’ and certain, CERTAIN I say, that despite this whole thing being completely overblown and misrepresented…that’s okay, cuz Obama is an American hating, socialist, Muslim, Kenyan that attended Rev Wright’s racist Christian church for 20 years…

LinkReport this comment.Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
8:53 am
Sock puppets coming out early…must be worried…

LinkReport this comment.USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
8:54 am
I posted the CIA story to my Benghazi-addled friends … they’re saying that the CIA is lying to protect the WH and it’s all just a CYA exercise.

you want to talk about “can’t handle the truth”? FOX viewers definitely can’t.

LinkReport this comment.Aquagirl

November 5th, 2012
8:54 am
Oh, our armchair special ops warriors were mistaken? We’re not awash in these manly-men and big guns that deploy just like our con experts fantasize at night in the privacy of their beds?

Nah, it’s a coverup.

LinkReport this comment.Lee

November 5th, 2012
8:54 am
Someone died and Obama lied. THAT IS A FACT!

LinkReport this comment.Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
8:55 am
But, Amb. Stevens was sodomized!

LinkReport this comment.stands for decibels

November 5th, 2012
8:56 am
y’see…

I have a cow orker whose browser homepage is set to FoxNews. I only learned this last week, but it really does explain a lot, as to why this person seems to operate in a parallel universe when discussing some of the most mundane-imaginable things. I am reminded of a discussion some months ago regarding some minor change to flex-plan medical benefits coverage; this person was so angry you’d think a coronary might be in the offing. Of course now I realize it’s because OSAMAKKKARE was surely to blame.

That’s embarrassing to me to behold, and if that’s what Jay meant earlier I stand corrected for my post @ 8.52.

LinkReport this comment.beachmom

November 5th, 2012
8:56 am
Thanks for the reality check, Jay. The second one will be tomorrow night/early Wednesday morning for Fox News viewers.

LinkReport this comment.USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
8:56 am
“Someone died and Obama lied. THAT IS A FACT!”

um

no.

that’s the point.

Reading is Fundamental.

LinkReport this comment.USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
8:57 am
“But, Amb. Stevens was sodomized!”

sort of tells you what the FOX folks daydream about …

LinkReport this comment.East Lake Ira

November 5th, 2012
8:57 am
Less than 36 hours to go… Can we quit Mitt then?

LinkReport this comment.larry

November 5th, 2012
8:58 am
Remember when the term “yellow journalism” used to be relevant?

Thats why i always compare Fox News to the National Inquirer, they sometimes get a news story right every once in a while.

I’m actually suprised that someone hasnt sued Fox News for the lies they have told throughout the years. Like they have sued the National Inquirer.

LinkReport this comment.Doggone/GA

November 5th, 2012
8:59 am
“what do you think will happen?”

I think the better question is: what do they WANT to happen? IMO, they probably want to scare people into not voting for Obama…and they probably succeeded with a lot of voters.

LinkReport this comment.Lee

November 5th, 2012
8:59 am
USIN….No, it is a fact. Even the president accidently admitted that he knew about it before the claimed he had earlier. HIS OWN WORDS!

LinkReport this comment.Lee

November 5th, 2012
8:59 am
If the white turnout increases on Election Day, it will be very difficult for the president to win. If it decreases, it will be very difficult for him to lose. Rasmussen Reports currently estimates that white turnout will be similar to the 2008 totals. Black voters, however, are far more likely to have voted already than any other segment of the electorate.

LinkReport this comment.East Lake Ira

November 5th, 2012
9:00 am
Articles of Impeachment are ready and waiting for Obama once he wins.

LinkReport this comment.Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:00 am
‘ HIS OWN WORDS!’

Really? Where?

LinkReport this comment.larry

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am
Fox News and the Romney campaign …………………..

WE DONT NEED NO STINKIN’ FACTCHECKERS!!!

LinkReport this comment.USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am
“No, it is a fact. Even the president accidently admitted that he knew about it before the claimed he had earlier. HIS OWN WORDS!”

yay!!!

I’ll play!!!

please show your work and provide a quote.

LinkReport this comment.Doggone/GA

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am
“Reading is Fundamental”

And reading comprehension is essential

LinkReport this comment.independent thinker

November 5th, 2012
9:01 am
Really Jay – Fox News lied??? Shocks me to my core. Mittens lied – never! Ryan a good Catholic boy lied? can’t be. This is all a bunch of Malarkey made up by the left wing media.

