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  •  House Republicans have issued their report (3+ / 0-)
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    on the Benghazi attack which concludes (surprise!) that the deaths resulting from that attack are all the fault of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    Media Matters covers the attempt to blame the president and the current front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

    This is no surprise. The right-wing media -- led by Fox News -- has spent more than half a year blaming the Obama administration for the tragic deaths of U.S. personnel in Benghazi and wielding that attack as a cudgel in an attempt to cause political damage. They have politicized the attack since day 1, claiming that the Obama administration's actions are directly responsible for the deaths and pushing conspiracies about administration officials deliberately misleading the public.

    Clinton has been a special target of these attacks, with Fox News hosts accusing her of faking injury to avoid a Benghazi hearing and faking tears during the one at which she testified.

    MM's article includes video of the Fox News coverage of this "scathing report" from House Republicans.

    FireDogLake reports on a different aspect of the way the Republican report was compiled, one that the report completely ignores.

    In 2011 they [The GOP controlled House] came in and passed a continuing resolution for the remainder of that fiscal year. The House proposed $70 million cut in the WSP [Worldwide Security Program for the State Department] and they proposed a $204 million cut in Embassy security,” says Mr. Lilly. “Then the next year, fiscal 2012, they cut worldwide security by $145 million and embassy security by $376 million. This year’s bill is the same thing all over again. The House has cut the worldwide security budget $149 million below the request.
    Fox News, of course, will be happy to continue flogging this report until it has served its political purpose or until the Democrats can figure out a way to publicly discredit it.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:28:13 AM PDT

    •  Actually it was a report (2+ / 0-)
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      drummed up by  Republicans on 5 different committees for the House Republican Conference.
      Has nothing to do with the real world, it's about attacking the current front runner for 2016.
      Basically a "Talking Point Memo".

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:02:38 AM PDT

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      •  Of course it was, (1+ / 0-)
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        but that's not the way they're presenting it.  According to the coverage on Fox News, it's a fact-based indictment of the administration's handling of the run-up to the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:41:24 AM PDT

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        •  LOL @ Fox "News" (0+ / 0-)

          And don't you know they are digging hard to find something to pin on Obama on the Boston Marathon bombing.
          It's already started on Twitter. Evidently, the Russians contacted the FBI about the older brother more than once.
          Of course there's no evidence Obama was ever briefed on it, but that won't stop them.

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:03:29 PM PDT

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