At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a 'PR Disaster'

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    At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a 'PR Disaster'​




    By: Tom Blumer
    11-27-2012


    At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a 'PR Disaster'

    Well, if the President himself can call it "a bump in the road," why not?

    Monday morning at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, presented a story in advance of United Nations ambassador Susan Rice's meeting today with certain Republican senators -- a meeting from which Rice, who engaged in serial falsehood peddling during the weekend after the September 11 Benghazi attack, apparently falsehood-peddling Rice emerged today even worse-off than before. In that story, both the headline and first paragraph of Anne Flaherty's coverage characterized Benghazi as a "PR (public relations) disaster."



    Thus, it would appear that Flaherty and the AP's headline writers believe that Benghazi is more about political posturing than finding out the truth about why the administration and its foreign-policy apparatus first allowed four Americans, including ambassador Christopher Stevens, to die, and then, in the weeks before the November general election, lied and obfuscated about what really happened. In other words, it's really a political scandal. The press would certainly would be treating it as such in a Republican or conservative presidency.

    Additionally, as might be expected, Flaherty engaged in more than a little historical revisionism (bolds are mine throughout this post):


    OBAMA MAY GET CHANCE TO END BENGHAZI PR DISASTER

    The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster
    , as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state.

    ... Intelligence officials quickly amended their assessment to conclude the attack hadn't been related to other film protests across the Middle East. But that revised narrative was slow to reach the public, prompting Republicans to allege a White House cover-up ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

    ... One senior GOP Senate aide said Sunday that Republicans hadn't united against Rice and were not convinced she was worth going after. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly on internal GOP deliberations.

    Contrary to Ms. Flaherty flights of fancy, the CIA knew that Benghazi was a terrorist attack almost immediately, and never, ever thought that Benghazi had anything to do with film protests, because, well, as even the AP briefly acknowledged in a present-tense timeline on October 10 (proof here; the actual story link is now empty), "there are no protests." As to the revised narrative being slow to reach the public, well, gosh, that was because the people like Susan Rice and Jay Carney were relaying the administration's false narrative for well over a week after the terrorist attack. Only after the immediate attention to the story had long died down did the truth start coming out. At that point, the establishment press, including the AP, acted as if the news wasn't important enough to merit meaningful attention or coverage.

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