LinkReport this comment.Redneck Convert (R–and proud of it)

November 5th, 2012
9:02 am
Well, we’ll think of something else. Anyway, the election is tomorrow so there’s no big hurry to come up with something right away. After tomorrow it won’t matter anyhow.

Have a good Monday everybody. It sure is nippy out here. I hope a big fire breaks out in your comfy offices. It will serve you right. Not that I’m resentful or anything.

LinkReport this comment.Marty Huggins’

November 5th, 2012
9:03 am
Because if there is one thing we can all rest easy about its that the CIA always and I mean always tells us the American citizens the truth about everything.

Anyway,

I was never really worried about the incident itself.
More about who told Rice and Carney to mislead the American public for days if not weeks after the initial attack.

Jay you easily cast Fox News as liars.
How much consideration if any have you given about those intentional deceptions and conflicting stories broadcast by mouthpieces of the administration?

LinkReport this comment.larry

November 5th, 2012
9:03 am
If the white turnout increases on Election Day, it will be very difficult for the president to win. If it decreases………..

Just a gut feeling i have, I think, on the Presidential side, the race in Georgia will be too close to call for most of the night come Tuesday. I may be wrong, but its just a gut feeling i have.

LinkReport this comment.USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am
Independent – 9:01 – word.

LinkReport this comment.Lee

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am
larry…I respect you opinion but there has been no data to show that Obama has any sort of chance of winning Georgia. Ohio and Florida are the key factors and I believe Romney will take both.

LinkReport this comment.gm

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am
Amazing fox opionion news are only as low as their viewers, we lost 3500 Americans 911 on our own soil, never did you see fox and idiots continue to dig in the truth on those attacks.

They never tried to blame it on a stupid video either…whether or not aid could have or could not have been given is beside the point…

The Obama admin. knew it was unsafe through emails that Stevens sent to the State Dept.. why was he not either brought out of there or given better security before 911.
Bottom line, Obama knew it would look bad so they tried to cover it up and then he had the nerve to go to Vegas for a fundraiser…disgusting

RealTalk

November 5th, 2012
9:20 am

Lord Help us? You have no relationship with the Lord. Weak Liberal Turd is a better handle.

ATL Tiger

November 5th, 2012
9:21 am

This is pathetic. There is no journalism anymore. This has cover up written all over it, please explain how the administration for weeks blamed this tragedy on a youtube video when all documents, emails, etc say nothing of the sort. Why even promote that story? C O V E R U P

flagboy?

November 5th, 2012
9:21 am

Republicans are biased, ignore factual information, and only choose to listen to news that suits them and their views in order to affirm their beliefs.

Same for Democrats though.

Ol' Timer

November 5th, 2012
9:21 am

As Mark Twain said, “Get all the facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”

The amazing thing is that so many people are willing to believe the unbelieveable that it makes misinformation outlets like Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity et al players in the age of instant news and analysis.

Twain went on to say that “a person who WON’T read has no advantage over a person who CAN’T read.”

Reading and reaching independent, rational conclusions has given way to “ditto-heads” who have someone else do the work for them, interpret it and give them the condensed and distorted version.

And, so it goes. . . .

Mark T

November 5th, 2012
9:21 am

whoops sorry about that..didnt mean to copy all that

Owl

November 5th, 2012
9:22 am

Then 2 weeks of “the video” are now justified? Be carefull what you wish for Jay- if he goes down on this you’re going to have to endure 4 years of defending Joe Biden.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 5th, 2012
9:22 am

“You guys just cannot stand the fact that every news organization isn’t in the tank for your Lord O.”

ah, yes, the pervasive myth of the liberal media – the lie the right loves to cling to, regardless of the facts

“‘Americans died in Benghazi because the president didn’t give them the security they needed and asked for AND refused to go to their aid as they were being killed. ‘”

benghazi /= Tripoli (where the security was ACTUALLY requested)

Deal with it

November 5th, 2012
9:22 am

Bookman- try to be respectful of the assassinated ambassador. Bottom line: it happened on Obama’s watch. Deal with it and quit being such a partisan hack.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 5th, 2012
9:22 am

I wonder why Britain didn’t have anyone killed at their embassy Jay?

