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Fox News Hypes “Exclusive” and “Death and Deceit in Benghazi” with Bret Baier [Video]


But – but the basic principle here – basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place. – Secretary Leon Panetta

IF THE purpose was to honestly report the events that happened in Benghazi, outside politics, the criticism I’ve been leveling at FNC’s non-stop coverage wouldn’t be necessary. But after watching Fox’s reports, some of which do provide new information but appear sandwiched between highly partisan analysis, there can be little doubt as to their objective, which is to harm President Obama before the election.

The biggest issue I have with the reports is that they are given with hindsight clarity not known in the heat of the deadly attack. You can argue that national security pros are supposed to be prepared for heat of the battle decisions. Most times this happens, but on occasion even our best and brightest fall short, whether it’s on the field or in the command centers where the go-ahead is given. It’s the fog of war, especially during the surprise assault of an asymmetric attack.

Fox News Channel, the all Benghazi (almost) all the time network, will have a special report with Bret Baier over the weekend, which is being hyped as “Death and Deceit in Benghazi.” It comes after an “exclusive” report aired Friday morning that continues the Monday morning quarterbacking of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

FNC has the largest audience on cable, with no one else covering the story to such overwhelming extent, MSNBC for obvious reasons, with CNN not a player in the story either.

From Fox, via Jennifer Griffin, who offers a genuine report that’s important to consider:

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.”

That this report doesn’t belong amid hyper-partisan segments, giving them the aura of “fair and balanced” is obvious, but this is the type of programming where Roger Ailes’s FNC excels.

Baier’s broadcast is being shown multiple times this weekend with the title giving the purpose away: “Special Report Investigates: Death and Deceit in Benghazi.” Baier obviously chosen to give the highly charged report the impression of being news that won’t be slanted. Any notion that he’s an uncommitted non-partisan should now be put to rest.

The whole truth needs to be known, obviously, letting the facts tell the tale. However, FNC is pushing the Benghazi story and their reports are steeped in hindsight second-guessing, which is obviously being used to impact the election.

We’ll see if Fox gets traction & other outlets start responding, but so far it’s just not an issue unless you already hate Obama.

Megyn Kelly took the lateral from Glenn Beck, also getting the slain Navy SEAL’s father on the phone during her program today, which had to be more satisfying than Gen. Jack Keane refusing to play the Monday morning quarterbacking game.

The election isn’t Tuesday, so this story has a lot of time to gain traction on the extreme margins and stoke the right wing vote, as well as low information voters who can be incited by emotion to get to the polls.

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10 Responses to Fox News Hypes “Exclusive” and “Death and Deceit in Benghazi” with Bret Baier [Video]

  1. cjoblak@hotmail.com October 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    unfortunately, we don’t have our best and brightest in charge right now. they need to go.

  2. mjsmith October 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Live video feed, phone calls, and the date was September, 11 yet our CIA Director goes on the record as stating that he did not know what was going on.

    I do not know if the things Sec. Clinton and VP Joe Biden are reprted to of said is true, so I will wait for either en explanation or denial on the report that Sec. CLinton said somehting like – We will not rest until the person who made the film is in jail. and Joe Biden asking the father of slain CIA agent if his son always had balls the size of cue balls.

    We have a bunch of idiots running our Government. I am not sure Romeny will do any better.

    • Taylor Marsh October 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Why any government official would say ANYTHING without know ALL the facts is beyond me. That should have been the line all along.

      It’s really stupefying.

      FNC is barbecuing the Administration.

  3. Taylor Marsh October 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Well, on foreign policy, “best and brightest” certainly doesn’t make me think of Mitt Romney as commander in chief. Paul Ryan is better than Sarah Palin, but that’s not saying much.

    • ladywalker68 October 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Word. Thanks for keeping on top of this Taylor, and for your fairness to all sides.

  4. fangio October 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    It’s getting really hard to live in this country without wanting to take a shower every 30 minutes.

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