Mar 10, 2015

Benghazi Flashback With The Daily Show: The Obama Chronicles (A Look At How Fox News Manipulates Public Opinion)


American Terror Story Aired: 10/01/12 - The Obama administration shares some hunches concerning the deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. (5:09)

 Media Proves Again That It Can Manipulate Public Opinon

Not Optimal-Gate Aired: 10/22/12 - President Obama lights up the conservative media complex with his out-of-context description of the Benghazi terrorist attacks. (4:34)

The Big Benghazi Theory - "If" Aired: 05/08/13 - Fox News can't understand why America isn't as outraged as conservative media-fueled Benghazi hysteria suggests it should be. (4:42)

The Big Benghazi Theory 05/08/13 - Republicans insist Benghazi is the worst cover-up since whatever the last thing was that was worse than Watergate. (4:20)

Bullet Points Over Benghazi Aired: 05/05/14 - Fox News calls for more media outrage over the Benghazi intelligence failure. (5:32)

Bullet Points Over Benghazi - The Outrage Spot Aired: 05/05/14 - Fox News pundits appear to find controversies of the Bush era less upsetting than those of the Obama administration. (3:45)

Barackalypse Now Aired: 05/20/13 - The Obama administration sends out some guy to address the myriad scandals threatening to engulf the White House. (4:32)

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Related articles pointing out the ridiculousness of the attempts by the GOP/FoxNews to turn the Benghazi incident into a scandal;

13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News

A telling article by Mother Jones:
It's hard to exaggerate just how remarkable this document is. It's not that the committee found nothing to criticize. They did. The State Department facility in Benghazi had inadequate security. Some of the early intelligence after the attacks was inaccurate. The CIA should have given more weight to eyewitnesses on the ground.
But those are routine after-action critiques, ones that were fully acknowledged by the very first investigations. Beyond that, every single conspiracy theory—without exception—was conclusively debunked. There was no stand down order. The tactical response was both reasonable and effective under the circumstances. The CIA was not shipping arms from Libya to Syria. Both CIA and State received all military support that was available. The talking points after the attack were fashioned by the intelligence community, not the White House. Susan Rice followed these talking points in her Sunday show appearances, and where she was wrong, it was only because the intelligence community had made incorrect assessments. Nobody was punitively reassigned or polygraphed or otherwise intimidated to prevent them from testifying to Congress.
Read that list again. Late on a Friday afternoon, when it would get the least attention, a Republican-led committee finally admitted that every single Benghazi conspiracy theory was false. There are ways that the response to the attacks could have been improved, but that's it. Nobody at the White House interfered. Nobody lied. Nobody prevented the truth from being told.
It was all just manufactured outrage from the beginning. But now the air is gone. There is no scandal, and there never was.

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