May 14, 2013

BUSTED: WaPo Fact Checker Gives Obama’s Claim That He Called Benghazi “An Act of Terrorism” Four Pinocchios. “The president’s claim that he said ‘act of terrorism’ is taking revisionist history too far, given that he repeatedly refused to commit to that phrase when asked directly by reporters in the weeks after the attack. He appears to have gone out of his way to avoid saying it was a terrorist attack, so he has little standing to make that claim now.”

Candy Crowley was unavailable for comment.

UPDATE: Coverup: State Dept. Kept Media From Speaking To Benghazi Attack Survivors.

ANOTHER UPDATE: McClatchy: In talking points controversy, an unanswered question: Why did CIA say a protest preceded Benghazi attack?

Related: Memo Reading for Idiots: Missing Video Hidden in Third Edit. “The memos have to be read — not as accurate reflections of a policy debate, but as posturing for instant history. It’s what the author(s) want(s) the journalists — working on deadline, and not very eager to dig deeply enough to figure out what was really going on — to write for their readers.”