…oh that’s right, they didn’t make that you tube movie.

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:22 am

‘You have no relationship with the Lord.’

Fox lied to you…deal with it.

Jay

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

And by “in the tank,” straitroad, you mean reliant on facts?

Seriously, how can you defend Fox’s reporting on and handling of this issue? I guess you simply can’t, which is why we have gotten nothing but personal attacks on this post from the right, with no effort at rebuttal other than &*#&$*(&#$(# you little $&*(#&$*!!!

Mark T

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

gm

November 5th, 2012
9:05 am
Amazing fox opionion news are only as low as their viewers, we lost 3500 Americans 911 on our own soil, never did you see fox and idiots continue to dig in the truth on those attacks.

They never tried to blame it on a stupid video either…whether or not aid could have or could not have been given is beside the point…

The Obama admin. knew it was unsafe through emails that Stevens sent to the State Dept.. why was he not either brought out of there or given better security before 911.
Bottom line, Obama knew it would look bad so they tried to cover it up and then he had the nerve to go to Vegas for a fundraiser…disgusting

German Shepherd Dawg

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

Jay,

I disagree with almost everything you write.

I’m also not sure about all of your purported facts in this article, but that said, the guy named John @ 9:10 embarrassed all of us other guys named John.

This is why I post here as “German Shepherd Dawg.”

I do agree with one thing you said. Geez.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

Love MY President using the ” revenge” word. What scares me…He means it.

Liberal Nightmare

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

“How do you think a party that empowered rich, predatory Wall Street plutocrats to destroy this country can nominate a rich, predatory Wall Street plutocrat and he can get 48%-plus of the nation’s votes!”

Pluto has a political party? Dang it, why didn’t Fox news tell me so I could back the Disney candidate?

Bob

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

Great election. The south gets to choose between the devil and a black man. Yes they choose the devil. Vote against the Republican party for 100 years for freeing the slaves and against the democratic party for the last 48 for giving them the right to vote.

Marty Huggins'

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

Granny Godzilla – Union Thugette
November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

President Obama has dropped plenty of bombs on plenty of people, men, women and children.

Joe Hussein Mama

November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

I love it.

Not only have the wheels come off the Romney campaign, but the Romney supporters on Jay’s blog are foaming at the mouth and are raging about total bulldada.

Dance, puppets! DANCE! (laughing, clapping) :D

Lord Help Us

November 5th, 2012
9:24 am

‘try to be respectful of the assassinated ambassador.’

Yeah, make up a bunch of pure BS, spin it and repeat it ad nauseam like Fox…much more patriotic…

Mr Right

November 5th, 2012
9:24 am

Ok folks, move on, nothing happened here, just four people died!

Paul

November 5th, 2012
9:25 am

Sunday paper had an article about Africa Command (one of the unified-warfighting commands). They share a quick response team with European Command. Are mostly training-oriented. Are headquartered in Germany because of African nations’ sensibilities.

They’re the ones who would direct military ops in Libya. Article noted what Jay posted: as far as readily available assets, there weren’t any.

USinUK

“I posted the CIA story to my Benghazi-addled friends … they’re saying that the CIA is lying to protect the WH and it’s all just a CYA exercise.”

What I hear is “well… so why didn’t the administration have those assets ready?”

When the story about the CIA timeline was originally brought up, it was like panning for gold on Mars trying to get a conservative blogger to address the issue. I don’t expect today will be any different.

But I will turn in to Fox News today to hear their corrections and retractions.

(cue snorts and laughter…. now!)

Recon 0311 2533

November 5th, 2012
9:25 am

Four Americans dead and you read this kind of irresponsible spin, disgusting. The fact remains that requests for additional security was denied even though all the evidence justified those requests. Obama and the state department attempted to cover up this administrations gross incompetence just to get through the election. This was an insult to those who lost their lives at Benghazi in service to our country, those who’ve previously lost their lives in service to our country, those now risking their lives in service to our country, all of their families and to Americans in general.

monroe

November 5th, 2012
9:26 am

Obama will win reelection easily on tuesday—all the white racists will have to go back home and deal with it—4 more years!!!